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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.
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.
Last year we completed the first full season with the U10 group, with highlights including festivals at Worcester and Bristol, some hard-fought matches against other local clubs, and culminating in a hugely enjoyable tour to Croyde as nearly 80 of us descended on the beach in May.
As U11s, the rugby focus will be on consolidating the rapid progress that was made last year, continuing to work hard on the basic skills of catching, passing, running and tackling. Scrums and rucking were introduced in January, and we’ll continue to develop skills in these areas, and many of the boys are excited about the introduction of kicking to the U11 rules – even if some of the coaches aren’t!
The overall aim, however, remains for the kids to enjoy themselves in training and in matches, as they continue to develop friendships and behaviours that will last a lifetime.
Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun.
I am incredibly proud of the progress made in our first full season together, learning the basic principles of Rugby and fostering a strong team spirit that served them very well in all their matches. We’re looking forward to getting back on the training field, with a great turnout every week and new faces joining all the time.
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.
|11/09/2022||Training / DCPS Rugby Camp for 1 team|
|OCTOBER||02/10/2022||Evesham||H||2 teams||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|02/10/2022||Tewkesbury||1 team||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|23/10/2022||Half Term / Training|
|30/10/2022||Half Term / Training|
|13/11/2022||Cheltenhham North||A||1 team||Red|
|13/11/2022||Gordon League||A||1 team||Blue|
|04/12/2022||Gordon League||H||1 Team||Green|
|11/12/2022||Evesham||A||2 teams||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|11/12/2022||Tewkesbury||1 team||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|15/01/2023||Longlevens||A||2 teams||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|15/01/2023||Gloucester Old Boys||H||1 team||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|FEBRUARY||05/02/2023||Brockworth||A||2 teams||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|19/02/2023||Chosen Hill||H||1 team||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|19/02/2023||Clifton||H||2 teams only||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|26/02/2023||Half Term / Training|
|MARCH||05/03/2023||Ledbury||H||2/3 teams||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|12/03/2023||County Festival||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|26/03/2023||Chosen Hill||A||1 team||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|26/03/2023||Clifton||2 teams only||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|APRIL||02/04/2023||Easter Hols / Bredon||A||1 team||Green|
|02/04/2023||Gloucester Old Boys||A||1 team||Red|
|16/03/2023||Easter Hols / Bredon||1 team||Blue|
|23/04/2023||Tour or Tournament at Chippenham|
|30/04/2023||Cheltenhham North||H||1 team||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
|30/04/2023||Longlevens||2 teams||Blue/Green/Red TBC|
We train and play at:
University of Gloucestershire Park Campus
Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham GL50 2RH
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.