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Stephen Thomas has written the following article for which we are most grateful, relating to the Academy Tour to Exeter last week:
Last week, Sale Sharks Academy went on tour to Bicton College in Exeter for a team-building trip, including some rugby. The Sale Sharks Supporters Club funded the tour, and everyone had a fantastic time.
We spoke to coaches Brendan Thomas and Noel Speed who saw massive benefits to this time of tour.
Thomas said: “It was a fantastic experience for the players, they got to know each other really quickly on a short tour and It was a great experience with the activities and the rugby itself. We hope it will benefit both sides in the long run.”
Both the U16’s & U18’s had a highly successful trip, starting off with the U16s who managed to win against Exeter Chiefs U16s. Coach Noel Speed said: “It was a really good result. The focus on us is to develop and improve the skills of the boys, then the result comes after that.”
“But the boys did all the things we had worked on and we spoke about how we wanted to play and the boys applied it in three 30 minute spells and got a good result by the final whistle.”
The U18s played against the Chiefs, and won 49-47 in a thriller, and Thomas said it was an exciting game: “We used 30 players and we went a few scores down in the middle session but it was really exciting stuff to bring it back and win”
Both coaches have praised the Supporters Club for helping funding the tour, calling it an essential part to their season, with Speed saying: “It’s great that the lads could access the full week away and that the Supporters Club can facilitate and fund it and it’s invaluable for the lads and I know they really appreciate it themselves and are just thankful that this has been provided for them early on in their rugby career.”
Thomas added: “We really are grateful of the support we get from the Supporters Club. It allows not only the players to get to know each other but the coaches, the volunteer coaches to get to know each other and it makes for a good season with this behind us. It’s the best thing the players do, consistently from these tours, the feedback we get from the players and the parents at the end of year is that they gained more benefit from this than any other part of the programme.”
In recognition to their contribution, the Supporters Club logo will be on the front of the Academy Matchday Shirts this season. And over the next week, you’ll get a
player diary from both captains of the sides to see how they found the trip.
Thank you Stephen and the Academy too! We are pleased that the tour was such a great success! We look forward to receiving the 'captain's diaries'!
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