Nearly 200 youth rugby players from 25 states and 6 countries, including AYR’s Richard Wofford, gathered this summer at the United States Military Academy’s Anderson Rugby Complex for four intensive days of training and education about the country’s fastest-growing team sport. Held from July 26-29, the West Point Boys’ Rugby Camp featured a faculty of elite college coaches and players led by West Point’s Director of Rugby Matt Sherman. Other staff members included former US and Canadian national team veterans, college and high school All-American team coaches, and head coaches from Dartmouth, Brown, and Texas Tech.
Training in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid the summer heat, the campers developed both basic and position-specific skills, and spent additional time in classroom sessions devoted to fitness, nutrition, career planning, and mental performance. Open house collegiate sessions were available for interested campers. Each night the campers scrimmaged at West Point’s $8 million facility before bedding down in the college’s historic dormitories.
“We had really high-level coaching,” Richard reports, “Coach Sherman is a former Eagle, and there were some college players trying to get to that level.” He adds, “We also had free time to go swimming or just hang out in the dorms.”
AYR leaders are planning to take a larger group to the camp next summer. If your son may be interested, please let your coach know.