With grass roots sport being cancelled during Lockdown II, Henley Rugby Club wanted to keep their young members engaged and motivated during this time and on Sunday live streamed the first of their fitness training sessions #RugbyFit via Youtube and Facebook.
Over 160 Mini and Junior members tuned in and joined James Waite (Head Coach U11’s) and Hawks First Team coach Alan Awcock for a 40 minute workout. After James warmed everyone up with a some squats, lunges, butt kicks and star jumps he then did some great rugby skill exercises which included a crab walk balancing a ball on your stomach and from lying flat on the floor, picking up the ball and then jumping to your feet.
Half way, through members were treated to some special messages from former Hawks members, Josh McNally who is now captain at Bath Rugby and Jack Willis who got his first England cap against Georgia. Jack said, “Keep motivated during this time. I know it is frustrating and tough. Keep getting a ball in your hand and messing around in the garden. Keep positive.”
The filming was done by another Hawks coach, Max Tilney who runs film production company Talefin.
Nick Bradbury Chairman of the Kids First and Junior Section at Henley Hawks said, “Considering James has had recent surgery, he ran the session like a seasoned Personnel Trainer-Henley’s very own Joe Wicks! Alan Awock provided expert guidance and the occasional joke. All of the exercises could be done inside or outside and was a tremendous success with the membership. The event was designed to keep the membership engaged and active throughout Lockdown.”