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Mini & Youth: 2017/18 Start of Season Info

By Si Warmer

Opening Weekends, Training Venues, Who to Contact, Club Ethos, Fixture List, Coaching, Safeguarding Kids, International Tickets

“All you need to know about getting started with the M&Y section of the club for the new season. ”

Traditionally we like the whole club to come and train at the same venue for the first two sessions of the season (3rd & 10th Sept). This is so we can welcome everyone to the Club from all age groups and also to help the kids (and parents!) understand and experience that they are part of ‘One Club’ and not just their own individual age groups.
Thereafter we are split over 2 locations for the rest of the season to ensure all age groups have sufficient space to train and play safely.
Please make your way to St Mary’s Teddington Lock Pitches on Broom Road, other side of the road from The Anglers pub, for a prompt 10am start.

At both our sites is very restricted. Please car share, bus, cycle or walk if you can. Do not park on the verges at Waldegrave Campus and beware of the Yellow Lines as these are enforced!
At Broom Rd, please park on Kingston Rd if you can or Lensbury, if a member and using their facilities after…

• Everyone must Register at the registration desk upon arrival & before their child starts training.
• Membership fee already paid online so you can collect your Kit.
• Sense of humour - the first day is always challenging!
• A willingness to help out with the running of the club if you are inclined and able to...

• Boundless energy and enthusiasm.
• Trainers (boots if you have them and the weather is bad).
• Filled water bottle.
• Age appropriate kit ie. U5-U8 - shorts, T-shirt (rugby strip if you have one), waterproof top. U9 upwards - mouth guard, rugby top and shorts, boots, waterproof top.

Boot Exchange - Recycling Rules!!
Please bring along your old boots from last year and grab a size larger for the new season.

Training Venues after the initial 2 Sundays at Broom Rd
U5 and U6
Indoors in the Tennis Hall at St Mary's University Main Campus on Waldegrave Road, Teddington. 10am-11.30am (approx) every Sunday

U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 & Girls
Outdoors at St Mary’s University Teddington Lock Campus on Broom Road, Teddington. 10am-12pm every Sunday

U13, U14 & U15
Outdoors at St Mary’s University in Waldegrave Road, Teddington. 10am-12pm every Sunday

Club Ethos
At Quins Ams... see attached Doc

M&Y Fixture List
see attached Doc

Help the Kids & Learn Something New...
Aside from the administrative and committee roles we have to fill at the Club, we constantly need new parents to step-up and assist with the coaching of the children, at all levels.
Coaching is one of the most rewarding jobs and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the delight on a child’s face when they get something right. It may take 2 seasons to nail a left-handed pass or all year to make a confident, safe tackle, but when they do it makes everything worthwhile.
We have a very defined pathway for coaching (see below) but it really is best just to jump straight in and ask the Lead Parent Coach if you can lend a hand, even if you know nothing about rugby! Give it a couple of weeks helping and then decide if coaching is for you and what you can do to improve and move things forward.
It doesn’t matter if your kid is in the U15’s or U5’s we need your help. We often find that parent coaches of kids who move on will leave a hole in the coaching team that does not get filled. We need to plug those gaps quickly to ensure the kids don’t miss a beat in their coaching. So even if you have spent the past few years supporting from the sideline please step forward and ask if you can help.
We keep our age group sizes to a max of approx. 40 kids so that we can provide the most effective training possible but that still needs a minimum of 6 parents at each age level to help with the coaching. It may seem daunting at first but we have built-up a massive online resource of coaching games, exercises, drills and a player pathway to follow and you will also have the help and support of our Director of Rugby to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.
Don’t be shy and join up now to ensure your kids get the best experience we can offer every Sunday.
Please email if you would like to help or want more information on when courses are available or go straight to RFU Courses to see what’s availble, when and where.

Coaching Pathway
Getting started early always helps and the Tag Rugby course is your entry point into the world of coaching if your children are between the ages of 5 and 8. Thereafter follow the pathway below.

Tag Rugby
Learn hundreds of different rugby orientated games to keep the kids entertained and active.

Rugby Ready
This is the compulsory 3hr course you must take before you can do any further coaching and is a great way to brush up on your rugby knowledge.

Level 1 Kids Coaching
If you enjoy coaching this is an absolute must and a complete game-changer for most adults. Learn the how’s and why’s of coaching kids and turn yourself into the next Stuart Lancaster...
We really need 6 parents in all age groups from U7 upwards qualified as Level 1 Coaches to deliver the best sessions we can.

Refereeing Level 1/2/3
Every age group needs refs! We can’t let the same mums & dads coach and ref all the time. It’s a quick course and will hopefully set you on the path to get more qualifications under your belt.

CPD’s (Continuous Personal Development)
Specific learning modules you can take whenever you need to brush up on a core skill.

Level 2 Youth Coaching
For 15-a-side Youth Rugby and upwards.

First Aid / CRB Checked / Child Safeguarding
It’s imperative we have 2–3 parents in each age group qualified. All coaches should get CRB checked as a minimum.

Safeguarding You and the Club
One of the most important aspects the club has to consider is the safety of all the children playing for it. This is not only relevant to the way they are taught, especially given the contact nature of rugby, but also related to their welfare. As the Club Safeguarding Officer, I am the primary point of contact for any parent, coach or player that is concerned about the behaviour of another member of the club towards themselves or somebody else. This includes, but is not limited to, physical or mental abuse, racism, inappropriate conduct and bullying.
For those of you that don’t know me, my older son, Oscar, plays in the under 13s and my younger son, Monty, plays in the under 9s.
For more information the club’s Safeguarding Vulnerable People Policy is now available in the document section of the website or please contact me, Simon James, via email or call 07971 621 404.

International Tickets
The club has access to England International tickets for next years 6 nations (Wales and Ireland at home; Scotland, Italy and France away).
To apply for tickets you need to be a paid-up Club Patron or an active player member in the senior club (sorry being a parent doesn’t get you access but joining the club as a Patron will).
We hope to be able to accommodate almost everyone that applies. Tickets are allocated in pairs (normally) and to enter the ballot for them
please email:
He will then send you a form to complete for the ticket draw.

Updated 15:31 - 18 Dec 2017 by Si Warmer

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