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Welcome

The Old Patesian’s RFC U11s is made up of just over 50 active players divided into three mixed ability squads. Our Head Coach, Richard Simpson (a level 2 RFU coach), along with 9 other volunteer coaches have worked with the majority of the players since they started in the U9’s. Our coaching team, along with the support of Team Manager James Speller, aim to provide interesting and challenging training sessions that are designed to maximise the potential of each and every player whilst still having fun and learning the importance of teamwork. As an age group we aim to play a fast paced game, where support play, offloads and agility are essential skills.

Each of the three squads has its own identity (Viking’s, Spartan’s or Barbarian’s) and its own team of coaches to guide them through fixtures. We hope this helps build a sense of identity and belonging, as well as a little friendly rivalry between the squads. However, on training weekends all three squads train together at the Park Campus (University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham) in order to ensure the players understand they all represent Old Patesian’s RFC. At the end of each season we reorganise the squads to facilitate new friendships (and to ensure the squads remain equally competitive).

New players are always very welcome!

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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

Each season we organise approximately 14 ‘fixtures weekends’ against other sides and participate in festivals whenever possible. Due the effects of COVID-19 we have not yet managed to go on tour, but we do have a tour planned at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Training sessions are held at 9.30am (until 11am) on Sunday mornings at the Park Campus. The times and venues of matches can vary slightly but are always on a Sunday morning. All training and match day information is communicated to parents and carers in advance.

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Message from the Team Manager and Head Coach

James Speller

U11 Team Manager
Richard Simpson

Richard Simpson

Head Coach

We have a strong squad of boys and girls who have stuck together through the challenging times we have recently experienced and are looking forward to an exciting full 21-22 season ahead.

We will help and guide any new players who wish to play rugby and believe fully in mixed ability squads with equal opportunities to all players. We are lucky to have a large support from parents at training and matches and I look forward to seeing everyone at the start of the season and throughout.

New players are always welcome and you do not need any experience to join us.

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Coaching team and officials

James Speller

Team Manager
Richard Simpson

Richard Simpson

Head Coach
Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Assistant Head Coach and First Aid
Nick Hucker

Nick Hucker

Coach and First Aid

Chris Corris

Coach
Robbie Chapman

Robbie Chapman

Coach and First Aid

Chris Young

Coach

Anthony Clack

Coach
Doug Hughes

Doug Hughes

Coach

Simon Webberley

Coach
Portrait Place Holder

Eve Qureshi

Coach

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2021-22 fixtures

 MonthDateTeam/AcitityVenueComments 
SEPTEMBER05/09/2021TrainingH
12/09/2021TrainingH
19/09/2021TrainingH
26/09/2021Cirencester RFC Dursley RFC H3 squads
OCTOBER03/10/2021TrainingH
10/10/2021Stow
Hucclecote RFC
A
H
2 squads
1 squad
17/10/2021Cheltenham RFCH3 squads
24/10/2021Half Term
31/10/2021TrainingH
NOVEMBER07/11/2021Berry Hill
Old Richians
A
A
2 squads
1 squad
14/11/2021TrainingH
21/11/2021TrainingH
28/11/2021BanburyA3 squads
DECEMBER05/12/2021Gordon League RFC
Ledbury RFC
A
H
1 squad
2 squads
12/12/2021Christmas Club DayH
3 squads
19/12/2021MinchinhamptonA
26/12/2021Christmas breakChristmas
JANUARY02/01/2022Festive fun day Cheltenham Ladies CollegeH New Year
09/01/2022Ledbury RFC
Longlevens RFC
A
A
1 squad
2 squads
16/01/2022StowH3 squads
23/01/2022TrainingH
30/01/2022Cheltenham TigersA
FEBRUARY06/02/2022BanburyH
13/02/2022TrainingH
20/02/2022CliftonH
27/02/2022Landrover Cup Cheltenham College
Longlevens RFC and Old Richians RFC

A

TBC
1 squad

2 squads
MARCH06/03/2022Minchinhampton TBCH TBC
13/03/2022County Festival at TewkesburyA 3 Squads
20/03/2022Stroud TBCTBC
27/03/2022CliftonA
APRIL03/04/2022TrainingH
10/04/2022Festival at St Mary’s Old Boys, BristolA 3 Squads
17/04/2022Easter SundayEaster Sunday
24/04/2022TrainingH
MAY01/05/2022Burnham FestivalATour
08/05/2022TrainingH
15/05/2022TrainingH
22/05/2022TrainingH
29/05/2022TrainingH

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News and match reports

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U11 Barbarians v Ledbury

On a cold but sunny morning in Ledbury, the Old Pats Barbarian squad played their first match of what promises to be an exciting 2022.

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U11 Barbarians v Gordon League RFC

In summary, a thoroughly enjoyable morning with players, coaches and parents from both teams demonstrating the core rugby values of Teamwork, Enjoyment and Sportsmanship.

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Kit & Merchandise

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Home turf

We train and play at:

University of Gloucestershire Park Campus

Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham GL50 2RH

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.

Facilities:

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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Sponsors

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.