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To provide benefit to young rugby players during the school holidays, on Wednesday the Cornish Pirates held an enjoyably worthy ‘Easter Camp Afternoon’ at the Mennaye Field, Penzance.
Specific coaching on various technical and tactical aspects of the game was provided by Cornish Pirates players Alex Day, Rory Parata, Dan Koster, Alex Schwarz and Tom Concu.
For the Pirates from Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s under 11s it provided a particularly opportune time to get some ‘top tips’ ahead of their trip to Trowbridge RFC on the 28th April where Bath Rugby will host their 11th Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
Speaking on behalf of the Pirates under 11s, Vanessa Hickman said:
Many thanks to the Cornish Pirates for giving up their time and sharing their expertise to provide a fantastic afternoon of rugby. The children had a great time, it taught them some invaluable skills and it will have a lasting impact on them.
Our coach Matt was really impressed with the organisation and various drills, noticing the improvements in our young players as he watched.
We are also extremely grateful to Sam Teasdale for all his efforts in organising the day – we hope to do it again soon!
Cornish Pirates’ Community Engagement Manager Sam finally commented:
From our perspective it was a great afternoon with some eager, skilful and polite rugby players. We would also like to wish them the best of luck at their forthcoming festival!
Later Facebook comments from the children confirmed the obvious benefits they gained from the Easter Camp. Note examples below:
From Ben – “I loved the day, especially when Alex Schwarz showed me how to pass accurately off my left hand.”
From Lewis – “It was really fun and helpful. It gave me useful tips I can use in my game.”
From James – “It was a great afternoon – I loved it. I will definitely be trying to put all I’ve learnt into my game play. Thanks all!”
From Jake – “I liked playing the ‘Hungry Hippo’ game, kicking the ball and the match at the end!”
In support of their Chairman Paul Durkin, Cornish Pirates players have been keen to promote Penzance Rotary Club's 'Miles of Hope' campaign.
Reference the present Coronavirus crisis
During the present Coronavirus crisis, Cornish Pirates’ players are this week attending the St. Clare Medical Centre