(L-R) Gateshead Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour with participants in the the half term Rugby League camp and Peterlee Pumas coach John Steel, held last week at East Durham College

Rugby Camp Goes Down a Treat

Sun, 2001-11-25 00:00

East Durham College hosted a highly successful half term rugby league training camp this weekend, which saw over 20 enthusiastic local children taking part.

The camp was set up by East Durham College’s Community Rugby League Coach Rob Jones to coincide with the schools’ rugby coaching programme which has been taking place since September. Additionally, John Steel from the Peterlee Pumas was on hand to help out with the training sessions and promote the club.

Rob Jones said: “The camp provided an fantastic opportunity for the kids to get involved in the game and develop their rugby league skills.

“The aim of the camp was to try and attract some of the best rugby players in the East Durham area down to go through some more advanced rugby league skills.

“It also provided a great showcase to the College with potential new students who were within the age range of becoming students within the next few years.

“I must say a massive thank you to all the youngsters who took part and also to their parents who supported today’s camp, the feedback has been tremendous.”

The training camp was led by Gateshead Thunder’s Head Coach Kevin Neighbour, who as a coach is keen on nurturing up and coming players in the community.

“I was more than happy to come and share some of the knowledge I have picked up over the years as both a player and a coach. This sort of camp gives me an opportunity to see some of the potential we have coming through as the next era of talented league players.

“Camps like these are always a pleasure to get involved and the kids have been an absolute pleasure to coach,” Kevin said.

Rob Jones added: “I would like to thank Kevin for his time today to help raise the profile of rugby league in the area. For Kevin to spend his time with these youngsters will go a long way to motivating them to get involved in the game.”