Well that’s us turning the corner into the second half of this season’s league campaign and no knowledge of what might be ahead for next season – but enough to know that we should aim to get as high in the league as possibble.
So we go to Wardie tomorrow (ko 2.00pm) – hopefully no frost and the snow etc forecast doesn’t feature until later in the day with the following squad. Selection:15. Michael Moyes; 14; Rob Ritchie; 13 Eddie Robb; 12 Chris Britee-Steer (Captain); 11 Ali Bain; 10 Peter Kinsley; 9 Fraser Mackay 1 Euan Gibson; 2 Donald Burn; 3 Arran Morrison; 4 Darren Roe; 5 Matt Wilson; 6 Sean Kneeshaw; 7 Gabriel Harvey; 8 Conor Dempsey Replacements: 16 Andy Glass; 17 Cameron Walker; 18 Euan Martin; 19 Stuart McBain We have no Reserve fixture tomorrow – it would be good to see everyone along in support of the Club – a good performance and win before Christmas would be a great boost – and reward for the effort put in at training, particularly over the last week. Also, after the Broughton match, the players have Santasia, starting at the Club and ending somewhere – maybe the Club, who knows.
Then – training next week – Tuesday at Peffermill 7pm as usual and Thursday 7pm at Portobello High School. We haven’t arranged anything for the Thursdays of Christmas and New Year weeks but we aim to train on Portobello Beach on Saturday 22nd and 29th December. Times will be confirmed. The Ross High match is still scheduled for 5th Jan and I still await confirmation of postponement (Duddingston is closed) – I will confirm as soon as possible.
PORTOBELLO FP RFCCODE OF CONDUCTThis document outlines Portobello FP RFC’s commitment to promoting appropriate levels of conduct throughout the Club
SCOTTISHRUGBY CODEOF CONDUCT (adopted by Portobello FP RFC)
Code of Conduct is the “World Rugby Code of Conduct”, amended
only in so far as is necessary to
to the game in Scotland. Scottish Rugby is obliged to adopt the World
Rugby Code and to ensure
is observed by all those who participate in the game within its
Rugby’s Code of Conduct shall apply in respect of all clubs,
schools, teams, players, coaches, match officials and other persons
connected in any way with the game in Scotland.
must ensure that the game is played and conducted in accordance with
disciplined and sporting behaviour and acknowledge that it is not
sufficient to rely solely upon the match officials to maintain those
shall co-operate in ensuring that the spirit of the Laws of the Game
is upheld and refrain from selecting players guilty of foul play;
shall not repeatedly breach the Laws of the Game;
shall accept and observe the authority and decisions of the match
officials and all rugby disciplinary bodies;
shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of the manner in
which a match official handled a match;
shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of
manner in which World Rugby, Scottish Rugby or any disciplinary body
handled or resolved any dispute or disciplinary matter resulting from
a breach of the World Rugby Bye-Laws, the Laws of the Game, World
Relating to the Game, Scottish Rugby’s National Competition Rules
or any other Scottish Rugby Bye-Law, rule, policy or process;
shall not engage in any conduct or any activity on or off the field
that may impair public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct
of a match, tour, tournament or series of matches (including, but not
limited to, the supply of information in relation to the game,
directly or indirectly, to bookmakers or to persons who may use such
information to their advantage) or in the integrity and good
character of any person;
shall not commit a breach of World Rugby Regulation 6 (Wagering);
shall promote the reputation of the game and take all possible steps
to prevent it from being brought into disrepute;
shall not commit a doping offence as defined in World Rugby
Regulation 21 (Anti-Doping);
shall not abuse, threaten or intimidate any match official, whether
on or off the field of play; Scottish Rugby Code of Conduct for the
shall not use crude, foul or abusive language or gestures towards a
match official or spectator;
shall not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult,
humiliate or discriminate against any person on the ground of their
religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, colour or national or ethnic
shall not do anything which adversely affects the game of Rugby,
Scottish Rugby, any member club or other Union of World Rugby or any
commercial partner of the game in Scotland.
