Mini Rugby Updates

Kent RFU Mini's Chairman

Ed Foster has stepped down as Chairman of Mini Rugby in Kent. Citing pressures of work that will prevent him from taking the active role that is needed in the implementation of England Rugby’s Age Grade review, Ed has felt this the appropriate time to pass the baton on.

Kent Youth Chairman, Graham Withers, has thanked him for his efforts: “Ed’s tenure was a short one but it has been characterised by attempts at innovation and for that the rugby community in Kent should be grateful”.

His successor is Mark Finnis who takes over with immediate effect. Mark is a proud man of East Kent and of Dover RFC. He has coached a squad through from minis to Under 12s (at present) and has recently ended a 5 year spell as Mini Chair to become Director of Rugby for the whole club. He is working with the All Schools programme in the Dover area during this season and earlier in the year was awarded the KM Pride of Dover award for sport, health and well being for services to rugby in the community.

“I am delighted to welcome someone of Mark’s calibre on board” added Withers. “We are both fully behind the Age Grade changes and with his wealth of experience within mini rugby I have no doubt he will be a significant asset as we manage the inevitable challenges that the transition to the new rules of play and structured season will bring”.  

Foster and Finnis are undergoing a handover period at present but the new Chair is up and running already with fresh ideas. “I personally believe the changes will ultimately help retain more players in the game with better game understanding and skills, and help more youngsters participate in rugby” said Finnis.

David Clent, Chairman of the Kent Game Development Committee, added: “We are very pleased that we have been able to find a replacement for Ed so rapidly given the significance of the changes taking place in junior rugby this season. I am confident that Graham and Mark have sufficient expertise and knowledge to shepherd Kent through the new guidelines.”

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