Beckenham club, the Old Dunstonians (ODs), is opening its doors this Sunday 26th February to host some of the country’s best premiership and championship rugby talent. This family friendly open day has been designed to showcase what the South East London amateur rugby club scene has to offer.
Whilst remaining loyal to their strong traditions of striking a balance between ambition, with competitive league rugby, and a lively social culture, the ODs are energetically building for the future, and keen to welcome all new players and supporters to be part of this vibrant and inclusive club that puts player enjoyment as its top priority.
The OD minis, juniors, As and 1st IV teams will run out to learn from some of the best including:
- Nick Tomkins (Saracens)
- Matt Hankin (Saracens)
- Andy Short (Worcester Warriors)
- Ross Broadfoot (ex-Leicester Tigers)
- Harry Allen (Doncaster)
- Jamie Stephenson (London Scottish)
- Oli Evans (Nottingham)
- Dave Burford (ex-Roslyn Park)
Players of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come along and sample what the club has to offer, both on and off the field. This includes those with previous experience, as well as those new to the game… there will be something for everyone!
Andy Short, current winger for premiership club Worcester Warriors says, “Playing professionally doesn’t come overnight, it’s the clubs we all were a part of in our amateur days, which contribute to your experience and passion for the game and ultimately give you the support and motivation to succeed. It’s important for me to make sure I’m continuing to give back to others who turn up rain or shine to play the game we all love and I’m really looking forward to the ODs putting me through my paces!”
Paul Murphy, Chairman of ODRFC adds, “We’re so grateful to all our professionals for donating their time to grass roots rugby in South East London. It’s hugely motivating for our players, at all levels, to get access to the sort of experience and attitude these guys have. We hope to see as many people from the local area down to get involved to have fun and hopefully learn something along the way!”
The day kicks off with minis and juniors training from 10am, followed by a ladies’ coaching session at 11.30 and the professional skills workshop starting at 12pm.
In addition, there will be fun competitions, activities, and of course plenty to eat and drink. Naturally, the England v Italy international at 3pm will also be shown on the big screen.
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