After a 2 month plus break following their successful 2018/19 season in which they gained promotion back to London Division South West 3 Weybridge Vandals RFC are back in full training for the new campaign.
Head coach Damien Porter, who has had a wealth of coaching experience over the years with London Irish Wild Geese, London Irish Academy and Middlesex RFU has brought a fresh approach to training and the players have responded well to the slick fast moving and varied content of the sessions.
Emphasis has been on fitness and plenty of ball handling exercises which have then been applied to game situations full, and as the season fast approaches more time will be given to unit skills .
Damian has as his assistant David Hoade, a knowledgeable and well-respected coach whose work with the forwards last season went a long way towards ensuring promotion. Joining the coaching team is defense coach Andy Jones, skills guru Roland Davies, and Nigel Taylor, also responsible for strength and conditioning programs. Nigel will also coach vandals 2nd XV.
This is a formidable coaching lineup which gives the club every opportunity to enjoy another successful season in which they will renew their long rivalry with Reeds Weybridge and compete against another local side Old Georgians.
Vandals Seniors have two pre season games to prepare for the start of their league campaign.
- 31st August - Vandals v Teddington RFC 3pm - Away (TW11 0EA)
- 7th September - Vandals v Staines RFC 3pm - Away (TW13 7NB)
Vandals will continue to field there U21 side in the Surrey Cup, and the club have strong representation at U18 level as well as the lower age groups. League matches for Juniors take place on Sundays starting in September and the mini section children aged 6 to 12 years train on the same day and take part in many festivals at various times during the season.
As ever we welcome new members to vandals and we are confident we can find a team to match your ability and ambitions ring 07973 986 160 for more details or come to training Tuesday and Thursday starting 7:30 PM
Junior and Mini rugby officially starts Sunday 8th September, Contacts are available via the website.
Written by John Farrow