U12

Old Pats Under 12

Welcome

Old Pats U12’s has over forty boys from local schools. Our home/ training ground is Reeves Field (Cheltenham College) where we meet on a Sunday morning at 10am for training or matches.

We have 8 coaches, led by our Head Coach, Ross Freebury. Whilst the coaching team are focused on developing our players, we also emphasise the fun element, getting together with friends and having a great time.

Our players are currently split into 3 mixed ability squads for matches, whereas we train as a whole group, with Ross providing appropriate, challenging and fun training sessions. These sessions build on the basics learnt so far and aim to ensure that each player achieves their potential.

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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

We hope the 2021/22 season brings some normality and we can get back to playing some challenging and competitive fixtures.

We have plenty of fixtures already planned and anticipate a busy and productive season, where our players can put into practice what they have learnt at training.

And in addition, encourage them to maintain a positive attitude and a great teamwork ethic.

We also are hopeful of finally going on tour towards the end of the season. We have been unable to do this for the last two seasons and recognise the enjoyment and positive team building for players, coaches and parents, that this can bring.

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Message from the Team Manager and Head Coach

Andrea Mason

Andrea Mason

Team Manager
Ross Freebury Head Coach

Ross Freebury

Head Coach

We are very much looking forward to the 2021/22 season. We can’t wait to see the players play competitively again, continue to build on their skills and build supportive and fun relationships with each other.

The focus is on the RFU’s TREDS values and ensuring, with our mixed ability squads, that all players achieve their potential, understand the importance of teamwork, whilst at the same time, having a great time with their friends.

Support from parents is welcomed. This doesn’t have to just be on the touchline (though we encourage this!) but if anyone can lend a hand with coaching, match reports, photography or cooking the occasional hotdog, let us know!

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Coaching team and officials

Head coach, Ross leads our coaching team, and is ably supported by Rob M. Most of our coaching team have been with the group since we started at U9s, some being keen supporters even before this when our age group was still playing tag. We have a spread of training across the group that includes RFU rugby coaching qualifications, CPD, first aid and “play it safe”.

Our aim being to develop our players whilst ensuring their welfare and safety. Team manager, Andrea, attempts to keep everyone in order and, most importantly, makes sure that there are enough hot dogs at the end of a match.

Andrea Mason

Andrea Mason

Team Manager
Ross Freebury Head Coach

Ross Freebury

Head Coach
Rob Morris

Rob Morris

Assistant Head Coach
Rob Biggs

Rob Biggs

Coach
John Scourfield

John Scourfield

Coach
Luke Wilkinson

Luke Wilkinson

Coach and First Aid
Ben Price

Ben Price

Coach
Dave Cann

Dave Cann

Coach
Greg Bagley

Greg Bagley

Coach

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2021-22 fixtures

 MonthDateTeam/AcitityVenueComments 
SEPTEMBER05/09/2021TrainingH
12/09/2021TrainingH
19/09/2021TrainingH
26/09/2021DursleyA
OCTOBER03/10/2021TrainingH
10/10/2021StowHAlso with U10
17/10/2021Cheltenham TigersAAlso with U10
24/10/2021Half Term
31/10/2021TrainingH
NOVEMBER07/11/2021Chosen Hill & StroudHAlso with U10
14/11/2021TrainingH
21/11/2021TrainingH
28/11/2021Banbury & Gordon LeagueHAlso with U10
DECEMBER05/12/2021LedburyAAlso with U10
12/12/2021Christmas Club DayHAlso with U10
19/12/2021TrainingH
26/12/2021Christmas
JANUARY02/01/2022New Year
09/01/2022LedburyHAlso with U10
16/01/2022StowAAlso with U10
23/01/2022TrainingH
30/01/2022Cheltenham TigersHAlso with U10
FEBRUARY06/02/2022BanburyAAlso with U10
13/02/2022Half Term
20/02/2022CliftonAAlso with U10
27/02/2022TrainingH
MARCH06/03/2022County Cup FestivalA
13/03/2022MinchinhamptonAAlso with U10
20/03/2022Training
27/03/2022CliftonHAlso with U10
APRIL03/04/2022TrainingH
10/04/2022Chosen HillAAlso with U10
17/04/2022Easter
24/04/2022TrainingH
MAY01/05/2022TrainingH

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Home turf

We train and play at:

Reeves Field

Charlton Park Drive, Cheltenham GL53 7RX

Additional directions:

Reeves field is a Cheltenham College sports field situated adjacent to the Old Bath Road just north of East Gloucestershire Tennis Club.

Parking is available at Cheltenham College Sports Centre, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham GL53 7AH – 500 meters west of Reeves Field.

PLEASE ALWAYS PARK AT CHELTENHAM COLLEGE SPORTS CENTRE FOR TRAINING AND MATCHES

Facilities:

There are toilets in the Reeves Pavilion and Meadow Cafe is situated on Cox’s Meadow adjacent to Reeves Field to the north, accessed by exiting via the main entrance and walking north down the Old Bath Road (5 minutes max)

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Sponsors

The role our sponsors play in enabling over 460 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.