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Your News Malvern launches a teenage academy initiative

One of the major problems that Malvern RFC faces, in common with many sporting organisations, is the drain of young players away from the sport when they reach the ages of 16 or 17 years. To counter this, and to bridge the transitional gap between youth and senior rugby, Malvern RFC has set up an Academy structure to develop the skills and fitness of this age group and to take them into the senior adult game.

Named the Ian Budd Academy, in honour of the Youth Coach who tragically and suddenly died recently, the project is being spearheaded jointly by Andy Longley, Director of Rugby, and Melanie Dawson, Chair of Youth Rugby at Spring Lane. Longley said Ian was highly regarded by all at Malvern for his efforts in bringing players through to under 17 level, and had he not so sadly been taken from us would have been running this Academy, so its only fitting we should name it in his honour. We have a loyal and dedicated bunch of youngsters coming through to senior level who all benefitted from Ians tutelage, and we want to ensure that they benefit as much as possible from the new structure in future. To this end, we will be running dedicated training sessions for the 16 to 19 age group on Wednesday evenings. Registration for new players will be from 6.30pm, with training commencing at 7.00pm. As well as Mel Dawson and me, we are enlisting several of our first XV squad to help with coaching, including Andy Murphy, Tom Longley and Dave Smith amongst others. Young players of all abilities are welcome the Academy isnt just about elite players with first team potential, as we run three senior sides, all playing competitive league rugby. The third XV is as important as the higher sides to the continuity and success of the total club. Parents are welcome to come along and watch, or even better, get involved with the club we always welcome volunteers to help us run Spring Lane for the benefit of our young people.

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