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Freeport Rugby Developing Well: New youth officer assisting with training and school support

Freeport, Grand Bahama – With the popularity of rugby rising around the world, the Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC) is working to expand its own rugby program. The success of its Saturday developmental league has created a surplus of players and so they have formed a full women’s and young girl’s rugby league too.
Last month, Stephen Sheehan joined the club as their Youth Development Officer. Sheehan, a Florida native, played four years of collegiate rugby at the University of Florida. He is a former team captain and second-team All SEC selection for the Gators, with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master’s degree in sports management. After graduating, Stephen returned home to South Florida and began coaching football and working as a high school teacher while continuing his playing career with the Okapi Wanderers RFC based in Weston, where he also served as club captain. Seeking more rugby experience as a coach and player, he spent three months in Gorey, Ireland before making his way to Freeport, Bahamas.
“From Florida to Ireland and now to The Bahamas, rugby has literally taken me all over the world,” explained Sheehan. “I am very excited to put Freeport RFC on the map and help Bahamian children understand the impact that other sports like rugby and soccer, can have on and off the field.”
With an extensive background in both teaching and coaching, Sheehan’s ability to connect with youth of all ages and demographics made him the ideal candidate for the YDO position. His primary role is to foster relationships with the schools on the island and recruit children about the emerging sport of rugby. He will also head coaching activities on Saturdays at the club, located next to the YMCA.
“We decided we needed to invest some time and funds into the local community and schools,” noted Robert Speller, FRFC President. “The Club wanted to improve our junior soccer and rugby programs and Stephen fit the Youth Development idea we had. The Club has just passed its 50th birthday and we wanted to start the next 50 Years with strong youth development programs and leading the way in rugby in the country.”
Not just a rugby club, the second “F” in its name stands for ‘football’ aka soccer. The club also has a burgeoning youth soccer program that Coach Sheehan will also promote with the eventual goal of creating a competitive league.
Another asset for FRFC is Sheehan’s journalism degree, which he is utilizing to improve the club’s social media with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to build a strong brand within the community. Besides recruiting athletes for the rugby and soccer programs, Freeport RFC seeks to become a place for families and friends to come together to enjoy the social aspects of club membership.
Whether you are interested in playing rugby, soccer or simply want to become involved with the club, interested persons can contact Sheehan via email at [email protected] or we encourage you to follow them on Facebook, on Instagram (FreeportRugbyClub) and on Twitter (FreeportRFC).

8th Annual Junior International Rugby Festival

We’re just a few months away from hosting our eighth annual International Junior Rugby Festival. Teams from all over the world will be represented, and we’re still looking for more competition. Please contact Stephen Sheehan, our Youth Development Officer, if interested in becoming a part of this World Rugby-sanctioned event.

2017-2018 Heineken Cup Schedule

Please see the schedule below for the remainder of the 2017-2018 Heineken Cup. Support Freeport this Saturday against Cuckoos. Come to the club and enjoy a great match, better food and plenty of beverages. Saturday’s a Rugby Day!

Fall 2017 Schedule and Events

Lots happening at The Club and all our programs are in FULL flow –

Please find below the current program schedule and up coming events –

  • Junior Boys Soccer – Saturdays 11.30am – 1pm – 8yrs – 11yrs
  • Junior Boys Soccer 12yrs – 15 yrs – Wednesdays – 5pm – 6.30pm (Saturday evening to be added soon)
  • GIRLS Rugby – Saturday 10am – 12yr old plus
  • BOYS Junior Rugby – Saturday 10am – 8yrs – 18yrs – 9yrs (age groups split into Groups)
  • Senior Soccer – Monday / Wednesday – 16rs and Over – 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Senior Rugby – Tuesday / Thursday – 6.30pm – 8pm

We are always looking for help and assistance with the Junior Programs so if you are a Dad or Mum who can help PLEASE, PLEASE offer your assistance to the coaches who run these programs. They only work if we have coaches and assistant coaches.

MEMEBERSHIPS are due November 1, 2017 for all programs. Membership forms are at the Club. The junior cost is $25 per kid for the whole year so PLEASE sign your child up or send the money with your child and give it to the coaches. We want all families to become members and enjoy The Clubs facilities and a family membership for a year is only $150.00.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10TH – PRESIDENTS MEMBERSHIP COCKTAIL PARTY – 7PM – 9PM
Drinks and finger food on The Club when you re join or join for the first time for the upcoming season – MORE NEWS AND UPDATE EARLY NEXT week. In the meantime put it in your calendar and spread the word.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18TH – 12 MIDDAY – GENTLEMEN’S FUNDRAISING LUNCH
Prior to the first home game enjoy a good lunch and some good laughs before kick off

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18TH – 2.30PM – FREEPORT V BUCC’S
First Bahamas Cup Game of the season

Our friends at The GBPA Conchman Triathlon are getting very excited about next weekend when the 2017 Conchman takes place on Taino Beach Saturday November 4th. Please support this event and come and cheer on all the teams and individuals participating.

More next week on all our news and events. — Rob Spellor