shall abide by all other rules, regulations, codes of conduct and
policies issued by the Scottish Rugby including inter alia Scottish
Rugby’s Child Protection Policy and Concussion Policy
club, player, coach, match official and other person connected in any
way with the game in Scotland shall be under an obligation to comply
with this Code of Conduct.
of the Code of Conduct shall constitute acts of Misconduct under
Scottish Rugby’s Disciplinary Rules
further context for extended adoption throughout Portobello FP RFC
and Portobello Rugby
THE PURPOSE OF THESE CODES
These codes are
written for players, coaches, match officials, parents and
spectators. They are designed to ensure that all adults involved with
the Portobello FP RFC appreciate their role and responsibilities and
understand the behaviour expected in Senior, Youth and Mini rugby.
The Club wishes players to find enjoyment in their sport and
fulfilment of their aspirations in the safe and positive environment
which these codes seek to foster.
THE GOOD PLAYER’S CODE
AS A PLAYER YOU SHOULD:
you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.
that skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important
parts of the game.
Be focussed and attentive at all training and
Work as hard for your team as for yourself –
both will then benefit.
Be a sportsman – win or lose – and
recognise good play by all players on both teams
Play to the IRB
Laws of the Game and accept, without question, all referees
Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of
team mates, opponents, or match officials is unacceptable.
all players as you would like to be treated. Do not abuse, bully or
take advantage of any player.
AS A PLAYER YOU ARE ENCOURAGED
Recognise and appreciate the efforts of coaches, parents,
match officials and administrators in providing the opportunity for
you to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment.
the values of loyalty and commitment to your team, team mates and
adults who contribute to it.
Recognise that every other player
is entitled to play in a safe and abuse-free rugby
Understand that if any individual or group of
young players is not being treated acceptably, then you have a right
to tell an adult either at the Club or outside of the game.
THE GOOD COACHES CODE
Ensure all players are coached
in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to
Recognise especially that young players should never be
exposed to unacceptable risk of injury, nor allowed to train or play
when injured nor to face extremes of heat or cold.
and proper supervision of all players, on and off the field.
an awareness of nutrition as part of players education in lifestyle
Recognise that it is illegal for players under 18 to
drink alcohol or for those under 16 to smoke. By your conduct and
example, actively discourage both.
Ensure that your
knowledge and coaching techniques are up to date and in line with
current trends. Avoid overplaying any player; use a squad system to
give every player satisfactory playing time.
Be aware of, and
abide by, the policies and procedures which the Club require for
Child Protection, the Safety of Young People in Rugby and for young
AS A COACH YOU SHOULD:
coaching the importance of enjoyment for young players and treat all
Understand that most learning is achieved through
Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of
Be a positive role model, encourage young players to
behave in all circumstances with dignity and in accordance with the
laws and to keep winning and losing in perspective.
referees and their decisions; ensure your players recognise that they
must do the same.
Provide positive verbal feedback in a
constructive and encouraging manner, to all young players in both
coaching sessions and games.
THE GOOD MATCH OFFICIALS CODE
AS A MATCH OFFICIAL YOU
Recognise that the safety of players is paramount;
before starting play check that the home team has provided a
qualified first aider, ambulance access has not been obstructed and
that appropriate equipment is available along with someone trained in
Check before training sessions and matches that studs
and other clothing are in accordance with the World Rugby Laws of the
Be aware of, and abide by, the Club’s Child Protection and
Safety of Young Players policies and procedures.
the rules of the Rugby and keep yourself updated on rule updates and
Be a positive role model; be consistent and
objective and always penalise foul play.
Play advantage whenever
possible in order to let the game flow.
Explain decisions –
young players are still learning and spectators will understand the
Be familiar with the Good Spectators Code and
ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not
tolerated and is dealt with appropriately.
importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating players,
appreciating their needs before those of the sport.
positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner
during games, emphasising the spirit of the game.
physical and behavioural development of players and show empathy for
the age and ability of players.
Look to self-improvement through
participation in training courses.
