U7s

Welcome to Tunbridge Wells RFC, a local rugby club that prides itself on community, inclusiveness and fun for children of all ages and ability.

The U7’s team comprises of boys and girls in the Year 2 school year.

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have picked up a rugby ball, and everything we do is built around having fun in a friendly, enjoyable and safe environment. Sessions focus on rugby style activities and games as we begin to develop foundational skills of ball handling, catching and passing.

We are always looking for more parents to become volunteer coaches (no experience necessary), and with the current Covid restrictions in place the need for more coaches is more important than ever.  If you would like to coach whilst your child trains with us please message U6s Head Coach Tom Callaway directly (contact details below).

As the start of any season tends to be a learning curve for all new parents, here is some information to get your started:

  • The 2021/22 season start date will be announced shortly. Once we’ve started (Covid permitting) it will continue every Sunday through until April 2022, with the exception of a few weeks off for Easter and Christmas holidays. To cultivate a team ethic and rugby spirit, we pride ourselves on the fact that “Through wind and rain, TWRFC always train” (unless there is severe weather!).
  • Sessions usually take place at St.Marks ground between 9am – 10am.  We also use the Astro Turf at Skinners Kent Primary School (near the Odeon Cinema) or the 3G pitch at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre on St. Johns Road, which acts as a safer environment for the younger age groups during the winter months.  However, with Covid restrictions new guidance on training times and venue will be advised.
  • We also ask that every parent provide their own hand sanitiser for their child, and ensure that hands are washed appropriately before starting the session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • There are parking spaces available at the club, but these can fill very quickly. You can park on Forest Road (around the corner from the club), but we ask that you are sensitive and respectful to TWRFC’s neighbours if you do so.  We ask that you leave the area immediately in-front of the clubhouse for coaches carrying kit.
  • We do require membership registration and payment of subscription fees if your children are going to remain for the whole season. However, we allow two weeks at the start of the season so that parents and children are completely happy before committing.  For membership details please go to www.twrfc.com/membership/ and sign up as a Youth Player to the Spond app we use Sign up form for Tunbridge Wells RFC (spond.com).  On this form select;
    • I’m signing up a child” then
    • In member type select “Youth Player” then
    • Select Group “TWRFC U7s 2021/22 (Tommo”
  • Due to Covid restrictions, we are no longer able to accept new starters on the day.  Every child must be pre-registered before they can start, and they will be allocated to a specific training group
  • Your children’s safety and comfort is our biggest priority. We therefore have a few golden rules for clothing and equipment:
    • Children should have appropriate clothing for rugby and should bring a drink and snacks (as we take breaks during sessions).
    • In cold and wet weather, please remember “layers for players”. Base layers are a great idea; so too are vests and t-shirts plus fleeces or hoodies. It is better to have too many layers on the day rather than not enough. A waterproof top is great at keeping the wind and rain out, and tend to be better than big coats that restrict movement. Hats and gloves are also really important.
    • In terms of footwear, trainers can be worn in warm, drier weather, but rugby boots are recommended as pitch conditions get wetter and softer. Screw-in studs are not permitted at the Astro Turf/3G pitch and many parents opt for moulded studs for the whole season, which seem to work well. If you opt for screw-in studs, children will need to wear trainers when at the Astro Turf/3G.
    • You don’t need a gum shield – there is no contact at this age level.
  • All players must have a parent/guardian/carer in attendance during each session. We appreciate it can be difficult for those having to spread themselves between pitches if they have children in older age groups, but please do ask other parents to help if you need to run into the clubhouse or to another pitch.
  • All parents for the U7s age group will be invited to join a WhatsApp group as well as the Spond app so that regular communication can be sent confirming start times, locations, and any other club information. It is also an easy way to communicate with the head coach.
  • There is a club shop online if you want to buy branded clothing for those colder and wetter days, or new kit for your children. Please go to: http://twrfc.com/shop/.
  • Finally, all the coaches at TWRFC are volunteers. If you are new to the club or the area and would like to get involved, please just shout. Seeing parents/guardians getting stuck in and sharing the rugby experience is a huge boost for the children and the more the merrier. We are not seasoned professionals – many volunteers have never played rugby before – and all we ask you to bring is stacks of enthusiasm. The one requirement will be to run a DBS check, which takes 10 minutes of your time and the club covers the cost. In return, the coaches have been known to organise the occasional social event throughout the year.

