School holiday rugby camp

TryTime Rugby recently ran a camp for young local players

I have known Mike Cross of TryTime Rugby for a few years and have come to appreciate his intimate knowledge of rugby from a practical and business point of view. Mike works for one of the schools in Ku-ring-gai as a rugby coach as well as running a rugby recruitment agency for international players. So I was surprised to hear that during one of the few breaks that he has in his busy schedule, he was running a rugby training camp for young local players.

So there I was on a fresh winters morning looking at 20 of North Shores finest young men assembled at Cliff Oval for TRYTIME Rugby’s inaugural school holiday camp, led my Mike and aided by a host of other professionals.

Mike Cross working with rugby players at the recent TryTime rugby camp.
Mike Cross working with rugby players at the recent TryTime rugby camp.

The players had come from far and wide; Barker, Lindfield, Knox, Wahroonga Tigers, Hornsby, Beecroft and even as far as Shore to take part in two days of rugby.

Every player was given specialist positional coaching to assist them with their own game, as well as team sessions where the boys learned to work together despite being from so many different teams.

It was very evident to me that the boys were completely engrossed in what they were doing and really enjoying it.

Along with practical, hands-on rugby training, each player received a 30 minute screening session with a qualified physiotherapist as well as nutritional guidance and advice. And at the end of the camp, players also left with a custom training top and ball and a big smile on their faces.

“It was the most fun and best run rugby camp I’ve been on. The coaches were knowledgeable and they were really great guys. They provided lots of variety and personal communication.  I think the individual attention has resulted in so many pointers and new skills that are relevant specifically to me” said one young man.

TryTime“I can’t tell you how much the boys enjoyed your camp.  We have had a lot of experience with sports camps through the years, and you have nailed it.” Commented a parent in a note to Mike after the camp.

“I think the combination of the boys having respect for the coaches, along with relevant drills and a full understanding of what these boys want and need, has engaged them.  You made them feel valued individually, which in turn motivates them to want to do more.  I really love that you had a physio there to assess the boys and identify areas of weakness in their bodies. 

I feel like this has been a very personalised and positive experience for our boys and I really commend you on this achievement.”

There is another camp in Manly on Thursday the 10th of July and all players aged 8 – 14 are welcome to attend. Otherwise the next camp will be early next year.

If you would like further information please contact Mike Cross at

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