2014/15 NEWSLETTER Royal Wootton Bassett RFC U14s Head Coach Update A Big Thank You As you are aware Ali Webber our Team Manager has had to step down this season due to her personal commitments. Ali has been the Team Manager throughout all the age groups and has been pivotal in creating the environment and organisation that has allowed us to be so successful. Her commitment, enthusiasm and dedication will be sorely missed. She has been a great support to me taking on all the necessary work outside the coaching sphere that is integral to running the age group. We wish her and her family well in this difficult time. We look forward to seeing her on the side lines cheering us on without the team manager responsibilities! THANK YOU ALI D&W League Two Champions 2013/14 We will be continuing the Friday evenings sessions once the season starts to enable those that can to train and improve both fitness and skills. We appreciate that Friday evenings is not ideal for everyone, but the club could only accommodate us on either Mondays or Fridays! Once we expand the ruby playing pitches we may be able to change to another evening, however lights would still be an issue. Our coaching philosophy remains the same, introducing as many children to the game allowing them time and space to develop at their pace. We will endeavour to provide game time to aid development and enjoyment but we will select the strongest team for cup matches. The Season Ahead This season sees us move to the U14 age group, after a successful season at U13 level when we won the Division 2 Championship. U14 is not as big a step up as last season, however the challenges for the squad in furthering their rugby knowledge and game management remain. The summer training started with fitness training with the U15s and has now progressed to rugby related skills and fitness focus. We will continue with Sunday morning sessions moving into the season. We have decided to pick squads for friendlies as well as cup games to try to ensure equal game time for all this season. We will also record game team per player to ensure equal time on the pitch over the season. Our goal remains to introduce children to a sport they can enjoy and be involved in throughout their lifetime and generate a love for the sport and its ethos. The fixture list has been compiled with both cup and friendly matches being arranged – see website for details. Player Selection The Team The criteria below are those we will use in selecting our squads for matches. Please note that for most matches we will not be able to select all our players so it is essential that coaches are informed on availability. Coaches: I am pleased the coaching team remains the same with two level 2, two level 1 and rugby ready coaches in Dave, Nigel, Keith, Andy and myself. Team Manager: Michele Pocock has stepped forward as Team Manager and we welcome and thank her. Michelle will be concentrating on the administration and facilitating others to carry out limited and defined roles. Treasurer: We need a treasurer please! The role consists of collecting the subs from Simon and liaising with the two newly appointed treasurers for the Junior Section to get the money into the club account and maintain our age group financial control (accounts, make payments, etc). This will not take too much time I promise! Performance, fitness and training attendance We accept that some of the boys may not be able to attend some sessions due to other commitments, however fitness is an individual’s responsibility and whilst our sessions will aid this it will be expected that a minimum fitness level is attained and maintained. First Aiders: Sue will be stepping down as firstaider this season due to other commitments, so we require another volunteer(s) to share this key role with Justin. Child Welfare Officer: Jacquie has kindly volunteered to pick up this role, ensuring child protection regulations are followed and your children’s welfare protected. Squad (usually) limited to 22-24 players Parents will be informed of squad selection by Wednesday evening. Fixtures will include: Dorset & Wilts Cup matches Targeted “competitive” friendlies Development matches U14s Kangaroo Court, Tenby Tour 2014 Tour Manager: Keith and Dave will be organising the destination and itinerary, however help is required for accommodation, money collection, payments etc. A limited role, but crucial to enabling a successful tour. Kitchen Crew: We will continue to be fed and watered post-match by Lisa, Sue and Jacquie. Additional help is always welcomed! Statistician: “Stato” has agreed to continue recording attendance, teams, points, wins etc. thank goodness or my Presentation Day speech would be a lot shorter! Simon may appreciate some assistance as the playing time record is a new requirement this year. Match Reporter: Geraint wants a rest so we need someone to record results, scorers etc and write a brief match report for the website and potential inclusion in the press. I’d like to thank Geraint for his support and imaginative reports he has posted over the years. “Snaps”: Natalie will kindly continue to produce high quality photographs of the team in action (such as the great shot below), all of which are posted on the website for your enjoyment. Membership All junior members must now have as a minimum one parent or guardian as a member of the Club. Junior player fees for the 2014/15 season have been set at £90, which covers one child plus one parent or guardian (Associate Membership). Fees can now also be paid by direct-debit over 12 months, September – August. Further information available on the Pitchero website or from our Team Manager. Pitchero Website A reminder to parents and players that we make extensive use of our age group section of the Pitchero website during the season, so please register to keep informed. Funds Update We have just over £1,000 in our age group pot, so thank you for all your contributions. We spent money last year on coaching aids and the end of season presentation day. We are now looking at what kit we can provide for the squad. We will need to replace the training bibs this season as they are all looking worse for wear. We will investigate reversible training shirts, which may be a better alternative to bibs. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/woottonbassett/ We will continue with £1 contributions per training session attended, payable to Simon as per last season. Be assured all monies collected are for the benefit of the boys and will be spent on the group. Ian Maclean, U14 Head Coach Dates for your Diary 12th September Annual Beer Festival, from 7pm Featuring RWBRFC Academy’s swing band! 13th September Annual Beer Festival (continued!), from 12pm st RWBRFC 1 XV v Bicester 21st September First home fixture v Old Patesians 12th or 19th October Dorset & Wilts Cup v Bradford-on-Avon 26th October U14s Car Park Duty 18th January U14s Car Park Duty The Team Head Coach: Ian Maclean Coaches: Nigel Jenkins Dave Floyd Keith Vaughan-Lewis “Our goal remains to introduce children to a sport they can enjoy and be involved in throughout their lifetime and generate a love for the sport and its ethos” Andy Huggins Team Manager: Michele Pocock Treasurer: Vacancy Child Welfare Officer: Jacqui Owen First Aider: Justin Williams (+ vacancy) Statistician: Simon Meredith Photographer: Natalie Meredith Match Reporter: Vacancy Kitchen Crew: Lisa Diamond, Jacquie Owen & Sue Jewell We are always looking for extra support, so if you wish to get involved please let Ian or Michelle know.