Wednesday 22 March 2017

BATs' Review 22 March 2017


  • Friday 24 March: BATs’ primary schools’ competition, Bangholm 14.00
  • Friday 24 March: Trinity Academy 7s at Royal High School tournament, 14.00
  • Sunday 26 March: BATs S1 v Stew Mel, Broughton High School, 11.30
  • Sunday 26 March: BATs U16 training, RP, 12.00
  • Monday 27 March: ACE, S1-U18, RP, 18.00-19.00
  • Wednesday 29 March: ACE Academy, RAF Hall, 18.00-19.30
  • Wednesday 29 March: BATs S1-U18 skills session, RP, 18.30-19.30


Our U16s had a busy week last week, with matches on both Wednesday and Sunday. On Wednesday they played a strong Heriot’s side in the regional cup and came away with another victory. Then on Sunday they hosted touring side, Kirkby Lonsdale, in a reciprocation of the hospitality received by this group on their tour down south last Easter. There was some great rugby on display, with our U16s securing their second win of the week. Despite the result, the touring side thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Edinburgh and the relationship between the two clubs was further strengthened.

The U16s’ match was almost immediately followed by the S1s taking to the field to play their return fixture against a mixed S1/2 team from Heriot’s. Four 15-minute games were played, giving all the players the chance to play and get some valuable development time.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the running of both these fixtures, providing home baking, cooking the post-match pies and helping to tidy-up.

BATs U16 v Kirkby Lonsdale

Mini Rugby Tournament

The Accies/BATs home tournament was held at New Field on Sunday and was a huge success. 560 children took part, representing eleven different clubs and there was a great festival atmosphere to the day. Thank you to everyone who took part or helped in anyway with the event. Congratulations to BATs P6s, who won their age group, and to Accies Minis P5s, who were runners-up. The future of Scottish youth rugby certainly looked healthy on Sunday morning.

Click here for the full mini tournament review.

Date for your diary: Saturday 2 April, BATs U18 v Edinburgh Academy 1st XV. Click here for full details.


Broughton High School:

We are coming into the last couple of weeks of delivery at Broughton High School before the Easter break. We are seeing some really great rugby and enthusiasm each week, which is really rewarding as coaches. Over the past few weeks we have been looking at defence within game play, including how to keep line integrity and work with each other in order to make tackles and stay strong in defence. Our Broughton S1 after school club has continued to grow so they were able to attend a small round robin tournament at Bangholm last Friday The boys played very well with and against the other, more established, school sides from Trinity Academy, Gracemount and Firrhill.

Trinity Academy:

The majority of sessions at Trinity Academy’s School of Rugby are now continuing to build towards the school 7s season. The first tournament of the season will see the U18 VII take part in the Royal High state school 7s this Friday, kicking off at 14.00.

Primary Schools:

Our MA continues our work within the local primary schools, including running after school and lunchtime clubs at Flora Stevenson, Trinity, Wardie, Broughton and Ferryhill. All the primary schools meet at Bangholm (where Trinity Academy play) this Friday, to play in the second small-sided tournament we have specifically organised for them.

The first BATs’ primary schools’ tournament for the after school and lunch clubs, held at RP earlier this month


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