30 May 2017

HKFC Rugby Academy - End of Season Report




Josh Afu - HKFC Rugby Academy Manager.


At the mid point of the season it was decided after a review of the mid season report on attendances of field trainings and gym sessions that the academy group would be tightened to provide a more player specific program to cater to the specific skill needs of players, with those who showed commitment to the program continuing, new players who’ve shown outstanding efforts during the season have also been rewarded with a place in the program.

 

Academy Players, Position and Age –

 

-       David Tang (Prop) – 18 years old

-       Jack Abbott (Centre) – 17 years old

-       Henry Poon (Srumhalf/ Flyhalf) – 17 years old

-       Jack Scanlon (Backrow/Hooker) – 19 years old

-       Hugo Fernstroem (2nd Row) – 17 years old

-       Chris Pierrepont (Backrow) – 20 years old

-       James Gostick (Flyhalf/ Fullback) – 16 years old

-       *Nicholas Spence (Scrumhalf) – 16 years old

 

* Denotes new player to Academy.

 

Skills Development –

 

With HK National Age Grade training continuing after the mid season we’ve a number of the players selected for their respective age grade teams. As a result of this we’ve adjusted the program to one skills session per week. These sessions were derived from a questionnaire I collected from the boys after the Christmas break as to what part of their game they felt needed the most attention. 80% of players felt that they needed to work on their physical strength, speed and acceleration. As well as this they each stated a couple of specific

 

·      David Tang – scrummaging, throwing and breakdown

·      Jack Scanlon – scrummaging and throwing and ball carry

·      Chris Pierrepont – ball carrying and passing

·      Hugo Fernstroem – ball carrying and passing

·      James Gostick – kicking, goal kicking and defence

·      Nicolas Spence – passing off the floor, box kicking and defence

 

Much the same as the first phase of the program first team players helped out as position specific coaches and mentors to the young players. Player coach and mentors included;

 

-       Mitch Andrews (Front Rowers) – scrimmaging and throwing

-       Max Page (Halfbacks) – passing and box kicking

-       Nate De Thierry (Flyhalf/ Fullback) – kicking, goal kicking

-       Gabriel Carroll – strength and conditioning

 

Strength and Conditioning (Gabriel Carroll) –

 

The boys have continued working with first team former Scotland U20’s player Gabriel Carroll. Pinnacle Performance Gym has continued on as the place where our players can develop physically twice a week. On top of these two sessions incorporated in the skills sessions have been 20 min speed/ acceleration blocks prior to their skills.

 

Speed Training –

 

·      30m, 40m and 50m sprints x 4

 

Acceleration –

 

·      10m from different starting positions

·      5m meter sprint change direction sprint 10m or 15m

 

In addition to Henry Poon and Jack Abbott involved in the Podium Program, Jack Scanlon and Hugo Fernstroem are apart of the U20’s preparing for the Junior World Trophy in Uruguay involving 1 gym session a week with the HKRU at THEi in Kowloon Tong. HKRU Strength and Conditioning coach Tom Savidge is also in regular contact with Gabriel Carroll and myself as to the program and amount of training loading the boys are doing leading into the U20’s JWT.

 

 

Playing Update –

 

With the season all done and dusted the U19’s and the Drag’s who have Academy players involved in them have both won the Grand Championships.  6 of the 8 players have all at some stage played for and/or trained with NL1 teams. A special mention must go to Henry Poon beginning the season with the Colts U19’s and finishing the year playing for the Club side in the HK 10’s is a great indicator of his development over the year and also the rest of the boys.

Henry Poon playing for the HKFC Dragons

Hugo Fernstroem and Jack Scanlon have both been picked in the squad to prepare for the U20’s JWT in Uruguay, with David Tang only missing out on the squad due to age restricitons enforced by World Rugby. Henry Poon, Jack Abbott, Nicolas Spence were all apart of the Showcase 7’s during the Hong Kong 7’s.  James Gostick along with fellow teammate Jack Abbott also represented the Hong Kong School Sport Federation 7’s side in the Asian Schools Sevens Rugby Championship this year.

 

·      Henry Poon – Colts U19’s & Drags (Grand Champs), NAG U19 - NYD Tournament and HKFC Club - HK 10’s

·      Jack Abbott – Colts U19’s (Grand Champs), NAG U19 - NYD Tournament, Showcase 7’s, HKSSF 7’s and also trained with Drags.

·      James Gostick – Colts U19’s (Grand Champs), NAG U19 - NYD Tournament, Showcase 7’s, HKSSF 7’s.

·      Jack Scanlon – Drags (Grand Champs), HK U20’s JWT Squad.

·      Hugo Fernstroem – Colts U19’s & Drags (Grand Champs), NAG U19 – NYD Tournament, HK U20 JWT Squad.

·      Nicolas Spence – Colts U19’s (Grand Champs), NAG U19 – NYD Tournament, Showcase 7’s.

·      Chris Pierrepont – Drags (Grand Champs)

·      Man Chun (David) Tang -  Colts U19’s (Grand Champs), NAG U19 – NYD Tournament and HK U20’s Training Squad.


Josh Afu

HKFC Rugby Academy Manager


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