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Bookings open for rugby camp coming to Caldy Rugby Club in New Year

Top rugby coaches will be coming to the Wirral in the New Year to run a coaching camp for young players.

AFYA Sports Training will be running the rugby camp at Caldy Rugby Club to develop skills.

The Coaching Camp will take place on January 20th 10am – 2:30pm and is open to players aged 9-15. It costs £17 for the day, which includes a club lunch and option to watch the 1st Team as well in their National 1 home match.

AFYA partners with leading tackling equipment provider Shadowman and will be using their training tools in the camp. Team building, leadership development and tackle techniques will also be key elements of the course.

Ben Wood, Managing Director of AFYA, known for its sports coaching excellence, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing Shadowman to Caldy Rugby Club. Shadowman’s innovative training products allow players to really work on their speed and agility as well as their one-on-one tackling and tracking.

“This is also great opportunity for young rugby players to be trained by our team of professional coaches and players who have played and coached at National or International level.

“We will be covering a wide range of techniques including Individual Tackle Technique and Tackle Development, Defensive Structure and Strength & Conditioning. We will also be looking at team building and leadership development skills training that can be used on and off the pitch.”

AFYA is led by Ben Wood, a former Army officer and qualified RFU coach, and James Wade, a top coach who was Head of Player Development at Wasps, Head of Sale Sharks Academy and is currently Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC (The Blues).

For more information or to book a place please call 0151 326 2253 or email bookings@afyasportstrg.com.

AFYA and first Oxford University RFC Ivy League tour of USA

The Oxford Blues will kick off their first RFC Ivy League tour of America with matches against some of the most prestigious Ivy League universities.

The 15 day tour will include The Blues training with Harvard Rugby Football Club, Yale University Rugby Football Club, Princeton University Rugby Football Club and West Point, a leader in USA Collegiate Rugby.

There will also be a series of rugby matches against the prestigious Collegiate All-Americans, Mystic River Rugby Club in Boston and Old Blue RFC, one of the oldest rugby clubs in America.

Highlights of the Collegiate All Americans game at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia are due to be shown on ABC, NBC and Sky Sports.

AFYA Sports Training is sponsoring The Oxford Blues on their tour and its name will appear on all the kit during the team’s tour to the East Coast of America.

The tour is centred on the fixture with the Collegiate All-Americans, which will be held in conjunction with AEG as the curtain raiser for the Newcastle versus Saracens Premiership Rugby clash at Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium the same day.

Whilst they are on the tour AFYA will run coaching and tackle camps with The Blues with aspiring young American rugby players as well as running community outreach programmes in New York via rugby.

AFYA is led by Ben Wood, a former Army officer and qualified RFU coach, and James Wade, a top coach who was Head of Player Development at Wasps, Head of Sale Sharks Academy and is currently Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC (The Blues).

AFYA is proud to be supporting the first Oxford University RFC Ivy League tour of the USA

Ben Wood, Managing Director of AFYA, which has a strong reputation for sports coaching excellence in the UK, said: “We’re delighted to help sponsor The Blues during this exciting tour and it’s fantastic to see the AFYA name on the match top.”

Oxford University Rugby Football Club is one of the world’s leading and most well-known amateur rugby clubs. Founded in 1869, more than 300 Oxford players have gained representative international honours since then including Phil de Glanville, Tyrone Howe, Simon Halliday and Rob Egerton.

Current Oxford Blues Captain Conor Kearns said: “We’re delighted that AFYA is on board as a key sponsor for our first tour of the East Coast of America.

“The club has a great tradition of tours reaching around the globe and it’s an exciting prospect to once again bring a Blues squad to the East Coast.”

“Replicating tours of old, we will be making use of both academic and sporting ties between Oxford and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It will be a great opportunity to grow as a squad but also represent student sport on a global stage.”

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Lymm Rugby Club

AFYA partners with Lymm Rugby Club

AFYA Sports Training has announced a partnership with Lymm Rugby Club.

Known for its sports coaching excellence, the AFYA team will be responsible for leading on a development program for both the players and coaches at Lymm RFC.

Technical development will include strength and conditioning, speed training, tactical and place kicking plus scrummaging and lineout. There will also be a focus on positional awareness and development, contact development, team tactics and diet and nutrition.

Guy Larkin, Coaching Co-ordinator at Lymm Rugby Club, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with AFYA, a company with a strong reputation for sports coaching excellence.

“AFYA share our passion for developing our players and coaches so we can raise aspirations, skill, performance and attitude at all levels.

“To match our ambitious plans off the field with our clubhouse project, we are also keen to make further investment to support our many volunteer coaches by helping them provide safe sporting experiences for our fantastic young players through regular work with AFYA.

“We have a very proud tradition of producing many great quality mini and junior sides at Lymm RFC and we wish to continue this success long into the future.”

James Wade, AFYA’s Chief Operating Officer and a top coach who was Head of Player Development at Wasps, Head of Sale Sharks Academy and is currently Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC, said: “This is an exciting partnership for AFYA. Whatever the level of a player’s ability, we offer all players the opportunity to achieve their highest level of performance.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS: For more information, contact Lucy Mason at Mason Media on 0151 239 5050/07903 197402 or email:  lucy@masonmedia.co.uk

AFYA

AFYA Rugby Camp coming to Wilmslow Rugby Club

AFYA Sports Training will be running a Rugby Camp at Wilmslow Rugby Club this summer.

