BATs' Christmas Review 2016

CLUB

Over the past six months BATs has been working together with numerous different partners in order to deliver a wide range of sessions to a mixture of age groups and abilities.

A key focus for us has been building a strong base around S1 and surrounding age groups. So far this season we have widened our Wednesday night training sessions at Raeburn Place to accommodate the S1 and S2 age group, as well as continuing to provide the opportunity for the U16 and U18s to train as in previous seasons. This has been a huge success, with fantastic numbers turning up week on week. These sessions have been geared towards skills, looking at tackle technique, attacking space and handling skills.

In the New Year we are looking to continue these Wednesday night sessions and will start back on 18 January.

As a club, we take the approach that school rugby takes priority over club matches between September and December, due to the Schools’ Conference. However, form January we will be looking to kick on with the club sides. We already have a variety of fixtures with some local and some further a field teams and are waiting to confirm some more.

SCHOOLS

Primary

With our focus during curriculum time geared towards P6 and P7, we have run sessions at six target primary schools so far this season. We also have two lunch/ after school clubs up and running, with a further two starting in the New Year. We will also be arranging fixtures between the after school and lunchtime clubs.

We have also started curriculum work with P4 and P5 within the same six primary schools. This will continue into 2017, when we will also extend our delivery to take in all the year groups down to and including P1. Between January and May we will look to start work with an additional five primary schools covering P1-7, with a view to linking them with current and future lunch and after school clubs. These clubs allow children who have shown an interest in rugby during their curriculum experience to continue playing.

Secondary

Trinity Academy School of Rugby has now completed all its Schools’ Conference fixtures and the teams will continue to play friendlies and 7s in 2017 in conjunction with BATs teams. The School of Rugby programme runs weekly during curriculum time from September to June, with two after school sessions a week at each age group as well. BATs would like to thank teachers Peter Nelson, Michael Eddie and volunteers Ewan Marroney and Colin Spencer for assisting with this program. Without the support from these individuals it would be very hard to put out teams every Saturday.

The year has ended very positively with the start of a Girls’ School of Rugby at S1 and S2. We have had a staggering 25+ attending and have been focusing on movement, catching and passing skills.

Broughton High School has been receiving regular delivery to the lower end of the school with coaches going into S2 and S1 PE classes. These sessions have been run as a pilot to our new after school rugby club run on a Monday at the High School. The numbers at the after school club have steadily increased from the first week but we are hoping there will be a further increase in the new year, with the added incentive of playing development fixtures against other schools in the local area. The current in-class delivery to a mixture of abilities has been great, showing how all are able to play the game, and the eight-week blocks that have been run so far have been well received and will continue in January.

BOXING DAY – Edinburgh Accies v The Crusaders

Boxing Day marks 159 years since Accies played their first game (it was against Edinburgh University and was played over three weeks) and it will be celebrated by a game against The Crusaders RFC for the new 1857 Cup. Kick off is at 12pm, entry is free, food will be available and everyone is welcome to continue their Christmas festivities at Raeburn Place.

FESTIVE RAFFLE

To help provide some of the funds needed to run the work that BATs does across north Edinburgh, we are running another Festive Raffle, for which we have a number of very good prizes. Our sincere thanks to the various companies and friends of our Clubs who have supported us by donating these prizes.

The top four prizes are:

  • Dinner for 4 at Whighams with wine to a value of £50
  • A 1 hour skills coaching for 10 with British Lion Mike Blair
  • Afternoon tea for two at the Balmoral Hotel
  • A Four ball at Craigielaw Golf Club

Other main prizes include:

  • A signed Scotland ball
  • Dinner for 2 mid-week at Stockbridge Restaurant
  • Two 30 minute golf lessons from the PGA Pro at Brunstfield
  • Akva voucher
  • Two tickets for a Dunedin Consort production
  • Waitrose vouchers
  • £20 voucher for Boardwalk Beach Club coffee shop
  • Two spaces at Edinburgh Rugby Camp x 2
  • Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port
  • Three bottles of Prosecco plus various ‘surprise’ prizes

The draw will be at the end of January and the winning ticket numbers put on the Accies Minis/BATs Facebook page, the Accies Facebook page and the Accies website.

BOXING DAY – Edinburgh Accies v The Crusaders

Boxing Day marks 159 years since Accies played their first game (it was against Edinburgh University and was played over three weeks) and it will be celebrated by a game against The Crusaders RFC for the new 1857 Cup. Kick off is at 12pm, entry is free, food will be available and everyone is welcome to continue their Christmas festivities at Raeburn Place. More details here.

Posted on Thursday, 22 December 2016 under Club News BATs Mini Rugby