Welcome to the U10s at Rosslyn Park – Middlesex and Surrey Champions
(for children born after 1st September 2002 and before 31st August 2003 – Year 5)
At U10s we play contact rugby. This is in line the the RFU Continuum, which is a playing pathway to introduce the game of rugby to young players. There are 3 stages starting with tag rugby for U7/U8s, mini rugby for U9/U10s, and midi rugby for U11/U12s, so that by U13s the players are ready to play the full 15-a-side game.
Sections of the U10 Website
We train once a week in Richmond Park on a Sunday morning starting at 9:00am for 2 hours, with festivals and friendlies throughout the year for all teams.
In line with RFU policy all players must wear a mouthguard and at Park we also expect every player to wear a scrumcap.
This is one of the largest year groups currently at Rosslyn Park though we are always keen to see new faces. Although we are very proud of our achievements winning the Middlesex and Surrey titles the best statistic in the squad is that over 80 players won a festival outright last year. Players are moved up and down our squads as they all progress (and grow) at different rates.
We have a large number of RFU Level 1 and 2 qualified coaches, certified first aiders and RFU qualified referees for our U10 set up. We actively encourage parents to get involved, and support those who want to take qualifications, so there are enough for all the players to have a great time. All first aiders, coaches and referees are CRB checked.
Joining the U10s
For details on joining please look at the Joining Page.
If you have any specific questions around joining the U10s at Rosslyn Park please contact the Head Coach – Richard White.
U10 Guiding Principles
As a group of players, coaches and parents we have evolved the following set of principles for how we approach our rugby.
- Ensure a competitive, fun environment
- Build a strong sense of teamship within the player groups
- Build a strong sense of identity with Rosslyn Park Football Club
- Treat players, coaches, referees and parents with respect at all times
- Recognise and celebrate successes in a positive, supportive environment (from a good pass to a try-saving tackle to winning a tournament)
- Looking to grow the squads and players towards the full 15 aside and Sevens game in line with the RFU Continuum
- Focus on running, passing, catching and tackling skills to create rounded players
- Send as many teams as possible to tournaments so all players have these great experiences
- Competitive selection with the best players in the best squads, selected on form, attitude and attendance
- If players play well we will look to move them up through the squads (some of our best A team players were in the Cs and Ds previously)
- If players are absent for a tournament or for a period of training they will not be automatically put back into that squad
- Movement between the squads enables players to develop in different environments and roles (leadership and responsibility as well as team positions)
Results and Match Reports this season
More detailed match reports and pictures get posted to our Facebook page.
Sunday 28th April – Surrey C
This weekend sees the Rowlands off to Surrey C – everyone else has a chance to learn about next year’s 4 man line outs and to display their prowess at drop goals in the park.
|Rosslyn Park U10s 2012-13|
|Ripleys (As)||Surrey A Festival||Joint County Winners|
|Richmond A Festival||Plate Winners|
|Middlesex A Festival||County Winners|
|Sutton & Epsom A Festival||Winners|
|Rosslyn Park A Festival||Winners|
|Ealing A Festival||Plate Winners|
|Windsor A Festival||Winners|
|Obolenskys (Bs)||Surrey B Festival||County Winners|
|Guildford B Festival||Winners|
|Middlesex B Festival||County Winners|
|Rosslyn Park B Festival||Winners|
|Blackheath B Festival||Plate Winners|
|Reeds A||Plate Winners|
|Rowlands (Cs)||Surrey C||on 28th April|
|Reeds B||Plate Winners|
|Windsor B||Runners Up|
|Ackfords (Ds)||Saracens B||(W2, D1, L2)|
|West London C League – Round 1 (Teddington)||Winners (W2)|
|Ciprianis (Es)||West London League – Round (London Irish)||Plate Runners Up|
|West London C League – Round 1 (Teddington)||Winners (W2)|
|Nevs (Fs)||London Irish Dev||(2w, 1D, 1L)|
|Richmond Dev Festival||(2w, 1D, 1L)|
21st April – Surrey B and Saracens B
The Obolenskys matched their Middlesex B title with the Surrey equivalent, scoring the most tries and conceding the least along the way. There is a full match report by Paul Webster on the side undefeated since October on the Facebook page.
A composite Rowlands / Ackfords side used Saracens B as preparation for Surrey C next week winning two matches and drawing one against some tough opposition.
14th April – Surrey A and Guildford B
The Ripleys finished off their season as joint winners of Surrey with Battersea Ironsides.
Note from photo : Catalina chopped their legs off!
The A team boys were top scorers on the day with 18 tries scored and only 1 conceded. Both Battersea and Park came through the day without conceding till the final. That score took the season’s try count to 130 scored and 10 conceded – running in an average of nearly 4 tries per match over the year. The full match report is on the Facebook page.
At Guildford the Obolenskys had a perfect day of preparation for Surrey winning in style.
7th April – Staines B
A scratch side made up of all the available boys went to Staines and peformed like a set team winning in style – see Paul’s match report on the Facebook page. Difficult to allocate this one to one particular squad so it’s been recorded as a Rowlands win seeing as they were the team originally down to participate.
