Andie Gooding (Head of Minis Rugby at Derby RFC) reviews the Showcasing Minis Rugby event held at Derby RFC on Saturday 11th March 2017…
A busy day for all at Haslams, with a visiting touring Minis contingent from Marple RUFC, 100 strong all told with parents and children, equally matched by a good turn out of the Derby mini’s.
Warm ups and matches started pretty much on time. Thankfully the weather remained dry and bright throughout the day, pitches although muddy, held firm for the ensuing 90 minutes.
Plenty of cheering from the supporting parents and encouragement from the coaches meant every child, had a great experience, enjoyed the matches and had fun along the way. All participants received a players medal, had team photos which were complimented by the addition of the Derby first team players.
A somewhat tired touring Marple RUFC mini’s team left Haslams way past 6pm after an afternoon of full on entertainment. Smiles all round with the prospect of repeating the tour again next season.
Thanks go to James Beswick one of Derby’s sponsors (BRS) who instigated and organised the Marple RUFC tour. Appreciation also to Robin and his team for providing ample food/ drink throughout the day and organising entertainment for the children.
And finally thanks to Derby RFC Mini and Junior coach’s and volunteers who unselfishly give up their time to encourage, nurture and develop young rugby players of the future.
Photographs of the Under 6s to Under 9s/10s games can be viewed in the gallery section on the e4creative photography website at www.e4creative-photography.co.uk/galleries/gallery/11032017-derby-rfc-marple-rfc-minis-rugby