Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Serevi LA. High Performance Training Camp A Success

Press Release

As part of the USA Rugby Academy, Serevi held the first High Performance Training Camp (HPTC) of the 2014-15 series on September 21st at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles for more than 50 young men and women. In the words of USA Rugby National 7’s Director Alex Magleby, “the Serevi powered Academy camps are helping identify and develop players around the country, augmenting USA Rugby’s high school, college, and club competition pathways,” and Los Angeles camp was no exception.

Drills and teaching were led by Serevi coaches Matt Hawkins (former USA Eagles captain and head coach) and Hannah Lockwood (current USA Eagle), joined by current USA Eagle Kelly Griffin and 7's Women's National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach Jared Siegmund.

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This camp was run in partnership with ICEF Rugby – a program dedicated to engaging kids from South L.A. with the sport to provide positive life opportunities including an active lifestyle, discipline, teamwork, international travel and a college-going culture. 33 of the camp participants were from the ICEF program. ICEF Rugby Director Stuart Krohn summed up the successful camp:

“It was a terrific day yesterday at Jackie Robinson. The field was full of players. They were active the entire day. They can never get enough ball handling, decision-making, tackling and team work. They were tired, but they were also having a lot of fun. Mostly, they love working as a team in a positive and reinforcing environment playing the game they love. I always love the aspect of bringing diverse communities together, and having the camp at JR sent a very positive message to our kids, and program.

ICEF Rugby is fortunate and grateful to partner with Serevi. We are able to see the fruit of the labor in the rugby these kids are producing. Let's keep the momentum going!"

Serevi coach Hannah Lockwood echoed the positive camp experience and the ability for rugby to help young kids of all backgrounds reach and achieve their life goals and dreams:

“One camper in particular that stood out to me was Marjau Sauve…after the camp she came up to me in tears thanking me and the staff for putting on the camp and expressed the value of the sport in her life and how through playing rugby, her life has changed for the better.”

Athletes Catching Coaches’ Eyes:

• Female: Nia Tolliver – 16 year old who just returned from stint in New Zealand playing, since we last saw her you definitely can see the improvement in overall fundamental skill - her passing has really improved especially. Overall, she was the fastest in our camp race for the girls.

• Male: Jabari Fernandes – ICEF player, a standout 20-year-old college student that plays for Santa Monica Super first team. He spent a full season at a rugby school in Christchurch a year ago.

L.A. was the first of 12 stops on this season’s High Performance Training Camp series. A full list of upcoming USA Rugby Academy camps, more information, and registration can be found at: serevirugby.com/usa-rugby-academy.

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