Kids will ruck about

The Maples 2011/2012 community junior rugby programme is about to get going in Cayman.

The Cayman Islands Rugby Football Union is pleased to announce that the junior programme will start up again this month. The programme is designed to deliver rugby to the youth of Cayman for the future growth of the sport on home soil.

Families can come together to catch the action at the Cayman rugby football club in South Sound on Saturday mornings. At that time volunteer coaches will be working with academy squads in Under-8/U10 and U12/U15 age groups. Some of those groups also meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school.

The programme reaches approximately 350 children in Cayman anually. The major highlight of the season is the Conyers Challenge Cup where the children involved in the programme get the opportunity to taste what for many is their first real exposure in international sports against Bermuda’s youth rugby programme.

Sign-up day is this Saturday 27 August 8am-12noon. Saturday training sessions will last until mid-December and take place on the following dates: 3, 10,17, 24 September; 1,8,15,22 October; 5,12,19,26 November and 3 and 10 December.

Training times each Saturday are as follows: U4 and U6 are 7.45-8.30am, U9 is 8.30-9.30am, U11 is 8-9.30am, U13 is 10.15-11.15am and U19 is 10.30am-12noon.

For the record children in the U9 group must have birth dates between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2004. Those in the U11 group must have birth dates between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2002 and the U13 group must be born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 2000.

During the week Academy training will be on Mondays 3.30-4.30pm (U13), Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm (U11) and 4-5.30pm (U19), Wednesdays for the U15s, Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm (U11 and U13) and Fridays 4-5.30pm (U19).

In 2012 Academy training starts up again on Monday 9 January while the Maples programme resumes Saturday 14 January.

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