Mackenders keeping busy over the summer

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Whoever thought rugby was simply a winter sport should take a second look at the hive of events taking place at Diss RFC this summer.

From training camps for young players of all abilities, the popular Pub 7s rugby festival, the Aviva Premiership title challengers Leicester Tigers training local young players and mid-week first-team training, Mackenders is quickly becoming East Anglia’s busiest rugby community hub.

The successful Diss RFC Pub 7s festival is calling final orders for registrations, inviting local pub teams, social groups and even local workplaces to submit their applications for the August 13 event.

Registrations forms are available from dissrugbyclub@yahoo.co.uk.

A series of youth summer rugby camps will be taking up residence at the club, with places quickly being booked up.

The Diss RFC summer camp is aimed at children who have either played rugby before or wish to learn some core skills for the first time.

The camp, running on July 26-27 and August 30-31, will have a maximum of 30 places available and is open to both boys and girls aged from 7–12.

Qualified coaches will be running the sessions, with the cost of the two-day camp at £50.

Lunch will be provided at the club by chefs from the Park Hotel.

For further information or to sign your child up for one or both camps please contact disscommunityrugby@outlook.com.

Leicester Tigers will also be running a summer training camp at Diss RFC on August 1-5.

From tag rugby to contact, Leicester Tigers coaches will be training players of all abilities and ages (Under-7 to Under-14), receiving the latest rugby tips straight from the Aviva Premiership,

To book your mini or youth player on this course, visit www.leicestertigers.com/community/camps.php.

Finally, Diss RFC first team players have been toiling in the summer heat, working on fitness levels and preparing for the new 2016-17 season.

“We have had an excellent start to summer training,” commented coach Dave Smith.

“Over the coming weeks we will be building on intensity and existing skills, so by September we will be more than ready for a strong start.

“We are looking to bring in some new players this season. If you are interested in trying out for the senior team, new players are very welcome to join our Tuesday night (7pm) sessions.”