Training session for Lancashires top young rugby players

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PENNINE Lancashire’s top young rugby players learnt about the lifestyles of professional rugby stars at a Burnley College training day.

The day was run by college rugby consultant Brian Foley, who pioneered the youth set up at Wigan Warriors, and coach and lecturer Andrew Roberts, who played for Preston Grasshoppers.

It allowed the area’s best young players to learn from a mixture of practical exercises and lifestyle guidance.

Brian gave an inspiring lecture on motivation, mental toughness and goal setting targets while Andrew spoke about the importance of nutrition for professional sports people.

An afternoon skills session followed, concentrating on conditioning, speed, agility, movement and reaction as well as a competitive match to put the youngsters’ new skills to the test.

Burnley College rugby academy coach Andrew Roberts said: “This training day attracted phenomenal interest from our academy team and league and union players from across East Lancashire. Based on a day in the life of a professional rugby player, we aimed to teach the players about how everything they do will impact on their ability to become a top player as well as teaching them some new skills and techniques.

“We were really pleased with the feedback we received from everyone who took part in the day. Many of the students wanted to carry on the day after. We will definitely be looking at running more sessions in the future.”

In addition to the college’s academy team, players from a number of local league and union sides attended the training day including West Craven Warriors, Accrington Wildcats, Accrington Panthers, Burnley and Pendle RLFC, Blackburn RUFC, Colne and Nelson RUFC, Pendle RUFC, Rossendale RUFC and Burnley RUFC.