Welcome to Winchester Under 10's.
We are a squad of 40 players with a great team spirit, we are supported by a wonderful cohort of parents, coaches and managers.
Year 5 children are welcome to play in our U10’s team, and we more than happy welcome all comer’s new and old to the game! We play a fast-flowing, 7-a-side contact rugby format which, this year has seen the introduction of rucking and mauling.
All new players are welcome to come along to training at 10am on Sundays and our friendly coaches will deliver a structured session that is tailored to the get the best out of every player in a fun and supportive way.
We train at North Walls Recreation Ground on the pitches at the end of Nuns Road. Look out for our flag! Sessions start promptly at 10am and will finish at 11.30am. All players must have a parent or guardian present at all times.
Players need to have appropriate kit including boots (no blades), warm clothing and waterproofs if necessary. They should also have a drink in a named bottle for the regular water breaks. Gumshields are mandatory so please ensure you have one.
To register your child/children to play rugby at Winchester Rugby Football Club (WRFC), you must be a member of WRFC and your child/children must be registered with the RFU. See the main website for details.
If you would like further information, please contact the coaching team on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email the lead coach and manager on email@example.com
Our volunteer coaching team, so far, consists of Doug Logan, Noel Penzer, Gareth Jones, Andy Budge, Andrew O'Keeffee, Mark Exworthy, and Antony Lane. Selina Cambell-Graham is the team manager dealing with all administrative issues. All coaches will be CRB checked.
It’s not too late to get involved. We will need help throughout the season to run all of the activities that your child will participate in. Please contact Selina by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you would like to get involved no matter how little you feel you can give, all help is gratefully received.
Aims for the season
The coaching team have met during the summer and suggest the following objectives for the season. Please help us meet them.
• All activities are enjoyable for all
• All players have noticeably improved their rugby skills over the course of the season (especially around the areas of the ruck and maul)
• As many players as possible progress to U11s' rugby
• All players will have the opportunity to take part in as many tournaments as possible during the season (subject to willingness, logistics and training attendance)
• Aim to win targeted tournaments including Hampshire and Winchester
• Players, parents and coaches actively support our codes of conduct, abide by the core values (TREDS), foster the spirit of the game and a supportive team environment
• We actively seek encouragement, support and constructive feedback from players, parents and coaches.
How can you help
Please get involved as much or as little as possible. You may not wish to join the coaching or administrative team but we know from existing coaches and parents that the success of the group depends on the full support of parents.
We will need help with everything from: taking the warm-up, helping demonstrate a drill, tidying up at the end of sessions, crowd control, support for your child if they are upset or injured, taking them to the toilet right up to coaching and administration.
Please ensure your child turns up to sessions on time and with the right kit. You can buy WRFC kit on Sundays from the Clubhouse.
Codes of conduct
Please observe the RFU player, parent and spectator codes.
The good player's code
Players are encouraged to:
- Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing the opportunity to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment.
- Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to adults and team mates.
- Recognise that every player has a right to expect their involvement in rugby to be safe and free from all types of abuse.
- Understand that if an individual or group of players feel they are not being treated in a manner that is acceptable, then they should tell an adult either at the Club or outside of the game.
- Play because they want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.
- Remember that skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the game.
- Be attentive at all training and coaching sessions.
- Work equally hard for themselves and their team - both will then benefit.
- Recognize good play by all players on their team and by their opponents.
- Be a sportsman - win or lose
- Play to the Laws of the Game and accept, without question, all referees' decisions .
- Control their emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team mates, opponents, coaches, match officials or spectators is not acceptable.
- Treat all players, as they would like to be treated themselves. Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player.
The good parent's code
Parents are encouraged to:
- Be familiar with the coaching and training program in order that they can ensure their child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability.
- Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the coaching and training sessions in which their child participates.
- Be aware that the Club or School has a duty of care to ensure the safety of players and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport players to away games.
- Be involved with Club and School activities and share their expertise.
- Share concerns, if they have them, with Club or School officials.
- Be familiar with the Good Coaches' Code. In particular be aware that: (i) coaches should recognize the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching players; and (ii) coaches should keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging players to behave with dignity in all circumstances. It is important that parents support coaches in instilling these virtues.
- Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents.
- Encourage young people to play - do not force them.
- Focus on the players' efforts, rather than winning or losing.
- Be realistic about the players' abilities; do not push them towards a level that they are not capable of achieving.
- Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game.
- Remember that persistent, negative messages will adversely affect the players' and referee's performance and attitude.
- Always support the Club in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game.
- Remember young people learn much by example.
- Always show appreciation of good play by all players both from their own Club and the opposition.
- Respect decisions made by the match officials, even if they appear to make a mistake, and encourage the players to do likewise.
The good spectator's code
Spectators are encouraged to:
- Act as positive role models to all players.
- Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.
- Respect guidance from the Club or School with regard to spectator behaviour.
- Remember children play sport primarily for their own enjoyment, not for that of the spectators.
- Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all players irrespective of the team in which they play.
- Respect match officials' decisions - remember they are volunteers providing an opportunity for players to play rugby.
- Never verbally abuse players, coaches, match officials or fellow spectators: such behaviour can create a negative environment for players and their behaviour will often reflect this.
- Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than "to win at all costs'.
- Verbally encourage all players in a positive manner, shouting "for', not "at', the players.
- Encourage all players irrespective of their ability - never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team in which they play
Please ensure that both membership and registration are in place for your child (see below).
The season started on Sunday 4th September 2016. The training sessions start at 10am on the field at the end of Nuns Road. Please look out for the Under 8s flag. Training sessions at WRFC will finish at 1130am. Parents and carers are expected to remain on site during training sessions.
There will be rugby activity every Sunday during the season. Initially we will meet at 10am on the field, in time we will also be playing in tournaments away from Winchester and also training at other clubs. Further details will be provided in due course.
For all sessions, your child will need:
• Appropriate clothing including boots with full metal studs. When the weather is cold and/or wet, please ensure your child has warm clothing and/or waterproofs.
• A drink in a named bottle.
• A gumshiled is mandatory this year.
If you have any queries please feel free to talk to any of the coaches after the session or use the team email address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (to email the coaches direct)
WRFC operates on the basis of members paying annual subscriptions (there is no weekly / termly payment as with First Contact). Please note that nobody under the age of 16 may legally become a member of the Club except through family membership in the name of one of his/her parents or guardians.
We recognise that you may wish to trial whether your child wants to continue playing rugby but WRFC only functions when subscriptions are paid and so by the start of October, we would appreciate it if you could ensure that registration is complete and subscription is paid. Please ensure that you complete and return the photographic permission slip on the final page of the membership form.
Your child must also be registered with the Rugby Football Union (for insurance purposes). You will need 2 passport sized photos of your child for registration.