U16

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 U16s

Welcome

Old Pats U15s are a squad of over 40 players all committed to playing rugby together as team and enjoying developing their rugby skills and experience.

Many of the players have enjoyed playing with us since U9s and each year we continue to welcome new players to the squad.

We welcome players from all backgrounds across Cheltenham and many of the schools in and around the town are represented in the squad.

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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.

Old Pats U16s

This season

For 2021/22 we have fixtures against local teams every weekend and will normally meet from 10:00 until midday each Sunday.

Our playing base for the season is Balacarras school, East End Road, GL53 8QF Everest Road club house. We will hold a training session during the week to develop our technique and skills and put them into practice at the weekend.

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Message from the Team Manager

Chris Woodward Coach

Chris Woodward

U15 Team Manager and Head Coach

Contact the U16s

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Coaching team and officials

We have a group of six coaches (led by our head coach Andy Houslton) that all the share coaching reponsibilities and develop different aspects of the game

We support players of all abilities and our aim is to develop each of the players to their full potential with a big focus on encourgaing individual confidence through playing as a team.

After a protracted year last season we have the challenge to look forwards to this season of the full 15-a-side game, a big emphasis on players’ positional play, using all 15 players on the team with added excitement of lineouts and scrums.

Chris Woodward Coach

Chris Woodward

Coach
Hein Le Roux Coach

Hein la Roux

Team Manager
Stuart Smith Coach

Stuart Smith

Coach

Andy McBane

Coach

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2022-23 fixtures

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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

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Home turf

We train and play at:

Balcarras School

East End Road GL53 8QF

Additional directions:

To the left of the main school gates is Balcarras Road, a small lane runnig up the eastern boundary of the school and the main school carpark. About 100 meters up the lane turn right into the carpark. Once parked walk south around the south side of the school between the school buildings and the Astro pitches. On the right you’ll see steps leading up to the Sports Pavillion and a pathway onto the school fields.

Facilities:

There are toilets in the school sports pavillion

Old Pats Juniors

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.