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