In April this year, Ultimate Rugby Sevens (UR7s) were contacted by representatives of the Czech Rugby Union Women’s 7s National Team to explore opportunities that could help them develop players from their U16-U20 squads. Rugby Union in the Czech Republic is currently benefiting from a national project supporting the development of Women’s Olympic sports.
Barney Pascall, CEO at UR7s, said: “We have always been interested in working with other countries to share the benefits of the Academy structure we have built in the UK and this presented a great opportunity. Following conversations with the coaches in the Czech Republic we have been pleased to welcome a squad of fourteen U16 female players from the Czech Republic into our Summer Residentials – taking place across the North, South West and South East of England during July and August.
“We’re looking forward to building on this relationship and hope to support other nations as they invest and develop their Rugby 7s programmes. Our vision is to have a multinational Summer Residential each year with some of the best young talent from around the world. It’s great to have taken the first step on this journey.”
During the camp, the players have been taking part in activities aimed at developing high performance on and off the field, including rugby skills, athleticism, understanding the game and other enablers to create the modern 7s player. From working on attack and defence fundamentals, improving footwork as well as sessions on ‘life as a professional rugby player’ from the UR7s’ professional coaches, the players get access to a varied and exciting programme to develop them as people and not just players.
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