Bath Rugby is thrilled to be launching our May rugby camps for boys and girls of all abilities aged U6 - U16.
Over the past two to three years the Bath Rugby camp product has remained the same with coaches engaging kids in three blocks of rugby, touching on attack, defence and team-based games. This product has seen a lot of development and success within young grassroots players and has taken our coaching team to over 40 different clubs within the catchment area.
As a club, we are always looking to develop our product experience to ensure all players and parents see constant value in attending our experiences. With this in mind, we have made the decision to evolve our Bath Rugby Camp product away from the previous structure and develop them into a much more tailored and valuable day of rugby.
Our camp days will now run from 09:45–14:30, shortening the breaks given to players and engaging them for longer periods of rugby on the pitch.
The camp sessions will become more tailored to the requirements of a young grassroots player and will follow a strategic structure involving several proven coaching approaches for player development. This structure will be as follows:
Block 1: Game Development
10:00–10:55: Principles of attacking play.
11:05–12:00: Principles of defensive play.
Both blocks will now be designed in line with the Bath DNA and collaborated between our Grassroots and Academy coaches to ensure alignment to our Development Player Pathway (DPP).
Block 2: Skill Development
12:30–13:25: Independent Development Practice (IDPs). A segment which gives players autonomy over their own development, with coaches engaging players in a roundabout of skill stations focusing on: Catch & Pass; Run & Kick; The Tackle; The Breakdown. All players will engage in small group feedback allowing for questions to be asked within a safe environment with key takeaways to be acquired.
Block 3: In-Game Application.
13:35–14:15: Competitive Team-based Games. These will be age appropriate and in line with current RFU ruling surrounding the contact area. For example, our Minis (U6/U7) will be playing Tag Rugby based matches and our Juniors 13+ will be playing through live breakdown and live tackle ruling. These games will be managed and refereed by our coaches and supported by all TREDS values. Within these games we will be awarding Medals to the winning teams to give players a fun but competitive environment to play within.
Block 4: Team / Self-Reflection.
14:15–14:30: Coaches will run team reflections with their age grades around key learning from the day of camp and introduce young players to reflective models to takeaway and engage with post camps.
Throughout the day, players will rotate through the coaching team getting exposure to several Bath Rugby coaches all with a different and unique coaching style rather than having 1-2 coaches for the entire day as we have done previously.
All of our camps will now be led by an England Rugby Level 3 professionally qualified coach and be overlooked by our Coach Educators to ensure all development and design is accurate. This investment from us is one to grow the experience of players of all ability and ensure the value from the day can be seen by both parent and player.
Our camps comply with the RFU age grade regulations and are used to help develop participant’s confidence, decision making, game understanding and spatial awareness. Skills taught will consist mainly of handling, support and evasion skills
All participants will need to bring their own water bottle, snacks and weather appropriate rugby clothing. This should include trainers and boots, shorts and tracksuit bottoms, warm tops, waterproof top and a warm hat (and change of clothes if the weather is wet).
"A huge, big, thank you to the Bath Rugby Community coaches for putting on such an amazing half-term camp.
My child has not stopped going on about how much he enjoyed it! Not knowing any other children, he was a bit nervous, but the coaches made him feel very welcome, and after the first day, he loved it and came away learning lots.
I cannot recommend your rugby camps highly enough and encourage any kid with a passion for rugby to attend.”
Douglas Crane, father of camp participant