By new Rugby Lions correspondent player/coach Rob Dignum
As one would suspect, there have been many developments at Webb Ellis Road over the summer as the Rugby Lions look to continue their rebuilding process both on and off the pitch.
A hive of activity by all at the club has seen many new faces join the set up, with much excitement and expectation as ever with the season just around the corner and the first pre-season game at Hinckley on Saturday.
Throughout the break, senior players and parents supported the club’s plight to regain some of the mini and junior section lost in recent years. Much fun was had attending all the fetes and festivals and many a new young signing was happily made.
Off the back of last season’s successes on the field, local businesses again happily are getting behind the squad, as Lions welcome on board our newest sponsor, Automotive Insulations.
On the playing field, the two coaches, Rob Walton and I have been most impressed with the efforts of all the squad throughout a tough pre-season.
New addition conditioning coach Kev Hallam has put us all through our paces - I for one have been gasping for air a few times in training!
A great set of blokes from last year’s campaign have in the most part stayed together, the exceptions being those off to University and we wish all of them well with their studies and look forward to welcoming them back soon.
Some talented individuals have also joined the ranks: Jack Brenchley and Ash Williams from Leicester Storm Rugby League, who are exciting players, as are all other new arrivals; Sam James, Sunny Dhindsa, Dave King, Barry Rees, Royston Sainsbury, Roger Weddell, Matt Ginvert, Matt Haycock, Isaac Orr and Andy Fenton.Welcome to you all.
Having set the bar pretty high last year with an unbeaten league campaign, Midlands Vase champions and runners-up at Twickenham in the national competition, again excitement looking toward the forthcoming season is at fever pitch. As a squad it would be very remiss to predict what is in store, an entirely new adventure again with all oppositions aware of the club’s proud history- we shall have to wait and see.
With so many new arrivals, the club is very pleased to announce the return of the Development XV.
It is hoped that this will allow players of all ages and abilities access to senior rugby whether coming through the age groups or just wanting a run out on a Saturday.
Tom Kilburn will run this side; he and all at the club would love to welcome you down for a game and the opportunity to wear the Rugby Lions shirt with pride. Training is at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
And finally, thank you to all for your continued support. Come along and enjoy our great game amidst wonderful facilities.