Happy New Year! As 2014 has come to a close, I can’t tell you how excited I am about our upcoming RedHawk season in the New Year. Recently, I’ve been especially saturated in “all things rugby” and am more inspired than ever to challenge our players to lead the way for their generation as the USA continues to embrace rugby as its fastest growing sport.
As many of you know, I went to Chicago in October to attend the benchmark match, USA vs. New Zealand All Blacks, at a sold-out Soldier Stadium. In addition to New Zealanders, I was amazed at the attendance and attention from people who traveled from all over the world.
Although they were blown away in the match, the good-will and excitement celebrating our new American team was overwhelming. The American people are “So Ready” to get started. It is going be an amazing decade of change and growth for us and our RedHawk players are absolutely in the right place at the right time!
While in Chicago over 4 days, I enjoyed several great opportunities to meet and brainstorm with many of the current top players and coaches and former colleagues from different states and different countries. There’s lots of enthusiasm for collaborating to identify and develop the best young talent in our nation and so much interest was shown towards our program. I was very proud to wear my RedHawks jacket everywhere and gladly accepted every
opportunity to talk about the talent we have here, as our youth program is a leading representative of the southeast.
Then, two weeks later, I was visiting my family in Wales and visited several rugby clubs, caught up with former teammates and also attended the sold-out Wales vs. New Zealand All Blacks…so much fun!
I hope all of you are keeping on top of all the RedHawk news, schedules and information as well as the educational and inspiring content we post for our players and families.
Website www.redhawksrugby.com (All information for parents, players and a google Calendar!)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/northraleigh.redhawks (please like the page!)
Our Coaches, President and I are happy to let you all know that the JCC has installed a great new lighting system for our practice field, allowing us later practices even when it gets dark early. We are also excited about the future developments at the JCC including the incorporation of a new dedicated Rugby field. I suggest you check out the field plans situated in the parking lot! It;s alsi greatto have all our equipment stored right at the field!
The most exciting new addition for our RedHawks is our new Rhino Rugby Scrummage Machine! We are the only youth rugby organization in the state to have this invaluable resource for training top players.
We are also very fortunate to have a professionally run organization with great, dedicated managers and the area’s only organization with former Professional Rugby Players as well as coaches that have represented their Country, State or East/West Coast Rugby. Our coaches are truly passionate about the sport and eager to pass our experience on to the next generation of players and help shape the future of rugby in the United States.
My sincere intention is to grow the sport and develop players in the most positive manner, with the integrity and
sportsmanship I was raised to uphold. I sincerely hope our RedHawk principles are strongly evident to each of you through our work, dedication, passion for rugby, values, genuine commitment to our players, experience, qualifications, camaraderie and healthy, supportive team spirit.
Again, I’m so stoked for the upcoming season and can’t wait to get started with all of you. We look forward to our first
practice this coming Tuesday, onJanuary 6th at 7:00 pm! Please register if you have not completed the process. In addition please check out the Clayton camp as well as our schedule which is updated on our website!
From Coach Andy and Your RedHawks Coaches