I am sure there will be lots of other questions new parents will have, so please do not hesitate to email me using the details below. No question is a silly one, and if I don’t know the answer then I will make sure I find the right person at the club who does!

Tom Callaway – Head Coach TWRFC U6’s (callawaytom@hotmail.com)

 

U8

Welcome to Under 8’s rugby at Tunbridge Wells RFC, a local rugby club that prides itself on community, inclusiveness and fun for children of all ages and ability.

The U8’s is our age group for girls and boys starting Year 3 in September 2021. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have picked up a rugby ball, and everything we do is built around having fun in a friendly, enjoyable and safe environment. Sessions focus on rugby style activities and games as we continue to develop foundational skills of ball handling, catching and passing. All of this builds to taking part in tag rugby festivals!

For  parents who were with us last year – welcome back! For any prospective new joiners, here is some information to get your started:

  • The 2020/21 season will start on Sunday 5th September 2021. It will continue every Sunday morning (time to be confirmed, but usually at 9am or 10am for an hour and a half) until the end of April 2022, with the exception of a few weeks off for Easter and Christmas holidays. To cultivate a team ethic and rugby spirit, “Through wind and rain, TWRFC always train”.
  • Sessions take place at the St.Marks ground. However, we may also use the 3G pitch at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre on St. Johns Road.
  • There is limited parking space available at the club, and so these fill very quickly. You can park on Forest Road (around the corner from the club), but we ask that you are sensitive and respectful to TWRFC’s neighbours if you do so.
  • We do require membership registration and payment of subscription fees to be paid by the end of September if your children are going to remain for the whole season. For new starters, this allows some time to ensure both parents and children are happy before committing. This year, family membership (one child) is £160 or £200 (for multiple children). A step by step guide for what to do is here: Membership Schemes
  • Your children’s safety is our biggest priority. We therefore have a few golden rules for clothing and equipment:
    • Wear appropriate clothing for rugby and bring a drink and snacks.
    • In cold and wet weather, please remember “layers for players”. Base layers are a great idea; so too are vests and t-shirts plus fleeces or hoodies. It is better to have too many layers on the day rather than not enough. A waterproof top is recommended over big coats that restrict movement. Hats and gloves are also really important!
    • Trainers can be worn in warm, drier weather, but rugby boots are recommended as pitch conditions get wetter and softer. Trainers or moulded studs are allowed at the 3G.
    • You don’t need a gum shield – there is no contact at this age level. Contact fun begins next year, at U9s.
  • All players must have a parent/guardian/carer in attendance during each session. We appreciate it can be difficult for those having to spread themselves between pitches if they have children in older age groups, but please do ask other parents to help if you need to run into the clubhouse or to another pitch.
  • All parents will receive weekly communications confirming start times, locations, and any other club information. We use an app called Spond, and will provide you with all the necessary sign up details.
  • There is a club shop online if you want to buy branded clothing / kit for your children. Please go to https://akumashops.com/twrfc.
  • Finally, all the coaches at TWRFC are volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please just shout. Seeing parents/guardians getting stuck in and sharing the rugby experience is a huge boost for the children and the more the merrier. We are not seasoned professionals – many volunteers have never played rugby before – and all we ask you to bring is stacks of enthusiasm. The one requirement will be to run a DBS check, which takes 10 minutes of your time and the club covers the cost.

If you any questions, please do not hesitate to email either myself or Suzanne (our team manager). No question is a silly one, and if we don’t know the answer then we will make sure we find the right person at the club who does!

