BATs’ Review 12 April 2016


Wednesday 13 April

  • BATs U15 pre-season training, RP, 17.00
  • BATs U18 v EA 1st XV, RP, 18.00
  • ACE Academy session – CANCELLED

Friday 15 April

  • BATs U15 tour departs

Sunday 17 April

  • BATs S2 7s training, RP, 10.30


The International School, Hilversum

Last week BATs hosted a training session at Raeburn Place for the International School from Hilversum, in the Netherlands. The school group was on a tour of Edinburgh and came to Raeburn Place because of its rich history as the home of the first international.

The pupils, who had no prior experience of playing rugby, received a three-hour introduction to the sport from BATs, courtesy of Alex Glashan, Edinburgh Accies scrum half, and Gregor Devine, the BATs’ MA, overseen by Callum Black, BATs’ Assistant DO. By the end of the afternoon, the Hilversum pupils had learnt enough to play two small-sided full, single sex, contact games before enjoying a mixed touch game to round things off.

The session started with the coaches establishing the level they needed to coach at, using two small-sided games that focus on getting used to a rugby ball and using space. They then progressed to an introduction to contact warm, with the pupils doing wrestling activities in groups of the same sex and similar sizes.

The group then moved onto doing some work on the tackle bags, looking at the basics of tackle technique and using the shoulder to tackle. The group quickly picked up this new skill, jumping right in and working really hard.

From the bags, we moved it into a semi-live situation where the pupils looked at tackling each other with a 50% tackle. This gradually increased in physicality and ended up with full on tackles and post-tackle work.

Following a water break and some erratic kicking by all, we decided to go into two small-sided, full contact games, one for the boys and one for the girls. Both games where a huge success and, remarkably after such a short space of time, looked a lot like rugby. Both groups began to tire towards the end of this lengthy session, so we finished off with a large game of mixed touch, which turned out to be 18-aside.

From a BATs’ perspective point of view, the coaches were delighted with the outcome of the session and where pleasantly surprised by how well the players had done in only three hours. The group were fantastic to work with and hopefully enjoyed themselves as much as the coaches did. We look forward to hosting them again in the future.


Towards the end of last week some of the BATs coaches were involved at the two-day BT Sport pathways sessions, helping to coach the U14s in the mornings and the U15s in the afternoons.

There were a large number of BATs players in attendance at these invitational camps, which was fantastic to see and watching them perform well was great. The sessions are designed to give players extra coaching on key themes that they will be looking to integrate into the pathways programme.

Having received some really positive feedback from the other coaches on how well the BATs boys did, we are really pleased with where we are as a club and look forward to seeing how many of our youngsters can progress on to the pathways programme and beyond.

Ed Saunders Cup, Wednesday 13 April – PLEASE SUPPORT

The Ed Saunders’ Cup is an annual competition between BATs U18s and the Edinburgh Academy 1st XV. This year’s encounter will be held at Raeburn Place on Wednesday 13 April with a 18.00 kick off.

The BATs team will be made up of players from a variety of north Edinburgh schools. There is always a great atmosphere when these two young squads meet. We are hoping for a highly competitive game – and for BATs to regain the trophy from Edinburgh Academy. Please come and support if you can.

Posted on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 under Club News BATs Mini Rugby