Rugby club excited by next generation
WELLS rugby coaches are excited to see their young players in action again when the new season kicks off in September.
The club runs minis, juniors and women’s teams, three senior men’s teams, and for the first time in three seasons, will field a Colts team.
“We’re really excited about the Colts this season,” said Ben Knight, a board member and 1st team player.
“There hasn’t been a Colts team for two years so now we’re in a position to put one out on the back of the U16s last season.
“They’re the next crop of lads coming through.”
The production line of home-grown talent is vital to Wells, since few players of rugby-playing age move to the city and the club does not pay to attract players from further afield.
In fact, all 45 players who turned out for the 1st XV last season came up through the ranks, having previously played junior rugby for Wells.
“It’s a great success story,” said Ben.
“We’re very much reliant on what we produce. We have to rely on that next crop.”
Head coach Peter Kennedy said that giving young players the chance to play rugby is important to the club because there is not a lot of competitive rugby played at the secondary schools in Wells.
“It is so critical that the junior section continues to do what it does,” he said.
“If there are lads or girls who want to play rugby, the opportunity is here.”
The women’s section at Wells, overseen by Estelle Love, is another big success, with player numbers increasing all the time and one player representing England 7s and Bristol Rugby Club.
The men’s 1st XV are targeting a top five finish in South West Tribute Western Counties North this season, said Ben, whose brother Alex is the 1sts’ captain.
The first league game is at home to Avonmouth Old Boys on Saturday, September 1.
The Colts will be playing in the Dorset & Wilts League, kicking off against Castle Cary Colts on Sunday, September 16.
“We’re looking forward to the new season,” said Wells Colts head coach Alex Simons – adding that the club is always on the lookout for new players.