While the seniors have been preparing for the new season, beginning with a 40-38 defeat at local rivals Ampthill, the Junior Blues’ preparation kicks off this Sunday 5th September after a long lay-off thanks to the pandemic.
There are mini and junior rugby for Under-6’s through to Under-16’s, with mixed boys and girls up to Under-11s, plus Girls Under-13’s, Under-15’s and Under-18’s with opportunities abound for all ages and abilities.
Also, Bedford Blues have introduced a “Give Rugby a Try” free for a month to see how the new players get on for new members.
Along with the men’s team in the Championship, October sees that start of fixtures home and away for the mini section (Under-7s to Under-12s).
The junior section (Under-13s to Under-16s) also participate in fixtures against local clubs as well as playing in the Herts and Middlesex League and East Midlands Cup.
Rich Lane was announced as the Bedford Blues captain for the coming season, with the stalwart beginning his career at Goldington Road as part of the junior setup.
Tom Litchfield, who also gained his Blues debut last season along with an England Under-20’s cap is another alumni on the successful junior section.
Each age group has qualified England rugby coaches and first aiders, with teams spread across the Athletic playing fields, on the Artificial Grass Pitch and 3 rugby pitches on Mowsbury Park.
The club enjoys visits from the senior Blues players giving advice on all aspects of the sport and joining in training sessions.
The thriving girls squad then feed into the Bedford Blues Women’s team whilst the boys Under-16s team progress to playing in the Bedford Blues Athletic Colts.
Anyone interested in membership can visit the club website www.bedfordjuniorblues.co.uk