All set for big day at Beccles RFC

TOMORROW (Saturday) will be a busy day at Beef Meadow for Beccles RFC as it starts its preparations for London 2NE with its first club trial game and also hosts its annual family fun day.

TOMORROW (Saturday) will be a busy day at Beef Meadow for Beccles RFC as it starts its preparations for London 2NE with its first club trial game and also hosts its annual family fun day.

The first part of the day will run from 11am to 1pm during which the club will host a coaching clinic for youth and mini rugby players.

The clinic will be open to any boys and girls up to the age of 11 and boys from 11 to 18 who wish to try a new sport or return to a sport they may have tried before.

The club's women's section will also be running a taster session at the same time for girls aged 12 to 18 and over who are interested in trying a new sport.

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Ian Rees said of the upcoming event: “All are welcome to attend these events being run by the club, and we hope that those who are new to the sport will also come along to give the game a try and most importantly enjoy themselves in a fun, family atmosphere.”

From 1pm the club will be running a barbecue and bouncy castle as it then gears up for its senior trial matches which will start at 2.30pm.

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This will be in the form of an inter-club game where it is likely that the intense competition that has been building up during pre-season training will come to the fore.

One greatly-contested area this season is the back row where the club has a mass of young, talented individuals to choose from.

Players such as Hewitt, Maeer, Goode, Pennington, Tipple and Wilson all looking to upset the old establishment of Hinsley, Rix and Geyser, this looks like one area where sparks could fly.

Another area which will be hotly contested is the No 9 shirt.

With Sale returning after a six-month stint with Australian premier outfit Nelson Bay, his young understudy Scotchman will be in no hurry to hand the shirt back.

Further out, the likes of Long and Calver will hope that their blistering speed will keep them ahead of some of the more experienced players when it comes to final selection.

To complete the proceedings, the club will also be presented with the youth and minis RFU Seal of Approval accreditation.

The award recognises the effort and achievement of the club's volunteers in reaching the standards needed in developing and sustaining youth rugby at the club.

Clubs are required to provide evidence of good practice in areas including club management, player development and recruitment, child protection, sports equity, coaching and refereeing, as well as the recruitment and management of volunteers.

Ian Rees said of the award: “To earn the youth and mini Seal of Approval accreditation is a major achievement that underlines the club's commitment to its young players to provide them with an environment to allow them to maximise their development as rugby players, and as a result their enjoyment of the game.

“The award reflects the valuable time and effort put in by all the volunteers of the club into developing not just rugby players but well-rounded young people.”

If you are new to the club and have any questions about the clinic or taster sessions, please contact Ian Rees on 07812 596805 or simply turn up on the day.

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