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Ethos & Objectives

The Old Albanian Colts, encompassing both the u17 & u18 age groups, is a long term commitment to develop young players and make them feel part of the broader Old Albanian Rugby Football Club. In particular we will:

  • Provide all players with an equal opportunity to play, to develop and to enjoy themselves. This is equally true whether they want to enjoy a social game of rugby with their mates, or whether they want to develop their rugby to play at the highest level they possibly can.
  • Provide a controlled and sustainable pathway for Colts players to have the opportunity to play for OA’s senior teams at the most appropriate level, if and when they wish to do so.
  • Provide a more consistent coaching approach and philosophy.
  • Strengthen the day-to-day links between the Colts and Seniors.

Teams

In order to ensure we provide appropriate playing opportunities for all players, whatever their aspirations and ability, we will run four teams:

  • u18A – will compete in the Herts Middlesex u18 Division One, the Herts Cup, the LV Cup, and the National Colts Cup.
  • u18B – will compete in Herts Middlesex u18 Division Two, and the Herts Shield.
  • u17A – will compete in the Herts Middlesex u17 Division One, the Herts Cup, and the National u17 Cup.
  • u17B – will compete in the Herts Middlesex Division Two, and the Herts Shield.

Upcoming Fixtures

Dateu18Au18Bu17Au17B
2nd AprYork (A) - National Colts Cup semi finalFinchley (A) - HML Division One
9th AprAmersham & Chiltern - National u17 Plate semi-final. Being played at Henley RFCStockwood Park (H)
16th AprEASTEREASTERAmpthill (H) - HML Division One - TBCEASTER
23rd AprHertford - Herts u18 Cup Final. To be played at Hertford RFCBishop's Stortford - Herts u17 Cup Final. To be played at Hertford RFC.London Scottish (H) - HML Division Two.
Sunday 30th AprilNational u17 Plate Final ??
Monday 1st MayNational Colts Cup Final ??

Training

All Colts are invited to attend pre-season training with the senior sides. This runs every Tuesday & Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

Colts specific training will begin on Thursday 18th August from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

During the season, the Colts train every Thursday from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. On Sunday mornings when there is no match, we train from 10.00am to 11.30am.

New Players

In keeping with our stated ethos, we are inclusive club and we welcome all new players of whatever standard or experience. We have welcomed to our club in recent times county standard new players, as well as players who have never played rugby before. There is room for all players and we will ensure that all players are equally valued.

OA Colts Officers

Head Coach - ColtsHarry Harrison07909 912462harryharrison@rfu.com
U18 CoachChris Ford07946 475955csla.ford@btopenworld.com
U18 AdministrationAndy Stewart07833 298057AStewart@mayerbrown.com
U17 CoachConor Ringland
U17 CoachMark Jarman
U17 AdministrationSimon Atkinson07785 385301u17.oarugby@yahoo.co.uk