THE GOOD PARENTS CODE
AS A PARENT, GUARDIAN or CARER YOU
Recognise that the safety of players is
Remember that young people play rugby for their
own enjoyment not that of their parents and they learn much, both
good and bad, by example.
Encourage but do not force young
people to play. Focus on their efforts and be realistic about their
abilities; do not push them beyond the level they can
Respect match officials and encourage young players to
Provide positive support at training and during
games; show appreciation of good play by players from every
Stay positive: negative messages adversely affect the
performance and attitude of players, officials and coaches.
the Club’s efforts to rid the game of unacceptable, abusive and
AS A PARENT, GUARDIAN or CARER YOU ARE
Be familiar with the coaching and training
programme so that you can ensure that your child is fully involved
and that coaches are aware of your child’s availability.
with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions
in which your child participates.
Be aware that the Club has a
duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist with the
supervision of sessions, particularly where numbers are large or
where players need transport to away games.
Be involved with
Club activities and share your time and expertise.
concerns, if you have them, with Club officials.
with the Good Coaches Code and support coaches in instilling the
virtues it advocates.
THE GOOD SPECTATORS CODE
AS A SPECTATOR YOU SHOULD:
people play rugby for their enjoyment not yours.
good individual and team performance from all players of all
Respect match officials decisions. Remember these
volunteers provide the opportunity for all to play rugby.
effort and performance rather than the win at all costs ethic; never
ridicule any player on any team and verbally encourage all players,
irrespective of ability, in a positive way when supporting your
Never verbally abuse players, especially young
players, match officials, other spectators or coaches. Such behaviour
creates a negative environment for players and presents an
unacceptable example for them.
AS A SPECTATOR YOU ARE ENCOURAGED
Act as a positive role model to all young players, showing
respect for your Club and for the game in your behaviour as a
Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Child
Protection and Safety of Young Players guidance in relation to abuse
of all kinds.
CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE PEOPLE
WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PLAYERS IN A RUGBY ENVIRONMENT
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young
person with whom they work and treat them equally in the rugby
Place their physical and emotional well-being above all
other considerations, including the development of
Ensure the relationship that a rugby coach develops
with them is based on mutual trust and respect.
Ensure that all
activities are appropriate to the age, maturity, experience and
ability of young players.
Encourage them to accept
responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
with the young players (and their parents/guardians) what is expected
of them both on and off the rugby field and also what they are
entitled to expect from the coach.
Work in partnership with
others within the game (officials, doctors, physiotherapists, sports
therapists) to ensure the well-being, safety and enjoyment of all
Promote positive aspects of the sport such as
fair play. Violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to
the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant regulations and the
use of prohibited techniques or substances must never be condoned.
Portobello unveiled their new playing shirt for season 2018/19 on Saturday for their match at Duns. The new design was enthusiastically received by all and is an appealing version of a return to the traditional hoops.
Thanks to Energy Assets for their continued sponsorship and featuring as the shirt front banner as displayed by President Eddie Robb (centre), flanked by Captain Chris Britee-Steer (left) and Vice-Captain Darren Roe (right).
Our grateful thanks to our other sponsors: Arx Maritime; DRoe Ltd; Scotia Wealth Management for their continued and valuable support.
Porty kicked off on a very soft pitch and shared the early exchanges and lost a score on the 12 minute mark from a 5 metre scrum which resulted from not clearing lines – Duns 9 picking up and darting through for a converted try. They held that lead until Chris Britee-Steer slotted a penalty after a period of pressure to turn round 3 – 7 down.
A Conor Dempsey close range score and conversion in the early minutes of the 2nd half looked as if it might be enough to take the match points only to lose an avoidable score 3 minutes from the end. A chance remained with a penalty kick from wide out but missed narrowly to finish with a narrow loss. Overall, an entertainingly contested match.
The bonus point and Broughton’s loss was enough to see Porty move up to 5th.
Portobello Mini Rugby has long been an established feature of Porty life and many children have pulled on the famous Blue and Gold of the mighty Portobello Hornets. We offer Mini Rugby for P2-P7 boys and girls, and provide an early years grounding in the fundamentals of rugby. In the later Primary School years we are aiming to provide a solid grounding for the transition to the full 15 aside game.
