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Stamford Rugby Club gets into the Christmas spirit at festive training session




Christmas came early for the minis and juniors at Stamford Rugby Club.

The final training session before the festive break saw the youngsters taking part in games such as ‘Pass the Christmas Pudding’, Eggnog Disaster and Ultimate Frisbee which were all mixed up with rugby matches against all age groups.

Head coach Michael O’Connor commented: “The kids have really missed out on sport this year and have only just got back into rugby so we wanted to do something special.

Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby
Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby

“The coaches dressed up in some wacky Santa costumes, we had loads of sweets, Christmas crackers and even reindeer ‘poo’ (it was actually currants) which the kids had to eat if they dropped the ball or knocked on.

“Covid-19 is always at the front of our minds and we’ve really ensured a safe environment with lots of hand sanitisation, minimum contact as per the RFU rules and social distancing.”

Club chairman Mark Anderson added: “Firstly I just want to thank everyone associated with the club and also the wider Stamford community.

Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby
Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby

“This year has been unprecedented in what’s happened with Covid-19 and it’s been amazing to see everyone pull together to help keep the club going.

“It’s hit us hard with not being able to play competitive rugby or train, organise our fun days and of course our Rugby Festival which would normally attract more than a thousand youngsters.

“Being at the club at the weekend to see the kids throwing a ball about, hanging with mates and just having fun is great to see and what our club is all about.”

Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby
Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby

Next year will see the senior section back in action with a modified game (no scrums or mauls) and the minis and juniors will also be getting back into competitive rugby with matches.

The club always welcomes new players across age-groups. If you want to give rugby a try get in touch by e-mailing play@stamfordrugby.com

Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby
Youngsters at Stamford Rugby Club. Photo: Darren Dolby


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