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Welcome to the U16S

Welcome to the WRFC U16s.

After ending the 2016-17 season as Hampshire Champions the team will be playing in the Hampshire U16s Green League this season where we look to continue the success achieved in previous seasons.

Our ethos is to engender fair play, fun, trust, freedom of expression and to provide a nurturing environment, in which to play great rugby.

We welcome new players to join our squad.

The U16 age group is made up from children whose birthdays are between 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2002, or current school Year 10.

Lead Coach:
Simon Maggs | | 07443 460394

Pippa Cook | | TBC

Shaun Mildenhall | | 07990 548318

We currently have 3 coaches but are always looking for more volunteers. All our coaches are DBS cleared.

New players are welcome to come and have a go at training prior to joining, but we ask that parents sign a "consent to play' form. New players must join the club within 2 weeks. The club operates an online membership and subscription system which can be found on the Club Info Section of the Winchester RFC website under Pay Membership

We train every Sunday from 10am to 12pm. We usually train on pitches 2 or 3; the furthest 2 pitches when viewed from the clubhouse, but please check pitch allocation on the website.

All players need to have a gum shield and rugby studs and plenty of layers when it is cold and a drink. Coaches or the manager should be notified of any health conditions.

At the start of the season a Web Poll will be sent to the parents to find out the player’s availability for first half of the season. A second poll canvassing player availability for the second half of the season will be sent out in January.

We ask that parents keep the poll up to date as the coaches use this as the basis for planning training sessions and team selection.

Fixtures are a mixture of games where everyone plays and games where teams are selected.Teams are selected for Hampshire League games. Parents will be sent an email listing player selection and the coaches would appreciate confirmation of the player’s availability.

Home training takes place for players not selected for a particular game.

FIXTURES 2017-18
Refer to the U16s fixtures and results section.

• 15-a-side.
• Contested scrums.
• Contested line outs with lifting.

• To instil rugby's core values; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship.
• To develop rugby's core skills; Running, Evasion, Handling, Kicking, Tackling.
• To create an environment for players to have fun.
• Long term player development, ensuring every player is involved and progresses.
• To build player confidence and self esteem
• Competitive performance.
• Player retention/recruitment.
• Positive coaching

• Contest Possession: Rugby is fundamentally an invasion game where two teams compete to score at the far end of each other's territory. Possession of the ball is contested from the kick-off, the set-pieces and other contact areas such as the tackle, ruck and maul.
• Go Forward: In order to go forward effectively, players should develop their running speed, agility and kicking skills.
• Support: The ability to support is possibly the most important aspect of successful attack and defence. Support is not just being in a good position; communication is also a vital part of supporting team-mates. The ideal support shape in attack is a diamond, with the ball carrier at the front, in defence it is ideal to work in groups of three.
• Continuity: Effective support will provide continuity, i.e. Within a team: continuity means a sequence of stability in achieving an objective such as the ball retention on attack, or a solid defence re-organising after each phase of play.
• Pressure: A team needs to apply attacking or defensive pressure to the opposing team to limit their options, cause mistakes or force turnovers.
• These are all underpinned by Communication!

We are fortunate to have had a terrific group of parents over the last eight years, and are as proud to be associated with them as we are the players. Here are a few things that help.

• Most importantly support and encourage your child.
• Be positive as a spectator and encourage all players.
• Show respect for the opposition and officials.
• Practice with your child away from training. Coaches are always happy to offer advice and tips.
• Encourage your child to do other sports too.

Help is always appreciated. If you would like to get involved on or off the pitch in any way please get in touch.
The coaches and manager are always happy to discuss anything with parents.

This is a game where everyone plays and are held home or away. Homes games start at 10am and end at 12pm., but away games can vary.

This is the Hampshire League Competition. There are 8 dates for league matches during the season and are held home or away. Players are selected for league matches.

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