The youngsters make friends, enjoy outdoor exercise two or three times a week and as a way of making long lasting friendships rugby has few equals in sport. The inclusive nature of the mini rugby set up ensures the transition from primary to secondary school can be so much easier with friends across all the feeder schools in the area.
In the initial stages the game is based on the Touch Rugby principles with little or no contact or tackling. This introduces the children to the basics of passing, running and supporting without experiencing any knocks or bangs in the contact situation.
Later the basics of tackling, set piece play (such as rucking, scrums and lineouts) are introduced, but only in the years where these are deemed appropriate to the children’s maturity and physical development. The aim of mini rugby is to instil and teach rugby skills, teamwork, fitness and discipline whilst ensuring above all else that the children enjoy the game and bond and form friendships with their team mates. Many friendships in rugby last a lifetime and the exposure this gives to children across the schools in the area is absolutely invaluable.
Usually the games starts at 6 aside (P2/3 – P5) then increases to 8 aside at P6 and then up to 10 aside at P7 with pitch sizes increasing accordingly.
We would love to welcome your child to Porty Rugby – please contact Vic Rickis – 07899 068330 for further details.
Portobello Mini Rugby Convener Vice Pres.
Vic Rickis 07899 068330
Portobello Mini Rugby Child Protection Officer / Coach Compliance
Sharon Fairweather 07812 032026
Portobello FP RFC President
Eddie Robb 07920 016588
Portobello FP RFC Secretary / Coach Co-ordinator
Barry Sinclair 07833 051769
Coaching qualifications – the club provides full mandatory training and vetting for all coaches and all the adults involved in training the children are fully compliant with Child Protection legislation and the Scottish Rugby coaching requirements. All our coaches are required to complete the Rugby Right training each year as a minimum requirement. The club also has a number of Level 1 and Level 2 qualified rugby coaches and we pride ourselves in teaching rugby in a structured, positive and welcoming way.
The emphasis at Porty Rugby is firmly on enjoyment and we stress the importance of cooperation and teamwork and the ethics surrounding the great game of Rugby Union.
Child Protection – all of our coaches hold the Scottish Government Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme membership via the Scottish Rugby Union. The club has a trained child protection officer (Sharon Fairweather email@example.com) and follows the best practice guidelines issued by the Scottish Rugby Union.
Training sessions are as follows (Thursdays and Sundays except match days);
Age Group Training sessions Coaches / contact details:
P2/3 Sunday 11.00am – 12.00am Eddie Robb 07920 016588 Dave Webster Ali Bain Roddy
Training sessions and home games take place at the 3G pitch at Portobello High School (Milton Road East) from September until March (August and April sessions are held at Cavalry Park (Duddingston Playing Fields on Duddingston Road West).
Please aim to be on time and ready to play at the start of the training session. This ensures that your child participates in a proper warm up session at the start of training. Please also ensure that you collect your child promptly at the end of the training session.
If the conditions are not appropriate for training at appointed venue alternative venues such as the beach may be used. Each year group will have their own specific communication channels for alerting parents / carers about last minute changes to arrangements.
All players P4 and above MUST wear a properly fitted mouth guard. They will not be allowed to train or play without it. Mouth guards can be purchased for a reasonable price at the main sports outlets and on-line. Mouth guards can be cut down to fit younger players.
For playing at Cavalry Park or other grass venues, players will require boots with aluminium studs. The club has a selection of second hand boots of various sizes that are available for exchange. Players can use “astro” style boots for training on the 3G pitches at Portobello High School, or can wear their rugby boots. Normal trainers are not recommended to be used.
Players do not need to wear Portobello strips for training but should be appropriately clothed for the weather conditions. Unless the weather is very poor, training / matches will normally go ahead, so be prepared for cold, wet and muddy conditions.
Portobello strips will be provided for matches (at no cost to parents).
