Young Ellon rugby player in spotlight

Ellon rugby player Johnnie Gamba, 13.
Ellon rugby player Johnnie Gamba, 13.

A young Ellon rugby player will undergo training on Saturday at a top event in the sport’s calendar.

Johnnie Gamba will attend the Melrose Sevens highly-rated junior sports clinic.

The level of play was really high and challenged me to up my game

Johnnie Gamba Aberdeen Grammar Rugby Club

The event is held on the morning of the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens tournament and attracts more than one hundred specially selected youngsters from clubs and schools across Scotland, who go through their paces in intense training exercises and matches.

The clinic will again be taken by Rob Moffat, a Scottish rugby union coach who was head coach at Edinburgh, and also spent time coaching with the Scotland A team, Glasgow and the Borders.

He is assisted by a dozen coaches from all over Scotland so the youngsters who spend time at the clinic are gaining vaulable professional experience.

Johnnie, 13, plays for Aberdeen Grammar Rugby Club under 14s and is eagerly looking forward to the coaching,.

He said “Last year was my first trip to the Melrose Sevens tournament and the atmosphere was so great that I can’t wait to go again this year.

“Watching it right in front of me, rather than on television, was a totally different experience. It was easier to pick up the set line moves to try out later on with my team in Aberdeen.

“The level of play was really high and challenged me to up my game as I want to be on that pitch in the future.

“It was a privilege to attend the junior sports clinic where we were split into small groups to focus on intense rugby training.

“We were taught quite advanced skills and it was a different style of coaching so it was refreshing to approach things differently.”

It will be the 31st junior sports clinic at Melrose aimed at spotting and training the next generation of talented rugby players.