Northampton Saints’ innovative Community team will break new ground this Spring, as coaches head to Chile to deliver the School of Rugby project across Chile in February.
Partnering with Sudamerica Coaching, Chile Rugby and project sponsor Latam Inversiones, Saints Community coaches will travel to South America to act as the project’s delivery partner – aiming to support the growth and development of the sport within Chile through three rugby camps early next year.
Chile are closer than ever to their first Rugby World Cup and with the sport already expanding across the country, Saints head to South America to join forces with Chile Rugby with the aim of growing the game further in 2022.
Up to 200 young Chilean players are set to take part in the sessions across Puerto Montt, Santiago, and Antofagasta in February before a further 100 players participate in an additional camp in October.
The project will also run in conjunction with the School of Coaching that sees Saints Community coaches link up with Juan González Mendia, Director at Sudamerica Coaching, to host mentoring sessions and a series of educational webinars with Chilean coaches.
And a group of those coaches will also be invited to Northampton to visit cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens at the beginning of 2022/23 and meet with Saints’ Senior and Academy coaches as part of the ongoing development of rugby in South America; while a select group of players that demonstrate the Saints’ SPIRIT qualities during the February camps in Chile will be offered a place at Northampton’s Residential camps at Stowe School in 2022.
“Part of our goal as a Community team is to grow the game of rugby as far and wide as possible and this just the next step,” said Saints Head of Community, Connor Fleming.
“We’ve learned a lot from our experiences hosting international camps in Spain and Italy back in 2019, but we’re still in the early stages of offering rugby camps on a global scale.
“We want to continue to build our links across the globe to good people who are committed to growing the game, and we hope that starting with these three camps in February will help us start that development and enable us to continue to work on the development of rugby in South America and beyond going forwards.”
While places on Saints Community’s School of Rugby project in Chile are not open to international participants, you can find out more about Northampton’s other rugby camps – including Saints’ residential camps at Stowe School – by CLICKING HERE or emailing [email protected] for more information.