Denny Solomona was put under the microscope by more than 70 excited youngsters when he dropped in to Sale Sharks’ first summer camp of the year.
The Sharks winger joined fly-half AJ MacGinty to answer some searching questions from the young people – particularly around playing international rugby and the health and nutrition required for maintaining performance as a professional athlete.
The two-day course at Sharks’ Carrington training ground was the first of the 2017 summer camps run, in conjunction with Premiership Rugby, by the award-winning Sale Sharks Community Trust.
Darren Lamon, the lead coach for the Sale Sharks camps, said: “The youngsters loved having Denny and AJ down at Carrington. We know how much it means to them to get a glimpse of their heroes so we try to make sure they play a role in as many of our camps as possible.
“The boys and girls must have been trying to impress the lads too because the standard of the rugby on show was fantastic.
“It was the perfect way to kick off what is going to be a really exciting summer of rugby camps. Our academy coaches just can’t wait to get out there again and deliver top quality tips and advice.”
Denny added: “It was my first day back in training and it was a great way to get started again. The youngsters asked some brilliant questions and they really impressed me on the field too.
“Hopefully we’re going to find some future Sharks stars this summer.”
Further camps will take place throughout August in Didsbury, Preston, Rochdale, Longton, Lytham St Annes, Whitchurch and Heaton Moor – but families are being urged to book soon because places are going fast.
At the camps, RFU qualified coaches from Sharks’ community team will give youngsters advice on core skills such as running, evasion, handling, kicking and tackling as well as decision making in both attack and defence through games that encourage a sense of fun and enjoyment.
And anyone who signs up will all get the chance to meet first team players, such as new England call-ups Tom and Ben Curry, either on the camp or at a Mini and Junior training session during the season.
The two-day camps are aimed at six to 12 year olds and cost 50 pounds per child. That price includes a Sale Sharks branded gift and as well as a ticket to a Sharks home game.
For more information on Sale Sharks’ rugby camps, visit https://bookings.rugbycamps.co.uk and select Sale Sharks camps in the drop down menu.