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HKRFU Partners Serevi Rugby to Provide Special Training Camps

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As part of the upcoming Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) and Serevi Rugby have partnered to provide local area youth players with rugby training camps.

The camps will be led by international rugby legends including the “King of Sevens” Waisale Serevi, IRB World Sevens Series record points scorer, Ben Gollings, and IRB World Sevens Series record try scorer Santiago Gomez Cora.

“Ben, Santi, and I made our names in Hong Kong and it feels great to return and give back to the young players of a city that embraced us,” said Waisale Serevi, Coach and Co-founder of Serevi Rugby. “Without Hong Kong, there is no Waisale Serevi, so I’m happy to partner with HKRFU to develop youth skills in the territory.”

The programme combines both free introductory programmes and “taster sessions” to give kids an introduction to the game, as well as specific high-performance training camps to help nurture Hong Kong’s future stars.

“Taster Sessions” for boys and girls ages 5-16 with Serevi Rugby coaches (including Serevi and Gollings) will be held on the morning of Saturday, 16 March 2013 at King’s Park to coincide with the announcement of the HKRFU Men’s and Women’s National Teams participating in the Hong Kong Sevens (22-24 March) and the Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens (22 March at Hong Kong Football Club). Taster Sessions for players U6 to U8 will be held from 9:00am-10:30am and U9 to U12 from 10:30am – noon. Registration is HK$100 and includes on-field training of core rugby skills and game play.

The HKRFU is also offering three free sessions in association with Serevi Rugby on Monday, 18 March on Hong Kong Island, Tuesday, 19 March in Tin Shui Wai, and Wednesday, 20 March, in Kowloon for invited groups of HKRFU targeted local players.

The programme also puts Serevi Rugby’s coaching legends to good use from a high performance standpoint with an intensive two-day camp focused on skills development.

Jointly designed by Serevi Rugby and the HKRFU Performance Department to compliment HKRFU’s high performance programme, the two-day camp will focus on core skills, decision-making, and game execution.

Held at King’s Park on Monday, 25 March through Tuesday, 26 March, the High Performance Training Camp is progression-based, with players segmented by age and ability. Serevi Rugby coaches will focus on building young players’ core rugby skills and ability to execute under increasing amounts of game-like pressure.

Each day’s session will include afternoon match play and each player will have an opportunity to work directly with Serevi, Gollings, and Gomez Cora along with Serevi coaches from around the world. Registration for this elite session is HK$1,400 which includes more than 10 hours of elite coaching, lunch each day, a camp shirt and gift bag.

Dai Rees, HKRFU Head of Performance and Coaching commented on the upcoming programmes saying, "As the current Asian Sevens champions, Hong Kong has earned a chance to qualify for HSBC Sevens World Series core team status in London this May, while also booking our place at our sixth consecutive Rugby World Cup Sevens in June ...  As such, sevens is moving into a very exciting period of development in Hong Kong. As our domestic and international programmes continue to grow, the HKRFU partnership with Serevi Rugby will capitalize on the high awareness of the game to offer new players a chance to improve their understanding and enjoyment of the game with three true legends of sevens in Waisale Serevi, Ben Gollings and Santiago Gomez Cora. From a High Performance standpoint, the HKRFU Serevi Rugby programme will help us develop the next generation of players who will hopefully ensure Hong Kong’s sevens future remains bright."

Ben Gollings, Serevi Rugby Coach and four-time Hong Kong Sevens winner, said, “This partnership is all about building the skills of local players, providing them access to our vast on-field and coaching experience, particularly techniques that we’ve developed from years of game experience. There's no higher ground in sevens rugby than Hong Kong, so coming back is a thrill for me.”

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See past stories about the Hong Kong Sevens 2013: Pictures from Hong Kong Sevens 2013, Results from Hong Kong Sevens 2013, Sevens Legend Waisale Serevi Inducted into IRB Hall of Fame, Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 Ready for Kick Off!, What Impact Does Hong Kong Sevens Have on Long-Haul Travel?, South Stand Fashion - What to Wear at the Hong Kong Sevens, HKRFU Launches Rugby App; Chance to Win Tickets to HK Sevens, Hong Kong RFU to Launch a School of Rugby in Hong Kong, HKRFU Partners Serevi Rugby to Provide Special Training Camps, HKRFU Names Men's and Women's Sevens Squads, US Eagles Land in HK for Sevens; Jamaica Ready for Debut, Air Pacific Partners Ben Kende Foundation to Provide Medical Supplies to FORU, Rugby Sevens Teams from South Africa and France Arrive in Hong Kong, Official Draw for the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens, Beach Boys to Perform at Hong Kong Sevens, Hong Kong Sevens Officially Sold Out!, 2013 Hong Kong Sevens Public Ticket Sale to be via Public Ballot, Fans in Australia Can Purchase Tickets for 2013 Hong Kong Sevens, Biggest Hong Kong Sevens Ever! and Dates for the Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013.

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