Tonbridge Juddians RFC

Under 12



Under 12's (school year 7)


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 boys  regardless of ability  (girls at this age group play separately) .

We appoint a player mentor to every new player that joins the group.




  • 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:


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.


We aim to play friendly fixtures and “waterfall” festivals 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 details or to talk about how your son can get involved contact the age group manager Steve Davey (details above) or Lead Coach Matt Mitchell (details below).



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.


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.


Stuart Fyffe – An long time estranged Scotsman from Bromley Stuart is our forwards specialist coach.


Lauren Goldsworthy – Lauren 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.


Matt, Steve and the Coaches



LAST SEASON (2016 – 2017) U11s SUMMARY


We started the season with our annual Beach Day at Camber on a very windy August Sunday. The sand blasting on the beach and dunes was unbearable and the day soon turned into a Car Park Day with touch rugby, rounders and cricket.


Kicking off the season (literally) we played games to revisit the skills and rules of previous seasons and quickly introduced: contested hooking, kicking, two player rucks and other “U11 Rules of Play”. We played: Force Back, Stuck-on-the-Toilet, Connect4, as well as, “The Name Game”! We also started to develop our team ethos by supporting and encouraging each other to “give 100% effort” on behalf of the team.


Our early season tour to Royal Wootton Bassett was a great success and although we got wet after the final whistle we played two well matched games. More importantly, who will forget: playing football golf and the dried grasshopper snacks; the 7(teen) Dwarfs leaving the hotel restaurant (Hi ho hi ho); the Jungle Book DVD! A great curry and our Kangaroo Court with players defending inexcusable crimes with Judge Doggett presiding. Ten pin bowling late into the night and a huge selection at breakfast.


As the season continued we enjoyed combined sessions, friendly matches and enjoyable festivals at Cranbrook, Beccehamian, Old Whitgiftians, Canterbury, Old Elthamians, Edenbridge, Westcombe Park and Aylesford. In March we also hosted our old friends from Northampton Old Scouts taking them trampolining on Saturday and enjoying a traditional tour sing song after the matches on Sunday.


Kicking out of hand has been something we hope all players have had a go at this season. The coaches were, and are, proud that every player is confident and happy, to: prop, hook, play scrum half, fly half or on the wing. Whilst we are not the most athletic / physical squad we made up for this by each player’s understanding of the game and by the way the team reacted to the referee. The children also impressed our opposition with their decisions making at the tackle/breakdown and low penalty count.


Throughout the season there was, consistently, a huge effort and determination to improve whatever it was we were doing and regardless of the score. This was the stand out feature of the season and served the team well. The “Law of the TJs” reminded us of how important TEAM is in rugby and we learnt that “effort IS everything”!


This fantastic attitude towards the game is in part down to the way the coaching team: Karl, Stuart, Chris, David, Richard and Lauren have coached the players. Thank you! We should also thank our occasional referees Jon Tipler and Rob Thatcher as well as all parents and supporters. Our conduct on the touch lines has been excellent; always supportive rather than instructional. This has allowed our players the creative space to play in an environment where they are happy and confident to make their own decisions, make mistakes and experiment with skills and techniques one would not ordinarily think of using.


We were pleased to be able to recognise a handful of players as “Most Improved” and “Most Coachable” at the Awards BBQ but most satisfyingly has been watching the players develop a bond of friendship which we hope will keep them together and enjoying rugby for a long time to come.


To end the season we enjoyed a canoeing session arranged by Yael and Pete (Amy’s parents) at Tonbridge Canoe Club. It was a little chilly, especially for those who found it difficult to get out of the way of an out of control canoe! Having said this, Karl managed to get wet all on his own (and quite early on)!!


For the statisticians, we had a total of 38 players throughout the season and an average weekly attendance of 18 players. Shout outs to the players who attended 20 or more of the 32 sessions:


30 weeks Harry Davey, Harris Mitchell

27 weeks Oscar Thatcher

25 weeks Will Davey, Tom Doggett

24 weeks Jack Sharpe

23 weeks Isaac Kent

22 weeks Tom Fyffe, Amy Ford (18 +4 girls sessions)

21 weeks Alex Korvin

20 weeks Tane Boyles, Rhys Mitchell, Tomos Wayne


A special mention to a player, referee and our team-mate Amy who will next season be playing girls only rugby (as per regulations). At the last session we presented Amy with a special leather rugby ball signed by coaches and players and we hope to support and follow Amy’s promising rugby career going forward.



Events & Key Dates for your Diary:

BEACH DAY - Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday) 12 noon

BBQ and games on the beach at Camber for players, families & friends (especially new players).

FIRST SUNDAY SESSION OF THE SEASON - Sunday 3rd September 10-12

Bring a friend. There will be Sunday practice sessions throughout September and sessions throughout the season which we will welcome new players to attend.


Starting in September and for the whole season, all U12s will be welcome at the midweek junior training sessions on Thursdays from 1800 – 1900. Held on the new artificial turf pitch these fun sessions will be non-contact and focus on skills and fitness along with other junior section age groups.


U12s play friendly fixtures, triangular matches and waterfall festivals.

Good luck to all players moving to new schools in September – look out for your TJ team mates and enjoy meeting and making lots of new friends. We all look forward to seeing you at the Club at the start of the season. 



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.

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]


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