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FRUFC Under 14s Squad Page.....

Training:
Sundays 10.00 - 12.00

Matchdays:
Sundays - see fixtures

League Information
Hampshire Under 14s league

Fixtures Contact:
Marcus Brewer or Coach/Manager

Coaching, Management & Support Team.....

Primary Coach
Level:
Tel:
Email:

Neil Timms
07901 670400
Level 2 RFU
timms.family1@tiscali.co.uk 

Team manager
Tel:
Email:

Catherine White
07763 569192
catherine-white@live.co.uk

Assistant Coach
Level

Jon Basil
Level 2 RFU

Assistant Coach
Level

Kerry Bateman
Level 2 RFU

Assistant Coach
Level

Andy Ford
Level 2 RFU

Assistant Coach
Level

Mike Fiore
Level 2 RFU

Assistant Coach
Level

Graham Kingston
Level 2 RFU

Assistant Coach
Level

Chris Martin
Rugby Ready

Assistant Coach
Level

Simon White
Level 2 RFU

 

Squad Information.....

During the rugby season the Under 14s meet for coaching at FRUFC, Tile Barn Close, Farnborough, on Sunday mornings from 10am through until 12pm (arrive by 09:45am). Two hours flies by each week. Some weeks we have visitors or we visit other local clubs for “friendlies”. We also play some Hampshire Cup fixtures throughout the season. Details of our fixtures for the season, which starts on 2nd September, can be found on this website (fixtures link above). We also train on a Monday evening from 7pm to 8pm. For new joiners, please ring or email and check were going to be there before coming down.

Whilst we now have a competitive squad of over 30 players, we are always keen to encourage new talent and new players are welcome throughout the season. Our squad is a mixture of players who have been with us since they were in Year R and a number who have joined us each year since.

2018 - 2019 Season    
Again, there will be a number of new challenges for the players and coaches this year with the addition of the lineout, 8 man scrum, penalties and conversions and several other changes to the laws at this age group. The guys are really looking forward to the introduction of these new aspects of the game and the greater emphasis on positional play and strategy.

Our emphasis at the beginning of the season is on learning and developing these new skills rapidly and then focussing on building our teamwork so that we are ready to compete. This season we will see us continuing to focus the players into specific positions and we anticipate some strong competition for key roles. We are aiming to maintain a highly competitive team for formal fixtures but this will rely on a strong turnout in the squad and we use the friendly fixtures to develop players to get into the competitive team.

As well as general fitness, agility, balance and co-ordination, we work on individual skills of:

  • Evasion   - finding space, swerving, changing pace, avoiding the tackle;

  • Handling   - passing and catching;

  • Tackling   - positioning, awareness, execution, release;

  • Rucking, Mauling and Scrummaging - working as a team in contact situations;

  • Kicking   - spot kicks and tactical kicks in open play.

and team skills of:

  • Attack   - working together to move forward including passing, evasion and support;

  • Defence   - keeping a defensive line, reforming a line, coordinating positions;

  • Tactics - strategy, decision making and communication.

We obviously focus on learning the laws of the game but rugby is also a great game for physical fitness & development, personal & social development and confidence building. We do focus on discipline, respect and fair play too - all of which are important elements of the modern game. Whilst we play a lot of rugby and undertake training drills, we also play a variety of training games designed to practice skills whilst having fun.

Join In 
If you are in secondary school Year 9 in September 2018 and would like to give rugby a go we’d love to see you at training.

Safety and comfort are primary concerns so players will need a gum shield (mandatory for contact rugby), boots with suitable aluminium or plastic (not composite) studs (ideally not blades), a drink and snack and appropriate clothes for the weather (no zips or hard buttons please). Please make sure you’re happy for them to get muddy! For beginners, don’t worry too much about having all the right kit - come along and see how you get on for a couple of weeks before splashing out (note you must have a gum shield from the off).

If you are interested in assisting in coaching, please contact Neil for an informal chat about the U14s style of coaching and what we are looking for in a coaching assistant. Whilst we have a strong coaching team, as we take on more elements of the game and more players, there will always be room for more coaches. We’re always happy to have people willing to referee too and we need to be able to field a ref for competitive games so please make contact if you are interested in this.

We are a team run entirely by volunteers so we would welcome help and support from parents in any capacity. There are always many things to do to ensure things run smoothly throughout the season and this year will be another busy one from the off.

We are a very sociable group with lots of events for kids and parents throughout the season - last year saw us doing swimming, pizza making, doughnutting, curry evenings and our fourth highly successful tour, with a group of over 60 players and family members heading to Gloucester and Bristol for another great weekend. 

This season we will again be making full use of the refurbished bar in the clubhouse after training where we will be practicing our social and communications skills, left arm muscular development in training for tour and, as part of our social responsibility programme, teaching our ex-prop coaches how to act in social situations & teaching them to resist their natural urge to hug other large men they come across.  With all that on offer, how can you resist?

Neil

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