May & Baker launch new junior section much to the delight of chairman Garry O’Sullivan

17:00 19 October 2016

May & Baker players trudge off after a heavy loss at East London earlier this season (pic: Tim Edwards)

May & Baker players trudge off after a heavy loss at East London earlier this season (pic: Tim Edwards)


Dagenham hoping to field team for Essex League Division One contest at home to Bancroft this weekend

May & Baker launched their new junior section last Wednesday (October 12) and are looking for more youngsters to get involved.

The faces coming in to try out the sessions last week were new to the club, but the turn-out was impressive.

Jack Courtney is coaching the kids and the training runs every Wednesday at Bakers home and continues tonight.

Chairman Garry O’Sullivan said: “The faces coming in to try out the session were new to the club which was refreshing as usually start ups like this rely on the children from the senior squad or other club members to make it work.

“It was also great to see both senior squad players and committee members in Mitchell Ryan, Sam Duggan, Paddy Ryan and child welfare officer Steven Pollard coming down to help out the new players.

“The section is always reliant on volunteers to assist we are also very grateful for the assistance from brothers Michael and Adam Courtney for passing on some of their rugby experiences to the new players.”

Bakers were given positive feedback as well by some of the parents of the children which attended.

Anybody interested can go again this evening and for more information contact Jack Courtney on 07794 360989 or alternatively email

O’Sullivan added: “All the children in attendance both engaged and enjoyed the session very much leading to some great feedback from parents.

“One of them commented ‘my son thoroughly enjoyed his tag rugby and he cannot wait for next week’ which is great feedback from the first session.

“We look forward to welcoming back the children and hopefully a few more new faces tonight (6-7pm).”

Meanwhile local rivals Dagenham will hope for more this weekend when they host Bancroft in the Essex League Division One.

It has been a painful couple of weeks for the Central Park club after being forced to call off their fixture at Old Brentwoods on October 8 due to a number of late pull-outs.

But Mark Collins will hope to have a squad for Saturday and seek to get more points on the board in the division.

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