Last weekend saw two junior fixtures take place at Silver Royd, and I’m delighted to say both resulted in victories for Scarborough.
Our under-15s team continues to grow from strength to strength recording another emphatic win, beating their York counterparts 58-0.
This is the second game now where our under-15s are yet to concede a single point, which speaks volumes for their effort and control within games. It can be quite easy to lose concentration when you’re so far ahead in a fixture, so all credit goes to the players for maintaining their intensity from the first whistle to the last.
Several Scarborough players put in good performances; Williams and Minghella in the back row were excellent throughout, Evans controlled the game incredibly well from scrum-half and Holloway offered brilliant link up play in the backline.
Our under-17s side had their first fixture of the season against a well drilled Pocklington outfit. The game itself started off as a real contest but as time passed, our colts slowly started grinding down their opposition, and their fitness paid dividends.
One thing that really impressed me was the sheer desire to win that these young men showed. As a coach there’s one thing you can’t teach people, and that’s the attitude they bring to training and fixtures. You can help mould it of course, but the initial desire, work rate and willingness to learn has to come from within.
I’m very proud to admit that this team has this in abundance, which makes coaching them, a genuine pleasure. A lot of the team also play for the Sixth Form College every Wednesday (another team I coach), and show the same qualities there also. This week the college will be playing at Barnsley, in the hope of building on their winning start.
As an update on the Active Youth Development program, I am delighted to announce that even at this early stage into the season, I have already reached 30 per cent of all schools in the region - with plans to reach more in the near future.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank St Peter’s RC primary school for a wonderful month of coaching there, the children and staff were very welcoming and it’s great to see so many of their pupils now enjoying their rugby at Scarborough RUFC on the weekend.
This Sunday coming will be the first registration day for all our mini and junior players. The club will be offering subsidised playing and training kit to all our players, and parents can also become members of the club too. As well as this, we will also be holding a professional mouth guard fitting session during that morning, courtesy of Rydale Dentistry.
Speaking from experience, a professionally fitted mouth guard offers enhanced safety, comfort and helps both breathing and talking. The fitting sessions will be available to players of all ages. More details can be found on the club’s Twitter account @ScarboroughRUFC.
That’s it for this week!
I hope you’re enjoying my weekly column. If you have any ideas to expand the Active Youth Development programme so we can reach more of our youth please feel free to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’m always open to new ideas.