Finally. Some tackling!
This season we introduced tackling into the game for our U9 squad. After a few sessions, they all had the basics down and the progression throughout the season has been brilliant – every single player getting stuck in to stop the opposition. Some players naturally have more of an appetite for tackling than others at this age, but every player has seriously improved over the season. Their commitment and willingness to learn has been great to witness.
We’ve had some great fixtures against other clubs – we’ve renewed our natural rivalry with Bedford, but also we’ve had some great fixtures with teams far and wide – they breed them big out in the sticks!At the time of writing, we’ve not played the Beds Festival this season – every time we organise a date for it, it snows! It’s no longer a competitive tournament which is part of the Age Grade rugby program which promotes skills development over trophies. Less pressure on the kids to get results increases their enjoyment and hopefully will result in more players carrying on rugby into adulthood.
This season has been a challenge also, with one of our players sadly losing his mum, after her long and inspirational fight against cancer. Our thoughts are with the family as they come to terms with their loss. What did shine through the darkness was the support our age group and the wider club gave throughout when we could and it’s one of the things that make this club, and our sport, very special.The Mum Vs Cancer charity will live on, so if you have a chance to support it please do.
Another year – another mini tour to Great Yarmouth. We had 37 players on tour this year which is awesome and helped contribute to the World Record total for a rugby tour. The U9 squad played some very decent rugby, had a lot of fun and the parents and coaches were all very silly.
Looking to next season – we’ll focus on keep improving, learning and playing good hard rugby. Most importantly, we’ll keep the focus on having as much fun as possible as we do it, so every player, parent, carer and coach has as good a time as possible on this journey. We’re making memories for the players they’ll hold dear for the rest of their lives.
Thank you to all the players, coaches, parents and wider family that have made this season such a lot of fun. It’s a privilege for all of us to be part of this team.