Ex-England sevens captain passes on tips to teenagers

Rob Vickerman
Rob Vickerman

On St George’s Day, Bridlington Rugby Club hosted a sevens camp for youngsters, run by Rob Vickerman, the former England captain, who played for 10 years on the global sevens circuit.

Vickerman now runs sevens rugby camps all over the country, to pass on his knowledge, to youngsters of all ages and abilities, providing fun, rewarding and enjoyable sessions.

The sessions are fun and fast, breaking down the core rugby elements of attack, handling and footwork, to ensure the children leave the camps more passionate about sevens and with improved ability.

At the Bridlington camp, which was sponsored by Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, Vickerman and his team had over 40 local children attending, most of them from the Bridlington club’s successful after-school club, which is run on Wednesday afternoons at Dukes Park.

They introduced the teenage players to the new pass back ball, which is cleverly designed, for individuals to practice their rugby skills alone, improving their handling and passing accuracy.

On arrival the children were quickly taken through the registration process, and given a free T-shirt in which to train.

They were then broken down into three groups, before moving around various small-sided games and skill practices. They completed six of these before a well-deserved lunch break.

The afternoon sessions followed the same format, and the children’s abilities were visibly improving as the day drew to a close.

Vickerman and his team gave their final debrief and praise to the children and went on to thank the club for their support of the camp.

Bridlington Rugby Club have decided to continue, with their successful after-school club until the schools break up for the summer holidays.

The club is focussed on under 12s and under 16s at the moment, but from September, they will be running a second after-school club, aimed at under 13s and under 14s, to take place on either a Tuesday or Thursday, dependent on which day would be best for the participants.

To participate in these clubs, either pop down to the club or contact youth development officer Jack Bell on 07523 804127 or call the club on 676405.