Arran rugby takes another step forward with youth development team

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

An Arran Junior Rugby Club (AJRC) grassroots campaign to develop youth rugby on Arran has taken a leap forward with a dedicated team of rugby coaches who are committed to provide training for youngsters on the island.

Children from P3 to P7, and seniors from S1 upwards, have been taking advantage of evening coaching lessons from Frazer Barr, Stuart McMaster, Reece Currie, Lucas Henderson, Martin Ross and Alan McGrath.

The experienced coaching team have been hosting up to 20 children per session with the club hoping to develop an Arran side in a few years.

The junior rugby club has been going for a number of years. However, with the renewed interest and increasing numbers taking part, the club is increasingly optimistic about the future of rugby on Arran.

Lessons, which are available for all children on Arran, take place at Ormidale Park on a Monday evening between 6pm and 7pm for P3 to P7 pupils, and on a Tuesday evening, between 7pm and 8pm, for S1 to senior pupils.

Coach Frazer Barr said: ‘Rugby is an ideal sport for young people to enjoy.

‘Other than learning new skills it also provides children with exercise, fresh air and a number of mental health and physical benefits.

‘Anyone with an interest is invited to attend our fun and friendly sessions and, who knows, possibly in two to three years’ time we may develop a senior team.’

Further information about Arran Junior Rugby Club can be found on its Facebook page with relevant details, updates and club news.