BOGNOR RFC Academy has begun in earnest as 46 players and eight coaches attended a fun-filled day to kick off proceedings.
Programme co-ordinators Tom Spurle, Doug Millen and Rob Outen, supported by a large coaching team, put the players through assessment drills, focussing on key skills before a 60 minute trial match.
The initial assessment day is just the first phase of the 2019/20 Academy season.
It begins at the end of August with a four-day training camp at the prestigious Kelly College in Devon.
It will end in April with matches against Winchester at Allianz Park, home of Saracens, with the end of year awards dinner in the players lounge.
The Academy will run two teams in the Hampshire leagues as well as entering the Sussex colts and National Colts cup competitions.
Tom Spurle, one of the project co-ordinators, said: “With eight county players in the squad and a wealth of talent, it promises to be an exciting and successful season.”
Bognor RFC Academy is open to all year 12 and 13 players in September and new players are welcome – contact through the club website or social media.
The players are in action at Hampshire Avenue next Sunday as the under 16s take on Fareham Heathens ahead of their Hampshire cup final (11am) while the under 17s host Tottonians Colts (1pm).
–Bognor RFC have all but given up any hope of a top two finish in the Hampshire Premier after a surprising 19-10 loss at Eastleigh IIs last weekend.
The Purple and Greens, who are seven points off second with two games to play, return to Hampshire Avenue tomorrow to play Tottonians IIs (TBC).
The club will also pay tribute to club stalwarts Dick Myhill (4s captain and grounds staff) and Brian Corbould (vice-president) who have passed away in the last week.