MANAGER: Steve Davey email or tel no 07976 246555
COACH: Matt Mitchell email or tel no 07738 999741
The mini rugby season runs from the first Sunday in September till May (10am till midday). We welcome all children boys and girls regardless of ability.
We appoint a player mentor to every new player that joins the group.
JOIN US FOR A TRIAL TO SEE IF YOU ENJOY OUR TEAM SPIRIT – EVERYONE IS WELCOME
OUR COACHING PHILOSOPHY
- Safety and fun first; development above results.
- Effort is everything.
- The strength of the pack is the TJ and the strength of the TJ the pack.
We emphasise the core values of Rugby Football Union as our own:
TEAMWORK – RESPECT – ENJOYMENT – DISCIPLINE – SPORTSMANSHIP.
Our practice sessions involve games and activities aiming to encourage players to work together, develop interpersonal skills and enjoy rugby.
We aim to help children in our group to be rounded young players with CHARACTER, who CARE and stay CONNECTED with for their team mates, friends and family for life.
We encourage players to be CONFIDENT and CREATIVE both on and off the pitch. We believe that through this approach children’s physical, technical, tactical and mental ability as rugby players will develop and thrive.
MATCHES AND FIXTURES
We aim to play friendly fixtures and festival throughout the season and our selection policy ensures we involve ALL children that want to play in matches equally.
We also arrange non rugby activities to help develop rounded players such as our beach day, pantomime trips, rugby tours, match visits and socials.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more details or to talk about how your daughter or son can get involved contact the age group manager Steve Davey (details above) or Lead Coach Matt Mitchell (details below).
MEET THE COACHING STAFF
Matt Mitchell – Former scrum half / utility back and 1st XV captain Matt has over 25 years experience in youth coaching, sports development and coach education. He was a Development Officer for the RFU for 13 years and is now the Rugby Manager for the children’s charity of rugby, Wooden Spoon.
Chris Boyle – an A&E physiotherapist Chris is a former scrum half from New Zealand and level 1 coach. He is one half of the coaching team that represents the Rugby World Champions and plays vets rugby. Other interests include Karate and Canoeing.
Karl Severs – Karl is the other Kiwi on the team and former second five eighths (whatever that means!) and has been known to play the odd Vets match.
Richard Wheatley – Richard is one half of the coaching team from Scotland. Richard is a specialist backs coach.
Stuart Fyffe – An long time estranged Scotsman from Bromley Stuart is our forwards specialist coach.
David Kemsley – David has been associated with Rugby in Tonbridge for many years and played as a Colt for the old Tonbridge RFC. David still regularly plays for the club and just about gets into the Vets XV
Lauren Goldsworthy – Lauren is studing GCSE and is our young apprentice and is supporting the coaching team and children in their rugby.
We are also supported by parents who undertake to help organise events and activities for the children.
Thank you all that volunteer to help make the rugby experience come alive for this age group.
2016 U11s TOUR TO ROYAL WOOTEN BASSETT
The (new) Jungle Book was the film on the coach and the law of the Jungle was changed to the Law of the TJ. We arrived in RWB in time to play some fun games before lunch.
After lunch we headed out onto the 12 hole Football Golf Course for the TJs U11 Open Foot-golf Competition arranged by our very own Peter Alice (Andy Fryatt).
After checking into the hotel we left (Hi ho, Hi ho!) for dinner at Swindon’s finest Indian restaurant the Taj Mughal which doubled as a Kangaroo Court Room where Judge Doggett presided over misdemeanours committed earlier. Court Clerk Richard “John” Wayne presented the evidence whilst elected children did their best to defend and prosecute the accused. Of course most were guilty and had to wear fake moustaches as a punishment!
Coach Lauren organised an excellent team competition at the Bowling Alley with super prices and everyone was tucked up in bed by 10:30.
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast we headed to the warmth of the beautiful Royal Wooten Bassett Rugby Club where we enjoyed one and a half matches in glorious sunshine. After a hail and rain drenching in the final few minutes we headed in to the clubhouse for lunch and a thank you presentation made our nominated players to RWB who were excellent hosts.
Dry and tired an uneventful coach trip home meant all were ready for School on Monday morning.
THE LAW OF THE TJ
Now this is the Law of the TJ-
as old and as true as the sky;
And the TJ that keeps it may prospe,
but the TJ that breaks it must die.
For the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk,
the law runneth forwards and backs.
For the strength of the Pack is the TJ,
and the strength of the TJ the PACK.
[from Kipling (1894) The Jungle Book]