Saracens summer youth training camp

The Saracens Summer Youth Training Camp has been held once again for the fourth year at RAF Halton.

The camp is aimed specifically at Under 13 and Under 18 year old age groups for the 2014-15 season and provides over 25 hours of rugby coaching, team building and leadership activities during the week long event.

With the support of RAF Halton personnel and Saracens Community Team, the course allows participants to develop themselves as individuals both on and off the pitch. Players in attendance receive advice from Saracens coaches to help facilitate game development, core skills and positional specific requirements. Additionally, RAF staff took participants through a number of team building and leadership tasks, including a high ropes course, allowing both Saracens and the  RAF to instil some of the core values that drive professional players such as teamwork, passion, commitment, respect and discipline.

The course and content has been developed in consultation with the Saracens Academy to incorporate a range of skills included in the ever changing world of modern rugby. The course provides an opportunity for players to fine tune their skills and develop under the guidance of Saracens award winning community coaches and RAFRU coaching staff. These coaches were in attendance throughout the course providing advice not only on the skills to be successful, but also tactical game management, fitness testing and outlining areas for improvement to each player’s game.

Project Officer for the event was Sqn Ldr Colin Green, who said: “This is the fourth year the training camp has been held at RAF Halton and is the biggest with upwards of 100 boys from 13 to 18 years. They come from all around the world with some here today from Abu Dhabi, Luxembourg, Holland and a couple from Australia. Saracens is now a global brand and these youngsters meet up to train in their home countries and the more enthusiastic come here for this camp. Whilst here they learn about the Royal Air Force ethos of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence which helps to develop their team work using experiences of working with both sportsmen and military personnel. The young participants are generally well educated and highly motivated individuals with a keen understanding of team ethos and the application of effort towards a common goal; similar to the characteristics of individuals the Royal Air Force may wish to target for recruitment activities.”

One of the budding Saracens, Aaron Morris aged 19 from St Albans, who attended the camp although suffering an injury, or as he put it, a ‘knock’, whilst playing for the England Under 20’s World Cup in New Zealand, said: “I started playing Rugby at the age of 5 and went on to play for the Bedford Blues, then joined the Saracens 2 years ago. At 18 I signed for their Senior Academy which is from 18 to 22 years of age. I played a few fixtures for the team and was selected for the England Under 20 Junior’s World Cup, which we won against South Africa, and has been the highlight of my rugby career to date”.