Gloucester and England back-row forward Luke Narraway put Malvern's players through their paces at their first training session ahead of their National Three Midlands season.
The Worcester-based Gloucester player, who has just been included in the England Saxons squad, was invited to Malvern's Spring Lane as guest coach when the players reported back for pre-season training.
The players enjoyed a testing first session, with some endurance work followed by a lively session with the ball headed by Narraway, who will be making several appearances during pre-season.
"We are grateful to Luke for his input, and we welcome all players from under 17 level upwards to join us," said Malvern's director of rugby David Robins.
Narraway also helped out with Malvern's Under-17 side who have entered the North Midlands League for the first time.
"I view this as one of the most important areas of development for Malvern Rugby Club," said Malvern chairman Martin Pocock.
"Whilst we have produced some notable successes through our Youth Section in the past, with several players coming through to First XV level, we need to sustain this."
"The 2009/10 season is the first year of a plan to concentrate on growing and retaining our own talent. In the past, we have suffered from losing young players with potential as they go away to higher education or drift out of the game as other attractions take precedence."
"We believe that, under our new structure, we can retain and develop most of these youngsters, firstly at under 17, then at Colts level in year two. By the third year we will establish an Academy side to manage the transition between the Youth and Senior sections."
" Whilst not all players will get to play at the high level attained by the First XV, we feel that we have put in place a platform to grow and strengthen the club from within, throughout the senior sides."
Skipper for the day Aled Thomas praised his Gloucester team mates, especially the younger ones, for the way they took on a tough Ospreys outfit and emerged victorious in the LV= Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester Rugby and the Ospreys shared seven tries and 57 points in the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites came out on top and the club photographer captured the best of the action.