Welcome to the Old Ruts Under 7's Home Page!

About the team

Training runs from September to April, on Sunday mornings 10am-11.30pm.

We will either be at Poplar Road or the School ground off Mostyn Road, please check the 'fixtures' page on the website. 

We also have joint training and friendly tag rubgy games with other local clubs, along with occasional tournaments from time to time during the season.  The fixture list will be on the main website, and we'll keep parents posted week by week via email. Please ensure that you complete and hand in a membership form when you turn up for the first time, or else we can't keep you updated on changes.

When we're training at home, there's often a BBQ offering bacon butties, hot dogs etc so you can enjoy a Sunday morning brunch.  The BBQ is run by parents on a rota so when the U7s turn comes round, be prepared to volunteer for half an hour or so - the BBQ is of course a great place to warm up on a cold day and it's under cover too. You can also get involved by joining the coaching team, helpin with admin or being a volunteer first aider. There's a job for everybody!

As for the training, we mix it up every week between multiple exercises and games that will all help develop the children's rugby. We run them around a lot!

Kit - your child will need to dress to suit the English weather because we only train outdoors. If it is cold or wet, we will still be outdoors. It would be wise to invest in a cheap pair of rugby boots for the kids because the surface will be slippery for much of the season. As set of skins to go under their kit and a water bottle are also a good idea. Whilst collisions are rare (U7 do not play contact rugby), some chldren like to wear a gumshield, just in case.

Any questions at all, contact Ali, Stuart or any of the coaches listed.

 

Festival Tips

For those new to the Rugby Festival scene, here are a few tips:

  • clothing: skins or other thermal tops/leggings are well worth wearing (for kids and adults!!) - they add warmth and a little protection. No zips or tags that could snag or catch someone! A spare fleece, trackie bottoms, mac/coat are all good for keeping warm (and dry) in the time spent between games.
  • footwear: Festivals always seem to be muddy! Wellies or waterproof boots for adults and kids are a good idea (or crocs if it's a bit milder).  Rugby boots for the matches of course!
  • rainwear: do bring a brolly to stand under whilst watching when it's wet.  Also wise to bring a couple of old towels to dry kids off before getting into the car, or to sit on to keep the mud off the seats.
  • snacks and drinks: there's always food available at festivals (burgers, bacon butties etc) but if that's not what you/your child would go for, a packed lunch and nibbles are worth considering.  Whilst a water bottle is a necessity, most children at festivals are hot chocolate-powered!
  • other stuff: there's quite a lot of standing around between games, so camping seats are welcome for legs large and small.  Books, newspapers can help to pass the time for parents - the children always seem to find things to do.

Finally: please aim to arrive in good time.  Whilst the SatNav might show a relatively quick journey time for a Sunday morning, there are literally hundreds of other children and families driving to the festival so there is always a traffic jam once you get near, and the parking is usually a bit of a walk from the venue itself. Car sharing is an excellent idea if you can arrange it.

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