Bridgwater: New Rugby Project Launching

10 January 2014, 16:15 | Updated: 10 January 2014, 16:23


Bridgwater & Albion RFC, North Petherton RFC, and Bridgwater College are jointly launching an exciting Rugby Football Union-backed player development project, commencing Tuesday 28 January.

The project will provide structured, high quality coaching to local male rugby players in years 10 and 11, together with additional training for players who are part of Bridgwater College’s Team BC Rugby.    

Sessions will be delivered at Bridgwater College by a lead RFU coach, alongside coaches from Bridgwater & Albion RFC and North Petherton RFC. The coaching curriculum will focus on individual technical development, plus dedicated fitness training using the College’s Fitness Zone.
Bridgwater Rugby training scheme

Left to right: Clive Pearn (North Petherton RFC), Steve Smith (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Hamish Morton (RFU), David Pomeroy (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Bill Frost (North Petherton RFC), Luke Buckingham (Bridgwater College)

Hamish Morton, Further Education RFU Development Officer said:

“We hope that the Sedgemoor Rugby Development Centre will establish mutually beneficial links between two proactive rugby clubs and Bridgwater College, as well as with local schools in the area. Providing quality coaching, advice and support to young players in these key age groups will develop them into more capable individuals and help retain them within the game both at College and at their rugby clubs.”

Steve Smith, Bridgwater & Albion Chairman said:

“This is a genuinely exciting opportunity, through the combination of the two leading local clubs, a major education establishment and the game’s governing body working in partnership to develop rugby football in and around Bridgwater.”

Bill Frost, North Petherton RFC Chairman said:

“We are looking forward to getting involved in this exciting local project. It’ll undoubtedly be valuable to everyone involved and, most significantly, help provide some high quality coaching for our young players.”

Places are limited, so under 15 and under 16 male rugby players who are interested in registering or finding out more information should email with their name, date of birth, school and current club.