Wednesday 9th July 2008 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston has signed up for the Pathfinder scheme which is aimed at retaining and recruiting rugby players. The scheme will mean that there are designated 'pathfinders' in schools, colleges, clubs and universities who can pass on information about players who are moving from school to university or around the country. This means they are more likely to be linked up with a new club, ensuring they continue to play the sport.
Teacher Mr Clasper said: 'Often when students come to us in Year 7 they don't say that they've had experience of playing rugby whereas this Pathfinder scheme should allow us to know which of them have had some experience. Similarly when students leave they may not always sign up for a club or university team, so this is a great way of sharing information within the sport.'
Alex Hadley, a former professional with Moseley Rugby Club is now the RFU's rugby development officer for Northamptonshire. He hopes to develop links with the University of Northampton, Colleges and 33 schools in the county to sign them up for the scheme. He said: 'The main advantages you get when playing rugby is keeping fit and improving your team and social skills. It's a great game to be involved in, a lifelong game where you make friends and stay fit and healthy.'