At Old Ruts we take the development of each and every player very seriously to ensure everyone reaches their potential.
Our Ruts Junior Player Development Programme (JPDP) oversees the development of all our players aged 6yrs - 18yrs and is instrumental in ensuring players make progress on and off the field.
We begin our JPDP with an annual Junior Player Development Day that runs each year in July, just before the schools break up for Summer holidays. We work closely with the 37 Merton Primary Schools that all sit within 4miles of the club to ensure we are giving every member of our local community the chance to experience the wonderful game of rugby!
Each of these schools nominate up to 5 players from each year group who come along to spend the morning with us taking part in sessions on speed, agility, game sense, FUNdamental movement and the chance to send some tackle bags flying! We then talk to the players and parents about the importance of Nutrition, Lifestyle and balancing sport with education. We also invite our older JPDP mentors (normally 15-16yrs old) to come and talk about how rugby has changed their lives and the opportunities it has given them.
As the players within the club get older we work hard to support their transition from Primary School to Secondary School and from Mini rugby to Youth rugby. Our support network extends between the players, parents and coaches to ensure there is a smooth transition and to ensure players continue to work hard at school whilst balancing sport/academic demands. As they progress through secondary school we work more closely with these schools to give them the best opportunities to train and play, balance commitments with other sports and also look to identify any players ready to progress to representative rugby.
In recent years Old Ruts has become one of the most successful junior clubs in Surrey and often has one of the highest number of representatives of any club in Surrey Development and full Surrey County teams. Contrasting many clubs whose players are at rugby playing independent schools, we also boast the highest number of representatives from non-traditional rugby playing schools or from state schools who play no rugby at all. For these players to be playing at the highest representative level they can for their age is testament to the high quality coaching and support they receive at Old Ruts. 
Ruts U15 boys playing for Surrey.

Ruts U15 boys playing for Surrey: Saadiq Theophilus, Bill Eustace, Sid Daniels, Silas Bobb, Joe Bennett, Charlie Julian & Jonah Harrison

Most recently, following the success of our two School Club Link School's in the NatWest Cup School's Tournament and a number of boys representing England L&SE at U16, we have also helped a number of our players secure scholarships to Independent Schools for 6th Form.
With Graveney School reaching the NatWest U15 Vase Finals at Twickenham the spotlight shone firmly on Graveney and Old Ruts for their partnership in creating an outstanding team of talented individuals. National press coverage, Sky Sports interviews and Harlequins Academy interest meant all eyes were on Ruts and suddenly the phone was off the hook with Schools offering full 100% scholarship places for these boys at their 6th Forms. With Rutlish School then reaching the 6th round of the NatWest U15 Cup and beating teams like Wimbledon College, Reed's and Hampton means we are in line for another successful crop of players this year!
Sumatera Saragih - Whitgift School (Year 8 entry)
Oliver Pearce - Emanuel School (Year 9 entry)
Jasper Pittam - Dulwich College (Year 9 entry)
Matthew Harrison - Whitgift School (Year 12 entry)
John Okafor - Wellington College (Year 12 entry)
Kareem Swandells - St John's, Leatherhead (Year 12 entry)
Cameron Hyne - St John's, Leatherhead (Year 12 entry)
Silas-Paul Johnson - St John's, Leatherhead (Year 12 entry)
Archie Dunnill - St John's, Leatherhead (Year 12 entry)
Che Ochugboju - Caterham School (Year 12 entry)
Joshua Clark-Bell - Epsom College (Year 12 entry)
Hamza Mason - The John Fisher School (Year 12 entry)
Tyrell John - London Irish Academy @ Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace (Year 12 entry)
Panashe Marezana - London Irish Academy @ Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace (Year 12 entry)
The information above is a clear example of how talented players have been nurtured at Ruts to receive life changing opportunities however these players are still in the minority. Old Ruts is a community club for players of all levels of ability and experience. 
The vast majority of our players find success through building self confidence, learning to work as part of a team, developing life long friendships, enjoying playing and watching the game, learning to coach/referee or training to be a young leader and most of all embracing and demonstrating the RFU Core Values in all that they do, on and off the field - TEAM WORK, RESPECT, ENJOYMENT, DISCIPLINE, SPORTSMANSHIP.
As a club we measure overall success simply by how many young people and their families enjoy the game, run around on a Sunday morning or at midweek training, learn through playing games and by providing a support network for those families either financially, socially, emotionally or behaviourally.
For our individual players we measure success by how much they enjoy themselves, how long they remain in the sport, how many friends they make, how much they develop and grow in confidence and personality and how close to their potential they reach.
For more information about our Junior Player Development Programme, our School Rugby Scholarships or how joining Ruts could help you or your child please contact:
Director of Rugby - Stacia Long - 07961 427661 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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