From Club Mini to playing for England

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The strength and quality of the Clubs Youth Section is something of which everyone is very proud, but one former Junior Head Coach received some heart-warming news this week.

Theodore Dan started his rugby with Blackheaths U6’s and as he progressed through the age groups, with his emerging talent becoming ever more evident, we was selected first for Kent and then for the Saracens Academy.  Now he is with Saracens full time and his former Coach, Club Member Tim Hamer, recently received the news that Theo had been selected for the England U18s Development Camp for the second time.  And then, just yesterday, Tim was told that Theo has been selected for England U18 v France U18 on Sunday 24 March.

Theos father highlighted that none of this achievement would be possible without the years of coaching he received at the Club, and from Tim. “Theo told me that he is particularly grateful for helping him grow to his best potential as a rugby player and pushing him to attend the Kent trials, from where his journey continued towards his England U18 development camp selection.”

Not only is this a testament to Theos talent and hard work, it also showcases the dedication of those coaches those who give up countless hours not only delivering the coaching on a Sunday but also throughout the year planning sessions, talking to the players about development and balancing off the pressures of school rugby, exams and so on.

Clubs are built on their Volunteers and these coaches are part of that Volunteer Army, working hard to help every young player achieve their potential, whatever that may be, whether it is one day playing for England, competing for a Club 1st XV spot or starting fly half for the Bandits.

Everyone in the Club wishes Theo all the best for the 24th, as well as to all those young players who will be turning out on Sunday!

Tim Brindle

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