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Tonbridge Juddians RFC

Under 14

Welcome

 

Under 14's (school year 9)

 

MANAGER:  Steve Davey email or tel no 07976 246555
COACH:   Matt Mitchell  email or tel no 07738 999741


The youth 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) .

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.  

We emphasise the core values of Rugby Football Union as our own:

TEAMWORK – RESPECT – ENJOYMENT – DISCIPLINE – SPORTSMANSHIP.

 We support players to be:

CREATIVE – AWARE – RESILIENT – DECISION MAKERS – SELF ORGANISING


PRACTICE SESSIONS
Our practice sessions involve games and activities aiming to encourage players to work together, develop interpersonal skills and enjoy rugby.


We aim to help the young people 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. By focusing on this we believe player’s physical, technical, tactical and mental abilities will develop and thrive.

 MATCHES AND FIXTURES

We play friendly fixtures and competitive fixtures (in the County“waterfall” festivals) throughout the season our selection policy ensures we involve ALL  players.  We go above and beyond the RFU regulation requiring every player to have at least half a game; we ensure every player gets EQUAL GAME TIME.

We also arrange non rugby activities and socials to help develop well rounded and connected players.  We have previously arranged:  beach days,  rugby tours, Twickenham match visits, and participated in the Hever Castle Commando Challenge.  
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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).

 

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.

 

Karl Severs – Karl a 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.

Jack Mutch – Jack is a scrum half and member of the senior 1st XV squad at TJs who has joined the coaching team to help make a difference.   The team hugely value his contribution and he stands out as a relatable role model for the team.

We are also supported by parents who undertake to help organise events and activities for the children.

Thank you to all that volunteer to help make the rugby experience come alive for this age group.

 Matt, Steve and the Coaches

  

2018 – 2019:    U13 Season Review and Awards

 Everyone involved in TJs U13s will look back at this season and see the huge progress they have made individually and collectively. Squad numbers have swollen (14 new players) and each one of you have helped team-mates to improve and develop as players and to bond as your friends. Parents and supporters have created a great environment for the boys to develop and learn, in turn this has created a great team spirit.

Although an individual scores a try it takes a team to make it. Likewise individuals win end of season awards but it takes a committed squad to complete the season. This group of players care passionately about winning matches but more importantly than that, they prize effort and commitment above everything.
The coaching staff recognised this effort and commitment at the Annual Youth Awards Dinner. As well as the ‘standard awards’ we also made awards to players who have responded best to the opportunities they have been given to learn and grow. Each award was carefully considered and the nominees and winners of each award are listed below:
Most Promising U13 New Comer
The player coaches feel has the attitude and ability to be a key member of the team next season
Nominees: Bertie, Callum, Eddie, Felix, HarryF, Joe, Stan, Tai
Winner: Hayd’n Clarkson

U13 Creativity Award
“Creativity is the skill to come up with different solutions to problems“. We want players to explore and try new things and a no pressure environment allows them to do this…
Nominations: Tom, Ben, Oscar
Winner: Cameron Adam

U13 Awareness Award
To achieve their potential players need great awareness. Awareness helps with decision making and aware players understand their team mates and how best to support them.
Nominations: Harry D, Bertie
Winner: Leo Severs

U13 Resilience Award
Resilience is the skill to adapt to pressure. If in a bad or uncomfortable situation, how does a player adapt?
Unanimously voted…
This player is not phased by a tough situation he keeps his head down and works hard, He is hard to tackle and if he gets knocked back he is straight back into the game.
Winner: Harry Fitch

U13 Decision Making Award
We want good decision makers both on and off the field. We resist telling players what to do from the side line and the parents do their best to not give instructions (just positive encouragement). These players work out for themselves how to play how to change the way they play.
Nominations: Oscar, Tom F, Tom D, Ben
Winner: Harris Mitchell

U13 Self-Organising Award
This award recognises the players who ensures they are always ready and prepared themselves and then helps others to be prepared. They show great leadership skills and want the team to do well.
Nominations: James, Harris, Harry D, Cameron Oscar, Tom F, TomD, Bertie
Winner: Joe Harris

U13 Players’ Player
As voted by the players.
Nominees: Felix, Joe, Bobby
Winner Oscar Thatcher

