|Hereford Junior Rugby 2013-14
Dear Players and Parents
Welcome to the 2013 – 14 season
Well, we had another wet season last year, but managed to play and train most of the time, thanks to having pre-booked winter evening training at the leisure centre and a lot of effort by our fixtures secretary managing to book space last minute on Sundays at the Academy and Whitecross. Whilst this costs a lot of money it meant the boys and girls continued to train and play, we intend to do the same this season if the weather is against us, hopefully not.
At junior level the teams who went to Bournemouth had a good tour and the under 13’s had an exceptional session winning or coming runners up in several tournaments. The Colts got to the national cup quarterfinals and just lost in the North Mids Colt’s Cup Final to Worcester, another great season for them.
It’s always good to see that the money we spend on getting coaches better qualified and having the right kit is paying off. Between u13’s to u18’s we were heavily represented at county level (more than 10 players in each age group), a few made North Midlands and one got to Midlands (one below England trials). We also have boys in the Worcester Warriors and Gloucester RFC Academies. This is also reflected in the number of former junior players now in our 1st team and playing professionally i.e. Guy Thompson has signed for Wasps, Ollie Frost and Nick Scott for London Welsh and Richard Townsend at Ealing, all former junior players still in their early twenties.
This remains our central aim: To provide good quality and fun rugby to all our players, giving them every opportunity to achieve the best they can be in rugby, either at Hereford or beyond.
On a more serious note, the RFU and Hereford Rugby Fotball Club have noticed some elements of football creeping into rugby, over competitiveness leading to violence, parents shouting at players and coaches shouting at the referee, this is NOT what rugby is about and will NOT be tolerated.
Regarding the planned move to Hampton Bishop, we are still awaiting the outcome of the judicial review which is affecting what we can spend and do at Wyeside, however in the meantime the small band of unpaid committee members and volunteers continue to keep the place running to the best of our ability.
The weather this summer has been pretty good, let’s hope it carries on through the season so we can all play as many competitive, social and fun rugby matches as possible.
Have a great season!!!
All fixtures are subject to amendment from those published in our fixtures booklet. Please ensure you check with you coach in advance of any game.