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Under 16 birth dates for the 2016/17 season fall between 1st September 2000 and 31st August 2001 (year 11)
We train on Sunday mornings on the polo fields in Richmond Park from 11.30am-1.00pm and every few weeks at the club on our brand new 3G pitch.
We have a core team who have been very successful, many of them growing up together through minis and into Youth. We are now moving onwards and upwards and our core aims are:
•Progression of Skills
•Win more than we lose
•Ensure a competitive, fun environment ◦Build a strong sense of teamship within the player groups
◦Build a strong sense of identity with Rosslyn Park Football Club
◦Treat players, coaches, referees and parents with respect at all times
◦Recognise and celebrate successes in a positive, supportive environment (from a good pass to winning a tournament)
With that in mind Youth is all about maintaining skills progression and developing them over the year combined with lots of fitness and fun.
We have a number of RFU Level 1 and 2 qualified coaches, first aiders and RFU qualified referees. We encourage parents to get involved, and will support those who want to take qualifications, so there are enough for all the players to have a great time. All first aiders, coaches and referees are CRB checked.
We are very proud of our history of producing International and Premiership players. Many players stay with the club or return from university, school, or other clubs to play for the senior XVs. Our most famous recent graduate is Danny Cipriani of Wasps and England. Danny played for Park Youth until he was 16, and recently returned for an U13s’ season dinner to present shirts and sign autographs.
Enthusiasm is as important as experience, and lack of school rugby is no barrier. We particularly welcome state school boys with a desire and commitment to play rugby. Not long ago one U17 played his first season of rugby and ended up playing against Wasps – so please contact our age group Head Coach – Alex Milward.
For details on joining please look at the Joining Page.
We have two registration days at the beginning of the season (although it doesn’t matter if you can’t make them – you can register later on). Key things to remember are:
•Everyone new gets a couple of week to come along and join the group for training before they make a decision about joining
•If you haven’t played before – don’t worry. Raw ability comes from many. Maybe you are fast, or big (or both), or have the ability to knock someone over or don’t know and want to try
•Playing for someone else and fancy a change of team/format/coaching – come along and try
We train at Richmond Park (near the Roehampton Gate) on Richmond Park Rugby Pitches. You can park at Roehampton or Sheen gate car parks and walk to the pitches from there. Roehampton is the nearest but usually the most busy, Sheen is about 10 mins walk.
We train from 1130-1330 (not too early….) and have fixtures all through the season. We are aiming to have the majority of our fixtures in the second school term as we know it’s a struggle to accommodate school rugby and club rugby
Come along and see whether you like it (and us). Any specific questions about joining us, contact head coach Alex Milward:
Find out how we fared in previous seasons as U12s, U11s, U10s. Prior to that all our squads won just about everything – the big festivals, the Middlesex and Surrey titles, the Etihad Curtain Raiser Cup. More importantly we had a great time doing it.
Some of our players have been playing successfully together since minis started; others have joined in the last few years and made a huge impact on our game. It’s fair to say this age group has been one of the most successful in the country winning county championships every year and only dropping a handful of games since U8. Here’s what some of them have to say about being at RPFC…..
“RPFC gave me , game time , exposure , experience ,skills , learning, friendship , friends , fun , & great memories!” Luke G
“RPFC gave me the proper preparation in training and before a match.” Austin M
“RPFC steered me through the start of my rugby career towards the Surrey County squad and a senior school scholarship. Plus best mates, great tours and great laughs”. Sam B
“I’ve played for Rosslyn Park for a few years now. The coaches have helped us in the training sessions and have tried their best to develop us into better rugby players; in my first year at the club our team was very successful due to their team spirit and support of the coaches.” Tom T
“Rosslyn Park gave me great rugby coaching; I have learnt loads of techniques and skills over the years as well as made lots of friends – I enjoyed every single bit of it.” Charlie C
” RPFC ….made new friends, created an incredible side and WON!” Basty F
“RPFC gave me the confidence to push myself” Stanley A