Under 14s

Blast from the Past – Chichester May 2011

Old Albanian Under 14s are a junior rugby team for Year 9 children.  Some of our players are now in their 9th season of playing rugby having joined us for tag rugby at the age of 5; other players are just discovering the joys of rugby…  Whatever the skill and experience of a player, everyone is welcome.

With an enthusiastic team of coaches, we offer player centred approach to everything that we do, with safety and fun at the core, and we encourage the players to play a positive form of the game, in line with the principles of RFUs New Rules of Play.

Joining Old Albanian Under 14s

We are a popular age group however we can offer spaces, especially keen to recruit players who are new to rugby, or are not currently existing members of another local club.

Parents of players interested in joining should make contact with the Head Coach.  Membership forms and fees for joining OAJRFC are available on the “Joining OAJRFC” page.

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Goals and objectives

While we have enjoyed success, including at County and National level, our principal purpose remains to encourage as many players as possible to play and love the game of rugby. We are open to players of all abilities, and we value all players equally.

Selection Policy tenets

  • Our selection policy is based around attendance first, then attitude and then ability.
  • We field multiple teams, and we encourage each team to develop a strong spirit and identity, however we value being one connected squad above individual teams.
  • We value giving each team consistency and stability, but never at the expense of not giving individual players the opportunity to develop.
  • We value training and development sessions just as importantly as matches. Matches are an opportunity to apply what is learned on the training pitch, and we will not organise matches just for the sake of giving the players something to do.
  • We enjoy winning matches, but will sacrifice short term results in return for long term player development and participation.

What this means in reality…

  • No-one should expect to be selected in the same team every week
  • Some players will be given the opportunity to train with a team in order to stretch themselves, but may not play for that team immediately.
  • To give players the chance to stretch themselves in a match, other players will need to play in a different team.
  • Coaches will give equal game time to all selected players. The match result is secondary.
  • Assume the best of intentions in team selection. Don’t let issues fester, raise concerns promptly and constructively to those in charge.

Match Day

  • We try to send out Teamer requests by Tuesday evening for a Sunday match. Please respond as soon as possible, a no response by Thursday evening is assumed to be a decline, and your place will be offered to another player.
  • Respect the facilities at Woollams and other clubs. Damage to property will result in disciplinary action and likely suspension.
  • Respect referees, opponents and spectators. Incidents of dissent will result in disciplinary action and likely suspension.
  • Red and Yellow cards are in operation. In the event of a Yellow card, particularly for dissent or foul play, coaches have been instructed not to allow the player back onto the field for the remainder of the game.
  • Any red cards, or incidents of serious dissent or foul play will result in disciplinary action by the club. The results of any disciplinary action also apply to school rugby.

After the match

  • Leave changing rooms clean, tidy, and quickly to allow other teams to use the facilities.
  • Each team has a laundry rota, and each player will take a turn to launder playing shirts.
  • Players are expected to attend the post-match meal. This is especially true for home matches, where it is our responsibility to be generous hosts. If you are unable to do this, permission should be requested from the team manager before leaving.
  • When other OA teams are playing later on the same day, players should offer support to those teams.

Other notes for parents/coaches

  • Only CRB/DBS accredited coaches and first-aiders are permitted to enter the players changing rooms. No-one else is allowed in the changing rooms, even parents of a player.

Code of Conduct

OAJRFC are proud to uphold the core values of Rugby. We ask all players, coaches and spectators to familiarise themselves with the Code of Rugby and it’s Core Values.

OAJRFC have a Spectators Code of Practice, which we ask all spectators from OAJRFC and or guests to familiarise themselves with.

Training Times and Location

Training takes place on Sunday morning’s at 10am on the Woollams Playing fields.  A Pitch Plan for Sunday Mornings is available on this site.

Join us on Facebook

facebook_groupWe run a Facebook group for members of the Under 14 age group.  It’s a great way to receive updates, links and share photos with other members within a secure private group.

News from previous seasons

An archive of match reports and news from previous seasons is below…

Other U13 pages

Under 14s Contacts (School Yr 9)

Head CoachJohn Cullen/Ian Haywoodu14.oarugby@yahoo.co.uk
AdministratorSimon Lee