We are at the midpoint in the season! Hard to believe! Lots of results have gone our way, some haven’t! Massive thanks to committee members, parent helpers, and most particularly coaches who work so hard in order that the athletes benefit from great sporting opportunities!
In Juniors, congratulations across the board: U16 won the WY league; U14A came 2nd, with U14B taking 3rd place; U12A coming 1st, with U12B taking 2nd; U12C also topped their league even though they are a year or so young! U14/16 now progress to the Regional round, and for U12 it is the business end of the season with the Regional competition to qualify for! HiFive U11 league starts after Xmas. Registration deadline for Regional Juniors is 5th January, so we may not communicate A and B for U14 until after evening training on 5th January. For U16&14A, Regional Matches are on the google calendar, please can you make a note in your diary.
In Seniors, some tough matches for our very young players. We have lost two prem matches recently and one Northern match. We continue unbeaten in WY senior league. Senior Regional finished the pre-Xmas matches with a good win on Sunday.
Don’t forget to book tickets for the New Zealand vs England Match on 2 February in Liverpool.
IMPORTANT REMINDER – CODE OF CONDUCT, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Sorry to nag about this, but…….the club’s reputation is dependent on the behaviour of athletes, coaches and their families/supporters. Please remind yourself and the athletes about the code of conduct, so that we avoid complaints against the Club. This includes things like commenting on athletes/umpires etc. Please also be careful with photography, video and social media. Although well intended and helpful to promote the sport, this can backfire if the right permission hasn’t been sought. Err on the side of caution and just put shots of our athletes, as we have had permission from everyone.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
We could do with an Assistant Safeguarding Officer to help support Susie, especially on the social media side, probably needs about a couple of hours a month, once the policies are refreshed and communicated. Ideally someone familiar with social media and who may liaise between athletes and coaches etc. Contact Susie if you are interested.
YORKSHIRE NPL SQUAD
The Yorkshire NPL Squad has recently been announced, congratulations to the following athletes who are either a member of that fifteen strong U19 squad, or one of four training partners. Amy M, Louise M, Maisie B, Jessie D, Gwyn W, Georgia P, Molly B, Lexy S, Laura K, Chloe S, Lucy B, Charlotte M, Hannah G. Anna, Maggie, Jan and Alex Kirk coach this team, who will play their matches against teams from SuperLeague franchises in January and February. Good luck to them all.
SAVE THE DATE
Friday 19 May, for our end of season awards, at Leo’s Rugby Club.
NEW TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS
We tried the new training arrangements Thursday for U14/16/seniors for the 4 weeks before Christmas, and we anticipate training will follow roughly this pattern after Christmas, but Anna and Maggie are meeting on 3 January to review and plan the best approach for these sessions. We will be in touch after that.
There will be very little club communications between now and 3 January, as we take a break ourselves. Have a great festive period and here is to a successful 2017 for all our athletes individually and as a club! One of my jobs over Xmas is to continue the investigative work that Anna has been doing on a 2018 Australia Tour and U12 are looking into the Disney Tournament for 2017. Exciting times.