Wimborne Under 14s
Awesome performance sees off North Dorset
The Christmas and New Year break has provided an opportunity for a rest followed by three useful training sessions and as a result the Wimborne Under 14s turned up for Sunday's Dorset & Wilts Cup at full strength and raring to go. Unusually Wimborne were quick out of the blocks and two early tries served to dent North Dorset's confidence. Last season the Slaughtergate side had won both their encounters with Wimborne but this time the story was going to be very different. Very gratifying for the coaches was the fact that the boys implimented in the game everything they had been working on in training - improved line speed and defensive organisation was complemented by strong forward carries from the base of the attacking ruck. The emphasis on tackling technique and handling was also rewarded. In their eight tries Wimborne set up a number of good individual breaks as well as some good team tries. The best was saved until the last play where three powerful carries from the base of the ruck took Wimborne from the half way line to within striking distance of North Dorset's try line and sucked in the defence. Recognising the opportunity the home side took the ball wide with speed and precision in a move that included a miss pass to score a tremendous team try. The conversion brought the game to a conclusion with a winning margin of 50-0 for Wimborne.
During January and February the Wednesday training takes place from 1815 to 2000 on the top pitch at QE School, Wimborne near the Leisure Centre Reception.
NEW PLAYERS WELCOME. Registration forms can be handed in at any session.
On tour at Maidenhead RFC
Wimborne Rugby Club have a flourishing Under 14 squad with over 40 players representing the team last season. Like the rest of the Club we encompass a 'Rugby For All' philosphy where players of all standards and experience are equally welcome. We are proud that five of our players were chosen for the Bath Rugby Developing Player Prigramme at Under 13 and that we have a further fifeteen involved in the selection process for the Under 14 DPP but we are equally pleased to look after and help develop players who are not yet at that standard including those who are new to the game. Everybody matters to us here at this friendly family orientated Club. The only requirements are that players want to improve their Rugby and want to enjoy themselves in the process.
We are based at Leigh Park, Gordon Road, Wimborne BH21 2AP and most of our home matches and training take place there. We may occasional make use of facilities at Corfe Hills School, QE School Wimborne and The Blandford School.
We play a wide range of competition and friendly matches. This season we have entered both the Dorset & Wilts and the Hampshire Cups. Over the last two years we have played friendly games against challenging opposition including Maidenhead RFC and Royal Grammar School High Wycomber as well teams from Championship Clubs like Ealing Trailfinders and Richmond. We also have fixtures with local clubs and provide a balanced overall playing offer that meets the needs of all our players.
To broaden the boys's experience we also take part in Sevens tournaments and organise a tour each season. In recent years we have been to the Isle of Wight, Exmouth, the National Sporst Centre at Bisham Abbey and Adventure Okehampton. Our tours involve a mixture of Rugby and other adventurous activities. This season we are investigating the idea of going to Spain.
For home matches we meet at 1020 ahead of an 1115 Kick Off. Away games are often similar but can vary a bit.
Victory at New Milton Sevens
We train on Sunday mornings (meeting at 1030 and finishing around 1245) when we are not playing. We also have a Wednesday evening training session from 1815 to 2000. We realise that not all players can make the Wednesday session but encourage those who can to come along. A lot of our training is done through 'conditioned' games where the players are challenged by varying the game to focus on specific areas and we also break out from these games to concentrate on improving particular group and individual skills which we then reintroduce into the game. We find this modern approach very effective. While we want our players to put a wholehearted effort into every session and to aim to be the best they can be we also see it as very imprtant that they enjoy their training and being with their mates.
Coaches & Managers
We have a team of seven enthusiatic coaches who between them bring experience of playing at a good level and a wealth of coaching experience, expertise and qualifications. Five of our coaches hold England Rugby Level 2 qualifications and all have gone through our safe recruitment process including a DBS check. We are all there to ensure the boys are well looked after and that they are all encouraged to get the most out of their Rugby experience with us and to enjoy becoming better players.
Our Lead Coach, Nick Elbourne, is the Club Coaching Coordinator and also coaches in schools during the week. Nick is the Chair of Young Player Development for Dorset & Wilts RFU. He has been coaching a while and reckons this is about the 35th Under 14 team he has coached.
Carol Williams has recently taken over as our Team Manager and looks after our membership and registration as well as keeping other important admin up to date.
What do I do if I want to give it a try?
New members of any standard including complete beginners are always welcome. The best thing to do is to contact Nick and then come along to any training session or home game. If you want to join in straight away come in sports kit and boots and bring a mouthguard. You can then try us out for three or four weeks - no paperwork and no cost at this stage.
Membership for 2018/19
The Membership Fee for a Youth Player has been kept the same for the third season at £65. (Bursaries and sibling reductions are available.)
If you are an existing member all you have to do is complete the Club's annual Membership & Registration form (which keeps us up to date with any changes such as Schools) and pay your membership fee. There is no England Rugby paperwork unless you joined late last season and did not register with England Rugby (aka the RFU).
New players are welcome to a free trial period of three or four weeks before committing to joining and filling in forms or paying as long as we have basic contact details for parents or carers.
At the end of their trial period new players will need to complete one of our own Membership & Registration Forms and pay their fee. They will be given a link which allows them to register online with England Rugby. (All youth Rugby players have to be registered.)
What is included?
- Participation in matches and tournaments including light refreshments for players after most games. There are no match fees.
- Participation in training and the provision of high quality coaching
- Participation in some social events
- Loan of a team Playing Shirt for matches
- England Rugby Insurance
- Use of the Clubhouse, Club Shop and other facilities
- Free Parent Membership which allows parents and carers to use the Clubhouse, Bar and other facilities of the Club
- Entitlemnet for Parents to upgrade to full Membership for £25 which gives them voting rights and allows them to apply through the Club for England Rugby International Tickets. (if the Club allocation is oversubscribed those applying are placed into a ballot.)
What is not included?
Where 'extras' are involved Bursary support can be made available when it is needed.
- Club socks, shorts and other items of clothing
- Travel to away matches (although lift shares can usually be arranged)
- Some social events (such as out recent Quad Biking) although the cost for players is often subsidised
Getting in touch
For more information or to enquire about joining please contact Nick Elbourne firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 07795 513795