Juniors raring to go

As lockdown restrictions are eased Castleford RUFC and their Juniors are one local club really looking forward to getting back onto the pitch just as much as any local side be they professional, semi-pro or amateur. They are relieved that the RFU announced that grassroots rugby can start up again this week.

Juniors’ coach, Steve Parkinson, is delighted to see that rugby can return and said “We’ve now seen more details from the RFU about what we can and can’t do at the club. In essence, we are able to come back to training from the 29th March. This can only be seen as a positive even though there are still restrictions on the time that we can spend on contact rugby at 20 minutes in each session. We are being cautious as we still have to carry out appropriate risk assessments to take into account all considerations that are still required during the Covid-19 pandemic, so safety and welfare of players, coaches and visitors to the club is paramount. We also agree that the ‘progressive’ reintroduction of contact activity is important to ensure players can continue to practice core skills and progress back to normality with regular training.”

Nicola Ruddock, Castleford RUFC’s Juniors’ Chair added “Through the lockdown it’s been difficult for all the children with home schooling and some parents have wondered how to keep the kids occupied. Now that schools have returned, we know that there is a great need to get the kids active and I can’t wait to see the fields full of kids running about and enjoying themselves; it will be special when they come back on Wednesday 31st March. We want to see all the regulars and we'd love to see them bring their friends as all newcomers are more than welcome”.

Training for Castleford RUFC Juniors (from age 8 to 13) starts at Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood on Wednesday 31 March from 6.00-7.00pm. For more information call Steve Parkinson on 077944 621555 or Nicola Ruddock on 077709148440 or crufcjuniors@gmail.com.