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Your News Magdalen School strengthen links with Oxford University Academy

The Oxford University Rugby Football Club (OURFC) opens its new look rugby academy doors for youngsters between the ages of eight and 15 at Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road, on Thursday, February, 9th.

While the OURFC have run various schemes for young players in previous years its the first time that theyve teamed up with the city based Magdalen School and attracted players from across the county.

This will ensure some top class tuition for the youngsters attending the eight scheduled sessions led by some of todays top professional rugby playing stars.

Saracens Tongan international and former rugby league star with Bradford Bulls Tevita Vaikona along with Northampton and England 7s cap Grant Seeley plus Scotland U21 international Neil Hunter will all be on hand over the eight-week Skills Development Programme.

While the sessions are for youngsters aged between eight and 15, this year the course will have a special emphasis on the U11 and U12 age groups.

We have joined forces with the Oxfordshire RFU to give players at those age groups an opportunity to play in an environment and with a curriculum designed to prepare them for county assessments in May, explains OURFC Rugby DevelopmentOfficer Andrew Highton. By doing this we hope to strengthen the knowledge of players going to the assessment and eliminate the fear of county rugby trials while also increasing the knowledge of the various coaches and what they should expect of the trails.

Overall the eight one-hour OURFC Academy sessions are designed to improve the core skills of all the young players in attendance and are open to everyone no matter what ability and what rugby experience they have previously had.

The aim is to further develop rugby in the community and attract new players to the sport, adds Highton. We shall be using a lot of Oxford University students as coaches on the evenings who are all going through their own rugby development training as coaches while its also a chance for referee development as well as volunteers.

Seven of the eight weekly Thursday sessions, beginning February 9th, will all start at 6pm and run for an hour apart from the February 16th session which will be a day-long training camp starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm.

The seven one-hour sessions costs 49 in total while the half-term Day Camp is 25.

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