Arrival Of Canadian National Team Adds Spark To Aberdeen'S Summer Camps

Over 50 young rugby players turned out to meet Edinburgh Rugby's Matt Dey and the Calcutta Cup at the Aberdeen Youth Rugby Association (AYRA) rugby camp. As part of the camp organised by AYRA development officer Colin Philips (in partnership with club sides Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen Grammar and Aberdeen Wanderers) children aged between eight and 14 took part in the five-day camp geared towards having fun with rugby.Over 50 young rugby players turned out to meet Edinburgh Rugby's Matt Dey and the Calcutta Cup at the Aberdeen Youth Rugby Association (AYRA) rugby camp.

As part of the camp organised by AYRA development officer Colin Philips (in partnership with club sides Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen Grammar and Aberdeen Wanderers) children aged between eight and 14 took part in the five-day camp geared towards having fun with rugby.

The camp is the latest in a series of community focused events that will run right up to the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests after it was announced that the third and final match in the series, against Canada on 22 November, will take place at Pittodrie.

Obstacle courses, kicking practice and rugby rounders were the order of the day at the AYRA camp as well as the more traditional contact and non-contact aspects of training to play the game of rugby.

The camp later came to a deafening crescendo when Edinburgh Rugby's Matt Dey joined the on-field action before answering a barrage of questions from the eager young players, signing autographs and having his picture taken with the youngsters.

AYRA development officer, Colin Philips, said: "The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Calcutta Cup and Matt Dey. Matt was well grilled in the question and answer session which gave the youngsters a pretty good insight into pro rugby which was much appreciated.

_x001C_Boys and girls from a number of north-east clubs mixed and new players were introduced to the game throughout the week. The team of coaches put the players through their paces and ensured all children went home happy but tired."

Local companies, ASM - Integrated workplace solutions and TSMarine, provided financial backing for the camp as well as offering three free places to children from Printfield Community Project to the camp.

Regional development manager for Grampian, Pete Young, said: _x001C_There's great potential to expand youth rugby in Aberdeen, especially with the Scotland v Canada game being played at Pittodrie. A lot of kids are playing at after school clubs through Colin and the active schools coordinators and it's up to us to build on the club to school links and get more players joining the local clubs.

_x001C_The camp's are a great way to keep kids active in summer and are a obviously a good opportunity for us to promote rugby and local rugby clubs as a lot of the kids who come along aren't members at a club._x001D_

The next camp AYRA rugby camp is on 22 September info available from www.aberdeenyouthrugby.com.