CHICHESTER RFC’S under-sevens made the move in competitive matches and festivals this season as well as having to cope with the new regulations.
With a squad size of more than 50, the coaches operated an inclusive squad system, aiming to give all children an opportunity to experience a festival.
The first chance for the coaches to see how the system was working was the Done by Two festival at Chichester in October, when all six Chichester under-seven teams made either a semi-final or final.
Twelve of Chichester’s finest under-sevens were despatched to Worthing RFC for county glory in March and beat all opponents to win the West Sussex Cup. A few weeks later they went on to to compete in the Sussex Cup and were third overall.
Other players experienced the Winchester festival, where Chichester were runners-up, and an event at Horsham, where three squads competed successfully.
The final festival saw three squads go to the Isle of Wight and win the cup and plate competition, while the remainder of the squad stayed at home and entertained a touring team from Windsor, who were also beaten convincingly.
At the awards ceremony, the coaches reflected with the parents and children on an outstanding season. The future of rugby at Chichester looks extremely strong.
Award winners were: Player of the Year Jazz Ungermand; Best Newcomer Freddy Taylor; Most Improved Seb McNamara; Best Attitude Max Kerr.
The coaches thanked the players for all their dedication, hard work and effort and the parents for making it a great season.
The under-sevens are always open to invite new players to the squad with registration for the new season usually being the first weekend in September 2014.