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.
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.
- 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 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
We 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…
- OAs junior squad take France by storm - June 2, 2017
- OA U12s at Herts County festival - March 21, 2016
- Great start to U12 season - October 20, 2015
- OA U11s get the seal of approval from Will Greenwood - December 2, 2014
- U11s November review - December 2, 2014
- OAs Under 11s win Bishop’s Stortford festival - October 21, 2014
- OA Under 11 Lions win Land Rover Premiership Cup - October 14, 2014
- OA Lions Under 11s win Bedford Festival Cup for 5th time - October 7, 2014
- OA U10s are Lexus National Champions!!! - April 15, 2014
- Superb OA Stormers U10s win the Slough Festival - April 7, 2014
- OA Under 10s rule Herts County Festival again - April 1, 2014
- OA’s Lions U10s win the Allianz Champions Festival… - February 24, 2014
- OA U10s win Lexus Festival and qualify for the national finals - October 30, 2013
- U10s made to work hard for first trophy of season at Bedford - October 10, 2013
- OA Under 9s win the Tring Festival - April 29, 2013
- OA Lions Under 9s win the Ipswich Festival - April 23, 2013
- OA U9 Chiefs win Southend Festival Plate - March 17, 2013
- OA Under 9’s win again at Herts Contact Festival - March 11, 2013
- OA Stormers U9s @ Slough Festival - March 3, 2013
- U9’s at Amersham & Chiltern Development Festival - November 19, 2012
Other U13 pages
Under 14s Contacts (School Yr 9)
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