Burdett ready to get down to business...

BRIDPORT RFC start their pre season training on Thursday (July 5th ) at the Brewery Ground under the direction of new first team coach Lee Burdett who brings a wealth of experience on both the playing and coaching side.

Burdett started his rugby career in his home county of Leicestershire where he attended the John Cleveland College and played alongside former England internationals Ollie Smith, Sam Vesty and Harry Ellis with all of them enjoying spells with the Leicester Tigers Academy.

After a break of some years due to an ankle injury the lure of the game proved strong after moving to Bridport in 2012 when his son started to play in the U7s and he was asked to be one of the coaches for the Juniors and started to play again for the Blues 1st XV.

In the summer of 2014 Burdett  passed his RFU Level 1 coaching course which was followed in the summer of 2017 when he gained his RFU Level 2 coaching license. In the same year he was fortunate to spend the day at the England set up at Pennyhill Park under the tutelage of former England U18 head coach John Fletcher and the England coach Eddie Jones whereby he was introduced to ‘CARDS’  – an acronym for Creativity, Awareness, Resilience,  Decision Making and Self Organisation and it is this, along with elements of the Level 2 standard coaching, which forms the cornerstone of his coaching philosophy and which he wants to bring to Bridport. It is a system which allows both coaches and players greater freedom in their roles and encourages learning through exploration of the game.

A BRFC spokesman said: “The Training sessions at Bridport are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday up to the start of the season in early September. Tuesday’s will be mainly unstructured and focussing on fitness and open play. Thursday’s will be more structured and focus on the elements of his philosophy in both offensive and defensive strategies.

“There are plans to have joint ‘live’ sessions with other local clubs, at Puddletown on August 7th focussing on scrums and Weymouth on August 14th focussing on line outs. Depending on the success of these, other sessions may be arranged.

“Lee is really looking forward to working with the Bridport and is hopeful that his new ideas can attract more players to the team.

Anybody who is interested in joining the club is welcome to turn up at either of the sessions, Tuesday or Thursday or contact either Lee direct or Club Captain Tom Gamwell

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