Rugby: Tunbridge Wells’ youth players make big impression

Pam Mills

TUNBRIDGE WELLS Rugby Club’s Under-15s have enjoyed a hugely successful season, and for the first time three players have been chosen to join the prestigious Saracens Academy.

In total 10 juniors have been selected to train with the Kent Developing Player Programme. Kent selects 10 per cent of the county’s top players and offers them monthly training sessions to improve their skills ahead of further selection opportunities.

Saracens, the professional Aviva Premiership club based in north-west London, work closely with Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire and select 30 of the most talented and promising  young  players to feed into their Academy.

Dom Bradley, Finn Bradley and Paddy Hagger were chosen for the programme after attending a three-county festival.

They will now be undertaking a gruelling Rugby Skills, Strength and Conditioning programme twice a week at the Saracens Academy, which will open up the opportunity to play the sport at a professional level.

COUNTY BOUND (L-R) George Callow, Euan Symonds, George Kendon, Finn Watson, Harry Child, Max Walker (Rafael Johnstone not pictured) have been chosen for the Developing Player Programme

Peter Walker, the club’s coaching co-ordinator, said: “On behalf of the club, we would like to congratulate all 10 players – and especially Dom, Finn and Paddy for this amazing achievement.

“They all absolutely love their rugby and are hard-working players who have been a joy to coach since they joined the club at a young age.

“Like all of our players, we have watched them grow and develop through the values that rugby instils. We are immensely proud of them and know that this is only the beginning of their rugby journey.”

Tunbridge Wells Under-15s comprises over 40 players who play in two competitive sides.

The team have won the Kent Cup twice as well as the Development Cup, the Sevens Plate and Saracens Festival.

The club has a strong youth section with over 600 players from Under-6s to up to the Under-18s, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

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