It’s a busy time of year for Paul Turner Sport as we’ve been setting up the brand new Skills Academy, which began on 7th June, whilst the dust has really only just settled on another successful Disney Junior Rugby Festival.
Despite returning almost three months ago, the final paperwork and debrief meeting with Sport Experiences have only just been finalised and we can now begin to look ahead now to next year’s event, and start the process all over again.
This year was fantastic however, with 24 teams spread across the three age groups – Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 – providing some cracking entertainment with some enthralling matches and great skills on the pitch. Off the pitch, there was the usual mix of laughter and fun as the youngsters, and their coaches, toured the Disney parks seeking thrills on the rides and the obligatory photo or two with the Disney characters!
For our part, the team of coaches we took over – George Chuter, Paul Burke, Alix Popham, Ma’ama Molitika, Morgan Stoddart, Gavin Thomas, Will James, Nic Sestaret, Tony Yapp, Jack Heald and Phil Williams – to accompany me, were all impressed with the attitude of the players who participated. Our Tuesday coaching masterclasses included three skills workshops looking at the core techniques of Breakdown Work, Creating Space and General Skills, as well a more specific positional session with drills relevant to each player.
All of the coaches I spoke with expressed how pleased they were with the way the Rugby Festival at Meaux was run and how much their players had learned from the coaching day we had put together. The value for money was another winner, many sounding surprised as they realised just what was included in the low cost! And of course, speaking with the boys who attended, they were all thrilled at having the opportunity to visit the Disney Parks and ride the attractions on a rugby tour; the smiles really said it all! All of this was of course topped off by the presentation event where the players were able to meet Welsh internationals Jamie Roberts and Luke Charteris and obtain autographs and pose for photos.
After all, the blend of rugby-based activity, skills progression, star player meetings and fun at Disney is what sets the event apart from other, more formulaic, rugby tours. This is why the rate of schools returning year on year is so high, and why more and more schools are coming along at Easter, a trend that looks set to continue in 2016.
Many teams, from both schools and clubs, will be touring at Easter 2016, and I would echo the thoughts of those who came in 2015 in urging you to consider a trip to Disney for a fun-packed 5 day visit that will improve your players skills and provide a sport experience you will never forget. For more information, please click here to download the brochure, or email us here!
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