The Coaching Camp will take place on July 27 and 28 and is open to players aged between 8 and 15. It costs £30 per day or £50 for both days.

AFYA, which recently announced a partnership with the leading tackling equipment provider Shadowman, will use their training tools in the camps.

Team building, leadership development and skills training will be key elements of the course.

Ben Wood, Managing Director of AFYA, known for its sports coaching excellence, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing Shadowman to Wilmslow Rugby Club. Shadowman’s innovative training products allow players to really work on their speed and agility as well as their one-on-one tackling and tracking.

“This is also great opportunity for young rugby players to be trained by our team of professional coaches and players who have played and coached at National or International level.

“We will be covering a wide range of techniques including understanding your position, fundamental skill development and assessment and defence and attacking principles. We will also be looking at positional skills and fitness testing.”

AFYA is led by Ben Wood, a former Army officer and qualified RFU coach, and James Wade, a top coach who was Head of Player Development at Wasps, Head of Sale Sharks Academy and is currently Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC (The Blues).

For more information or to book a place on the course visit https://afyasportstrg.com/

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information, contact Lucy Mason at Mason Media on 0151 239 5050/07903 197402 or email:  lucy@masonmedia.co.uk

AFYA and Young Munster RFC

Shadowman and AFYA run first tackle camp for Young Munster RFC

Two of AFYA’s top coaches popped over to Ireland last week to help Shadowman Sports run the first specialised tackle camp for Young Munster RUFC.

Founded in 1895, Young Munster is a Rugby Union club based in Limerick.

Our coaches James Wade and Scott Pearson helped to run the Shadowman tackle camp for children aged between 7 and 13. Each child received specialised training using Shadowman’s innovative training products, which allow rugby players to develop their speed and agility plus their one-on-one tackling and tracking.

James Wade, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Training and Development for AFYA, said: “We had a fantastic time at Young Munster with over 210 enthusiastic children taking part.

“They were extremely receptive to the technical skills we introduced them to and they learnt a lot over the course of the day.

“We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

James Wade is also Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC while Scott Pearson has worked with Worcester Warriors, Stoke City and Sale Sharks in a number of key Strength and Conditioning roles.

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AFYA announces launch of its International Rugby Academy

Fast growing AFYA Sports Training is expanding and has announced the launch of its International Rugby Academy.

The academy is being headed up by Director Juan Gonzalez-Mendia, a RFU Level 3 and World Rugby Level 3 Coach, who has coached various age groups at County level, the North of England and has been part of the England coaching staff at U16 age group.

Juan will work with James Wade, AFYA’s co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, to provide a unique and integrated approach giving players and coaches the opportunity to develop their skills and coaching techniques.

The Academy is a worldwide offering and AFYA will be working with a number of its key partners to deliver it.

Ben Wood, AFYA’s Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Juan on board. He is an exceptional coach who has a great empathy with the children and young adults that are coming through our sports programmes.

“His knowledge of rugby, his coaching ability and his international connections with schools, academies and clubs make the AFYA International Rugby Academy an exciting proposition.

“Already, teams from as far afield as Argentina and Italy have expressed an interest in coming to our British camps.”

Juan said: “Joining AFYA and directing the International Rugby Academy will be a fantastic challenge which will combine my previous experiences working with overseas children and adults in what is undoubtedly a unique and exclusive product worldwide.”

AFYA was founded in 2013 by Ben Wood, a former Army officer and qualified RFU coach, and James Wade, a top coach who was Head of Player Development at Wasps, Head of Sale Sharks Academy and is currently Head Coach at Oxford University RUFC (The Blues).

AFYA, which means ‘Health and Wellbeing’ in Swahili with its Tribal symbol standing for ‘The Quality in Human Endeavour’, is headquartered on the Wirral, and regularly works with top level talent including rugby legends Charlie Hodgson, Shaun Edwards, Andy Titterrell, Kati Tuipulotu, Nick Wood and Chris Jones.

The company has partnered with Nuffield Health, MBNA, the Bank of America and M&S to provide the children of their staff with dedicated sports camps.

Earlier this month, AFYA also announced a partnership with the tackling equipment provider Shadowman Sports.

AFYA will use the Shadowman training tools in the UK to promote better rugby coaching techniques to rugby clubs and the sport’s governing bodies. AFYA will also be offering coaching packages and clinics using Shadowman.

As part of the partnership, AFYA will be taking Northern Hemisphere rugby tackling techniques to America. The company will be running a series of rugby tackle camps across the east coast in the latter half of 2017.

AFYA teams up with Shaun Edwards to run a Coach the Coaches event

AFYA has teamed up with rugby legend Shaun Edwards to run a dedicated Coach the Coaches event at Caldy Rugby Club and Wilmslow RUFC.

Shaun Edwards, OBE, rose to prominence as one of the finest rugby league players in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s. Since his halycon days as scrum-half for Wigan and Great Britain, Edwards has forged a hugely successful career as a leading Rugby Union coach with the British Lions, Wales RFU and Wasps.

This intensive two-hour coaching session is aimed at club 1st and 2nd XV coaches as well as anyone coaching children over the age of 13.

To book please call 01565 760034. Alternatively, please email ben.wood@afyasportstrg.com or james.wade@afyasportstrg.com.

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* Coach the Coaches, Caldy Rugby Club 16th December 7-9pm

* Coach the Coaches, Wilmslow RUFC 18th December 7-9pm