BATs’ Review 11 February 2016


Saturday 13 February

  • BATs U18s v North Berwick U18s, RP, 13.00

Sunday 14 February

  • P5 coaching, RP, 10.30
  • BATs U16s v Murrayfield/Forrester's U16s, RP, 13.00


Last Wednesday saw a small mixed group at BATs’ training at Raeburn Place, taken by some of our volunteer coaches. The evening focused on tackle technique and a variety of ways to remove players from a breakdown. The coaches were delighted with the commitment from the players, with some great skills on show.

Sunday at Raeburn Place was a muddy affair but that did not stop the minis from training really hard, with a large turnout, especially given the miserable weather.

Our S1/S2 group had a joint session at Raeburn Place with the same age group from both Forrester’s and Stew Mel Lions. These joint sessions enable good numbers to enjoy some quality coaching and game time.

BATs’ modern apprentice, Gregor Devine, ran a fantastic session, looking at the boys’ tackle and post-tackle work, after an inclusive warm-up session focusing on moving the ball into space quickly and effectively.

Following the skills session, a combined BATs/Forrester team played three 20-minute games against a Stew Mel Lions’ side. The games were a huge success, with each boy getting a lot of game time and some fantastic skills on show. Some new boys made a good account of themselves for their first session.

Thanks to everyone who attended the session, especially those from Forrester’s rugby club and Stew Mel Lions.


Trinity Academy School of Rugby: We are currently focusing on each player’s hand catch and ball play in attack, looking for individuals to get on the ball and feel comfortable on it, no matter what their position. Being comfortable on the ball in attack is an essential rugby skill.

The school played Linlithgow Academy on Saturday, with wins for the s2s and U16s and defeats for the S1s and S3s.

There are no school games this weekend due to the mid-term break.

After School Clubs: We had another good week with the after school clubs, apart from the Broughton Primary School session which has to be cancelled due to the weather yet again. This is frustrating for us all, especially as the take up at this after school club has doubled from last term.

There were familiar faces returning for Gregor’s Monday session at the Broughton High School cluster.

Unfortunately, the weather once again meant we had to cancel the Broughton Primary after school club session, but this week we are hopeful we can get outside and get the kids running around, especially as the up take has doubled from last term.

There have been huge improvements at the Trinity Primary and Victoria after school clubs, with the children really responding to skills' coaching.

There will be no after school clubs next week because of the mid-term break.


Don't forget this year's Easter Camp will run from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March and will be open from 10.00-15.30 on each day. The camp is open to ALL children aged 5-15 - previous experience of playing rugby is not necessary.

Details below and here.

Posted on Thursday, 11 February 2016 under Club News BATs Mini Rugby