Welcome from Head Coach Richard Brock (Pictured) and Team Manager Neil Hamilton
Last season was a great success. It was a learning curve for all and included many successful fixtures, festivals and training sessions. The progress and the obvious enjoyment the boys showed was a pleasure to be part of.
Old Pats core ethos is to encourage children to develop as rugby and team players throughout their time with us with the objective that they maintain their participation in the sport once they become an adult. Success is measured by the number of children who continue to play in adulthood irrespective of the club or the standard they play at. Playing success and trophies are a by-product of this objective not the objective itself. I know this coming season will be even stronger with more progression and enjoyment.
We currently have a squad of 44 players, which we hope to grow over the season with new recruits. Following the success of last year’s 3 teams of 14 or 15 per team, we shall stay with the same format moving into the new season.
This works particularly well when Old Pats play the smaller clubs across the County. I can understand the frustration this might cause with rotation of the players but this approach is in line with the ethos of our club.
As the Under 10’s progress there are a few more aspects of the game introduced as we move up to 8 a side. The changes to the regulations for next season are listed below.
- Team numbers: a maximum of 8-a-side
- Maximum pitch size: 60 metres x 35 metres
- Ball Size: 4
- Maximum minutes each half: 15
- Introduction of uncontested scrum
- Nearest 3 players in a scrum (all players trained, later introduce this to player specialisation)
- Contest for the ball (1 player v 1 player)
- Introduction of Maul
- Introduction of Ruck
During the season we are hoping to have a tour around Easter along with some other events such as BBQ’s and watching Gloucester at Kingsholm.
Under 10’s shall have the same number of coaches for next season. Our coaches volunteer their time and effort into the role and this involves more than the hour and a half on a Sunday morning. Coaches shall all be attending RFU training courses to ensure we improve and more importantly the boys enjoy and develop throughout the season.
Team Manager/Coach: Neil Hamilton
Head Coach: Richard Brock
Coach: John Boyes
Coach: Fraser Borthwick
Coach; Stephen Manton
Coach: Nick Lewis
Coach: Gareth Parry
Coach: Roger Morton
Coach: Francois Lauriault
Coach: Paul Aberthery
Coach: Alex Taylor
Coach: Chris (Benny) Hill
When and where
Location for this season we will be at The Park Campus from 10 – 11:30 every Sunday morning starting from September 16th. This new location has many more facilities than last season. The under 10’s shall play and train alongside the under 11’s which helps build the club spirit. Food shall be served after matches at The Park Campus.
Please ensure all players are ready to play at 10:00 with boots and gum shields. Remember:no gumshield no game!
We shall conduct a register for each team at the start of each session, this is to keep a record of attendance which will be used for selection for matches and festivals. It is vital that you are present to collect your child at the end of the session.
Please ensure all communication is via Neil Hamilton our Team Manager
Following on from the progress and success of our first season we are all looking forward to the new season starting, let’s just hope we have less snow this season! Currently we have fixtures and festivals booked from October on-wards. Thank you all for your commitment during last season and let’s go and enjoy the new season.