Heath youth rugby coaches hold masterclass at Handcross Park

Glen Jones develops contact skills for HXP pupils
Glen Jones develops contact skills for HXP pupils

Haywards Heath RFC youth coaches were invited by the sports department at Handcross Park School, a sponsor of the Club, to help provide some additional rugby training sessions or ‘masterclasses’ for the boys at the school during normal games lessons.

Last week Dan Vander, a former pupil at Handcross Park himself who now coaches the Under 10s at HHRFC and Glen Jones, Head of Youth Rugby at the Club, held training sessions over three days for the school class equivalent of Under 9s through to Under 13s, focusing on the specific skills of rucking and tackling at a level relevant for each age group.

Commenting on the sessions, Julian Evans, Head of Sport at Handcross Park said “The boys had a great time learning new skills from experienced youth rugby coaches - an external different voice that really grabbed the boys’ attention - and the sessions also gave our sports team some new ideas to focus on in future training sessions.”

Glen Jones, Head of Youth Rugby at HHRFC said “Our relationship with Handcross Park works both ways, the school is investing in the Club as one of our important sponsors but in return we are happy to provide added value through ad hoc training sessions and hopefully in the process encourage more Handcross Park pupils to join the Club and play rugby at the weekend as well as during the week.”