This coming Sunday sees our under-17s playing at home in a three-team tournament against Driffield and Pocklington, while our under-15s will be at home to York.
Both kick-off times will be at 11am.
Please feel free to attend; there was a real excitement around the club last weekend and I can’t thank the community enough for your continued support of our youth.
Last Sunday, both our under-14s and under-15s took to the field against resilient sides from Stockton.
Playing on the first team pitch in front of a sizeable crowd, the under-15s showed no signs of anxiety, and ended a good weekend of rugby for the club with a superb victory, inflicting a heavy loss on their counterparts from Stockton.
Wonderful running rugby and some real heart in defence combined to dazzle and entertain the spectators.
I don’t want to name any individuals this week as it would take away from a real team effort, but I was very impressed with the side’s performance.
There are a number of players from this team that will be going on trials in the hopes of representing Yorkshire soon and I genuinely believe they have the ability, and work ethic to go all the way.
Since I’ve started working here, I’ve come to learn how committed Ian Evans and Colin Davies (under-15s coaches) are to helping all of their players.
The whole under-15s set up; players, coaches, and parents, are a wonderful asset to our club and I’m sure they’ll all be very successful this season.
The under-14s for the second week running, came up against a very physical and well organised outfit.
And credit where it’s due, the Stockton side were one of the finest I’ve seen at that age group. But even though the result did not go in our favour, the efforts of all are players are not to be snubbed.
If sport always resulted in winning, there would be no incentive for the players to progress and want to better themselves every training session.
A fear of losing is a big motivator for some, but for others it’s the joy of victory.
It’s been a difficult fortnight for our under-14s but one thing’s for certain.
Every loss is a learning experience, and over time success will come.
The Active Youth Development programme has began really well in its first fortnight of the season, reaching over 10 per cent of schools in the region.
I’ve also made progress on expanding the scheme to more schools than previously planned.
It’s great to see the children really take to my sessions, and want to learn more about rugby.
At Scarborough RUFC we cater for all abilities and age grades, from under-sixes to under-18s and this is the same service I offer to all schools I work in.
No two sessions are the same, and each day I offer different ways to participate in the sport and enjoy it.
In other news, it’s brilliant to see that two of our under-17s players, Joe Marshall (pictured above) and Jordan Wakeham, are now playing consistently for the senior first team.
These players have risen up through the youth system here and it’s great to see them make it to the highest level the club can offer.
Having trained with various other players at their age group, I’m sure they won’t be the only ones this season to make that step up, and long may it continue.
To finish, I wanted to leave you with a final thought.
A gentleman mentioned to me this week that he now follows rugby because he’s a huge admirer of the honesty in which the game is played.
This thought stayed with me this week, as it’s something I often ask of the players I coach.
I tell them that I will be fair with them, if they are fair with me, and that they should always be honest - to myself, but more importantly to themselves.
Honesty is something that’s overlooked a lot of the time.
It’s easy to not be truthful. Stay out later than your curfew, eat some fatty food when no one’s looking and give up when doing fitness because it’s an easier option.
But this can be a very dangerous mindset to get into.
I’ve coached players before that will not be honest with themselves, and they end up convincing themselves that they can’t do anymore, or that they’re not good enough.
It’s a real shame as it’s not because they physically can’t, it’s that they believe they no longer have the capacity to do so.
I will always empower players and give them belief in their own ability.
But they have to be honest with themselves, appreciate where they are in their own development, and strive to be better, through hard work and understanding.
Our mindset is something that affects us every day.
Waking up with a positive attitude and setting daily goals is something I do every morning.
It can be quite easy to convince yourself that you’re doing a lot of work, but if you take the time to sit down, about once a month, and try and squeeze one more hour into your day you’ll be amazed at how much more you can achieve.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day, and each one counts.
What will you be doing with yours today?