Simon Beamish – Head Coach – simonhbeamish@hotmail.com

Suzanne George – Team Manager – suzanne.twrfc@gmail.com

U9

 

Welcome to Under 9’s rugby at Tunbridge Wells RFC, a local rugby club that prides itself on community, inclusiveness and fun for children of all ages and ability. We have room for more players so if you are interested in joining please read on!

The U9’s is our age group for girls and boys starting Year 4 in September 2021. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have picked up a rugby ball, and everything we do is built around having fun in a friendly, enjoyable and safe environment – we continue to have over 60 players moving up from under 8s. Our training sessions focus on rugby-related activities and games as we move away from tag-rugby and introduce tackling to the players’ rugby skillset! We will continue to develop foundational skills of teamwork, ball handling, catching and passing through tag games…all of this builds to taking part in rugby festivals!

For players, parents, guardians and supporters who were with us last year – welcome back! For any prospective new joiners, here is some information to get you started:

Covid:

  • Please bear with us as we work our way through training in a Covid environment – everybody is working hard to make the return to rugby as enjoyable and effective as we can.
  • If any players show Covid symptoms in the lead up to the session, they must NOT attend. This is for the health of everyone else and is important to limit the risk of being quarantined through the NHS Track and Trace programme.
  • Please bring all the usual items to training but also your own hand sanitisers.
  • When at the club please try and maintain social distancing.
  • Please make use of the clubhouse café and bar when they are open.

New this year:

  • Contact – as we head into our first season of contact rugby, TWRFC requests that all players wear a gumshield for contact. The emphasis is on safety, so we will be introducing the principles of tackling (and being tackled) up to December alongside continuing to play tag and develop the players’ rugby skills.
  • We hope to be back to playing festivals against other clubs soon – at this age grade, we move to 7-a-side, and play up to 15 minutes each way on a 60 x 30m pitch…hope you’ve kept up the pre-season fitness training!

Training timing & location:

  • The 2021/22 season will start on Sunday 5th September 2021 and will continue every Sunday morning (time and pitch to be confirmed each week, but usually at 9am for an hour and a half) until the end of April 2022, with the exception of a few weeks off for Easter and Christmas holidays. To cultivate a team ethic and rugby spirit, “through wind and rain, TWRFC always train”.
  • Sessions primarily take place at the St Marks Ground on Frant Road. However, we may also use the 3G pitch at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre on St. Johns Road, or the 3G pitch at Skinners’ Kent Primary School in Knights Wood.
  • Please arrive 15-20 mins early for registration and team talk
  • There is very limited parking space available at the club, and these fill very quickly. Please do not park in the top car park next to the club house as this is reserved for head coaches (with kit) only. It is important that we keep these spaces free to changeover quickly. You can park on Forest Road (around the corner from the club), but we ask that you are sensitive and respectful to TWRFC’s neighbours if you do so.
  • All players must have a parent/guardian/carer in attendance during each session. We appreciate it can be difficult for those having to spread themselves between pitches if they have children in other age groups, but please do ask other parents to help if you need to run into the clubhouse or to another pitch.
  • All parents will receive weekly communications confirming start times, locations, and any other club information. We use an app called Spond, and will provide you with the age group code once you have completed all the necessary sign up steps (https://twrfc.com/mem/player).
  • We will create weekly events for both training and festivals to which you will be able to confirm attendance. You will need to be registered on Spond to receive updates and invites, and priority will be given to paid members for sessions. Please continue to reSpond to the weekly events as it really helps with preparing a session plan to know how many players we’re going to have!

