We would like to welcome you to the Old Patesians U13 squad for the 2015-16 season.
Our ethos is to give boys the opportunity to develop as players, be a member of an inclusive squad, play exciting rugby and be successful whatever their level of skill or experience. Above all else we want boys to enjoy playing a great game in a safe and friendly environment.
Last year we were very pleased to have over 40 keen and enthusiastic players registered to the club for what was a successful and enjoyable season. The players took huge strides forward in skill levels, commitment and their understanding of the game and this resulted in some great wins for both sides that represented the club and at the end of the season we were runners up in the county wide Landrover cup competition.
This year we hope to hope to go even further in terms of growing the squad, developing skill levels and winning games and competitions.
The challenges this season will be getting used to some changes to the rules for the U13s including playing on full size pitches, adding flankers to the scrum so we have a full set of eight forwards and the introduction of goal kicking. This means that for the first time the rules the boys play at school match those of their club rugby.
Key to the success of the squad this year will be doing the basics well and then building upon these. At the start of the season there will be a clear focus on tackling using the correct technique, accuracy of passing and catching and then developing the skills to these at speed. We will encourage the boys to understand different roles of and play in a number positions. Over the next few years the boys’ skill levels, size and strength will change greatly and so we want to ensure they understand all aspects of the game.
The coaching team consists of myself , Andy Park, as head coach, Jeremy Limbrick who is team manager, and then five other parent coaches. We are also very lucky to have the support and coaching ability of Connor Thompson who is an established Old Pats first team player. Between us we have a range of rugby experience including one of our coaching team playing representative rugby at a high level. By the start of the season three of us will also have completed our level 2 coaching badges.
On Sundays we will be situated at Reeves Fields, part of Cheltenham College, between 10.00am and 11.30am. We also run a mid-week training and skills session at the Old Pats club.
Our boys come from a wide range of different local schools and we pride ourselves on welcoming new players in to a friendly and supportive squad.
If you are interested in being part of the Old Pats U13 squad and would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me or come along either on a Sunday or mid-week to see how we operate.