Falkirk RFC's future stars get back on the training field

Falkirk RFC’s mini section have members back training for the first time since December after weeks of rigorous planning.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 2:59 pm
Falkirk RFC Director of Rugby Kenny Grieve

Children under the age of 12 are currently permitted to participate in physically distanced group activity in groups of up to 15 people including two coaches.

A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes in recent months to make sure the club were able to provide a safe environment for the young members to work in and Falkirk Director of Rugby Kenny Grieve has prasied the efforts of everyone involved.

Speaking to The Falkirk Herald, he said: “Derek and Kerry Stanners run our mini section and the work they have done has been incredible.

Ramsay Stanners enjoys one of the various training stations set up around the pitches

"You can imagine all the organisation that goes into running a normal Sunday without any restrictions and then take in to account the risk assessments, planning and all the discussion.

"We did a trial run in mid-January with the coaches children and that went well so we contacted the parents to let them know we’d be running sessions for P1 to P7s on Sunday mornings.

"The response has been great and it is a real positive for the physical and mental wellbeing of the kids.

"You can only have a certain amount of kids on half of the pitch at any one time so we have set up stations around the pitches with various skills and exercises.”

Thea Baines carries the ball through training flags in in another drill

Grieve also commented on the positive impact the sessions had had not just on the kids but on coaches, volunteers and parents as well.

"As our chairman Bill Faulds always says, it's about making people feel good about themselves.

"Not just the kids but the coaches and volunteers have really tried to make an effort and they see the benefit to themselves as well, giving them a bit of purpose and normality.

"It's a real shot in the arm coming out of the dark days of winter and now having some better weather.

"Keeping things safe is the top priority and everything we've had to get right we've done and it's all been very positive.

“Unfortunately the training sessions are only open to current members at this time but once restrictions ease back a bit more we hope to open up to new members again."