Leading invitational 7s team Scimitar Exiles are launching a high performance 7s programme supported by Loughborough Sport under the name of Scimitar Storm. The programme will develop both male and female players at Loughborough.
Six current students across the men’s and women’s game have England 7s contracts and the Scimitar Storm programme will work closely with the RFU National programmes to expose players to performance 7s alongside high calibre external players. The programme will be accessible to a variety of standards, entering tournaments on a National and International level. The programme will further support Loughborough’s award winning student experience and also offer a unique 7s development pathway, providing players detailed support on and off the pitch.
Scimitar Storm Director James Angove was keen to express his excitement in the new venture;
“We are delighted to be involved in such an exciting programme that will provide a stepping stone for young athletes who want to expand their experience in a specialist 7s arena. It will be a fantastic opportunity for all involved to train at Loughborough’s world class facilities week in week out with the support of experienced coaches and staff to increase levels of performance and ultimately provide players with the outlet to perform at the highest level.”
Loughborough and Scimitar Storm Coach Rhys Edwards shared his delight in the new partnership:
“This is a really exciting opportunity to establish a national, sector leading programme that will provide an opportunity for students to focus on 7s specifically. With Scimitar Storm being the vehicle for players to play elite level 7s, being supported by Loughborough Sport means that they we can deliver a high end performance programme. This is an extremely exciting time for both the men’s and women’s 7s game.”
Loughborough Director of Rugby Alan Buzza shared the importance of the new programme:
“Our relationship with Scimitar completes our offer across the adult game. 7s is a highly exciting sector and being able to offer a high quality experience, and put some resource around an already productive pathway, is very exciting.”
Report courtesy of Loughborough University