Hartpury students lend a helping hand to local junior rugby club


Hartpury degree students, Sam Thomas and Sam Vercoe, have been developing young rugby players and boosting their own knowledge and skills at local club, Gordon League RFC.

First year sports coaching degree students, Sam Thomas and Sam Verscoe, are taking full advantage of their time at Hartpury to develop themselves as coaches and leaders and are now using those skills to benefit the local community.

The pair have been volunteering as rugby coaches at Gordon League and helping the club in Hempsted, Gloucester, to continue to develop its new junior section, which only started up two years ago.

They have given up their Sunday mornings to provide the junior section with the coaching and experience needed to improve its structure and see success, both on and off the pitch.

In return for their hard work and dedication, Gordon League put the committed duo through Rugby Football Union Rugby Ready and Stage 1 refereeing courses and supported them to become DBS approved.

And now the two Sams will take the partnership a step further as they head into the local school, Hempsted Primary, with other junior coaches from the club to deliver tag rugby sessions to the pupils next year.

They could also potentially be involved in coaching at a planned summer rugby camp at Gordon League and support the club and local RFU Community Coaches in providing coaching for Year 7 and 8 pupils at a local secondary school.

Director of Gordon League RFC, Simon Jones, said: “These two students have been exemplary and have shown a great positive outlook that really helps create a fun and friendly environment for everyone.

“They also have a remarkable willingness to listen and learn that is sure to take them far in rugby and in life. They both integrated into our club easily and are both worthy of individual note and praise for their consistent reliability and commitment to our club and players.

“These two are clearly taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve themselves while studying at Hartpury. Working with Hartpury students has been exceedingly helpful to our club and has also helped students as they develop into great rugby coaches.

“We hope to have them back next year and to welcome more Hartpury students interested in bolstering their CVs with this coaching opportunity. We look forward to continuing to working with Hartpury and its students in the future.”

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