Junior Report with Tomasz Chadwick: Multi-skills camp a success

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Our minis section is growing from strength to strength each week, with our under-sixes having over 30 children training regularly every Sunday, which truly is phenomenal.

I had the pleasure of watching a session on Sunday taken by Mark Jenkinson, James Cliff and Paul Huggins and it really was entertaining.

The session itself was very well planned, with lots of different games and drills which the children truly enjoyed.

But each element to the session also focussed on the core skills required to play rugby and many other sports.

So I’m glad the kids were getting the best of both worlds - progression and enjoyment.

Last week our under-14s and under-15s both made the long trip to play against junior sides from Ilkley.

Our under-14s lost their match in a tightly fought contest, but will be hoping to put that right when they face Malton this weekend in what will be a great game.

Our under-15s dominated from the first play of the game, emerging victorious with an emphatic 61-0 scoreline.

I couldn’t be there to witness the performance but speaking with the coaches following the game it was refreshing to hear how that despite the result, they had already pinpointed areas to improve on.

A special mention this week goes to Lewis Ward for his outstanding man of the match performance.

Our under-15s have one more away trip to Thirsk next week, before their huge match at home against Doncaster in the Yorkshire Cup, a competition which this team has every chance of winning.

Our under-16s will be facing Hullensians at home this Sunday and are currently looking for more players to join the team and help them fulfil fixtures regularly.

If you’d like to play for our under-16s side please get in touch, so we can invite you to train with the current group.

Our under-16s are a fantastic set of lads with real ability, but are just struggling a little at the moment to put out a regular team.

Any help would be really appreciated.

The club also held a ‘Come and Try Saturday’ event last week for juniors that may not have played rugby before and for those that came, it was a really enjoyable day.

We’re always looking to recruit players - especially at under-13s, under-14s and under-16s.

But I’d like to reinforce that while I’m here the club’s sole focus will never be playing a numbers game, trying to meet targets and build huge squads.

We want to show that rugby can be part of a healthy and active lifestyle and there are more subtle benefits of playing than purely keeping healthy through exercising.

There are an abundance of key character traits that can be learned through development in the game; leadership, teamwork and communication skills to name a few.

This is why we want our youth to play here, with our wonderful facilities.

We have a wealth of experience and can offer a lot of useful guidance to our younger generations.

Sunday will also see our under-17s facing Heath in a league match.

After losing last week against a strong Wetherby outfit, the junior colts will be looking to quickly bounce back to their winning ways.

All support will be more than welcome, and the game itself will be on the first team pitch with an 11am kick-off.

Refreshments are readily available and provided the weather holds this match should be quite the spectacle.

Rugby can be a very costly sport to facilitate, but as a club, Scarborough RUFC is head and shoulders above competition for subsidising costs to its playing members.

For example, the club always tries to offer transport to the more distant away matches, and heavily subsidise playing kit to its junior sections.

But at times we cannot always provide everything and we must rely on volunteers every day.

As a club we want to make known our appreciation to all the parents that are willing to give up their time to help the children pursue their interests in the sport and with the club.

We truly appreciate all of your help.

Finally, this week I have had the pleasure of entertaining over 50 children at Jacaranda’s Multi Skills Half Term camp as part of the Active Youth Scheme.

It’s great to see the brand really taking off and the children loving every activity packed day.

One unique selling point to the camp is that the daily events are designed for children.

Everything we do is driven by enjoyment, creating themes and skills based games that the children love taking part in.

Tomorrow we will be having a Halloween special, with fancy dress, lots of party games and themed activities which will ensure the children finish the camp full of great memories.