Stamford and Bourne mini rugby taster sessions

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Two rugby clubs are looking for future stars as they get ready for the new season.

Stamford Rugby Club Minis start their training programme on Sunday in the lead up to another full season of fixtures and competitions.

With over 250 players, covering age groups from under five through to under 12, the club claims to be the biggest provider of sport in the town for youngsters. Parents are also encouraged to support or take part.

All age groups have fully qualified coaches and experienced players who lead the sessions at Empingham Road on Sunday mornings from 10.30. If you would like your child to join just turn up on a Sunday and ask to speak to Ross Thain, head of mini rugby or email him in advance at ross@rossthain.co.uk.

Ross said: “We welcome new players of all ages, sizes and abilities and are very happy for newcomers to come along for a few taster sessions to see if they enjoy it.

“Rugby is an exceptional sport that enables children to enjoy themselves. There is a home for the small quick ones as there is for the large slower ones.

“We have a tour in April next year and our Festival is acknowledged as being the biggest and best in the area.”

Changes to the fixture list aim to ensure more local matches, with less travel. The first is against Kesteven at Grantham on Sunday, September 29.

* Bourne Mini & Junior Rugby Club’s season will start in earnest this Sunday with registration and training from 10.30am to midday.

Two free sessions are being offered for any children trying out the sport for the first time.

There will be free hot dogs for all mini rugby players and a free barbecue for junior players and all parents.

Existing players will be registering for the new season and new players are invited to try out the game.

Mini and junior rugby have two different versions of the game – Tag and Contact – for boys and girls aged 6 to 16 years (girls can play to under 13).

School years 1 to 3 play Tag Rugby, a non-contact version aimed at developing a basic understanding of the rules, ball handling skills, fitness and teamwork. From Year 4, children are gradually introduced to the contact elements.

The club has RFU-qualified coaches at every age range.

Practices and matches take place each Sunday morning from September to May from 10.30am with new players welcome at anytime.

The club is on Milking Nook Drove, about a mile from the centre of Bourne on the Spalding Road. For more details visit www.brufc.net and the New Player Info link.