Duns RFC summer camp proves a great success

Finlay Hamilton on the charge'Duns Mini's summer camp
Finlay Hamilton on the charge'Duns Mini's summer camp

Sunday saw the return of Duns Mini’s at their new home of the Old Berwickshire High School and they started their season with a bang with the annual summer camp and the first ever family fun day.

Over 60 kids enjoyed coaching in the morning with their coaches, as well as some of the senior club players and colts. With everyone learning new skills and brushing up on the old ones.

The Baby Bears were straight back to their sidestepping best with coaches Phil Craze, Euan Renton and new coach Lesley Redden, as well as Duns 1st team player Johnny Thorburn. Throughout the morning it was great to see some new faces getting into the action with a variety of fun games and practices designed to make sure they have the fastest feet and the safest hands in the Borders!

The Fab 4’s and Famous 5’s, headed up by Rob Brewis and yet another new enthusiastic coach Rob Taylor, as well as Colt Ollie Smith and Duns 1st XV and Scotland U18 player Iain Sim, were getting the hands going again with some exciting passing games and an introduction to tackling was led by Club Development Officer David Hutchison and Dom Ginn.

The new P4’s are looking forward to putting the new skill of tackling into action this season and with some of the tackles going in on Sunday it seems they have taken to it like a fish to water!

The Super 6’s and 7’s were straight back to work and were given no easy introduction from coaches George Hamilton, Will Dixon, Charley Walker and Ross Rhind. The lads were straight back into fitness and sprint training, strength work and wrestling! As well as some rugby drills of course! There was a helping hand from club captain Dale Robertson and vice-captain Allan Whellans who joined in and showed that maybe even some of the senior players need some extra training!

The session ended with a game and some great skills were shown from everyone.

The senior section of the mini’s also had some great numbers which is very encouraging. Training alongside the mini’s on Sunday was the S1-U15 age group teams, being led by the very experienced coaching team of David Douglas and Peter Gallagher. Those who attended learned lots of new ideas about the game and from some of the hits and handling that was going on. Their training resumes on a Wednesday night at 6.30 at the Berwickshire High School pitch, hopefully some new faces will appear and the future of Duns RFC can continue to flourish.

The first activity of the fun day was the massively anticipated Seniors vs Mini’s match, as the sides lines up, it has to be said that the minis has a few ringers in their team in the form of George Hamilton, Charley Walker and a few others who sneaked on.

Other activities included a tug of war and a four man sack race competition.

The highlight of the day was the Dunk seat. A well placed pass would send a bucket of water over the poor senior sitting below. David Hutchison was the first victim and with the very first throw - the contraption worked just fine!

Duns RFC would like to thank all those who helped out on the day as well as those who helped in the lead up to it.

Duns are an expanding club who, based on the young people on Sunday, have a extremely bright future. Anyone wishing to get involved in the club in any way will be made more than welcome and should get in touch with Club Development Officer David Hutchison or any other committee member through the club website, the club Facebook page, or on 07595771005.

Duns Mini’s will start training again from this Sunday. Meeting at their new home of the Old BHS pitches at 10.30am. Training will cost £1 per child per session.