22nd-24th March – the Cornwall Tour
Driving down through driving rain on the Friday and with almost everything cancelled back in London the augurs weren’t good. After a Chariots of Fire moment training on the beach the boys headed off to Truro RFC on a double-decker mystery tour to be presented with the best grassy pitches they’d seen in weeks and two very good Cornish teams – Truru our hosts and the recently crowned Cornish Champions, Newquay. The two Park teams were made up of an A-C composite (the black numbers) and a B-F composite (the red numbers) and put in some great performances: the blacks putting 13 unanswered tries past Truro before mounting a stern defence against a strong and direct Newquay side to win 2-1; the red numbers faced Newquay first putting more tries past them than the black numbers managed but in the end losing 5-2 then went on to play Truro winning 6-3.
Afterwards the Park boys were faced with the alien concept of a post-match shower before joining the Cornish teams for pasties and the presentation of their new tour shirts. In the afternoon the boys braved the cold and were rewarded with some great surf. The A team backs were the first out of the cold losing the staying in the surf battle to the forwards and a sibling hockey player.
For the Sunday two teams had been drawn out of the “Where’s Wally?” hats producing, quite by chance, a speedy Pirates team and a colossal Smugglers team. Our hosts on the Sunday were Perranporth RFC who had Penryn RFC visiting. Penryn were down a few players so some of the Pirates agreed to join them, getting to put on the famous Penryn shirt (search for Penryn RFC vs British Lions back in 1973) to take on Perranporth. After that the two teams played hybrid Cornish teams enjoying a fast pitch once again to run in a load of tries. In the final game the Smugglers took on Penryn plus the Park Pirates in a fiercely contested match. A great morning’s rugby was followed up with roast lunch on the beach and hordes of parents planning a return visit (all be it in sunnier conditions).
Sunday 17th March – Richmond A
Fresh from facing Ealing in the Middlesex final our first round against Ealing reminded the team how strong an outfit they are, beating Park 1-0 and condemning the boys to playing out to win the Plate. Christian’s match report has it all on the Facebook page.
Sunday 10th March – Middlesex County Festival & London Irish Dev
This year’s Middlesex Festival saw the first ever full B tournament. Having made it to the semi-finals of the main A/B County Shield for the last three years this was the Obolenskys chance to shine and shine they did winning the B Festival in style. Paul’s match report is on the U10 facebook page.
The A Festival saw the Ripleys make it 4 years in a row as County Champions coming through an epic semi-final clash with an outstanding London Welsh team and meeting Ealing in the final – full details in Christian’s match report on the U10s facebook page.
With players dropping like flies due to injury or Mothers’ Day commitments we were only able to put together one Dev team to take the field at London Irish. Ably coached by Patrick Going and Andrew Hill they put in some great performances with few subs.
Sunday 24th February – Final round of the WLL
This year’s event has seen countless cancellations – our round got canned twice. As it was London Irish pushed on and ran a revised final round. Placed at half term every club would have had players missing so a good result was going to be down to bonding on the day and working together. Rob Arnott stepped up to the coaching plate and helped the boys deliver a Plate Runners Up trophy. A great result.
Sunday 10th February – Sutton & Epsom A
After virtually no rugby for a few weeks the Ripleys got back together for a muddy encounter at Sutton & Epsom. As ever cracking opposition and everyone was very grateful to the hosts for running the event given the muddy conditions and the fact that everything else was cancelled.
Christian’s report says it all. A great draw with Cobham in the final match together with bucket loads of tries (for) in the other matches saw the Ripleys comfortable winners in the round robin format.
Sunday 11th November – Rosslyn Park B and Guildford B
After a completely washed out Sunday the previous week the 11th brought crisp clear sunshine to our inaugural B Festival.
The Obolenskys stormed all their matches running past the 6 try difference when either some referees forgot to stop the match or opponents agreed to carry on. Hoping for a match report to be posted on facebook soon. Great to see the Obolenskys back on the winning track.
The Ackfords put in a plucky display and improved as the day. This should set them up well for Guildford C on the 18th.
The Rowlands (Park C) won the festival scoring 18 tries and only conceding 3 against a very strong Old Ruts side. Full details on the facebook page.
The Rowlands – winners of Guildford B
Sunday October 28th – Rosslyn Park A
Park hosted its first ever A tournament at King’s House School. Christian’s match report on our Facebook page has all the detail but Park U10s picked up the title winning all 4 matches scoring 10 unanswered tries.
Sunday October 14th – A banquet or rugby
4 squads were out this weekend with the group taking 3 Plates and a win. The Plates went to the Ripleys at Ealing A, the Obolenskys at Blackheath B and the Rowlands at Reeds B. A newly formed Ackfords team took the top honours at Guildford C.
Sunday October 7th
For the opening weekend of the festival season we fielded 6 squads at 4 venues.
The Ripleys defended their Windsor title beating Ealing in the final despite having lost to a spirited and well-organised Teddington side in their first match of the new season. Christian’s detailed and entertaining match report is on our Facebook page. The Rowlands finished Runners Up at Windsor B.
The Obolenskys put in some great performances at Reeds A. The two teams in the first round of the West London League seemed to gel well and the newly formed “Nevs” (after 1st XV winger Neville Edwards) at Richmond Development Festival (pictured below) picked up 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
The Nevs at Richmond Development Festival