Albion Links – proudly working in association with Babcock
This is the first full season for Albion’s academy and community programmes.
Albion’s junior academy for 16 to 18 year old boys is based at City College Plymouth where any students studying on any course have the opportunity to take part in two structured training sessions from qualified Plymouth Albion coaches.
They are joined by A level students from Plymouth Studio School, who have also formed a partnership with Albion. These students form the core of our junior academy squad.
In a second weekly session, talented rugby players from any other educational establishment in the area are invited to attend to allow us to form a full squad. The squad represents Plymouth Albion and plays midweek fixtures.
Plymouth Albion’s senior academy is based at Plymouth Marjon University and again provides students with sessions from qualified Albion coaches together with the opportunity to take part in senior squad sessions and represent the club in midweek fixtures.
Albion’s community programme progressed over the close season with the appointment of first team player Eoghan Grace into the department. Albion run school holiday camps for 6 to 16 years with more than 150 children attending the sessions.
A schools programme has also been set up with a number of primary schools already signed up. This will see current first team players attending schools to provide sports coaching and promoting rugby’s core values to a wider audience.
We are also working closely with Babcock to promote the STEM agenda in schools and at other events in and around the city. First team players are acting as STEM ambassadors in and around the city.
We have forged strong community links with our neighbours and other sports clubs such as the Plymouth Special Olympics Squad.
Our community matchday experience has been enhanced with local youth rugby clubs taking part in ‘Super Saturday’ events at home fixtures. Children from 3 years upwards take part in rugby-based activities on the pitch with current members of Albion’s first team. Older age groups have also benefited from master classes from the players. As well as rugby coaching, the children have a guided tour of the changing rooms, form a guard of honour and one lucky child is chosen to be mascot for the day. Players have commented on the great atmosphere created by the children when they run out onto the pitch.
The comments about Super Saturday have been very positive:
“All your efforts were above and beyond anything we were expecting. Every single child and parent had nothing but positive comments about the day and the smoothness of how everything ran. I am constantly being prompted to get the next one organised”. Ian Lees, area manager, Rugbytots
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Plymouth Albion RFC for today’s Super Saturday and the activities and training you put on for the kids from Plymstock Albion Oaks. The tour of the changing rooms was excellent and the kids really enjoyed seeing the set-up and the way the rooms are used before the game. The on-field training was great and really well supported by the additional Albion coaching staff and players. Our players really enjoyed themselves on the pitch in front of the main stand and a chance to run around. The support and encouragement you gave the junior Oaks was great to see and even we as coaches have taken some good tips from you.
“Can you also please pass on our thanks to the engineers within the STEM facility and the help they gave on the day…again the kids had a lot of fun.” Iain Potter Plymstock Albion Oaks Under 9’s
Adult tag rugby sessions on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer has added to our community spirit.
The club is now working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police’s newly formed Pathfinder team. The team work with individuals who have come into contact with the police for a number of reasons. They work to identify the cause of the behaviour then agree a strategy that will move them away from people or environment that caused them to come into contact with the police. The aim of Pathfinder is to prevent repeat offending or anti-social activity.
Plymouth Albion act as a referral location for the Pathfinder team and work with those referred to us to achieve those goals agreed with the Pathfinder team. This includea players acting as positive role models, volunteer work in and around the stadium and providing training in the necessary skills to make individuals more employable in future.
Plymouth Albion are proud to have the chance to turn young people’s lives around.
For more information about the Albion Links community programme, please email or call us on 01752 565064
Albion Links, proudly working in association with Babcock