Our games are generally played against neighbouring teams in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians with occasional forays into the Borders. All games are closely game coached by referees and there are very carefully laid out laws for mini rugby concerning tackling and contact, manners and behaviour (of players, spectators and coaches) to ensure the playing environment is suitable for primary school age children. Games are played on Sundays between September and May. Please find attached a note of this year’s fixtures as it currently stands. Further information is provided in the week before fixtures with specific details such as times, venues etc. Transport to / from fixtures is arranged between parents / carers within each year group.Portobello Hornets Fixtures 18-19
Subscriptions for P2/P3 are £60 per year (£5 per month August to July) and for P4 to P7 are £120 per year (£10 per month August to July). The best way to pay is by monthly standing order – bank details are:
– Portobello FP RFC
– sort code – 80-18-31
– account code – 00259786
Please use your child’s name and surname as the reference so that the club treasurer can easily track the payments.
If you would prefer to pay by cheque or cash, please speak to your individual year-group coach or manager.
The club is run entirely by volunteers, and therefore additional help is always welcome. Whilst it is recognised that a weekly commitment is often not feasible, there are also plenty of opportunities to help out on an ad-hoc basis. Please let your coaches know if you are interested in getting involved. If you are willing to volunteer on a regular basis PVG scheme membership (organised through the club at no cost) will be required.
The club has a club house at Cavalry Park which is available for use by the youth and minis sections as well as the adults. The club holds social BBQs in the summer months and arranges occasional social events for the children at other times. However, these are dependent on volunteers offering to help, so please do not hesitate to get involved if you can.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Scottish Rugby has a Schools and Youth Playing Charter, which sets out the minimum codes of standard for everyone involved in rugby and Portobello Rugby Club fully support this charter. The club requests that parents and carers of players also abide by the code. The standards are set out below:
Coaches & Team Officials’ Code
· Take ownership of player well-being and create a culture that centres around respect and enjoyment. Maintain the safety and well-being of your players at all times. This is the coaches’ priority.
· Abide by all policies issued by Scottish Rugby and your school or club
· Create an enjoyable and fun environment
· Develop open, positive relationships built on mutual trust and respect
· Communicate effectively and clearly define roles and responsibilities
· Agree goals and targets that value participation, performance and fair play
· Promote collaboration between staff, volunteers and parents
· Set high standards and be a positive role model
· Be proud of your school or club—look the part!
· Understand, embrace and promote Scottish Rugby’s core values
· Be an ambassador for the game of rugby
· Work as a team, respect the opposition and referee, and, above all else, enjoy yourself!
· Always bring a positive and playful attitude
· Listen carefully, contribute and interact
· Encourage your team mates and support your school or club
· Accept decisions made by match officials, and do so without complaint
· Appreciate and recognise good play by both teams
· Win with humility and lose with dignity
· Always remain calm and in control of your temper
· Acknowledge and thank officials, and the opposition
· Be proud of your school or club—look the part!
· Understand, embrace and promote Scottish Rugby’s core values
· Be an ambassador for the game of rugby
Parents & Spectators Code
· Encourage young players, support their development and set a good example.
· Teach your child to play by the rules
· Instil the importance of good sportsmanship and honest endeavour
· Encourage playing for enjoyment and reiterate that winning isn’t everything
· Form positive relationships—create the right environment for development
· Support coaching staff and volunteers—thank them for their efforts
· Attend matches and support your child’s school or club
· Applaud the performance of both teams – ALWAYS
· Respect match officials and their decisions – ALWAYS
· Avoid confrontation and discourage negative behaviour – ALWAYS
· Understand, embrace and promote Scottish Rugby’s core values
Saturday’s East Region League Division One match was well contested throughout with North Berwick putting in the harder defensive shift. Andrew Denham cut through for Porty’s first score in 8 minutes levelled 7 minutes later followed by a Peter Kinsley score on the half-hour. Darren Roe rumbled the third for a 21 – 7 half time lead. Ali Bain scored 9 minutes into the 2nd half for the bonus point. The next half hour saw a lot of attach and defensive effort from both sides before closing with a Chris Britee-Steer try which he converted having already added the extras for the first four and a North Berwick consolation try, both of which were also converted. The result sees Porty up to 6th. Full-time Portobello FP 35 – 14 North Berwick.
