This week Yorkshire Carnegie Academy delivered “Strictly Scrum Dancing”, the final Coach & Player development session of the season, at Goole RUFC.

Strictly Scrum Dancing has been a hugely successful initiative and this was the 4th such event that YC have delivered, aimed at developing players who either play in the front five of the forwards, or have potential to do so.

Over 70 players and 20 coaches representing all five of the Yorkshire districts attended and were expertly coached by Academy Staff and RFU colleagues in 4 areas:
Bodyweight Strength & Conditioning exercises
Body Shape for better scrummaging
Throwing, Jumping & Lifting for lineouts
Ball Carrying in games

The takeaway messages from the event were that through becoming better individually in these areas, players would help their team to become better and – whilst the club/school coaches do an amazing job of developing the players – they must make time to work on these outside of their normal training sessions to make big improvements.

Parents who attended the session took a great deal from the event, with one commenting afterwards: “Just a quick follow up from the coaching session. Both Zak and Jake found it very beneficial and enjoyed it immensely, Zak really benefited from a bit of one on one with his lineout throwing. Considering it was Jake’s first session at forward play but it didn’t faze him one bit, he settled into things very easily.”

Stuart Dixon, Academy Coaching Development Officer for Yorkshire Carnegie, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended and made the event so successful and I think everyone took a lot away from it and hopefully it will help all the players in their development.  I would also like to give a massive thank you to our Senior Academy players – Lewis Wilson, Elliott Ward and Jordon Poole along with Academy S&C coach Carlos Ramirez, Satellite Manager Alex Grieve and RFU Community Coach Evan Woodworth for their support with the event.”

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