5 October 2011, 4:45pm
Today saw the re-introduction of the Bath Rugby and Bath Combination Club initiative, which was successfully launched last year. 22 clubs were present to meet the players 'allocated' to them this season.
Ben Hartley, Combination Chairman said, "This initiative certainly helps to promote the wonderful game of rugby and raises the profile of the local rugby community by involving and linking to the professional Bath Rugby players. We are thrilled for this to continue. It is a great opportunity for the local clubs to meet the current Bath first team players to have an insight into a Premiership Club."
Two players will work with their Combination Clubs. It is an opportunity for players to relate at a grass roots level with their local clubs, and to help develop their own coaching skills. Hopefully the players will give inspiration to younger players coming through, who aspire one day to play professionally.
They will be making at least two visits during the season at evening coaching sessions to give some tips to the teams. There are 22 clubs within the Bath & District area which involve thousands of amateur rugby players, supporters, enthusiasts and volunteers.
Stuart Hooper, Bath Rugby captain said: "The players are really looking forward to working with the local clubs again this season. Encouraging more young people to get involved in rugby is close to all our hearts and we are very happy to support them all."
Nick Blofeld added that he was delighted to see the initiative enter its second season and was keen to see the Club continue engaging in the local community, especially with the local rugby clubs and teams.
The Clubs involved are: Avonvale, Avon, Bath Saracens, Bath Amateurs, Bradford on Avon, Calne, Chippenham, Combe Down, Corsham, Old Culverhaysians, Devizes, Frome, Keynsham, Melksham, Midsomer Norton, Old Edwardians, Old Sulians, Oldfield Old Boys, Stothert and Pitt, Trowbridge, Westbury, Walcot.