Southwell Rugby Club’s junior section enjoyed its busiest day of the season to date on Sunday 11th October when some 400 junior players, coaches and parents descended on the club for a 3-way Mini-Midi tournament and two Notts, Lincs and Derbys league fixtures.
The U7s – U12s played a host of games against visiting sides from Mansfield and Ashfield after which U9s coach, Neil Allan, explained that, ‘for the younger age groups, the focus was much more on children participating in the sport, learning new skills and enjoying themselves, rather than winning or losing’.
In the other games, the U13s went down 21 – 27 to Kesteven in their very first Notts, Lincs and Derbys league game. Coaching Coordinator, Andy Burley, said ‘he was very proud of the U13s who had found themselves 0 – 15 down at half time, but fought back really well in the second half and made Kesteven work hard to hang on to their lead’. In a comprehensive victory, the U14s beat Ashfield 50 – 0, with Isaac Burley leading the way with four tries.
A special guest on the day was Andy Highton, RFU development officer for Nottinghamshire, who has been working with the club over the summer to help it secure its official RFU Accreditation.