Welcome to the Minis

Minis Festival October 2017

Every Sunday morning in the season more than 850 Minis and Juniors; who stretch as far as the eye can see; turn out with their parents and coaches. Many trophies have been won at county level at all age groups, which also includes a successful colts side.  OAJRFC is proud to offer rugby for boys and girls aged 3 to 17.

Our Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 children play tag rugby, a fast, non-contact form of rugby, in accordance with the RFU Kids First Rugby pathway.

Contact Rugby begins at Under 9 level, and along with the Under 10s, Under 11s and Under 12s.

New players are welcome in most age groups, please see the details for joining Old Albanian JRFC. A map and directions to the Woollams Playing Fields is available on this website, and please read the parking guidelines for visiting the Mini and Junior club on Sunday mornings.

Core Values of Rugby

OAJRFC are proud to uphold the core values of Rugby. We ask all players, coaches and spectators to familiarise themselves with the Code of Rugby and it’s  Core Values

OAJRFC have a code of conduct and a spectators code of conduct, which we ask everyone to familiarise themselves with.

OA Mini & Junior Officers 2017-2018

Junior ChairmanIan Tomlins07867 971585 [email protected]
Joint Mini ChairmanMike Fisher07799 345807[email protected]
Joint Mini ChairmanSteve Pope07802 533111[email protected]
TreasurerDavid Powell07990 525418[email protected]
Safeguarding OfficerPaul Doyle07747 872213 [email protected]
Membership SecretaryLaura Meakin07736 710212[email protected]
Junior Coaching CoordinatorSteve Pope07802 533111[email protected]
Mini Coaching CoordinatorSteve Pope07802 533111[email protected]
Referee CoordinatorPeter Poulain07905 956893[email protected]
Junior Fixture SecretaryArrangements on age group by age group basis
Mini Fixture Secretary[email protected]
Rep to CountyIan Tomlins07867 971585[email protected]
Rep to Junior GirlsCraig Ihlenfeldt07943 274534[email protected]
Shop ManagerNicola Picariello[email protected]
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OA Minis – Review of 2016-17

The OA mini section started and finished the 2016/17 season in excellent health from the youngest OA players in the Rugby Rats through to the under 12 age group preparing for the transition to the Youth section of the club. The under 7s through to the under 12s have quickly adapted to the new rules of play and age grade rugby philosophy introduced by the RFU in the prior season.

In the words of the RFU. 'The rules of play use a building block approach and aim to equip players and coaches with the skills they need as they build towards the XV-a-side game. They offer progression and challenge for players season by season and our game remains Player Centred and Development Driven. The principles of the rules are to;

  1. Put the child first
  2. Maintain rugby as a game for all shapes and sizes
  3. Increase enjoyment for all
  4. Increase involvement for all
  5. Retain players in the game.

So hopefully the reward at OAs will be developing our players of the future. To do this we have to invest in our coaches, all of whom are volunteers, so to that end we are delighted to say that we have increased the coaches training budget for the year ahead.

Looking back to last year we were blessed with much better weather throughout the season losing only one or two Sunday morning to adverse conditions. If you haven't been to Woollams on a Sunday morning its well worth a visit to watch the c500 players in the mini section alone learning how to play our wonderful game.

Our playing schedule was once again expertly put together to ensure the right balance of training and game time. For the second year we held our own developing player festival at Woollams early in October which was a resounding success and now looks to be a permanent fixture in the diary and we are really pleased to be able to increase the number of teams attending this season. Our travels away took us to familiar grounds for fixtures and festivals including Bedford, Bishops Stortford and Hertford to name a few, and further afield to clubs such as Rosslyn Park, Ealing and London Irish where the players are really tested against stiff competition.

We benefit from a great partner relationship with Saracens and for another year players enjoyed the big match experience at Allianz at great value whether playing in the pre match festivals and half time games or providing the guard of honour at the start of the game.

The season ending county festivals were as ever brilliantly organised by various clubs around the county, and at OAs we pride ourselves on every player having the opportunity to attend. The season then came to its final climax with the annual tour, which this time saw a return to the delights of Camber Sands. Its a testament to the strength at OAs that we had multiple teams across the mini age groups attend the club tour and older mini age groups also managing trips to Jersey and Italy.

Our club only survives by a hardy group giving up a lot of their time so thanks must go to all those volunteers that coach, provide first aid, run the shop and organise the fixtures that makes OA mini rugby such a success. Some of our volunteer stalwarts have stood down this year (they know who they are) so a special thanks goes to them and the many, many hours they have given.

We have no doubt that the 2017/18 season will deliver much like the last. The measure of that will be friends, new and old playing together, learning new skills on the development pathway and above all having FUN.

Mike and Steve

Joint Mini Chairmen

OA Minis Reports & News 2017-18

Minis Fixtures 2017-18

3 Sept 2017TrainingWoollams
10 Sept 2017TrainingWoollams
17 Sept 2017TrainingWoollams
24 Sept 2017TrainingWoollams
1 October 2017Bedford Festival
8 October 2017Amersham & Chiltern Festival
15 October 2017Bishop's Stortford Festival
22 October 2017Beaconsfield Festival
29 October 2017OA Development FestivalWoollams
5 November 2017OlneyEvens Home
Odds Away
12 November 2017LutonAway
19 November 2017Amersham & Chiltern Development Festival
26 November 2017AmpthillU7/U8/U9 Away
U10/U11/U12 Home
3 December 2017Training
10 December 2017TringEvens Home
Odds Away
17 December 2017Training
24 December 2017Woollams Closed
31 December 2017Woollams Closed
7 January 2018Training
14 January 2018Training
21 January 2018Training
28 January 2018Bishop's StortfordEvens Home
Odds Away
4 February 2018HarpendenEvens Away
Odds Home
11 February 2018Ealing
25 February 2018HertfordEvens Away
Odds Home
4 March 2018Beaconsfield Dev Festival
11 March 2018Training
18 March 2018Tring Festival
25 March 2018Saracens Festival of Rugby
Slough Festival
Fiveway Fixture with Bishop's Stortford/ Tring/ Hertford/ HarpendenTBC
8 April 2018Training
15 April 2018
21 April 2018County FestivalsPlease note - this is a Saturday
22 April 2018County Festivals
29 April 2018Training
6 May 2018Tour
Above are the core fixtures for the OA Minis.
Each Age Group also organises additional matches and festivals, please check the relevant Head Coach for details.

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