U13 Most Improved Player
Coaches had a number of players to consider here and the progress by all has been impressive.
Nominees: Felix, George, Harvey, Eddie, TomD
Winner: Bobby McLintock

U13 Coaches Player
This is the player who the coaches felt responded best to the coaching and support we offer. To receive this award you need to work hard and above all put every ounce of effort into every practice and match. With this attitude we expect every player to be successful in rugby…
Nominees: Joe, Oscar, Harris, Harry F, Tai
Winner: Felix Richman

We could be an effective team without our Manager Steve Davey. He used to have hair before he took on this role! Thank you Steve. Steve was supported this year by Cherona Vlok who has helped organise social events and activities. Thank you both.

Well done boys for a successful U13 season, we look forward to seeing you play in your U14 season - which will include a tour to France in October half term.

 

2017 - 2018  U12 Season Review and Awards

 

This season Oscar Thatcher (PLAYERS PLAYER) Jack Sharpe (COACHES PLAYER) and Harris Mitchell (MOST IMPROVED) were honoured to receive the three club awards for U12s.

With receiving an award comes great responsibility – awards have the potential to make a player complacent. However, the coaches would not have selected these players if they did not think they could handle the responsibility.  The award winners and the whole squad are still at the start of their rugby journeys and it is great to see so many of them discovering and soaking up rugby knowledge every day that they play.

Although these three players received awards the U12 coaches want every player to realise two things…

 • Firstly, that by being part of the squad this year you have helped play an important part in supporting the award winners to be recognised – it is because of the you, their team-mates that they turn up week after week. YOU HAVE ALL INSPIRE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS.

 • Secondly, even though you have not been presented with an award it doesn’t mean you haven’t achieved this season. It takes a team to score a try and it takes a squad to win an award. Next season with the support of your team-mates you can achieve your goals, it only takes effort, and as we say in the U12s EFFORT IS EVERYTHING!

 The U12s are a super cool group of players.   Below are some observations about the team and how they have played this season…

 We don’t have a big, powerful, athletic group of players but what we do have is a group who can play every position and all play for each other.   They are able to adapt their tactics and have developed a confidence and range of skills.   They are never afraid to be creative and to try something different.   They will keep the ball alive, try a reverse pass, have a go at an outrageous off-load or a left footed cross field kick!   They do this safe knowing that if it doesn’t work nobody (on or off the pitch) will ‘have a go’ at them. Nobody will tell them off and none of their team mates will be mad at them for trying it.   Our parents and supporter play an important role in creating this environment and the way we play.   Our touchline is always positive and supportive. It’s never instructive – you won’t hear “run” “tackle” or “pass” from our touchline firstly because no player is magically connected to an Xbox controller abd secondly because they don’t need it – our players learn from their mistakes. Such a supportive touchline takes practice and constraint but I know the players really appreciate it – so thank you all our supporters and parents.

 

ATTITUDE & MINDSET

Because of the open, carefree way they play and because they understand the game (better than most opponents) - the boys are able to work out the opposition (and the referee) and change up / adapt the way they play.  The boys have connected with each other this season (not just on Fortnight!) and this helps them on the pitch too.   They have their own WhatsApp group (which they use very sensibly) and they have shown on tour how they can bond with other players very quickly.   The team has great characters, they look out for each other appreciating that a good team needs people with different skills and attributes. From the squad of 18 this season, we had 9 (nine) different players nominated for Players’ Player… that is indicative of a squad that appreciates and values a wide range of attributes and characters in a team.   

Most importantly of all the player prize effort above everything.

It this with this kind of attitude and mind-set that enables rugby to take players on an amazing journey and it will also serve you well in life.   But you have got to live the CORE VALUES:

Teamwork – Every player knows that every member of the squad will get equal game time; no one complains.

Respect – When a young referee was a little below par, and in contrast to others, EVERY TJ showed respect by accepting every decision without question and got on with the game.

Enjoyment – We played rugby with a swiss ball – and evidently it was the best game!

Discipline – After one of our players was deliberately kicked by an opponent every player demonstrated discipline and restraint - and we stood together and rose above it.

Sportsmanship – You are all great sports – especially Tane who brought his Dad on tour! 

 Well done boys we all look forward to your U13 season.

MATT MITCHELL 11/5/18

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