For a while now Billericay RFC'S u11 manager Paul Bolton has been working to cement a new partnership with Saracens RFC. Saracens, the champions both domestically and in Europe, are forging something unique at Allianz Park and we believe they would be a great partner for us as we continue to develop.
With a culture built on honesty, discipline, humility and workrate we feel we share so much of the same values and believe that they can act as a great guide for us at Billericay RFC. This relationship will grow over time as we establish ways of working with each other, but our starting points will be:
Coach Education and Coaching Support
This programme is designed to continue 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. Through Lewis Soanes, Elite Coaching Development Manager, Saracens will deliver group session to our coaches. They will also invite our more senior coaches to participate in Elite Coach Education Sessions that take place monthly at Allianz Park. On top of this they hope to be able to offer coaching support, when available, at the request of the club.
We recently held a Saracens Rugby Camp at Billericay RFC with 150 children. After the sucess of this we will look to have a regular rugby camp.
Match Day experiences, Wembley Pride in Unity Parade
Saracens regularly offer a range of bespoke visits for Billericay to Allianz Park for matches where this complements our own playing schedule. In addition to this, as a partner club, we are encouraged to attend Derby Day at Wembley where they traditionally take on Harlequins (this year on April 8th 2017). Last season(2016) as the leading seller of tickets we had the opportunity to be on the pitch as part of the 'Big Shirt wavers'as the teams came out.
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 we will have the opportunity to walk around the pitch.
We will associate ourselves through the use of a Saracens Partner Club Logo which you will see on our website and other communications. We will also link up with Sarries on their Twitter page @sarriesrugbydev which we will use to continue to raise our profile.
Developing off the pitch
Saracens have offered to share with us how they approach being a professional outfit off the pitch. As we grow, our area expands and we continue to develop in the community, there will be invaluable commercial and other lessons for us to learn from the top club in Europe.
We are all very excited by this partnership. We particularly hope it will inspire and provide a pathway for our youngsters in the game of rugby.