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Mile Cross Primary School 20 June 2019
A great day at the school. First of all a full school assembly telling the pupils about the sport and Norwich Rugby Club; getting one of the pupils to put on a club shirt to model it was a highlight!
We then had a whole day of rugby with each class having half hour or three quarters of an hour session to see what sort of things we did at the club and learn some basics of the sport. I have to say that every class worked really hard and we had some good laughs too!
I’ll be in contact next term to see if we can have some of the pupils join us at the club to develop their involvement in the sport. Thanks to all the staff for their support and warm welcome.
The Hewett Academy
I spent the afternoon taking assembly for years 7, 8 and 9. The pupils listened really well and many saw me afterwards keen to give the sport a try. Thanks to the PE teacher Danny Self who was so helpful in organising that for us. I’m back next term to organise some sessions with both boys and girls and then bring them, all to the club to train.
Sprowston Community Academy
I spent the last couple of weeks at Sprowston Community Academy to present them with a set of rugby balls from the club. This was our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the school for their support for the club and the way their pupils contribute to our teams. I had a lot of pupils asking questions about our club afterwards with many saying they would like to give it a try next season. I’ll be going back in September to reinforce the idea of joining us and have the chance to enjoying the sport.
Year 7 & 8
Woodland View Primary School Rugby Morning
I spent all morning with all the year 5 pupils, a class of year 4 pupils and a class of mixed year 4 and 5 pupils. We spent our time in three 1 hour sessions learning basic rugby skills, trying out tag and having lots of fun in then process. The pupils listened well and tried really hard to do their best. Many of them showed they may well have the ability to take the sport further. They know the season is coming to an end but many were interested in the club sessions next season. So that they have every opportunity to join us we’ll take some fliers to the school in September to remind them when they can come and try more rugby! We hope to see them soon.
Hellesdon High School Presentation
I spent this week speaking at the yr 7 and yr 9 school assemblies at Hellesdon High School. The pupils have been attending training and playing for the club. As a ’thank you’ and to show our appreciation to the school, I presented a set of new rugby balls for the school to use and promote the sport. PE teacher Stephen Gray said, "Our pupils have always participated in rugby positively within school and it’s been fantastic to see so many participate outside of school. Norwich Rugby club create a welcoming and inclusive environment for young people to enjoy.”
Student representatives below seen receiving a bag of rugby balls for the school.
St Michaels Primary School
Mon 11 and Wed 20 March
I was able to take two assemblies telling the pupils about the Club. The staff were really supportive and the pupils listened well. Now they all know about the club I’ll be going back at the beginning of next season to see who wants to give rugby a go!
Sprowston Junior School
Today I spent time taking the school assembly talking about the club and what we offer. The pupils were really attentive and lots asked questions afterwards. Many of them already play tag rugby and were very interested in Norwich Rugby Club and the opportunities open to them. I have arranged to go back in the new season in September to see if we can encourage some of the boys and girls to give the club a try. Thanks to the Head and Staff for making me so welcome and giving me the opportunity to talk to the whole school.
Old Catton Junior School
Today I spent a great afternoon with the staff and pupils of Old Catton. First of all I took the full school assembly, letting the pupils know all about the club and what it can offer. None of the pupils go to our club so this was a great opportunity to get them to think of rugby as a way of keeping fit and making new friends. I then took two year 5 rugby sessions each lasting for 50 minutes. I have to say that the pupils worked really well and many showed the signs of some developing rugby skills and awareness! Lots of good questions and interest in the club. The next stage is that in September, I’ll go back to see if we can get some pupils to the club and develop their interest in the sport.
Charles Darwin Primary School
A massive thanks to the Headteacher, staff and pupils for a great day at the school. We had a fun time in assembly looking at what the club does and what we can offer the pupils. We then spent an hour practicing rugby skills with Mr Tuthill and year 3 pupils in the hall. We plan to go back to the school when the season starts in September to see who would like to come and give the club a go. I saw lots of good skills from the boys and girls and I am sure there’s some good rugby talent at the school!
