This week has flown by as it’s been an exceptionally busy one for me.
I was coaching in seven schools throughout the week, and over the weekend we also held our club’s registration day and offered free mouthguard fitting sessions for all of our senior, junior and mini players.
In terms of fixtures this weekend, our under-14s recorded their first win of the season.
I’d like to offer them my congratulations for sticking at it despite their tough start, and for playing so well on Sunday.
Our under-17s continued their impressive form with another victory which has now got their league campaign up and running.
From the performances I’ve seen thus far, I’m sure they have every chance of winning the league this year.
Unfortunately our under-15s and under-16s were both beaten heavily, but as I keep mentioning to all those I coach, defeat is all part of success.
As long as lessons are learned from every disappointment, every setback is a step in the right direction.
I have full confidence in both of these sides and I’m sure they’ll bounce back with a win this coming weekend.
I’d now like to share a piece from our Active Youth partners McCain, who recently had this to say about my role and programme.
As a responsible, family-owned food manufacturer, McCain is committed to making food that can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
McCain is the proud sponsor of Active Youth – helping to educate the next generation and encourage healthy, active lifestyles within our local community.
The Active Youth programme is off to a great start.
Over the past four weeks, youth development officer Tomasz Chadwick has visited a number of schools in the area to kick off the Active Youth development programme.
Working with primary-aged children all the way up to Scarborough Sixth Form College’s first team, Tomasz is receiving great feedback and demand for his coaching is increasing.
As well as holding sessions in local schools, over 150 girls and boys have been coming to Silver Royd on a Sunday morning for training.
The programme provides youngsters with the chance to get involved in sport in a fun but safe environment.
Training is tailored to each age group, so for our kids first teams (under-sixes to under-eights), players take part in a form of non-contact play.
For those who enjoy the game, there’s a great structure to help youngsters learn and progress and maybe even find themselves in a scrum for the mens or ladies first teams in the future.
Rugby is an exciting, active sport and its rules help players understand the merits of team work and respect, both key for development.
As the season progresses, Tomasz will be visiting more schools and we’d encourage anyone who’s interested to come and visit for a Sunday morning session.
It’s a great family atmosphere, with great coaches at a first-class club.
I’d like to finish this week’s article by thanking all of our volunteer referees that constantly give up their time to help with the smooth running of our junior section.
Without them we couldn’t fulfill our fixtures so the club and all our young players and parents are in your debt.
If anyone would like to take up a refereeing course and help out on a weekend please get in touch. We’d love to have your support.
Finally, I’d also like to place on record a special thanks to the Conlin family, who all give up so much for our club.
It is much appreciated.