Welcome to the Wimbledon Rugby Spring Minis Rugby Festival 2020

It'll be all go this Sunday as we welcome 900+ kids to Wimbledon Rugby Football Club for our minis rugby festival.

*This page was last updated at 11.40am on Sat 14th March with the fixture list*. No further updates are expected. See you all on Sunday!

Following Thursday's government update we have the following announcement regarding our festival:

The Wimbledon RFC Spring Minis Rugby Festival on 15 March 2020 will run as planned.

We ask that anyone with a new, persistent/continuous cough and/or a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above - ie those who have now been asked to self isolate for 7 days - not to attend. This is consistent with government advice.

We know that the government plans to extend such self-isolation requests to whole family groups (when there is one family member with these symptoms) in the near future. We ask that any family in this situation to stay away.

With today's new government advice, there are, as yet, no restrictions on holding sporting events/large gatherings. We have no further recommendations from the rugby governing bodies at this time. Should the government advice, or that from the RFU/Surrey RFU change before Sunday, we will update our position further.

Government advice on washing hands is key and we'd ask that parents ensure their kids wash their hands regularly. We have two locations where hands can be washed: the clubhouse and the pavilion in the middle of the pitches.

To minimise unnecessary physical contact, at the end of matches, we will ensure only 'three cheers' are exchanged, rather than handshakes.

A big welcome to the 95 teams playing this Sunday - by far the biggest festival we've ever put on.

Parking

In short, unless you are an early-arriver AND in a proper 4x4 (don't even try with low profile tyres), you won't be able to park near the club. Once the 4x4 parking is full all parking will be off-site as per the map below. A few permits have been issued for Inclusive Rugby players and visiting head coaches (only). If you have a blue badge there will also be parking at the club, please show yours to the marshalls at the junction of Copse Hill and Barham Road.

There will be parent volunteers in hi-viz to help make the parking as stress-free as possible. Please listen to any parking instructions you are given - and respect that everyone marshalling the parking are parent volunteers. Wimbledon RFC is situated in the middle of a residential area with some of the roads being private roads so if you are asked not to park somewhere, please listen. The same goes with cones, if you see a street with cones on, don't park there.


Anyone blocking access to homes or restricting ambulance access will be reported to the police.

If you need directions to Wimbledon Rugby Football Club click here

The programme for Sunday can be downloaded here and the fixtures for Sunday is here.

Here's the pitch plan - note: a larger copy of the pitch plan is in the programme, downloadable above.

Two messages from Sophie Castle, Wimbledon's child protection officer

(1) Remember, everyone (parents, coaches and players alike) must observe the RFU rules and spirit of play...namely

1. Support positively and applaud good play (even if it's not your team!)
2. Respect officials and opposition players
3. Remember that children are playing to have fun
4. Behave as good role models on the touchline
5. Congratulate the opposition and make their supporters welcome.

(2) Coronavirus/Covid-19

We have been in contact with the RFU and they are not issuing specific guidance in relation to the Coronavirus at this stage. The reason they state is that there is nothing to add above and beyond the detailed advice issued by the government and this is already in the public domain and well-known.

Advice to the public - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-pub...

Further advice on what we can all do to prevent the spread of infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-setti...

Bad behaviour by players will not be tolerated
The London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees has announced a zero-tolerance approach to backchat and appealing from players during matches. This approach is wholly endorsed by Wimbledon RFC and all players should expect to be warned and then penalised for instances of arm waiving and backchat/challenging refereeing decisions during games.

Bad behaviour by parents will not be tolerated. This from Brian Moore
[Children] do not always recognise a general expression of disappointment and believe it is directed at them. Head shaking, rolling of the eyes, looking away, kicking the ground – any of these can discourage children, and exhortations like “come on” and “sort it out” are as practically useless from the touchline as they are on the pitch. Full article is here

Hope you enjoy the festival and remember TREDS

Teamwork • Respect • Enjoyment • Discipline • Sportsmanship

Pitch plan 8 March 2020

Please note U13 on parking the week as all minis are away at festivals, tours etc.

Remember the Wimbledon Minis Rugby Festival is on the 15th March so all youth matches will need to start after 2pm please.

Coaches meeting on Wednesday 11th March starting from 7.45. Please make sure you have some of your team there.

Here's your pitch plan

Pitch plan 1 March 2020

Rugby is currently ON for the youth games only this Sunday. Sadly training for the minis has had to be cancelled due to the state of the pitches due to water logging.

Don't forget, this Sunday, 1pm-3pm - free Girls Try Out Rugby session - this is still ON

The Youth parents are on parking (not u6s)

Here's your pitch plan

Coronavirus - Message from Wimbledon RFC Child Welfare team

We have been in contact with the RFU and they are not issuing specific guidance in relation to the Coronavirus at this stage. The reason they state is that there is nothing to add above and beyond the detailed advice issued by the government and this is already in the public domain and well-known.

