Welcome to Park Minis (U6-U12)
Welcome to Park Minis (U5-U12)
Rocky’s Red and White Army – New Season starting Sept 2012-13
The 2012-13 season kicks off with registration days on Sunday Sept 2nd & Sept 9th from 9.30am here at the Rock (Rosslyn Park FC – Priory Lane, Roehampton, SW15 5JH). For all of the newcomers there will be a chance to sign up as members, register your young ones, sort out gum shields, buy kit that may be needed and to start to get to know the coaches and managers for the relevant age group and for the budding rugby stars to get to know their team mates!!
Welcome to thriving Rosslyn Park Minis!
Welcome to thriving Rosslyn Park Minis!
The action starts straight away with training starting
on Sunday 2nd Sept 2012
U5/U6s will train on the club pitch between 9:30-11:30am.
U7s-U12s training is in Richmond Park, between 9:00 – 11:00am.
New members can sign up at the club on the registration days and join in the training immediately, either on the club pitch if they are in the U5s or U6s or if they are U7s-U12s, they can go straight up to Richmond Park after registering.
If you are a bit uncertain about joining a rugby club, do not worry, Rosslyn Park welcomes everyone wanting to play mini rugby and caters for all abilities. Newcomers are invited to try it out for a couple of weeks to see if they enjoy it before signing up for the season – why not bring a friend too?
Why not come along to a fun minis event at the first home 1st XV game of season on Saturday 1st September. You will be able to register your child for the minis while you enjoy the game. There will be a minis parade at half time, an inflatable play area for the kids, BBQ, Outdoor bar. Free entry to all minis parents.
About the Minis
The minis section at Rosslyn Park welcomes girls and boys from school reception age upwards. Beginners are most welcome. And parents – if you have never watched rugby or been part of a rugby club before and are required to be on the sidelines you are extremely welcome too.
We play every Sunday morning from September to April. We often have friendly fixtures against other local clubs and take part in larger tournaments (festivals) involving several clubs. Our U5s-U8s train at our clubhouse on Priory Lane and our U9s-U11s train in Richmond Park by Roehampton Gate.
Our players come from near and far – including Barnes, Putney, Roehampton, Sheen, Richmond, Kew, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Kensington, Fulham, Chelsea, Battersea, Westminster, Wandsworth, Tooting, Balham, Wimbledon, New Malden and Kingston.
We are delighted to be working closely with our local council, London Borough of Wandsworth, which is pioneering tag rugby throughout local schools. All children from these schools are made very welcome at Rosslyn Park.
Our emphasis is on having fun and staying safe. We believe that children will not develop unless they are enjoying themselves. Not only is the rugby fun, playing for the Park gives the children the chance to enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of being part of a team.
Up to Under 8s, all children play tag rugby – a non-contact game in which the emphasis is on basic co-ordination and handling (catching and passing). At Under 9 and above, the children are introduced to contact rugby (this means they can tackle their opponent). Some children take to this immediately. Many others are less certain and we completely understand this. No child is forced to do anything he or she does not want to do.
Special welcome from Rosslyn Park Minis to new visitors to London
If you are here on business for a year or two and would love your child to play some rugby, but you don’t know anyone or where do you start? Just come along to the clubhouse on a Sunday at 9:30 and try out Rosslyn Park! You will be made to feel very welcome and soon be pointed in the right direction for your correct age-group (which might mean a short journey up the road to Roehampton gate of Richmond Park, where the U9s-U12s train).
Here is a letter received from a French family whose son spent only one year with us.
“We couldn’t leave London without saying goodbye to you. (Son) and his parents are extremely grateful to Rosslyn Park. We particularly enjoyed your kind welcome and the benefit of professional training dedicated to young children with a positive and fun approach. For sure (Son) couldn’t dream of a better way of meeting English peers. Richmond Park is a stunning place for a super Rugby club. It was exciting to spend Sunday mornings around the determined children, even on wet or chilly days. It was pleasant to support them at the festivals. We always expected the minutes of the trainings or games with pleasure. Please receive our sincere thanks.
On the end of July, after only one year in London unfortunately, (Son) will go back to France but with some magic rugby experience records.
We’ll try to find an English team back in Paris if not we could still try to propose some games between his future rugby club and Rosslyn Park.”
It’s nice to be called professionals but we are all amateurs!
A poem for our time
They stand on the field with their heart beating fast
The whistle has blown, the die has been cast
Mum and Dad cannot help, they stand all alone
A try at this moment would send the team home
It’s one against one, he must tackle but misses
There’s a moan from the crowd, some boos and some hisses
A thoughtless voice cries “take off the bum”
Tears fill his eyes, it’s no longer fun
If you’re ever tempted to shout or to groan
Remember it’s a child, who stands all alone
So open your heart and give them a break
It’s moments like this, a player you make
Keep this in mind, please do not forget
They’re only children, not adults yet!
(With thanks to Ray Watson of Beechholme FC)
Please take time to look through the Minis pages – including important information about registration, first aid, codes of conduct for players, coaches and spectators as well as pages on each age group –
but if you have any questions please contact Jo Thesiger.