Membership registration

  • We do require membership registration and payment of subscription fees by the end of September if your children are going to remain for the whole season. For new starters, this allows some time to ensure both players and parents are happy before committing. This year, family membership (one child) is £160 or £200 (for multiple children) and includes social membership for parents. A step by step guide for what to do is here: Membership Schemes
  • In order to pay your subscription/membership at TWRFC please sign-up to Spond for membership: https://twrfc.com/mem/player

Kit & Club shop

  • Your children’s safety is our biggest priority. We therefore have a few golden rules for clothing and equipment.
  • TWRFC request that all players wear a gumshield for contact rugby
  • At the rugby club, we are very exposed to the elements; wear appropriate clothing for rugby and bring a drink and snacks. Remember that this is the first year when the players will be tackling and likely to be on the cold, wet ground a lot more than before!
  • In cold and wet weather, please remember “layers for players”. Base layers are a great idea; so too are vests and t-shirts plus fleeces or hoodies. It is better to have too many layers on the day rather than not enough. A waterproof top is recommended over big coats that restrict movement. Hats and gloves are also really important!
  • There is a club shop online if you want to buy branded clothing / kit for your children, or for those cold & windy days supporting from the touchline! Please go to https://akumashops.com/twrfc.
  • Trainers can be worn in warm, drier weather, but rugby boots are recommended as pitch conditions get wetter and softer. Trainers or moulded studs are allowed at the 3G.

Coaching and Volunteers:

  • All the coaches at TWRFC are volunteers. If you are new to the club or even the area and would like to get involved please get in touch. We also regularly need help from parents for non-coaching roles such as helping with parking on certain days, and support managing a team on festival days so please let us know if you would like to get involved, as a community club this is how we thrive – we have been known to run the occasional social event with the u9 coaches as well in case you need the added incentive!

If you any questions, please do not hesitate to email either myself or any of the coaching team below. No question is a silly one, and if we don’t know the answer then we will make sure we find the right person at the club who does!

We look forward to seeing you all back on the pitch.

Steve DalyHead coach TWRFC u9’s

Iain Bartley & Nick DarbyshireLead coaches TWRFC u9’s

Jeff Roberts – Kit manager TWRFC u9’s

Chris Lawton – Festival & Fixtures manager TWRFC u9’s

Ladies

The Original 2014-2015 TWRFC Ladies in their original club shirts

New Players Welcome

Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club Ladies kicked off in 2014 and over the following seasons have seen them grow in both size and strength, with the U18 winning Regional Trophies in back to back seasons and County League, Cup, Sevens & xRugby7s Trophies in their last full season, and the U15 getting all the way to the National Cup Semi-Finals in 2018 as part of a local cluster, all done with huge determination and massive smiles by our girls.

We are looking to continue this fantastic run by getting more younger players involved to replace those who’ve grown up & moved age groups, and give those that have achieved so much already more goals to aim for.  Whether being part of our large representation in the County Squads, or taking the next step by getting into the RFU Centres of Excellent, and England Talent Development Group.

Last Season we have initiated an U11 squad of y5&6 girls, giving them the option to either continue with the boys or train together as a girls only side against other girls in the county who have similar.

If you are interested in getting involved either as a player, a couch or any other voluntary role, please contact Simon Parsons on 07753 933036 or ladies@twrfc.com

All players welcome from 9 to Adult, whether you have experience or not – COME AND HAVE A GO

Training continues on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 and Sunday mornings depending if we have a match.

2018 TWRFC Ladies in their Sponsors Tops sponsored by Stephenson Harwood

Academy

TWRFC Academy

TWRFC Academy is the beating heart of Tunbridge Wells RFC. With our work through all age groups each and every younger player aspires to be part of this unique set up as they develop through the club. For Academy players naturally the aim is to progress onto senior rugby. This can be quite daunting as an U17 or 18 but we work with all the players to ensure the step up is a smooth as possible with each and every player carefully prepared through experienced coaching, senior player mentors and individual player development plans to ensure that integration and transition is smooth, worry free and FUN for all involved.

We welcome all players from U16’s, 17’s and 18’s, of all abilities, and are resolutely non selective. We believe everyone who wants to play should play in a safe environment that encourages rugby’s core values and to achieve more as a collective unit, in turn enabling individuals to fulfil their true potential with their progression into senior rugby.

