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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONTENT OF THIS AGE GROUP PAGE IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED FROM THE 2021-22 SEASON TO THE 2022-23 SEASON – PLEASE BEAR WITH US.

Old Pats Under 12s

Welcome

The Old Patesian’s RFC U12s 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.

Contact the U12s

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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
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Ravi Jandhyala

Coach

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2022-23 fixtures

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Latest news and events

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Kit, Merchandise and Event Tickets

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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.