The Under 12's age group trains every Sunday and gives the players their first taste of contact rugby. At this stage of competitive rugby we aim to teach and develop the squad to play as a team, embrace the spirit of the game and most importantly have fun! We are playing to the new transitional rugby rules where the emphasis is on attacking space, offloading in contact and rewarding good defence with a fixed tackle count and turn over.
We play against local clubs and enter a number of festivals and tournaments throughout the season. We train on a Sunday morning from 10:00 AM until 12 noon (unless we have a match !). During our training sessions we combine structured drills with game based exercises. The structured drills focus on passing and tackling and techniques while game based exercises are aimed at improving reaction, decision making and team work.
We encourage team play and to a friendly competitive spirit - with naturally a chance for parents to then cheer on in support of their children.
We always welcome new squad members and are happy for your child to come along and give rugby a try! The squad members are representative of most of the schools in the area and it is likely your Year 6 child will already know somebody that plays.
If you are interested in coming along, or if you have any questions, please give the Team Manager a call. Details are below.
Following on from the previous week’s participation in the County Tournament, this week the Under-8 ‘A’ squad travelled to their Hampshire neighbours for the Winchester ‘A’ Festival. Despite the clocks going forward and heralding the move to British Summer Time (BST), Mother Nature had decided otherwise and the blustery and wet conditions were more akin to early November.
The competition saw the 10 teams split into two pools of 5 team with placed play-offs following the pool matches. Andover found themselves against New Milton, Winchester, Havant and a very impressive Jersey.
It was fantastic conditions for running rugby at Petersfield for the U-8 Tag Rugby County Tournament. With 24 teams from all over Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and The Channel Islands competing, the standard of play was always going to be high. Matches were being decided on not only wins, but also tries scored, so it was important keep the scoreboard ticking over and defend well.
Andover's pool had Fawley, Trojans, New Milton, Fordingbridge and Gosport & Fareham. Andover were scheduled to start off proceedings against Fawley, however Fawley decided on not turning up and as a result we had a bye in the first match. The down side to this was that all of the remaining teams managed to get their first game under their belt and we would be going into the second round of matches in this group a little cold.
There has been a great turnout for the Under 6s this season and it has been really good seeing all the children attend whatever the weather!
The children are really enjoying their time on the pitch and learning about teamwork but more importantly having FUN being taught the skills of tag rugby.
In this age group as we are still learning, we do not have matches but every Sunday at 10:00am to 11:00am we undertake training session.
It is not to late to join the Under 6's team please contact one of the Team Managers or Coaches as you will be more the welcome!
Managers and Coaches
07826 627 480
07761 375 646