U7

Welcome to Under 7’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 U7’s is our age group for boys and girls starting Year 2 in September 2020. 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. This is also the first year in which we take part in tag rugby festivals.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we will be managing the season in accordance with the RFU Return to Rugby Community Roadmap. All of this is explained in the club’s COVID-19 Youth webpage:
COVID-19: TWRFC Youth & Ladies’ Section Guidelines

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 6th September 2020. It will continue every Sunday  until the end of April 2021, 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”. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to ensure we have the right coach/child ratio, please contact us if you would like to bring your child down for the first time, as we need to avoid people turning up on the day.
  • Sessions take place at the St.Marks ground between 9am – 10am. However, we may also use the 3G pitch at the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre on St. Johns Road, and the astro at Skinners’ Kent Primary School (by the Odeon cinema), which act as safer environments for the younger age groups when the main club pitches are unavailable.
  • 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 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 is £160. 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:
    • 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. Trainers are required for the Skinners’ Kent Primary School astro, and trainers or moulded studs are allowed at the 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 will receive weekly emails confirming start times, locations, and any other club information.
  • 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 https://akumashops.com/twrfc (Password: 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, Jake, 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

Jake Herman – Assistant Head Coach  jake.t.herman@gmail.com

Suzanne George – Team Manager – suzannegeorge@live.co.uk

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 abilities.

The U8’s is our group for boys and girls in Year 3.

So let’s start with a very warm welcome to St. Marks if it’s your first season and an equally warm welcome back if your child is moving up from the U8’s!

For new players, the first step you take this season into the Under 8’s will be on reflection, a milestone you will never forget. Friendships will be forged and characters will be built.

For new Mums, Dads and guardians, welcome to TWRFC.  If you would like to learn more about our Youth section as a whole please check out our youth page here https://twrfc.com/youth/

Both Rod and I have a philosophy that your children’s first few years of rugby should be fun, fun, fun. We don’t take it too seriously but we do put in place some good foundations for your children to build on as they progress through the age groups.

If it’s your first season please find some details below to get you started:

When does the 2020/2021 season start?

The sessions will start on Sunday 6th September 2020 at 9am @ St Marks Ground and will last for 1 hour. The sessions are weekly except for a few weeks off for Easter and Christmas holidays. We will be in the middle of the first field.  Please arrive 20-30 mins early for registration and team talk.

New this year:

  1. Training will have to be booked in advance, if you have not booked then your child will unfortunately not be allowed to attend the training session on the day.
  1. Booking for training will be done through the Spond app (see membership registration below) we will create events to which you will be able to confirm attendance for. You will need to be registered on Spond to receive updates and invites and priority will be give to paid members for sessions.
  2. Sessions are based on the coaches ratio per child in regards to the clubs guidance on numbers for training. Fortunately, we have good coaching numbers in the Under 8s this season and we do not anticipate limiting numbers. However, this may change if we need to help other age groups out.
  3. Please bring all the usual items to training but also your own hand sanitisers.
  4. We are in the area highlighted in yellow. This is the first pitch you meet as you walk down the small hill that separates the first team pitch with the lower pitches. (Pitch 2a , 2b and Cricket 3).

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!) – please see “locations for training” below to our other training location in bad weather.

Pitch location:

We are in the area highlighted in yellow (see below). This is the first pitch you meet as you walk down the small hill that separates the first team pitch with the lower pitches. (Pitch 2a , 2b and Cricket 3).

Parking:

  • There is NO PARKING 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 for head coaches with kit that also need to changeover quickly.
  • As under 8s, we will be first to arrive before 9am along with Under 6s and Under 7s. It will be busy and we recommend parking on Forest road by 8.45am to arrive in plenty of time. The Under 6s had 100 players last year.
  • 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
  • When at the club please try and maintain social distancing
  • Please make use of the cafe and bar when they are open
  • 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.

Membership Registration:

Please can you all pay your membership subs by the end of September. The official ask is before the season starts, but at Under 8’s we like to give you  a month to make sure your kids are going to stay the course of the season before committing.

In order to pay your subscription/membership at TWRFC please sign-up to Spond for membership https://twrfc.com/mem/player

Once you have completed the registration you will receive a notification to pay via the Spond app. Family membership is £160. This includes parents and player(s) together.

Club Shop:

We have a club shop online if you want to buy branded clothing for those cold touchline days, or new kit for your kids please go to this link https://akumashops.com/twrfc (password TWRFC).

Every year we organise a limited number of subsidised sponsored shirts for each year group. Information will be given about this once the season is up and running.

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 let either myself or Rod know. We also regularly need help from parents for non-coaching roles such as helping with parking on certain days and many other areas so please let us know if you would like to get involved, as a community club this is how we thrive!

  • The more the merrier, you don’t have to be a seasoned professional to join in, some boots and a bit of willing is all it takes. We’ve had some of you volunteer already which is a great help and there’s no commitment to be there every week. The more help we have the better it is for the children involved.
  • The one requirement will be in due course to run the DBS check, 10 minutes of your time and the club covers the cost.
  • We have been known to run the occasional social event with the U8 coaches as well in case you need the added incentive.

Here’s a quote from one of last year’s volunteer coaches:

“I have to say I’m loving being a coach, being a woman with no rugby experience I was pretty worried whether I was volunteering for the right role. Thankfully I realised pretty quickly that I had made the right decision. It is so much fun, everyone is very welcoming and I’m learning at the same time as my little boy. It is certainly more enjoyable getting stuck in, than watching on the sidelines. Going into the Under 8’s will be my 3rd season, it is such a rewarding role and a great start to a Sunday morning!”     Kristi Bains U8’s coach

Locations for training:

We generally train in one of two spaces:

  1. St. Marks Recreation Ground i.e. the rugby club or,
  2. The 3G pitch out the back of Tunbridge Wells Sports Center on St. Johns Road. ( this acts a safer environment for the younger ages groups when the weather gets inclement.)

