Under 10s Season Review 2019/20
Well, another year has passed, and we’re delighted to say that the U10s have grown from strength-to-strength in all areas.
The progression from U9s to U10s is another step change for the players as they increase to 8-man teams and are introduced to rucking, mauling, ripping as well as uncontested 3-man scrums. Balancing this with maintaining the disciplines of tackle technique and decision making with the ball in hand has been tough for all of them, but we have seen massive progress since the start of the season.
This development would not have been possible had it not been for the volunteers and parents who have shown great commitment week in and out, come rain (we’ve had plenty of that) and shine. We now have a coaching complement of six (Wayne Symonds, Dan Pearson, Ed Turner, Steve Jacques, Jamie Gibbons and Harry Wilding), all of whom are superbly managed by Anne Dawson who has been excellent in corralling everyone throughout the season. Jamie is the latest member of the coaching staff and he brings a terrific depth of experience (as he still plays at a high level on a regular basis) and can relate better with the kids given that his ‘youth’ significantly helps bring down the collective age range of the rest of the coaching team (sorry Jamie, had to be done).
The cohort has grown yet again this year and we now have 32 players who attend on a regular basis. Many of these players have been with the club since they were in the U6 and U7 age groups and it is testament to the coaching staff that they have been able to develop what must be one of the larger playing groups in the county and beyond. It is a very inclusive group and we ensure that we mix all abilities together and on match day, no team is ever the same. It is critical, at this stage of their development that all players feel part of one team, and everyone is treated equally.
Critical to this success is the enjoyment factor that the coaches endeavour to put into training sessions which are consulted upon, well planned and executed. We are very aware of the players’ abilities and development needs and we adapt each session to ensure that we focus on these. Essentially, we do not gauge the team’s level of success on the number of tries scored, but by how much we see the players translating what they have learnt in the sessions, into the game.
Another ingredient that we have introduced this year has been a weekly Certificate of Achievement that players receive in front of their peers after coaches have collectively agreed who amongst them has shown outstanding performance. We believe in rewarding hard work, and we have seen players and the team responding well to this incentive.
Although, we are a large group, we are always looking for new and keen players so if you know of anyone who might want to join us, please get in contact (annedawson@icloud) or just bring them down, on a Sunday morning, when the new season starts.
As is natural, the competitive nature of the game has increased significantly from the previous year and it was fantastic to see the team developing a unit ethos and work for each other. The contest for the ball is ferocious at times and seeing them get stuck in at contact and breakdown and coming up still with a smile is very rewarding as a coach. The weather this season has been particularly awful with several fixtures being called off due to flooding, that said, we’d like to thank Knocker for his continual efforts and patience in ensuring that we can play on the pitches available when we are at home.
Fixtures wise, the team have performed very well against all teams near and far including Hereford, Ledbury, Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Dudley Kingswinford, Stourbridge and Bromyard. We also played in two tournaments; one at Worcester Warriors and the other at Kidderminster, where competition was tough, but we held our own and conceded very few tries. We should have had many more fixtures to play, the Luctonians Anglo Welsh Festival and a tour, but maybe next year.
We look forward to updating you on our progress again next year.