Old Cooperians preparing for start of new season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 July 2018

Old Cooperians huddle together before a game (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians huddle together before a game (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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St Mary’s Lane keen to be in right shape for league opener at Campion on September 8

The start of the new London Three Essex season may still be almost two months away, but Old Cooperians are already busy preparing for the new campaign.

The St Mary’s Lane outfit have already returned to pre-season training to ensure they are in the best possible shape for September 8 when they start with a trip to Havering rivals Campion.

After suffering relegation from London Two North East last term, Coops will hope for a more successful season this time around.

Ahead of the start of the new league season, the club are on the lookout for new players to join.

Prospective new members do not have to be a former student at Coopers Company & Coborn School, and all playing abilities are welcome.

Training takes place at the school’s grounds in St Mary’s Lane every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7.30-9pm.

Coops are also launching a Colts team this term, and again there is no requirement for prospective players to currently be attending Coopers Coborn.

Training for the Colts team will begin at the school’s grounds on July 18 starting at 7.30pm.

As for the club’s current crop of players, some were rewarded for their performances last year at Coops’ end-of-season awards ceremony.

Tony Bly impressed all with his displays last term and was honoured with the first XV’s players’ player of the year award.

Flying wing Kolade Awobowale, meanwhile, took home the first XV’s coaches’ player of the year prize.

For the second XV, Sam Chapman was the recipient of the players’ player of the year award.

Andy Yarrow, meanwhile, went home with the prize for being the second XV’s coaches’ player of the year.

First XV coach Pat Reed was also honoured at the awards ceremony and was named Norman Cushion Club Person of the Year.

All the award winners will hope for another successful term with Coops this year.

And all involved with the club will hope those efforts lead to a swift return to London Two North East by winning promotion.

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