Headway being made by Weston

Gavin Simpson.

Gavin Simpson. - Credit: Archant

Weston Rugby Club has joined forces with Weston College as a key local partner.

AS WESTON Rugby Club begins its pre-season campaign, there is a renewed verve around the Recreation Ground.

New head coach Steve Worrall has added some exciting coaches to his backroom staff, including former Bristol and England prop Darren Crompton, who will act as 1st XV player and forwards coach.

Other signings have been made from local sides, with players from the Somerset and Western Counties leagues hoping to make the step up to National League rugby.

Off the field, real headway is being made and none more prominently than the blossoming relationship with Weston College.

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Paul Taylor, head of sports development and performance at the college said: “We see Weston Rugby Club as a key local partner in providing excellent facilities for our students.”

Chairman of rugby at Weston Gavin Simpson couldn’t agree more with Paul’s comments. He said: “The whole town can see that Weston College is making huge strides, and we at Weston are proud to be the college’s exclusive rugby partners.”

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This unique relationship will see coaches and players offering dual support to one another, and gives the students at the college an obvious route into senior rugby. Weston has already started its training sessions every Tuesday at Thursday night, with in excess of 60 players turning up at the first sessions.

Head coach Worrall has certainly been putting the boys through their paces. He said: “This season we aim to be fitter than ever, which is reflected in bringing back strength and conditioning coach Paul Jones. We are also delighted to welcome Darren as our forwards coach, who brings with him an abundance of experience.”

The club also offers an excellent commercial platform for local businesses, with advertisement opportunities and corporate match days available at competitive rates. Commercial co-ordinator Jon Filer believes this year is as good as any to get involved He said: “This year see’s the first time that both ourselves and neighbours Hornets are in the same league, so there will be some tasty local derbies. This brings with it excellent opportunities for local businesses to gain exposure to a wide audience.

“We are also looking at large charity events and already have a breast cancer awareness day pencilled in, where players will be playing in specially designed pink shirts.”

If you would like more information on these and other opportunities, please contact Jon through the club website.

New players are always welcome at the Drove Road Recreation Ground, and with three senior sides and a colts team, the club cater for a variety of standards.

Rugby is for all ages and the thriving junior section has age groups from Under-6 up to Under-16. Training starts from 7pm sharp every Tuesday and Thursday for seniors and 10am every Sunday for minis and juniors.

For information on the juniors, please visit the club website at www.westonrugby.co.uk

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