Old Pats Under 10


The Old Pats U10s is made up of over thirty active players, with the key focus on fun and enjoyment.

The players are divided into three mixed ability groups, with several coaches assigned to each squad, with the smaller numbers helping to maximise learning and build friendships.

Our Head Coach, James Hutchison, oversees all squads providing interesting, challenging and fun training sessions that are designed to teach the children the key skills required for rugby and to maximise the potential of all players.

The squads train and play their home matches at The Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham. Training is generally between 09.30 and 10.45 every Sunday, unless we have matches when the times may vary.

All training and match day information is communicated to parents and carers via our Teamo management app.

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Our ethos

The Old Patesians Junior section exists to encourage children and young adults to develop as rugby and team players throughout their time with us.

Our aim is that they maintain their participation in the sport throughout their junior years and progress to our senior section. To this end, the rugby environment we create for our young players must be safe, fun and inclusive. We welcome players of all standards, irrespective of ability or experience.

Our Club Ethos, based around the RFU core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship (TREDS), is at the very heart of everything we think and do to make this happen.

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This season

The U9s season was curtailed due to Covid, and so the focus for the U10s is still on taking our first steps in tackling and contact rugby, and preparing for matches against other clubs.

We are looking forward to the 2021-22 season, where we have a few weeks of consecutive training sessions to prepare for our first matches, and then a busy schedule with fixtures against many of the local teams in Gloucestershire.

Having been introduced to contact rugby in the U9s season – and belatedly due to Covid – the U10 season is about consolidating tackling technique, as well as dend running.  Matches will also start to feature uncontested 3-man scrums from January 2021, with a focus on technique and safety.  The key aspect continues to be that the players enjoy themselves and fall in love with the game of Rugby.

Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun.

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Message from the Team Manager and Head Coach

Susan Carslake

Susan Carslake

U10 Team Manager
James Hutchison

James Hutchison

U10 Head Coach

Our U9s season consisted of just 7 weeks, but it was extraordinary to see the players develop as a team in a short space of time, and to learn the principles of Rugby and the fundamentals of passing, catching, running and tackling. I’m very excited for the new season and to see what the group are capable of with a more consistent training schedule, and more fixtures against other clubs.

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Coaching team and officials

Our coaching team, who are all volunteers, comprises 9 coaches under the leadership of James Hutchison and Mark Harris. Hutch and Mark have both been taking RFU coaching courses, including ‘First Contact’, which is particularly relevant to the younger age groups.

There are also trained first aid reps throughout the group, and all coaches are dedicated to the welfare of the players and committed to inclusive rugby to develop them both as players and individuals. We are very grateful to the hard work and commitment of our coaching team so please give them as much support as you can.

Susan Carslake

Susan Carslake

Team Manager
James Hutchison

James Hutchison

Head Coach
Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Assistant Head Coach
Nick Newport

Nick Newport-Black

John Winson

John Winson

Phil Rogerson

Phil Rogerson

Portrait Place Holder

Tommy Charles

James Livesey

James Livesey

David Hunt

David Hunt

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson


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2021-22 fixtures

10/10/2021StowHAlso with U12
17/10/2021Cheltenham TigersAAlso with U12
24/10/2021Half Term
NOVEMBER07/11/2021Chosen Hill & StroudHAlso with U12
28/11/2021Banbury & Gordon LeagueHAlso with U12
DECEMBER05/12/2021LedburyAAlso with U12
12/12/2021Christmas Club DayHAlso with U12
JANUARY02/01/2022New Year
09/01/2022LedburyHAlso with U12
16/01/2022StowAAlso with U12
30/01/2022Cheltenham TigersHAlso with U12
FEBRUARY06/02/2022BanburyAAlso with U12
13/02/2022Half Term
20/02/2022CliftonAAlso with U12
MARCH06/03/2022County Cup FestivalA
13/03/2022MinchinhamptonAAlso with U12
27/03/2022CliftonHAlso with U12
10/04/2022Chosen HillAAlso with U12

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Latest news and events

2021-22 U10 Croyde Tour 1.1

U10 Croyde Tour 2022

Once we arrived in Croyde, all 72 of us went to the beach for a fish & chip lunch

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Kit, Merchandise and Events Tickets

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Home turf

We train and play at:

University of Gloucestershire Park Campus

Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham GL50 2RH

Training Times:


Additional directions:

The carpark is situated on the western side of the campus and access to the playing fields is near the entrance to the carpark and the Multi Use Games Area.


There are toilets in the main university building. Go to main reception and take an imediate left passing the referctory on the right, toilets are then on the left.

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The role our sponsors play in enabling over 360 juniors to play rugby with their mates every weekend during the season is an enormous one and the Old Pats Juniors are very grateful to them for all their support.