Welcome to the 2013/14 Season from the Minis at 'The Eagles‘.  The section comprises age groups from U6 to U12.  Apart from the regular training sessions which take place every Sunday morning we also play in a number of local Festivals and hold regular joint training sessions or triangular fixtures against other Clubs.  The emphasis is to teach the kids not only the game itself but also the Core Values of rugby, namely: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.

Every age group is supported by several dedicated coaches, whose focus is to make the game as enjoyable as possible, regardless of ability, as enjoyment at this level is what rugby is all about.  Backing up the coaches are the team managers, and appointed officials responsible for child protection, membership, first aid and fixtures. It should be worth pointing out all these people are Mums and Dads who give their time freely so that the kids can simply enjoy playing.

In the Minis the pleasure of playing and the hard work put in by all has culminated with a lot of success over the last few seasons as the recently erected 'Minis Trophy Shelf' in the Clubhouse will testify and I am sure will be added to over the course of this season.  Another highlight for the players and parents alike are the annual Tours that most age groups participate in and the amusing stories told afterwards, and most importantly the memories the kids will have of being with their team mates.

Friendships are just one thing I have taken from my playing days and with this in mind it extends beyond the pitch itself so please, if possible, make use of the bar and food produced by our hard working kitchen staff, and also come up to the Clubhouse after training as it’s a great way of socialising with other parents, but also gives the kids the opportunity to mix away from the pitch.

Here's to another great season; enjoy!

Neill Atkinson

Chairman, Effingham & Leatherhead RFC Minis

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