In the current Senior squad (2021/22 Season) we have 15 players who have come through our youth teams and made the transition from Colts/Academy rugby into the senior sides. This is a phenomenal record which we are determined to continue to grow through our existing Academy.

Thanks to our generous sponsors Ascender Consulting we are able to provide full resources more normally afforded to a professional side in both training and match day experience. Some of the benefits include;

  • Experienced Coaching team
  • Regular access to First team players and specialist coaching
  • Senior player mentors for all Academy players
  • Mid week and match day access to First team Physios
  • Mid week training increasing from one night a week to three nights (age dependent)
  • Individual player development plans and Integration planning for Senior transition
  • Strength and Conditioning  & nutritional advice
  • Bespoke Academy kit
  • Additional assistance with GCSE or A’level sports related courses
  • D of E support
  • Individual coaching development for Academy players where requested

As with all clubs we have been significantly impacted by Covid this year but intend to reinstate all of the above services as we return to business as normal heading into the 2021/22 season. In the meantime we will be playing touch during the summer and be running thorough preseason sessions mid week.

We welcome all new players  so please contact Andy child 07717 277132 andy.j.child@gmail.com if you’d like to come and try us out.

Andy Child, Academy Head Coach

“Working with these players as they progress into the senior environment is a real honour. The attitude and teamwork that the players bring is such a huge part of the whole experience. We are a hard team to beat with each and every player always extending themselves to the maximum of their ability. As the players move onto University teams and Senior Club leagues they are 100% ready to continue to reach those goals and deliver on their dreams. Beyond rugby they are making friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s so encouraging to see and an honour to be part of this important period of their rugby life”.

U16

New Players always welcome

Hi, My name is Nick van Overstraeten and I am the Team manager for the U15s.

Our Head coach is Ben Whale who is also a senior 1st team player at TWRFC. We have a strong squad of around 43 players but new players are welcome at any time.

Contact myself / Rob or feel free to turn up at a training session one Sunday.

Contact Details are :-

Team Admin/Coach – Nick van Overstraeten  (nickvano@sky.com)   07977 577906

Assistant Head Coach – Rob Greig  (robert@nortrade.co.uk)

 

Coach – Chris Rocks (

 

U15

Welcome to TWRFC U14’s

(School Year 8)

New Players Always Welcome

Welcome to the TWRFC U14s. I am Laurence, the Head Coach for this age group but also the Youth Chairman for the club. We have a great coaching team of experienced players and two of us are RFU qualified coaches as well. Together with a passion for rugby and determination to see the boys develop this makes a great team.

The TWRFC U14s are a strong squad who really enjoy their rugby. The coaching team are keen to support everyone at whatever level they play and we aim to develop players across the whole squad. Anybody is welcome to join us! We train Sunday’s at St Marks from 1000 to 1200 but have many fixtures this season as well both home and away.

All new players welcome. Contact a member of staff below or feel free to turn up at a training session.

Contact Details are;

Head Coach – Laurence Taylor 07765 440577
E-mail – laurence.twrfcrugby@gmail.com

Team Manager – Zoe Taylor 07956 939314
E-mail – laurence.twrfcrugby@gmail.com

U14

Welcome to the Home of the magnificent Under 13’s!

( School Year 8)

New Players are always welcome

Hi, my name is Mike and I lead the 12 coaches that help make this age group so vibrant. Four are fully RFU-qualified Coaches and we all love the game.

Our Approach is really simple – Making Rugby Fun!

We have around 55 members of our age group and cater for everyone from beginners to the next world beaters. The players come in all sizes, nationalities and ‘concentration levels’ just like the coaches!! We would love new members to come and join the fun and learn some great skills whilst being active. As if it couldn’t get any better……we also go on tour every year!

 

Head Coach – Mike Rigby – mike.rigby@twrfc.com – 07793 458856

Team manager – Pete ‘Pistol’ Delves – pjd6871@blueyonder.co.uk – 07954417712

If you have any questions give me or Pete a shout or feel free to turn up at a training session.

