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Welcome to Spalding U13's 2017/2018 Section.

From August 3rd 2017 we will be training every Thursday Evening from 7pm until 8pm at the New Ground, Drainbank North (just off A16), Spalding and either train or play every Sunday, from 10am until 11.30am New players are always welcome.

Last season was spectacular for us, in that we won every tournament that we entered and every game we have played (bar one at the last fixture of the season in Kenilworth) scoring over 120 tries and having less than 20 scored against us!

We have won the Kesteven Festival, The Peterborough Festival, and the highly sought after
Aviva Premiership run “Land Rover Cup” resulting in a fantastic day at Twickenham meeting Jason Robinson (winning try scorer in 2003 Rugby World Cup); watching an fabulous Premiership Final (Wasps vs Exeter) and the lads walked round the pitch at half time in their match kit and representing Leicester Tigers - making great memories and something we are extremely proud of our boys for.

We are continually looking to improve our skill set and fitness, and this season we are travelling far and wide, to play against like-minded teams. We have already secured fixtures both home and away against the likes of Scunthorpe, Hull Ionians, Kettering and Nottingham Corsairs, all sides that will push us to improve.

The U13's are coached by James Fitzpatrick, Kev Wand, Paul Wilkes and Andy Franklin, who between them have varying skills, and offer the boys all sorts of advice and experience from over 100 years of playing rugby (between them of course!).

James Fitzpatrick (Fitz) is Head Coach, an ex-back row, playing Semi Professional Rugby in the Midlands and had the honour of being Club Captain for Kenilworth, his local team. He played well over 350 games for them during the Nineties and Noughties, under the coaching influence of ex England Hooker Steve Brain.

Fitzy's goal is to ensure the kids are fit and get as much enjoyment out of rugby as he has got. He always tries to help the lads play with a smile, but with respect for the opposition and referee, these are core rugby values that all our coaches expect.

Kev Wand is an ex scrum half and full back, who played for, and Captained the Spalding first team during the Eighties and Nineties, and is a stalwart of Spalding Rugby Club, who has also played rugby in New Zealand learning a lot from his time there.

Paul Wilks has been coaching this group of lads for six years and knows them inside out, he is a great influence on the team and does a huge amount of work behind the scenes that goes unseen by many.

Andy Franklin enjoyed success in football and athletics representing Cambridgeshire at both. He has now seen the light and has taken up rugby coaching, having played full-back during his time at Loughborough University.

The lads all get on really well socialising outside of rugby, at events organised by parents. They come from different schools in the Spalding, Stamford, Bourne, Holbeach, and Peterborough areas - to name a few.

So, if you are going into Year 8 (or your son is) and would like to join our highly successful team for this oncoming season’s adventures then please drop an email to one of our coaches and you will be made more than welcome.

Training times

  • Day: Sunday, 10:30
  • Venue: New Ground,Drain Bank North,Spalding,PE12 6BF
  • Day: Thursday, 18:00
  • Venue: New ground,Drain Bank North,Spalding,PE12 6BF
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