Uckfield Rugby Club has got a new head coach. James Robinson was welcomed at the ground last night when he took his first training session.
He has moved to the area from Oxford, with his wife Georgia and three children, and is inviting new players to join the training sessions which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All ages and abilities are welcome, he says. The sessions run from 7.30-9pm and a bonus is that post training food is available on Thursdays.
James, aged 36, joins Uckfield Rugby Club following its successful 2014/15 season when the first XV finished at its highest position ever in London SE 3, and when the second XV won its league, losing only one game.
Players from both teams came together last night to get senior rugby pre-season training under way.
Fixtures in September
James, who lives at Vines Cross, said the aim was to get ready for fixtures starting in September. Players were working on fitness and blowing away the cobwebs from the summer.
The new coach is a school teacher by trade and was head of rugby in a boys’ grammar school before taking on his role in Uckfield.
He is pleased to be closer to where he grew up and to take on the coaching role with this senior club.
James has been steeped in rugby his whole life, he remembers his mum behind the bar at a rugby club and making hot dogs for children. His father will be coming to Uckfield, from Brede near Rye, to watch games and his son will be playing for the under 9s in September.
Georgia grew up in a rugby family too. Her father celebrated his 60th birthday by playing in his own testimonial match.
James said: “This is a lifestyle. The camaraderie, bonds and relationships in rugby never disappear. You keep them forever.”
If you would like to get involved visit the Uckfield Rugby Club website or call secretary Gordon Buckland on 07545 533401 or chairman John Lewis on 07506 593502.
Junior and mini rugby start in September.