Annual Coaching Conference

8.30 onwards delegates arrive and book in. Issue of Conference shirts.

9.00 Welcome by the President of Hampshire – Rick Scott

9.15 Coaching Award Presentations
(i) Senior Coach of the Year – Ebbs Memorial Trophy
(ii) Age Grade Coach of the Year U.7 – U.18

9.30 Coaching Children: The Value of Insight, Empathy and Adaptation – Richard Cheetham MBE.- Winchester University.

10.30 Tackling within the new framework – Graham Smith , former England Ladies Coach

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Development of the 7s game – Russell Earnshaw – International Performance Coach

13.00 Lunch

14.00 ` Fixing the Breakdown` – Matt Ferguson – England Women’s XV Assistant Coach

15.00 Tea Break

15.30 Safety on the pitch – Referee session with Adam Leal, Hants Referees Society Training Officer

16.00 Open Session – Questions and thoughts from delegates

16.15 Final Thoughts and Departure

Conference Fee £60 ( Includes a conference shirt, lunch and refreshments) Booking and payments will be through the RFU Booking System (please click on the link below)


CPD Hampshire Coaching Conference 9 Jul 2017

Once you have booked on and paid, please e mail your Polo Shirt size direct to:-
David Ball, or send to:-
52 St Johns Road, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1LS, together with any special diatry requirements

Sean Humphrey Awarded Rugby Scholarship

I have been working with Joe Davis head of PE at Boundary Oak for the last 12 months to assist with rugby and to form links between HRFC and the school which has proved very successful. As a result the school have been offering rugby scholarships and a number of HRFC under 11’s have been given scholarships. One pupil Sean Humphries has now been awarded the Tom Nelson Scholarship award

Havant rugby player, Shaun Humphrey has been awarded ‘The Tom Nelson Rugby Scholarship Award’.

Hong Kong businessman, and rugby fan, Phil Pemberton has generously established a scholarship fund at Boundary Oak School – an independent day and boarding school, near Fareham.

The scholarship was set up to be awarded to a local school pupil who shows great promise on the rugby pitch.The Tom Nelson Rugby Scholarship Award has been named in honour of Phil’s friend, Tom who passed away tragically in 2015 at the age of 31. Tom’s passion was rugby, he played at school, at his local club and international level, representing Bryanston School, HKCC and Hong Kong.

The award’s first recipient is Havant rugby player Shaun Humphrey, a Year 7 pupil at Boundary Oak. The school commented that it was delighted for Shaun and his family: “Shaun works incredibly hard both on and off the pitch and is a credit to his family, his school and his club.” commented deputy head and co-proprietor James Polanksy. “We are delighted to be able to award him this scholarship, it is very well deserved.”



Silverware Minis to Mariners

On a wet and muddy Sunday morning at Petersfield RFC, the Havant U11s gathered for the U11s Hampshire Rugby Festival. The team started off well and showed some excellent rugby skills with wins against Eastleigh, Gosport and Fareham. They unfortunately lost to Winchester (1-0) but quickly bounced back against US Portsmouth to win 5-0. The loss against Winchester meant the team went into the plate competition. The U11s built upon the outstanding commitment at the breakdown, tackling and attacking play they had shown all day and beat Vectis in the semi-final. The whole squad was then ready to meet Basingstoke in the final. An outstanding team effort meant that Havant U11s won the plate competition for the second year running by beating Basingstoke 3-0.

It was an outstanding performance (conceding just one try all day) and credit to all 14 players who played in the festival and the rest of the U11 squad whose support and dedication enabled Havant U11s to perform so well. Thanks also go to the coaches, managers and parents for all their support!



RDM Newsletter March

We have been working with ICE Creative to produce a newsletter that is linked to the website and social media and allows us to have more content. It will be sent via mail chimp for you to view. Going forward I will be asking for articles from all rugby sections of the club which we can publish to showcase on social media what a great club we have at HRFC.

Hope you are all well and we are starting to come to the business end of the season from seniors down to the M & J and all in between. League title chasing, cup finals mini festivals and Junior cups. The girls section is going from strength to strength but we need to target YR 6/7 girls in order to boost our under 13’s. Engagement with local schools and I have been working with our local Sports Games Organiser to deliver School Tag Festivals in order to recruit and encourage more to the club.

Half term saw a successful rugby camp run by Next Generation who will be back in the summer holidays. I am looking to work with Glenwood School in Emsworth which is a school for 11-16 yr olds with children who have a statement of special Educational needs in the moderate learning difficulty needs by using rugby to engage them into sport and education.

In order to get a better knowledge of the M&J Coach’s needs, desires and aspirations within the section and beyond I have created a M&J Questionnaire which initially went out to the Junior coaches and I have now issued to the mini and girls coaches. Thank you for all who have taken the time to complete and if you have not please do as it is vital that myself and the committee support your coaching pathway and transition at HRFC and beyond.

The next few weeks some specific items I will be involved with coaching Children at park school in refereeing Tag rugby ready to ref the up and coming tag festivals. Other school visits will be Swanmore (Girls), Havant Academy (boys and girls), Queens Inclosure. Tag festivals yrs. 3-6 at the club.