The Old Laurentian U14s is predominantly made up of school Year 9 children, but we do have a small number of Year 8 children who have received dispensation from Warwickshire RFU to play in this age group. We play full-contact, 12-a-side rugby under the Warwickshire RFU Pilot scheme.
If your child is interested in joining us, please just turn up to one of our training sessions on a Sunday morning. Our sessions usually run from 10.30 - 12.00, with hot dogs and drinks served in the clubhouse afterwards. If you haven't been before, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
About the Under 14s
Our primary coaching ethos is to train the children to play as a team. We stress the importance of each child doing their part within the team and will encourage them to make decisions on the pitch, right or wrong. The coaches feel that the enjoyment of playing rugby comes not from winning, but from taking part, playing as hard as you can to the best of your ability, and playing as a team. If all these other things are done, the winning will come.
All our coaches have a strong commitment to player development. As rugby is a late-developing sport we don’t pigeonhole a player into a particular position but challenge them to develop the basic skills they will require as rugby players and also the specific skills they will need playing a particular position.
The coaches encourage players to experiment on the pitch and take risks as players. As long as they feel they’ve made the right decision they will never be criticized, but if a move doesn’t come off they’ll be asked to reflect on what didn’t work and how they could have done it differently.
All our coaches are RFU qualified and nearly half still actively play for the senior club, with one of the coaches being the senior club 1st team Captain.
The U14s train twice a week on Thursday evenings on a floodlit pitch and Sunday mornings. Thursday evening training is generally to work on fitness, while Sunday mornings are devoted more to skills training, technique and specific training. We generally try to have a match at the end of training every Sunday morning session if there is no match scheduled for the day.
Please ensure that your child is adequately clothed as they can always take layers off if they get too warm. Gumshields are mandatory to take part in any training that involves contact, and the wearing of scrumcaps is encouraged. No hoodies will be allowed for contact training as they can be dangerous if the child is tackled by the neck. Make sure they have a drink that they bring out with them and where possible some fruit to eat as well.
Due to the large size of the squad, the U14s will be running two teams this season. The children will be split into an A and a B team depending primarily on their commitment to training but also on ability. Fixtures have been arranged for both teams to challenge the players, and there will be the ability to move from team to team throughout the season, depending on the number of training sessions attending and performance in fixtures.
Any aspect of training or match play can be discussed with either the U14 coaches or coordinators.