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The 2018/19 season starts again on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 9.30am.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our club and the U8’s. We are open to all boys and girls in school year 3 that want to try rugby in a fun, safe environment.

Tag Rugby
Although we play competitive Tag Rugby, our emphasis is, and always will be, on having fun while developing the skills needed to play good rugby. At this age, rugby should be just one of the sports that your child samples but we hope that they will want to continue to play the game through to adulthood.

Tag Rugby is a non-contact game suitable for girls and boys of all ages, sizes and abilities. There are no scrums, lineouts or tackling and kicking is not allowed. Learning to play the game develops the agility, balance and coordination. We play competitive rugby against other teams from Essex and bordering counties and all players should expect to travel to some fixtures.

Matches, festivals and training are on Sunday mornings. Training at CRFC starts from 9.30 to 11am, every Sunday until the end of April, and at the very top of the floodlit pitch. We will play in all weathers and the children must come to training prepared for the worst the weather can throw at us.

Membership and Membership Forms
If you haven’t already done so electronically, we will ask you to complete a contact form with some basic information. You will also be invited to join our Teamer site, which is the means by which we share information. After your child’s first three 3 sessions, We will invite you to join the club and ask you to register your child as a player with the RFU. Becoming a member of the club and the RFU must be completed before your child can participate in any competitive fixtures.

Club membership is currently £11p/m (or £110 for annual subscriptions) for children in the U8’s. Membership means that you (as a family) become members of the club. The forms can be downloaded from the documents section of our Teamstuff site or from the club website. Your child will need two passport size photos for the RFU application and can we ask that all forms are to be handed in a named envelope to Matt Greenwood either before or after training. This way we can then ensure that it reaches the right person at the club for processing. Please don’t pass to anyone else as these forms can go missing.
We will regularly ask for donations of bags of Haribo as treats for the kids and will very occasionally ask for small financial contributions towards bits of kit that the club will not normally supply.

The Coaches
All our coaches are unpaid volunteers, we all have children playing in the Under 8’s and have a real passion for kids, coaching and rugby. The club carries out vigorous DBS checks (previously known as CRB) on all its’ coaches and we are required to attend various training sessions through the year. Every coach, team and club, has a different approach and set of core values. A copy of our coaching philosophy is included at the end of this letter and I would ask you to read this carefully and consider if we are the right team for you and your child.

Your role at Training
In addition to being a positive and constructive supporter, we really appreciate it when are parents are prepared to be actively involved. We often ask our parents to participate in end of session games so be prepared. You do not need to be a rugby player or even a rugby fan to get involved, we just ask you to be enthusiastic, encouraging and willing to have a go. Your involvement allows us the time during sessions to make the time more fun for the kids, identify and address specific coaching needs and generally monitor our players’ progress.
If you would like to volunteer regularly as a coach, we will welcome you with open arms. Initially we will ask you to undertake a DBS check and the club will provide you with some training to start developing your coaching skills. If you would like to help but don’t feel coaching is for you, there is plenty to do from organising the social side of the team, marking off registers, being a designated first aider, assisting with organising social activities or welcoming new parents and helping them to settle into the Under 8s.

We ask that Parents remain near to our allotted playing area or on the touch line at all times, or if you have other children playing and want to go and watch them, can you please ensure another parent, a coach is made aware of where you are, in case of an emergency. Our role is to coach your children with your support, not to provide an hour and a half of childcare.
A copy of the RFU’s code of conduct for players, coaches and parents can be downloaded from the documents section of our Teamstuff site.

General ‘Housekeeping’
• We ask that you remain at the session with your child – if you need to leave, even if only briefly, please let a coach know, and who will be there for your child in your absence.
• Equally, if you take your child away from the training/playing area (off to the toilet or upstairs to watch for a bit and warm up), please let a coach know before we hit the panic button.
• You are responsible for arranging transport, to and from the games – this will not be organised by the coaches/club.
• Please bring a suitable drink for your child. We will break at various points to give everyone a chance to rehydrate and have a rest! A post match snack is provided for free to all the players after a game (or can be purchased for the kids after training from the clubhouse)
• In order to play in competitive matches, players must be equipped with a CRFC jersey (these can be purchased from the club shop for £34.99), blue shorts and blue/white hooped socks (these can be purchased from the shop or from any sports retailers if you prefer). Football/rugby boots are essential when the pitch gets soft.
• It is vital that the kids have several layers of clothing, a waterproof jacket, hat and gloves. Please, please, please bring more layers than you think they need as they can easily take kit off if they get hot and we are often waiting between games. We will, without hesitation, send a child home if we feel they are getting too cold.
• Finally, each age group will be responsible for duties in the car park at Coronation Park on a Sunday throughout the year. As there are so many age groups, this should mean the U8’s will do it once, maybe twice in the season. We rely on parent volunteers to help with this task, if we don’t get a volunteer, the coaches will have to do it and this takes them away from coaching the children. It is generally for the first 30 minutes of the training session and you will be rewarded with a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich! If you are happy to volunteer for one of these please let Matt Greenwood know.

U8 Events 2018/2019 Season
As the children grow in to the rugby family there are more opportunities for both competitive and social activities throughout the year:
• There will be a Christmas party (pencilled in for 14th December 7pm at CRFC) more information will follow.
• Saracens Festivals – These are a fantastic opportunity for the children to play competitively at a Premiership Rugby ground and get up close to premiership/international rugby stars. There will be 3 of these throughout the year and we will be able to take one squad (8 Children) to each. These are generally priced at around £45 which includes 1 Child, 1 parent with return coach journey from CRFC to Saracens. These are generally very popular so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. More information on these festivals will be messaged via Teamstuff in the coming weeks.
• Tour – A long weekend away around Easter time. A festival (or two) and various enjoyable activities for the children throughout the weekend. A great experience for the children where friendships and strong bonds are created. There is always a theme and fancy dress and participation by both parents and children is encouraged!! More information on the 2019 tour will be messaged via Teamstuff in the coming weeks.

Player Selection
Every player will be given the opportunity of equal game time and our intention is to field mixed ability squads for all fixtures.
During the opening weeks of the season, we will allocate players into squads. They will remain in these squads during the season to get them used to training/playing in the same teams, build friendships and improve as a group. We will rotate squads for each fixture to ensure everyone gets the equal chance of game time.
PLEASE NOTE - Parents must respond to invitations to play, via Teamstuff, by the Sunday before the fixture. After this point, any available spaces will be offered to the remaining U8 group on a first come, first served basis.
Where we are unable to travel to an away fixture as a team (because our opposition puts a cap on the numbers), the remaining players will be given the option to train at Coronation Park (dependant on numbers/coaches), or you can always attend the fixture as supporters and cheer on players. For home games, non-selected players will play matches against each other rather than the opposition.
We hope that your child enjoys playing for Chelmsford Under 8s, and has fun every week. If you have any suggestions, ideas, comments, problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to grab one of us at training, send an email or give us a call.

We really look forward to getting to know you and child over the next few weeks and many thanks for reading!
Coach Charles Coach Doug
07747442685 07749673440

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