Northampton Saints’ pioneering community team will break new ground once again this summer, as three coaches travel to Rugby Parma FC to host the Club’s first-ever camp in Italy.
Academy and Community coaches will trade Franklin’s Gardens for the northern Italian province from September 2nd to 6th to deliver a five-day camp to youngsters from Rugby Parma and its surrounding clubs.
Saints are partnering with the Italian side to focus on players between seven and 14 years old, while over 30 developing coaches from Rugby Parma’s region will have the opportunity to take part in coach education workshops alongside the camp.
“Part of our mandate is to grow the game of rugby as far and wide as possible. We can’t wait to show young players in Italy how to play the Saints way.”Connor Fleming, head of community
A whopping 90 young Italian players are set to take part in September’s trailblazing sessions, and after hosting a successful January camp in Spain – the Club’s first international camp – Saints’ head of community Connor Fleming is delighted to be broadening the club’s horizons once again.
“It’s testament to the hard work of the community department here in Northampton that we can really push the boundaries to offer camps in places like Italy,” he said.
“Rugby Parma are a great club with a lot of ambition and I am confident that this trip will provide a positive learning platform for players and coaches alike.
“At Saints part of our community mandate is to grow the game of rugby as far and wide as possible and we are still in the early stages of offering rugby camps on a global scale; we kicked off our international camps earlier this year in Spain with great success. We’ve learned a lot from that experience and can’t wait to show young players in Italy how to play the Saints way.
“What really impressed me was both the proud history that Rugby Parma has and the intense passion for their club and for rugby that was evident when meeting Nicola Belicchi and his team.
“We want to establish links with clubs that have good people who are committed to the growth and development of the game, and it was clear to me that Rugby Parma is one of those clubs. What will start with a pre-season rugby camp will hopefully enable us to continue to work together in the future for the betterment of the game.”
To learn more about Rugby Parma FC, please visit www.rugbyparma.it.