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24
NOV

RED Rose rugby union development initiatives continue to come thick and fast since the creation of the Lancashire County RFU Development Centre Project under Mark Nelsons direction, with an inaugural Mid-Lancashire 6th Form College 12-a-side Tournament at Liverpool St Helens on December 15 a new addition to a busy programme.

Teams from Cowley Language, Carmel, St Peter St Paul, Sacred Heart, South Sefton, John Rigby, Riverside and Southport Colleges will be in action at Moss Lane.

The project follows close on the heels of a session at Eccles RUFC for Lancashire Under 17 players and County Club Coaches which was taken by former England Head Coach Brian Ashton to enhance the excellent work being done by coaches and teachers within Lancashire.

"Brian is an outstanding coach and communicator. I am delighted that he has been part of our player and coach development programme in the County. The sessions have opened the eyes of the players and coaches alike to his vision of the game which is at the cutting edge of coaching philosophy." said Nelson.

In quick succession to the Mid-Lancashire initiative, Ashton will be running a team play session for the Lancashire Under 20s at Fylde RFC on Sunday, December 19, 2010, which is open to all club coaches and 1st XV school coaches within the county.

"We are trying to bring player and coaching development opportunities to all sections of the game in Lancashire," says Nelson: "We have done well in the County Championship for generations and there is great pride in the Red Rose brand, but if you measure our success by a club yardstick, the picture is not quite so rosy.

"Our arch-rivals and friends across the Pennines have a significantly stronger club infrastructure if you measure their placings in the league pecking order and it is important that as a county we drive our clubs upwards if we are to hold onto our best players.

"Our record of producing world-class players is second to none, but we urgently need to strengthen the base of our pyramid, which is why we are so busy at the moment. Luckily, we have some excellent people who have bought into the concept of changing the landscape, we have top-class talent on the conveyor belt and we have a cunning plan to role up our sleeves and change things.

"As the recently coined saying goes, "we are where we are", but we wont be staying there."

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