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Lymm’s Rugby Revolution

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Lymm’s Rugby Revolution

If, over the next ten years, Lymm produce five footballers who go on to play for Man Utd, City or Liverpool and the rest play in teams from League two and up, there would be a documentary made.

Lymm High School would be held up as the model to follow within the FA, and Pep Guardiola would be head of PE. There’d be cameras everywhere.

Mould that round ball into an oval, and that is what we have here; Lymm should remove the cross from the village welcome sign and replace it with a rugby post. If you don’t like the sport, you may as well move away.

Strettle, Hopkinson, Gluth, Allen, Harrison, Davies, Lloyd, Dickson, Jennings, and both Mitchell brothers have all been involved with England and played for professional teams.

I am pretty sure that I have missed a few off that list too.

Alex Mitchell even scored on his international debut against Tonga back in November.

Currently, there are six Lymm players in the Cheshire Under 18 squad (three of which have been put forward for North of England trials), three in the Sale Sharks Under 18 Academy and six in the Under 16 Academy.

So how has this little village barged its way into the Rose Room and kicked rugby union’s private schoolboy reputation up the backside?

Without going to the ‘correct school’, Lymm have managed to shatter the RFU’s glass ceiling, and now that they are there, they are not going anywhere.

So, what is the secret?

The rugby club’s current coach, Adam Fletcher, captained the first Lymm High School side to make it to a Twickenham final back in 2000, and since then, the stadium has become a second home.

If Lymm High School don’t make it to the final stages of a national competition, it is viewed as a failure.

The coaching at the school and at the club is first class, and this should never be taken for granted; however, I can’t help but think that ever since David Strettle burst onto the professional scene, the Lymm floodgates have opened.

He taught the young lads of Lymm that with hard work, you can go on to play at the highest level. Suddenly, the gym at the school was full at lunchtimes, and players were out honing their skills on the field every single day.

The revolution had begun, and now Lymm RFC, the county and the country are reaping the rewards.

For more details contact Lymm Rugby Club

Written by: Dave Williamson

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