Clothes for training:

In September we will hopefully make the most of the warmer weather and clothes are not an issue, however as the season progresses it becomes vitally important to ensure your child’s experience is a good one.

At the rugby club, we are very exposed to the elements so be especially prepared.

During cold weather the golden rule is layers for players

  • Base layers are a great idea, failing that vests and t-shirts plus fleeces or hoodies are needed. much better than a big coat that restricts movement
  • A waterproof top of some description is great at keeping the wind and rain out.
  • It is always better to have them too hot and take some items off than to have them too cold as they lose the desire to join in the fun.
  • Also please do ensure the proper supervision of your players, I empathise with those who have to spread themselves between pitches but please do ask another parent for help if you need to run into clubhouse or across to another pitch.

The Basics:

  • All players must have a parent/guardian/carer in attendance for the duration of training, please.
  • All players should have a drink and snacks, please, as we take breaks during training.
  • All players should have appropriate clothing and a hat and gloves, please.
  • In terms of footwear, rugby boots are recommended, particularly as pitch conditions get wetter as the season progresses. Screw-in studs are not permitted at the 3G pitch and I know that a lot of you opted for moulded studs for the whole season last year and those seemed to work well. If you do opt for screw-in studs, your child/children will need to wear trainers if/when we train at 3G.

Thanks you and we look forward to meeting you all.

Steve Daly & Rod Fraser – Head coaches TWRFC Under 8’s

Iain Bartley & Nick Darbyshire – Assistant coaches TWRFC Under 8’s

Contact details below:

Steve Daly – dalysmdm@gmail.com

Rod Fraser – rodneyalanfraser@gmail.com

Iain Bartley – iain.bartley@googlemail.com

Nick Darbyshire – njdarbyshire@gmail.com

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

This year TWRFC have changed the way in which their Academy will operate. We are developing a strong Colts age group (U17 and U18) and this will be our Academy going forward. We have brought in a new Head Coach, Paul Hathaway, who has a wealth of experience and is an RFU Level 3 qualified coach. The Academy has been entered into the Colts League and Colts Cup and our ambition is to see a progression of players into our senior set up and competing at the highest levels. There will be no selection criteria but players are expected to be committed to developing their rugby career and understand the expectations and standards of Academy rugby.

It is an exciting time for TWRFC and this progression of the Academy is another building block to making the club as successful as it can be.

This season the Academy builds on our ‘One Club’ ethos where senior and youth sections come together to progress the club and be the best we can be. The Academy is a pivotal link between the two and I am delighted to welcome Paul Hathaway on board with the experience and knowledge he will bring. Laurence Taylor, Youth Chairman.

Criteria

  • Natural Ability – Playing for Fun
  • Game related skills; Increasing pressure, Improvement in Technical Skills
  • Tactical Awareness
  • Physical Awareness & development

Treat Special, Provide Special, EXPECT SPECIAL

Contact Details are;

Academy Manager – Laurence Taylor – laurence.twrfcrugby@gmail.com

 

U15

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 :-

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

Team Admin/Coach – Nick van Overstraeten  (n.vano@btopenworld.com)   07977 577906

 

U14

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

U13

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”

U12’s

Welcome to TWRFC U12’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 11 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/.

 

U11

 

The TWRFC 2020/21 U11 squad comprises boys and girls entering school year 6 at the start of the season, which runs September 2020 to April 2021 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 attend local tournaments and visit other clubs for joint training sessions.

We tour at the end of the season – Bournemouth planned for this season – 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/

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

 

 

U10

WELCOME TO THE 202o/2021 UNDER 10s

(those starting year 5 in September 2020)

The TWRFC 2020/21 U10 squad comprises of boys and girls entering school year 5 at the start of the season, which runs September 2020 to April 2021 inclusive.

This season the Under 10’s will continue their rugby progression through the age grade rugby syllabus, training and playing in line with the RFU Core Values, and  increasing the pitch size and number of players on a team.  The children are continuing their contact journey with the addition of rucks, mauls and 3 person scrums.

Due to to the current COVID 19 restrictions we will be managing the season in accordance with the RFU Return to Rugby Community Roadmap.

In addition to weekly home training, as allowed we will be attending local tournaments and visiting other clubs for joint training sessions.  Matches at U10 consist of teams with 8 players and two substitutes.  Each player being able to play a minimum of 50% of the game.

We have a fantastic group of volunteer coaches with several of us RFU Qualified for coaching and refereeing.  If you would like to join the coaching team, please have a chat with us after a session.

If you would like to know more about a taster session, how to join up, become a coach, or more about the club please contact Simon Hughes, Head Coach (via telephone 07917520599 or via email:  sgh.twrfc@gmail.com) or Matt George,  Team Manager (via telephone 07957 688246 or via email matthewgeorge@gmail.com)

 

NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT ANY POINT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Just Come to St Marks ground at 10am and look out for our age group flag or ask for the Under 10s… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are proud to be sponsored as an age group by

 

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The feedback from last season has been fantastic…

“Thank you all so much….. has had a fabulous time this season”

“Thank you & all the coaches for your support to ….. in his first year doing Rugby. You may recall we had a shaky start back in September… but through all the coaches patience and encouragement he now really enjoys his Sunday sessions. – Thanks again, and hope to see you again in September”
“Thanks so much to you all.. you are all so committed and both parents and kids hugely appreciate the time and effort – see you next season”
“Thanks…. has really enjoyed the training and the festivals this season.. its always such a fantastic atmosphere your enthusiasm and encouragement never waivers – see you in September”