Faced with a reduced playing budget for the 2014/15 season, and a correspondingly smaller squad, Ian Davies decided to create a group of young players with potential to play in the Championship – this became known as the Player Development Foundation (PDF); none of us realised quite how important this group would become as injuries to senior players mounted last season.
The PDF has been funded entirely by sponsorship, the bank of mum and dad, donations and fund-raisers, so a huge THANKYOU for last season.
This season it is even more important to solidify the PDF as a route for talent. A scrum half from Wadebridge has already signed for the PDF, three more young lads have been invited to join and a further six are currently undergoing a one week trial.
Most have played under 20s rugby for England Counties or the South West in the Divisional Championship.
This approach should cut the drop-out rate, not so much due to lack of potential but in their inability to stand the pace of professional rugby training! However, it will not prevent attrition for any of these talented youngsters due to lack of finances, hence our appeal for more funds.
Last season £24,000 was raised. Knowing how important the PDF has become to developing the senior squad from within, we very much hope that even more of you will not only see the actual fruits of the PDF, but the rationale in the Cornish Pirates championing this route for young talent.
“The PDF was a success last season and we certainly saw the players develop throughout the season.
As the premier club in the county we are duty bound to enable Cornish youngsters to have the opportunity of reaching their full rugby potential.
Our new relationship with the Cornish All Blacks will enable our PDF players to enjoy even more game time in Cornwall, to the benefit of the Cornish clubs as well as themselves.”
We now need to raise at least £30,000 to fund a somewhat larger PDF and your contribution will be invaluable.
Cheques should be made payable to: Friends of Cornish Rugby
and addressed to:
FOCR C/O Tom Magill
The Cornish Pirates
Westholme, Alexandra Road
Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4LY
If you’d like an informal chat about supporting the PDF, Tom Magill would love to hear from you on 01736 335314