Rugby Sport

An Isle of Wight Rugby Captain was able to meet his heroes as he took part in a ‘superstar masterclass’ to raise money for Layla’s Trust.

Ian Puzey, Second Team Captain at the Isle of Wight Rugby Football Club, today joined The Only Camps in Worthing, West Sussex, as they hosted their third consecutive Rugby Superstar Masterclass for children in Year 3 – Year 12 across the South of England, and from further afield.

The Only Camps are leaders in offering expert-led sports camp coaching for 4-18-year-olds in Sussex.

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Puzey met with Harlequins heroes Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt as The Only Camps delivered both a professional and enjoyable approach to development and a mixture of adaptive and closed-skill practice.

The Harlequins stars signed rugby balls and giveaways for auction in The Isle of Wight Rugby Football Clubs’ upcoming charity event to raise funds for Layla’s Trust, which supports terminally ill children and their families on the Isle of Wight.

The Only Camps directors, ex-England and Harlequins rugby player, Jordan Turner-Hall, and Freddie Pierrepont, (RFU Level 3 Rugby Coach and Rugby Performance Manager at Hurstpierpoint College), launched the Superstar Masterclasses in December 2020.

The inaugural Rugby Masterclass, run by England rugby legend Chris Robshaw, was sold out and saw 130 young athletes personally coached by the star at Worthing Rugby Club. The recent Masterclass hosted by Danny Care during the Easter holidays on 3rd April 2021, was also sold out. Today’s Masterclass saw a record number of 142 rugby players join.

The Masterclass was run under the national governing body’s COVID regulations, in line with current government guidelines. Children were required to sanitise their hands throughout the day. Social distancing was practiced –  when not playing a sport – and food and drink could not be shared.

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For more information on the next Rugby Superstar Masterclass and for a full list of all The Only Camps’ Superstar Masterclasses this summer, visit

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