Stu Worrall had arranged the visit as part of the Club's partnership with Sale Sharks, via the Community Connections scheme. Mark and Corne were able to visit all the age groups in training on the astroturf facilty and had much fun chatting and watching the Under 8s tag players, especially when Sharky was able to join in.
The Under 11s were playing non-contact rugby and then honed their skills in a passing challenge. Mark and Corne were able to pass on some tips to the young players and encourage them not to dwell on any errors they make - learn and move on.
After about an hour spent outside with the age groups, Mark and Corne held a Q&A session in the club house, in front of all the players and parents. Some of the questions were somewhat comical, but many were focused on the player's playing history, how many tries they had scored, ever broken any bones, which positions they played, and some which couldn't be answered, including how much do you earn! Mark and Corne were able to tell the players what ages they started playing rugby, and their pathway to where they are now.
West Park St Helens are due to take part in the half time tag rugby, sponsored by Hewden, at the Salford City Stadium fixture against Exeter on 8th February 2013, and are hoping to make this a full club visit. Contact Stu Worrall if you wish to attend.
The visit to West Park St Helens was available through the Sharks Community Connections Partnership. To learn more, click here or contact Helen Stuart by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also ring her on 0161 286 8888 ext 268.