Mike & Pete

But don’t take my word for it, this is what our parents and players say:

“Rugby and the Club hasn’t just been a sport for ???? and us. Although he has loved the training and games, and we certainly feel he has come on so much in his playing, he has also grown so much in other ways. In particular for us his confidence and new friendships have been aazing”.

“At a time when he moved to secondary school rugby and the club was his anchor. Can’t imagine life without it”

“The coaches have blown us away with their exceptional levels of enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the kids and the rugby cause. Our kids are one lucky bunch”.

“Thank you for being the most wonderful and inspiring coaches to ???? he continues to love his rugby”

“I have never encountered a more superb coaching setup in all my time watching and coaching rugby at TWRFC over 20 years. The team spirit, unity and FIGHT the squad have is formidable and something to behold”.

“The coaches have made it an exciting squad to be part of and has inspired ???? to new levels. He loves it and lives for his TWRFC time”.

“???? has had a brilliant season and is delighted he nagged us into moving him to TWRFC! His rugby has come on leaps and bounds and most importantly he has thoroughly enjoyed himself”

“??? has had an absolute blast playing this great game, learning new skills and making loads of friends. Pleased we chose TWRFC – felt very welcome from the first week we arrived”

“What a tour!! Best rugby I’ve seen from all the boys and credit to you and the other coaches. Awesome way to end the season”

“I’d like to extend my thanks for your coaching, ???? looks up to you and hangs on every word you say”

“Thank you to all the coaches for their hard work, ??? has thoroughly enjoyed it”

U13’s

Welcome to TWRFC U13’s

Our aim is simple – to make training, playing and learning rugby as much fun as possible, whilst trying to instil core rugby values.  Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

We have around 50 members in our age group of which 30 or so have been together since U6.  We always welcome new players of all abilities from complete beginners to aspiring national legends.

We’re supported by a dedicated team of 10 coaches who like the players range in size, ability, skill and poor sense of humour

What can you and your child expect?

  • Learn new skills each week, get active and meet new friends in a safe and fun environment
  • Attend numerous matches against local clubs throughout Kent each season and organises joint training sessions with other local clubs
  • We organise trips each year to a premiership match or other matches for the whole family
  • Social nights for parents
  • End of season tour – an absolute highlight and something of folk law

To all the players, coaches, parents and helpers; new, returning or seasoned campaigners, thank you for your work, your enthusiasm and your continuing passion for the game.

New Players Always Welcome

Training is Sunday 10am-12pm, usually at St Mark’s Ground, Frant Road, TN2 5LS

Please feel free to contact either Matt or Gavin with any questions.

Team Manager: Matt Wilkey              07717 295 213            mattwilkey@icloud.com

Head Coach: Gavin Stedman           07522 207 025            gavin_sarah@talktalk.net

https://twrfc.com/pitch-allocations/

https://twrfc.com/membership/.

https://twrfc.com/youth/faq/.

 

U12

 

The TWRFC 2021/22 U12 squad comprises boys entering school year 7 at the start of the season, which runs September 2021 to April 2022 inclusive.

We train on Sunday mornings and focus on creating the right environment and providing the right tools for the players to have fun, love their rugby and develop their skills.

In addition to weekly home training we have regular fixtures against local opposition ensuring that children across the abilities spectrum have an equal opportunity to play competitive matches 

We tour at the end of the season – the U12s traditionally go abroad – watch this space for details as it will be a highlight for all who attend !

Please follow these links for helpful information:-

 

Where and when  we are playing:- https://twrfc.com/pitch-allocations/

How to sign up and become a member :- https://twrfc.com/membership/

Kit :- https://akumashops.com/twrfc/

FAQ :- https://twrfc.com/youth/faq/

 

For more information please contact :

Head coach – Richard Bains –  richardbains@hotmail.com – 07880 727672

Team Manager – Sarah Rocks – sarah@rocksfamily.co.uk