Portobello FP: 15 Andrew Denham; 14 Oliver Hepburn; 13 Rob Ritchie; 12 Chris Britee-Steer (Captain); 11 Alasdair Bain; 10 Peter Kinsley; 9 Fraser Mackay; 1 Euan Gibson; 2 Rhys Edgar; 3 Andy Glass; 4 Darren Roe; 5 Cameron Walker; 6 Sean Kneeshaw; 7 Gabriel Harvey; 8 Matthew Wilson – Replacements: 16 Conor Dempsey; 17 Donald Burn; 18 Michael Moyes; 19 Stuart McBain
Our next home match is presently set for 12th January with the visit of Forrester (ko 2.00pm). Before then, we are away to Duns (1st December – ko 2.00pm) and at Broughton on 15th December (2.00pm). The Portobello / Lismore reserve side have matches at Goldenacre (1st Dec – 2,00pm) and Leith (8th Dec – 2.00pm).
Portobello High School finished their conference fixtures on Saturday with a 10 – 10 draw with Stewarts Melville at Duddingston – this is a step forward on the way to “school of rugby status” and we shall help progress this further in the near future. Portobello High School then have a Schools Plate match to play (away – probably on Thursday 22nd) but wait the winner of Boroughmuir HS v Carnoustie HS / Monifieth HS which is due to be played on Tuesday. Please look out for update.
Portobello Rugby’s upcoming events are – Saturday 24th November 8pm – entertainment from singer Alison Henry and Saturday 8th December – Christmas Party (!)
November is a little quieter (?!) and so gives a chance to provide an update of sorts of Porty Rugby for the season so far.
Senior Rugby: 1st XV currently lie in 7th place in East Region League Division One with 3 wins and 5 losses from our 8 starts with a home match on 17th November (early kick off as Scotland play South Africa at BT Murrayfield later on) and then trips to Duns (1st December) and Broughton on 15th December to start the 2nd half of the season. Our aim is to end season in top 4 – so, quite a bot to do yet to achieve that. So much uncertainty of next season and following seasons waiting the outcome of recent consultation over how leagues should be set up once “Super 6” is set up and their amateur sides’ competition is decided.
A win over Trinity Accies on Saturday sees us into the semi-final of the Edinburgh Region Shield – just waitng confirmation of our opponents.
The 2nd XV (jointly with Lismore) have not had the joy of a win yet and only manage to scramble a side together to get games played – this is a vitally important area that we need to improve upon if we wish to see ourselves achieve what we hope and aim to. Where are all our players on a Saturday (or a Tuesday and Thursday, for that matter)? Our desire is to be able to field our own 2nd XV on a regular basis to be able to provide competition for 1st XV places and a vibrant atmosphere – as well as to have more home matches to help our bar trade and balance sheet.
Youth Rugby: Portobello High School are making good ground in the Mitsubishi Conference and enjoyed a quarter final win over Musselburgh last week (38 – 12) to reach the Plate semi-final – where they will play the winner of Boroughmuir High School v Carnoustie Monifieth. The semi-final is currently scheduled to be played on Wednesday 21st November.
The mini section continues to show great improvement with the quality of play shown by the P7 group in particular being good to watch. They have home games on Sundays 18 November (Gifford); 25 November (Falkirk) and 9 December (George Watsons) at Portobello High School starting at 11.00am.
Business – keeping our heads up – could do better, much better – need subscriptions in – need successful and well attended events – need to work hard to stand still – all familiar messages.
All International tickets orders are closed – details will be issued to those who have ordered in due course.
Scotland’s Autumn Internationals will be on television in Club.
Saturday 24th November we have Alison Henry returning to provide an evening’s entertainment. Please contact Lesley Edgar for tickets.
2019 – Quiz Night on Saturday 12th January; Burns’ Supper and February Ceilidh are at the planning stages – please keep an eye on website for updates.