Vectis Rugby Football Club looks forward to welcoming you at Seaclose Park for this year’s Festival. Please find below some information to help you make the day go smoothly.
Match Rules: Please see details of match rules on the HRFU website.
www.hampshirerugby.co.uk (Mini and Youth section is the main focus)
Gates Open: 8.30am
Directions: Seaclose Park is at Fairlee Road, Newport PO30 2QS (see map)
Parking details can be found here.
- Please ensure you provide a Referee and they are on time for the matches.
- Please ensure your teams are ready to play at the times stated to prevent delay in the tournament timings.
- Please ensure your parents and coaches observe the Hampshire Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies.
Registration: Registration will take place at the control tent before 9.30am.
Control tents will be set up for each age group at the side of your pitches. Please check into your control tent as soon as you arrive and we can then give you your registration pack.
Referees: As always, we appreciate the important role that referees play and respectfully request that all spectators give positive encouragement and support their decisions.
In accordance with the County Tournament Rule 12.1, each competing team is required to PROVIDE A QUALIFIED REFEREE for their age group, who MUST be available THROUGHOUT the day.
Referees Meet: There will be a referees meeting at 9.30am in the main control tent.
Coaches Meet: There will be a coaches meeting at 9.40am in the main control tent.
Referees may check studs on the day, however, it is each clubs responsibility to ensure their players are appropriately equipped and safe to play. Please can all players check their own boots before the tournament.
Gumshields are recommended at all levels and MUST be worn for all contact rugby (U9 and over). There will be no facility to buy gumshields on site on the day.
The closest sports store is in Newport town but won't open until 10am.
Litter: Each squad will be provided with a black refuse bag within the registration pack and we would be grateful if teams and supporters would use this for all rubbish. Bags can be returned to the control points for disposal at the end of the day.
First Match: 10.00 am prompt.
'Please help us make the day run smoothly by having teams and referees
ready to move onto their pitches at the required time.'
Changing Area: Please note that we have NO changing or clubhouse facilities.
Teams are encouraged to bring their own Shelter/gazebo/tent that can be positioned on the grounds (well away from the pitches).
Refreshments: Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Hot and cold food along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available to buy from Oasis Catering, Poppies Catering, Wight Nice Foods, Dumpling Dumpling and Che Che Events. Dr Bean coffee house and The Break Lever will be on site offering you beverages throughout the day. Out to Lunch Ice cream van will also be available. They are all island-based caterers. Please only buy from the above caterers as we have had non-licensed vans turn up and vend from outside the main festival area at previous festivals – the money made from the licensed vendors helps to keep Vectis running through the year. Thank you.
Charity: We are once again pleased to be supported by the local Earl Mountbatten Hospice Charity, EMH are located in the main control tent. Face-painting and a Tuck shop will be available.
Programs and the Raffle: Festival programs will be available for purchase from Age group control tents and the main control tent, all proceeds go to the EMH Charity. Each program has a unique number and a draw will be held with the winning program getting a nice prize to take home!
First Aid: Please can each team ensure that they have a qualified first aider present when their team is playing.
St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance on the day in case of a serious injury. However, for all minor injuries we do ask that each team has a qualified person to deal with the incident.
If you have a child who requires First Aid Attention
- If they can walk – take them to the First Aid Tent.
- If they are unable to walk to the First Aid Tent please contact your age Control Tent and they will call for assistance.
St Mary’s Hospital (A&E) Parkhurst Road, Newport PO30 5TG
Tel: 01983 524081
Pharmacy open on Sunday:
Boots, 122-126 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TB. Telephone: 01983 522595. 10am-4pm
Sainsbury’s, Foxes Road, Newport PO30 5ZB.Telephone: 01983 539985. 10am-4pm
Toilets: Council Public toilets are available at the south end of the site and portaloos will be available within the grounds near each age group.
Code of Conduct
We are a member of the Hampshire RFU and as such follow all their codes of conduct. We also have own codes of conduct which are:
Parents and Spectators
- Foster enthusiastic participation. Do not force an unwilling child to participate in rugby.
- Educate your child always to play by the laws of the game.
- Instil in children an understanding and enjoyment of the value of training.
- Acknowledge the value and importance of volunteer coaches and referees. They give freely of their time and resources to provide rugby for children.
- Emphasize respect for referees by not publicly questioning the referee’s honesty or decision making.
- Encourage a child who has made a mistake during a game. Never ridicule.
- Applaud good play by your team and by members of the opposing team. Children learn best by example.
- Teach children that honest effort is as important as victory so that defeat is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Condemn bad behaviour and bad language, via the coach.
- Try not to shout continually. Shout occasionally and support children.
- It’s only a game!!!
- Don’t try and coach from the side-lines, the children already have a coach.
- At away fixtures, remember you are representing the club.
- Failure to comply with the above codes could result in your child/children’s withdrawal or suspension from the club.
- Participate for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
- Play by the laws of the game.
- Accept all the referee’s decisions.
- Control your temper. You and your team will benefit.
- Keep trying even when it seems hopeless.
- Be a good sport. Recognise all good play whether by your team or by your opponent’s team.
- Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Don’t interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
- Remember, as well as enjoyment, the aims of the game are to improve your skills and to feel good. Do not be a show off.
- Cooperate with your coach, referee, team-mates and opponents, for without them you don’t have a game.
- Encourage each other instead of criticizing.
- Listen to and respect your coaches. They are there to help you.
- Be reasonable in your demands on the young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
- Teach your players that the laws of the game should not be broken and the spirit of the game should always be upheld.
- Avoid over-playing the talented players. All players need and deserve equal time.
- Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it.
- Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing a competition.
- Ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
- Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
- Arrive at training sessions and games on time and if not able to do so make alternative arrangements.
- Gain respect by being generous with your praise and set a good example in every way.
- Improve your players through coaching. Frequent match play or long training sessions do not guarantee development.
- Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and principles of growth and development of children.
- Behave and dress at all times in a manner becoming to your responsibility.
- Know the laws and regulations and apply them to match the skill level of the players.
- Seek to control the game with enjoyment rather than domination.
- Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow.
- Ensure you are fit enough to keep up with play.
- Explain your decisions. Be consistent, objective and courteous.
- Penalize deliberate foul play as being un-sportsmanlike.
- Compliment players on good play whenever praise is deserved. Always compliment both teams at the end of the match.
- Keep yourself informed of all law changes affecting mini rugby.
- Join your county referee’s society and become a qualified referee. The more refereeing you do the easier it is to cope.