BATs’ Review 10 March 2016


Sunday 13 March

  • BATs U16 joint training & fixture with Forrester
  • S2 training, RP, 10.30
  • P1-7 training, RP, 10.30


Another great week of club sessions was rolled out this week, with Wednesday night’s numbers increasing and all those who attended benefitting from a variety of coaches working with them.

BATs U18s hosted a strong Currie side on Saturday. The game was peppered with great performances from both sides, with the BATs’ side showing tremendous character, especially with the resulting rather heavy loss. Well done to those involved - onwards and upwards for us now.

Disappointingly, due to school trips and other commitments, our U16s were not able to field a side for their scheduled game against Biggar.

Accies/BATs' Mini Rugby Tournament: On Sunday the mini rugby section of Accies and BATs held another successful tournament at New Field. Twelve clubs were represented, with 560 children taking part. The tournament was a huge success and huge thanks must to everyone involved in organising it, as well as those who played, coached, refereed and supported on the day. The tournament clearly showed that youth rugby in Scotland is very much alive, with plenty of talent coming through the younger age groups. For a full tournament report, please click here.


Trinity Academy School of Rugby: The school of rugby has had a great couple of weeks with our highest attendance yet, despite the poor and unpredictable weather. The coaches have been working together well, sharing coaching ideas and enthusing the players as a result. This has led to some fantastic training sessions.

On Wednesday afternoon the S2s had a fixture against Heriot’s, which they lost 20-10. On Saturday there are fixtures for the U18s v St Maximillian Kolbe CHS (a Canadian touring team) and for S4/3 and S1 against a French touring side.

Trinity Primary School: The P3s and P4s are now in their third week with BATs’ MA Gregor Devine. His feedback has been very positive with him seeing rapid development in the groups in only a few sessions. This is great news for us as a development group because going into the primary schools and working with younger gives us the opportunity to encourage enables potential after school club members and develop a pathway for them to play rugby from school to club.

After School Clubs: Our after school programmes are currently booming, with new members joining every week. The Broughton cluster after school club gained three new players last week who all participated fully in the session and responded well to training to bring them up to speed. Watching the group working together to improve is very rewarding.

The after school club at Broughton Primary School now has an equal mix of boys and girls and both genders are equally as competitive, which is great to see. The group is eager to learn, especially as we are working on tackling technique and working together in defence.

Trinity and Victoria Primaries after school club has been developing well, with the same group consistently coming back and applying huge amounts of effort. They are now starting to grasp new elements of the game that we are putting in to see how they cope.

At Wardie Primary after school club we are finally back outside training on the grass and the kids love it. It is great news for the coaches because it allows us to use games to teach different aspects of the game and we no longer have the restriction of being inside and the challenges that brings.


Don't forget to book your place(s) for the BATs' Easter Camp - full details here.

Accies' P6s in action at the Accies/BATs' mini rugby tournament

Posted on Thursday, 10 March 2016 under Club News BATs Mini Rugby