Wasps pro, Charlie Davies, returns to club for training session


Rugby pro Charlie Davies (23) returned to his former club, Chesterfield Panthers recently, to coach more than 30 of the club’s seniors at its brand new home ground in Dunston.

Charlie, now a scrum half for Premiership team London Wasps, volunteered to run a special one-off training session, instructing in handling drills that Wasps have been doing in their pre-season training. He also gave tips to improve skills. Although having left Chesterfield Panthers RUFC in 2007 to make his professional career debut at Nottingham RFC, Davies has retained strong links with the club.

He commented: “Chesterfield is a club very close to my heart as it is where I started my rugby life and so I will always have very fond memories.”

As well as running the training session, it was an opportunity for Charlie to check out the club’s brand new facilities at its new Dunston Road home ground, ahead of the start of the2013/14 season.

The club has invested more than £1.5 million in its new 24-acre home ground following the move from Stonegravels where it was based for 85 years.

The new ground now boasts comprises three floodlit rugby pitches, a cricket square, football pitches, a multi- use games area (MUGA), substantial onsite parking and a clubhouse; all of which will benefit the local community and are unrivalled throughout the area.

Charlie added: “It's great news to me that Chesterfield Panthers RUFC has moved to their new ground. This has been a long process so it's fantastic for the people that have worked so hard in making it happen and for the people that will benefit from it. It’s brilliant the club is growing and going new places. I wish all the best for the future for Chesterfield Rugby and that it keeps on moving up!”

Opening in August 2013, the facilities will be available for private hire as well as for use by the club’s 400 plus members. 

To get involved, or for more information about Chesterfield Panthers RUFC, visit www.chesterfieldpanthers.co.uk 



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