ABOVE & BEYOND
ABOVE & BEYOND Established in 2010 by Head Coach Tony Brooks and Academy Director Gareth Andrews-Jones, the MRFC Academy's aim is to provide a structured development pathway from the upper end of Junior rugby through to the Senior Club.
As such, the Academy embraces the Under 17s and U18s under the Colts banner, as well as an occasional U21 "Uni" side created to give playing opportunities to those away during term time.
This year we are running 2 Colts sides in the BBO Leagues and have entered the National Colts Cup and the National U17 competition. For those players deemed ready, opportunities exist for exposure to Senior rugby in the "Stags" Development squad, or, indeed, in the 2nd and 1st XVs.
The focus is very much on the players, with a carefully structured fixture list ensuring that they aren't given too much rugby, particularly pre-Xmas when they may well be playing at school as well, and the aim is to ensure that they all improve as players whilst having a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
As well as liaising with Senior Club coaches, the Academy coaching team have County and SW Division responsibilities, so those players wanting to take their rugby really seriously can benefit from advice and experience as well as specific skills development where required.
The Academy trains on Tuesday evenings between 19.00 and 20.30; and on Sundays from 10.30 - 12.30. Most matches are early afternoon kick-offs.
Any enquiries please contact Gareth Andrews-Jones on 07941 076917