Welcome to the Blackheath U14’s squad for the 2018/19 season
Welcome to the Blackheath U14’s squad. Our ethos is driven by an emphasis on the team over and above anything else. Individuals need to be committed to, and act in the spirit of the team, with controlled aggression, having fun, doing exercise at a high tempo, whilst always respecting and valuing their team mates and coaches. As coaches, we are rewarded by watching them develop and mature, not by how many trophies we have in the cabinet at the end of the season.
Most of the 44 man squad, parents and coaches have been at the Club together for the past 8 years, since starting with the Minis at U6’s. We all fully embrace the RFU Core Values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship, all of which were well demonstrated on our successful tour in Clacton-on-Sea at the end of the 2017/2018 Season, where the word “family” was used a lot.
We are an open Club and squad, so throughout the year we will welcome new players to our family whether or not they have any experience of rugby. Feel free to pop along and join us, free of charge (for the first 3 training sessions), to meet the coaches and the squad, and have some fun.
The U14s coaching team has also agreed to find new players by volunteering to work with local schools that don’t play rugby or have only just started to play the game. We want to encourage new players to join the squad and experience rugby.
Training takes place on a Friday from 19:00-20:30pm at Well Hall and Sunday morning between 09:45am and 12:00pm at Well Hall or Rectory Field. We continue to play fixtures against other teams in Kent. We always try to manage fixture team selection so that all of our players get equal game time through the season, subject to availability and injuries.
The key to a good training session is preparation. The Coaching team prepare detailed RFU pro-forma session plans on a weekly basis, carrying out risk assessments, working out what equipment is needed and then ensuring the players experience a well organised, focussed training session in which they learn through the whole part whole coaching process advocated by the RFU. This involves making sure the warm up, taught skills, small sided games and warm down have a focus that teaches the players something new each week.
As testament to our coaching team and players, we had 10 of our squad selected for the Kent and Saracens Developing Player Programme (DPP) this year meaning they will miss 5 of our fixtures presenting plenty of opportunities for the rest of the squad to shine!
Having played 2 separate teams within the squad (A & B) for the past few years, and due to DPP commitments, this year will see the squad move towards playing as one team, with players selected for fixtures. This will provide the opportunity for players to have game time throughout the season.
Maintaining the level of coaching standards is crucial to developing, sustaining and increasing our player’s involvement in rugby at Blackheath Rugby Club. We are fortunate to have 10 coaches dedicated to the development of our squad as rugby player’s but also as mature, confident, well balanced children off the pitch. All of the coaching team hold current DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) certificates (having been renewed in 2017), have completed their Rugby Ready & Safeguarding courses, and most have completed their Level 1 Coaching Course with the RFU, whilst 5 of our coaches have obtained Level 2. The rest of the coaching team will undertake more training courses during the 2018/2019 season to ensure we can take all of the lessons learned these past 8 years and continue to make our training sessions and fixtures fun as well as challenging for the players as they develop their technical and tactical skills in line with these RFU core values, to ensure they enjoy playing Rugby and look forward to Friday nights and Sunday mornings with their friends at the Club.
Discipline is key to having a productive training session and indeed maintaining a good team harmony, so any disruptive behaviour or disobedient players will be treated with the 2- strike rule of an initial warning, then being sent to sit the session out with their parent(s)/guardian(s).
So, if you were born between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 2005 (in Year 9 at school) and you would like to come along and join the U14’s then please contact Lou, our Team Manager.
Tel: 07792 285009
Tel: 07717 707 527
Head Forwards Coach: Andy Gowing
Head Backs Coach: Jon Rowlinson
First Aider: Philipp Dunkel
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