There’s a growing feeling at Aireborough RUFC in Leeds that something exciting is on the horizon.
Having ended last season with 10 wins in their last 13 games, including victory in the Aire-Wharfe Plate Final, the side finished comfortably mid-table in Yorkshire Division Three, despite being second from bottom in mid-February.
Comments on the Yorkshire Rugby Forum from opponents questioned what Aireborough had starteddrinking, but while this end-of-season run surprised the rest, the turnaround didn’t come as a surprise to those in the club. Bringing an impressive rugby coaching pedigree to Aireborough, including three years’ coaching the Leicester Tigers Academy and roles with the RFU, Head Coach Matt Trevithick worked hard for the recent upturn in form.
“We had a large number of new players join the club this season,” said Trevithick. “It took a bit of time for the boys to gel but now that we want to be playing, things are clicking into place nicely.”
No less than 15 players joined Aireborough at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, which breathed a vibrant new life into the club. Dominant performances on the field, coupled with a wellestablished friendly off-field ethos, saw the club more than recover from being pre-Christmas favourites for relegation.
The recruitment of player coach Simon Davies at No.8, a well-known figure in Yorkshire rugby circles whose rugby CV includes Bath University 1st XV, Yorkshire and Bradford Salem, helped the Aireborough forward pack assert dominance over local rivals. With close ties to the club through partner and club physio Heidi Reynolds, Davies says: “Matt’s coaching record speaks for itself, and the opportunity to work alongside him at Aireborough, while growing my own coaching experience, is an exciting challenge for the years to come.”
With a settled player base and coaching set-up, the atmosphere across the club is entirely positive. Having beaten virtually all of their 2016/17 season Yorkshire Division Three opponents at home during the back end of last season, the club view is that this form could see the side in contention for promotion come April 2017.
This will be boosted further over the next two seasons by a booming junior section. Junior Chairman Jim Dolan, also part of the U16 coaching setup alongside 1st XV scrum half Ollie Catherall, now has over 150 youngsters playing rugby, from minis of U6 to the U16 age group, adding to the increasingly thriving club environment at their Nunroyd Park base.
“We’re confident that the success of the senior teams will filter down through the age groups,” said Dolan, “and we aim to impart the wonderful values of rugby to the growing Aireborough community. Rugby is not just about throwing a ball around, it’s a game that teaches important life skills such as respect and discipline and we welcome anyone who is interested in playing or simply being involved.”
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