OFFICIALLY a Saracens Partner Club
We are very pleased to announce that with immediate affect we are now OFFICIALLY a Saracens Partner Club. For a while now Canvey Island RUFC’s Dave Gillespie, has been working to form a new partnership with Saracens RFC. Saracens, are at the top level of domestic rugby union in England & Europe.
We firmly believe there is no better partner to help us develop rugby in our community. As club’s we share much of the same values and believe Saracens RFC can be a valuable guide for us on Canvey, both on and off the pitch. This partnership is beneficial to the whole club stretching from the minis to the juniors, to our coaches and into the senior sides.
This relationship will grow and cultivate over time as we establish ways of working with each other. From the meeting today at Allianz Park, the starting points will be:
Mini & Junior Rugby Match Day Festivals & Experiences
Saracens will regularly offer a range of tailored visits for Canvey Island RUFC to Allianz Park for matches. This section of the club will also be invited to play at festivals at Allianz Park before Premiership games on a Saturday.
As a partner club, we will encourage our members to attend Derby Day where they traditionally take on Harlequins RFC (either at Wembley or London Stadium) and make this our ‘annual’ big day out event.
We plan to participate in this and as a partner club we are invited to take part in the “Pride in Unity” Parade prior to Kick Off, where the children have the opportunity to walk around the pitch.
Coach Education Programme & Support
The Saracens Coach Education Programme is designed to aid our coaches, by improving coaching standards at all levels throughout the club. The concept behind the programme is to provide club coaches and school teachers continually with new ideas, used in their academy and senior sides, to help increase knowledge levels.
Saracens will deliver these group sessions to our coaches, to help us make the standards and participation levels of rugby as high as possible for players throughout our community. We feel this programme will really help to improve our standard of coaching at all levels and to maintain the quality of mini and junior rugby as players make their way through the age groups.
In addition, Saracens will also invite our more senior coaches to participate in Elite Coach Education Sessions that take place monthly at Allianz Park. This will help to provide a foundation to develop our coaches on an individual level.
Saracens will also look to provide a rugby training camp programme during school holiday periods. The Saracens Rugby Development Team has courses available for all mini and junior playing age groups and provides organised, educational, inclusive and structured activities.
Players of any ability will be able to enjoy their rugby training, working with the Saracens coaches. Participants can expect to receive constructive feedback, advising areas of improvement which will enable the individual to further their personal development.
As a club, we believe that being able to provide access to a Premiership Rugby Academy Camp like this, offers members of our community the best opportunity for players of all ages and positions to fine tune their rugby skills and take away a greater understanding of the ever increasing popular sport!
Saracens will support the club by supplying raffle prizes such as match day tickets. We can now offer discounted tickets to our club members for Saracens matches, including the derby game. Saracens will do their best to encourage players to visit us when they are in the South East Essex region.
We will associate ourselves through the use of a Saracens Partner Club Logo on print, on our Social Media material and the new upcoming Webpage. We will link up with Saracens on their Twitter page @sarriesrugbydev as we continue to raise our profile.
As we grow and we continue to develop in the community, there will be many valuable lessons for us to learn from the best club in Europe.
We are all very excited by this partnership. We hope it will inspire, enthuse and provide a pathway for our youngsters and our coaches in the game of rugby!