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Rugby Camps enjoy Japanese adventure

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Leicester Tigers coaches have enjoyed an entertaining and rewarding trip to a series of Rugby Camps and charity events in Japan.

The trip started with a coaching clinic at the Umakana Yokana stadium in Kumamoto as part of a charity event for the school community.
Three-day camps followed in three venues across Japan, with Tigers delivering an academy-style rugby programme including built-in English language sessions with the support of partners General Education Consultants GEC World.
The camps covered a range of skills for the players including catch and pass, tackle, attacking and defensive structure, footwork and decision-making, taking the ball into contact, breakdown skills and ball presentation.
The three-week programme culminated in a final one day coach education session in Saitama where the coaching team expand the ideas used in developing the game and young players looking to move forward into the professional game.

The Tigers’ trip to Japan follows Rugby Camps visits to the Channel Islands, Kuala Lumpur, Holland, Italy and Virginia in the USA in recent years.
Steven Baker, rugby development officer at Tigers, said: “This was an incredible adventure and we were given the full Japanese cultural and rugby experience by visiting so many venues across the country as part of a very strong itinerary.
“The charity events we did at Kumamoto and Oakyama were a real success with the communities sourcing big news events to promote the sport of rugby and the brand of Leicester Tigers in preparation for the country hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
“The three camps we delivered were spread across the country working northwards from Fukuoka to Oasaka and ending with a return visit to Kumagaya, Tokyo where we had previously visited earlier in the year.
“The standard of skills from the players at each camp was exceptional for their respective ages and the target was to develop their knowledge to deliver these in game situations.
“By the final inter-group games, not only was there some brilliant rugby being played but the feedback from the player of how much fun it was and asking their parents to attend again next time was very rewarding.
“We’d like to send our thanks to everyone in Japan for hosting us and to all of the young players who took part in our events.”
Tigers are interested in hearing from any potential partners to continue developing this exciting opportunity in Japan and on a global setting. Anyone interested in finding out more should email [email protected]