Forwards coach Alex Sanderson is eagerly anticipating Saracens upcoming trip to Bermuda and believes the tour will have both a positive effect on Bermudan rugby and the Saracens squad as a whole.
The squad depart for the island on Monday and Sanderson said: “We’re hugely looking forward to the trip.
“It’s the first time where everyone can switch off a little bit and get to enjoy each other’s company after the pressure and the week stresses of the Premiership. It’s going to be brilliant and hopefully a good time for all.”
The six-day trip will see the squad engage with the community through a series of school visits, coaching workshops and fund-raising activities, with Saracens aiming to raise over $50,000 for the Beyond Rugby Charity and the youth section of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union.
“It’s not just about the few games that we have in the week, but it’s also about spreading the word; making people aware of rugby.
“It’s great that we have a chance to do some charity work and visit some schools, and hopefully we can leave a bit of a legacy behind in Bermuda.”
With numerous Saracens players involved in international tours, or involved with Bedford Blues’ push for promotion the touring party is made up of a few the younger academy players, and it is something that Sanderson believes will benefit the club in the long term.
“It’s nice that a few of the younger lads are coming out with us; they have the chance to integrate them into the senior set up. Guys who have come from the academy or straight from schools, have the chance to get into the first team and Storm environment and have a chance to rub shoulders with some of the role models and older guys within the squad. Generally speaking though, it gets them incorporated and exposed to our values as a club and that is vitally important.”
The six-day trip will see the squad engage with the community through a series of school visits, coaching workshops and fund-raising activities, which culminates in a match against a Bermuda International Select XV on the evening of Friday 31 May.