Falcon Rd School meeting 28 Feb 2019
Following a meeting with the Headteacher and staff, we have agreed to start the new season in September with a school assembly and some rugby taster sessions at the school. They are keen to forge a good relationship with the club and, as a feeder to Sprowston High, this should allow better continuity for both the club and pupils. Watch this space for more information!
School Liaison Officer
At the club we want to forge partnerships with Primary and High schools in the Norwich area.
Norwich Rugby Club runs groups for all ages of pupils, both girls and boys; detail can be found under the mini and youth sections of this website.
I also offer schools the opportunity for myself to present the club and opportunities we offer for pupils in assemblies / PE lessons.
As a former Headteacher I am used to talking to large groups of pupils and, as a qualified teacher, I can take PE sessions to promote the sport. Here at the club we can also arrange for coaches to come into your school for ‘taster’ session so the children can experience a typical training session at the club.
If you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can support pupils in your school into the sport, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ron Munson - Schools Liaison Officer Norwich Rugby Club
Stewart Cameron - RFU Community Rugby Coach & Norwich Rugby Club Coach
Visit to Woodlands View School. 26 February 2019
I would like to thank the Headteacher, staff and pupils of the school for such a warm welcome. I took their assembly and went through what the club can offer youngsters in the area. It was great to see some of the pupils already are at the club, even a member of staff is involved in our Sunday morning sessions!
All of the pupils listened well and a few even asked questions later. A few posters were left at the school and the Headteacher has told me they will be put on their web site. We hope to be going back to the school, to run some taster sessions for the pupils later in the year.
Norwich U12’s vs Schools Barbarian Team – 10.03.17
Norwich U12’s welcomed a School Barbarian team on a Friday evening playing under the floodlights. This annual event organised by the club schools liaison officer (Colin Dunbar) and RFU’s Stewart Cameron has in previous years been a great success and this years did not disappoint. Colin and Stewart have been doing some great work in local Norwich schools and together invited boys from schools including Hellesdon High, Open Academy and Sprowston High. In previous years this event with the work that Colin and Stewart are doing in local schools had attracted some new players to the club and with this in mind we welcomed the boys to Norwich RFC.
After the usual warm up we decided to play two 20 minute halves with rolling subs. The Norwich team very quickly realised that while the school team had not before played together, they had not turned up to make the numbers up!! They were very competitive in the tackle and breakdown, displaying great tenacity in every single contact situation. This was a testament to the work that Colin and Stewart had done with these boys in a very limited amount of time. The experience of the Norwich team in the end was too much for the schools barbarian team; however all of the boys should feel very proud of themselves for the commitment they displayed throughout the match.
After the obligatory group photo (not the best photo due to the light!) the boys enjoyed some food and refreshment in the clubhouse. All were made welcome and given information about joining the club. To date we have had 2 new players join and are already playing matches for Norwich. Prior to this event the schools project had already attracted 3 players to the U12’s and so the results are testament to the work that is put in by Colin and Stewart. We did chat to most of the boys and while a lot of them are currently committed to playing football on Sunday we hope they are now aware of a very good alternative!
We would like to thank all of the boys from the local schools who turned up to play this event, the parents for supporting them and the Schools project team for arranging the event.
School Rugby Fixtures
It was a great pleasure to attend the 1st schools rugby fixtures meeting on the 13th July. After several years of hard work from Stewart Cameron, England RFU Community Coach, and myself 9 schools have committed to playing schools rugby fixtures and be part of the newly formed NSRFUA
Norwich Schools Rugby Football Association
Fixtures have been set for 4 different age groups, at this early stage not all schools have entered teams in all 4 age groups but I am confident this will happen in the very near future. If a school develops a new age group team part way through the season they will automatically join in the fixtures. It was also great to hear the schools have committed to play all their players in the fixtures to encourage rugby within their schools.
I would like to thank Joff Richards of Sprowston Community High School for organising the meeting and taking the responsibility of the admin for the NSRFUA. Norwich Rugby Club will continue to support the NSRFUA to help rugby grow and develop within all our schools