JUNIOR REPORT: Question Time with YDO Tom Chadwick

Junior Report with Tom Chadwick
Junior Report with Tom Chadwick

Hello again, and a very happy New Year to you all, here at Scarborough RUFC we’re incredibly excited about 2016 and hope it’s a prosperous year for all our players and those connected with the club.

For this article I thought it’d be useful to answer some frequently asked questions, so that any common queries people have on our club can find some answers before this year gets into full swing.

What is Scarborough Rugby Club?

Scarborough RUFC exists to encourage and inspire as many people as possible to play rugby union to the highest sustainable level in a safe, friendly and financially secure environment.

We offer coaching to all players from the age of five all the way through to adult rugby.

The club also contains Baron’s Fitness; a gym with fantastic facilities including squash courts and a sports hall which all our sides are able to use as an indoor training area in case the weather is poor.

Baron’s, like the rugby section, is completely open to the community. Finally, the club also has its own bars and offers function hire, so it truly is a very diverse place with lots to offer.

Where is Scarborough Rugby Club?

Scarborough Rugby Club is located just before Burniston, travelling north on Scalby Road.

The club address is: Silver Royd, 569 Scalby Road, Scalby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0NL.

Is Scarborough Rugby Club just for rugby?

Although the club exists to offer rugby to the community, there are other sports that the community can engage with. Baron’s health and fitness offer facility hire to numerous other sports such as walking football, badminton, squash and athletics.

I thought rugby was for boys/men only?

Rugby is for both genders and here at Scarborough RUFC there is no exception.

We’re delighted to say that at the start of 2016, we have fully functioning women’s and junior girls sections, and are fast expanding our opportunities for our players as well.

From a very young age, rugby is non-contact and therefore is always played as a mixed sport, with both boys and girls playing together.

I’ve never played rugby before, is this a problem?

This is not a problem.

Our aim is to inspire people to play rugby even if they’ve never tried to before.

We have lots of dedicated coaches to help you make a safe and enjoyable transition into the sport and to ensure you play in a controlled and supportive environment.

What are the times/dates for training?

Training for our minis (under-sixes to under-12s) takes place at Scarborough RUFC on Sunday mornings from 10.30am-12pm.

Training for our junior sides (under-13s to under-17s) takes place on weeknight evenings so that matches can take place on Sundays. Please contact any club official for more details.

What kit would my children play in?

For training children can play in whatever kit they like.

However we recommend some supportive footwear such as boots or trainers. For matches, and even to train in, the club offers player packs for different age groups.

These packs are heavily discounted items of club branded kit so all players can play in a smart attire.

Is it expensive to be a member?

We are proud to offer discounted playing, non-playing and gym memberships too.

It’s also important to mention that as a club, we would never turn a player away due to financial hardship.

If you have serious financial difficulty affording the services our club provides then there are always other avenues we can look at to help. Please just get in touch.

What is a YDO?

YDO stands for youth development officer which is my job title.

It’s my job to help develop the club and its players, to assist in running the youth set-up at the club and to branch out to the local schools and offer free rugby coaching to those that want it, in the hope that we can inspire more people to take up the sport.

What schools do I work in?

In as many schools as I can.

There are no specific schools I favour or equally stay away from. All schools, both primary and secondary are offered free coaching and I do my best to ensure those with the greatest need are reached, while maintaining strong positive links with all those that invite me.

What is Active Youth?

Active Youth is a scheme that Scarborough RUFC has developed in partnership with McCain to encourage youngsters in the area to get active.

The scheme serves as an umbrella for all of the work the club does both in schools and at Scarborough RUFC – whether it’s rugby sessions on a Sunday, secondary school rugby tournaments or the multi-skills camps we run during the holidays for primary-aged children.

The scheme is open to boys and girls aged five to 18 and although our main focus is on rugby, there are other activities on offer.

If you have any more questions for me, you can email me on tom.chadwick@scarboroughrugby.co.uk