Indoor Winter Rugby Training is Back in Lanark!

(07 Feb 2022 – Perth) The Lanark Highlanders Rugby Football Club is back on the pitch and holding indoor training at Beckwith Recreation Complex on Sunday mornings until 24 April. U18, all genders, have the field from 10am, followed by the adults, all genders, from 11am until noon.

Photo by LeeAnn Napiorkowski

“This is a great opportunity to leverage the fantastic growth that the club has seen in 2021,” says club president Dan Drummond. “Despite the pandemic, between the youth and adult programmes, the number of registered players grew by four times over previous years.”

The club will be enforcing Lanark/Leeds Public Health Guidelines and participants must show proof of vaccination and register for contact tracing upon arrival.

“Despite the continuing COVID restrictions, the growth of the club has been a real bright spot and gives me hope for the 2022 season,” says Drummond.

Players will work on fitness and agility as well as developing rugby-specific skills. “But we won’t be doing full-contact drills on the AstroTurf”, says Coach LeeAnn Napiokowski. “But it’s surprising how much you get out of flag training,” adds Napiorkowski, referring to “Flag Rugby”. “It’s a fun, light-contact version of the game that still emphasises good technique and tactics.”

For anyone interested in returning to the sport or in checking out rugby for the first time, the Highlanders would love to meet you. Come for a run-about and meet the community. Arrive 5 mins before the session, bring proof of vaccination, and wear soccer cleats or cross trainers. Costs for all 12 sessions is $50 for U18 and $100 for adults. Single-session drop-ins are welcome at $10 a session.

For more information, email any member of the club executive.

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