Advice to the public - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-pub...

Further advice on what we can all do to prevent the spread of infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-setti...

If the situation changes then we will of course update you.

Best regards
Sophie Castle and Kate Singleton
Child Welfare Officers for WMRFC

Come and watch the first XV today at Wimbledon RFC

The adult first XV is having a great season riding high in the top three of the London & SE Premier league. There's only six home games left this season.

After last week's thumping win away at Guildford, the team are back at home facing local rivals Dorking. Why not pop down for a 2.30 KO, support your club, have a few beers and then watch the Wales game in the clubhouse afterwards?

Here's the link to today's programme

Last call for teams for the Wimbledon Spring Rugby Festival - 15 March 2020

We are hugely looking forward to our Quilter Kids First Minis Rugby Festival to be held at Wimbledon RFC on Sunday 15 March 2020. Always popular, we have a few places left for Under 9 teams (and potentially a few other age groups). Get in touch if you would like to join us: fixtures@wmrfc.co.uk

Pitch plan 23 February 2020

RIGHT! Let's hope the rain sods off and we get some rugby away.

Very simply -- all home training except one game for U16s -- everyone's squeezing together.

U11s on parking; U10s on cakes.

Here's your pitch plan

Pitch plan 16 February 2020

Weather update: all rugby cancelled, Sunday 16 February 2020

As you can see, we have standing water and waterlogging across all pitches. Consequently, and regretfully, we need to cancel all rugby this Sunday. Enjoy your day off and let's hope we can play next Sunday.

Invitation to all coaches
We invite all head coaches and coaches along for a debrief on the season to date, things that are going well, areas we can improve, meet the other coaches at the club.

WHEN Wednesday 11th March, 7.45pm for an 8pm start at the clubhouse
THE PLAN 15 minute debrief and update, 20 minute break out group to discuss ideas/progress, 20 minute review and plan for next season. Followed by a beer at the bar to chat/catch up further.

Calling all girls
Our girls rugby squad has expanded at the club and is growing strongly. They are now on a great recruitment drive to draw more players to the club, connecting with local schools. They have a taster rugby session coming up soon at Wimbledon and it would be great if you can spread the word to those girls who may be connected to the club however not tried rugby before. It will be on Sunday the 1st March.

Here's your pitch plan

Pitch plan Sunday 9 February 2020

Sadly we have to announce that all rugby (matches and training) is cancelled tomorrow - Sunday 9 February 2020. The weather forecast is increasingly wild so with so many visitors scheduled to play here tomorrow it has been decided to give notice that we are cancelling early to give people the chance to change their Sunday plans. See you all next week.

Wimbledon star and Welsh international smashes charitable donation target - Edwear and Headway.org.uk

You may have seen loads of Wimbledon RFC beanies being worn around the club. This is a charitable initiative by ex player Ed Dunford and is raising serious money for Headway, the brain injury charity. Please support this great cause and buy a hat at the club, just £20. More information here.

And here's Ed celebrating donating his first £1,000 from the profits of selling his hats. Well done Ed!

Upcoming RFU coaching/ref courses and pitch plan for 2nd February 2020

There are a good number of courses being held locally, including a Level One Refereeing Course (ideal for coaches of u6-u13s) and Principles of Attack, both conveniently held at Wimbledon RFC!!! Let's get as many coaches on these as possible please.

Refereeing Children, Wimbledon RFC, Monday 10/02/20, 19:00 – 22:00: https://bit.ly/2QZJAtb
Managing Contact, Kingston RFC, Monday 24/02/20, 19:00 – 22:00: https://bit.ly/2R1w48h
Principles of Scrummaging, Old Wimbledonians RFC, Wednesday 04/03/20, 19:00 – 22:00: https://bit.ly/2NAR5F3
Principles of Defence, Old Emanuel RFC, Monday 09/03/20, 19:00 – 21:30: https://bit.ly/2NwtNQs
CARDS, Old Emanuel RFC, Monday 16/03/20, 19:00 – 21:30: https://bit.ly/2tigexn
Principles of Attack, Wimbledon RFC, Wednesday 25/03/20, 19:00 – 21:30: https://bit.ly/2RucaSJ
Managing Contact, Richmond RFC, Sunday 29/03/20, 13:00 – 16:00: https://bit.ly/2RmIKFU

This Sunday we have the U9s on parking - please remember to listen to any parking directions given by our wonderful volunteer parents.

There are two home Youth fixtures for the U14s and U15s, with everyone else at home. Please note the areas we are trying to rest for the next few weeks to help the pitches last till the end of the season.

Here's your pitch plan

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