A Typical Kids Training Session

ARRIVAL & CHECK IN – arrive at Grand Pré, ideally 10 minutes before, with all the equipment you need. We have a car park next to the pitch, and the Vevey – Blonay train stops at the Chateau de Blonay, only 5 meters from our pitch. We have no changing rooms, but do have a toilet block next to the pitch. We suggest children come already in their rugby kit. Your child should check in to the administration desk, so we can record your child’s attendance – and your child gets a hand-stamp – we need to do this for safety. Children can leave any bags/clothes next to the pitch (under the cover of gazebos when its raining). Children are encouraged to play with rugby balls on the pitch until the session begins.

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WARM UP – a coach will blow his whistle, to collect all the kids together on the pitch. He will lead all the kids in a warm up, with a gentle run around the pitch, a series of exercises, and short sprints. The kids will then be broken up into age groups, where they meet with their normal coaches – we normally try to have 2 coaches per age group, supported by under 16’s.

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TRAINING 1 – each age group will then undertake a specific training exercise. Each age group has a training plan for the season, with each weeks session designed to help build towards the seasons objectives – typically related to developing specific skills and team play. Our youngest children typically start with an obstacle course, whilst the older children will start with a game based situation in teams.

BREAK – children have an opportunity to take a break, have a drink and a snack – they can bring their own, we also run a coffee and cake stall offering free syrop/squash for the children. This gives the coaches time to reset for the next training exercise.

TRAINING 2 – each age group returns after the break, normally, broken into groups, that work individually or as small groups – working on developing specific skills such as tackling, passing, evasion, rucking, support play. These exercises differ by age group, and will depend upon the season plan.

BREAK – children have an opportunity to take a break, have a drink and a snack – they can bring their own, we also run a coffee and cake stall offering free syrop/squash for the children. This gives the coaches time to reset for the next training exercise.

TRAINING 3 – for our younger children, this is typically a group game such as sharks and shrimps, helping build evasion skills. For the older children, this is normally a managed game between 2 teams, allowing the coaches to assess the skills/learnings developed during the days’ session, and reinforce skills practised earlier.

FINISH – at the end, children are encouraged to help coaches clear away the things used during the session.

 

What do the PARENTS do? – Parents are welcome to stay for the entire training session, and even join in with helping during the training sessions – holding tackle bags, or passing balls. Alternatively, coffee and cakes are always available at the club stall. If you do not stay for the entire session, please make sure that the administration desk has your contact details, in case of emergency.

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