Canterbury Minis – Under 8s

U8 Manager

Graham Eric

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Graham Eric

Graham Eric

U8 Manager

Graham is a Mini’s coach and player for Canterbury RFC. Graham stays active, playing for the social rugby teams at Canterbury. Prior to joining Canterbury RFC in 2012, Graham was a player and Mini’s coach at Ashford RFC where he honed his coaching skills, whilst his stepson played for a Mini’s team. When Graham’s eldest son chose to play for Canterbury, Graham moved clubs and managed our current U12’s until 2016. In 2016 he took the lead for the current Canterbury U8’s.

Graham volunteers for Kent Rugby and England Rugby to help develop grass root rugby. Graham currently volunteers for the High Level coaching and mentoring team. In June 2018, Graham was recognised for his contribution to rugby, by winning Kent Rugby Mini’s Volunteer of the Year.

Qualifications: Coaching Childrens Rugby; CPD Scrum Factory; Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union; GMS Training Workshop; Rugby Ready; Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Rugby Union; UKCC Level 1: Introducing Children to Rugby Union

07712 482282
Canterburyrfcclassof2016@outlook.com

Pre-season registration

starts

10am  2nd September

with Training

Training is also on:

9th, 16th,

23rd & 30th September

at 10am before matches start on 7th October

All newcomers are welcome!!

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

U8 Coach

Simon took up Rugby at the age of 9 playing through school age groups up to U18. There was a ‘brief hiatus’ during his university days, with only the occasional invitational appearance, then a re-emergence in his mid-late 20s playing for Chew Valley 2’s in the North Somerset league. After hanging up his boots over a decade ago coaching has given him the opportunity to get back into the game he enjoyed so much. This is his second year of coaching the Canterbury Mini’s and he is looking forward to supporting the U8s this season.

Qualifications: England Rugby Coaching Award (Level 2); Rugby Ready; St John’s Ambulance First Aid at Work

Phil Decker

Phil Decker

U8 Coach

Joe Hodges

Joe Hodges

U8 Coach

Qualifications: CPD Kids First Tag Rugby; England Rugby Coaching Award (Level 2); Play it Safe; Rugby Ready

Daniel Weigh

Daniel Weigh

U8 Coach

Daniel started at Canterbury aged 5 and reached the quarter finals of national cup with Canterbury colts. He has also played for Christchurch u21’s in New Zealand, Wasps development side, at London Welsh for 3 years, development, 2nd team and 1st team squad and played internationally for Switzerland in the qualifying stages of 3 world cups and International 7’s. He played a total of 70 games for Canterbury 1st team before injury forced his retirement.

Qualifications: Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union

Social Lead

Social Lead

Social Lead

Jemma Cullen

Jemma Cullen

U8 Coach

Qualifications: National Foundation Referee Certificate – Part 1; Youth Level 1; Youth Level 2

Jake Beesley

Jake Beesley

U8 Coach

Qualifications: Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union

Training and matches

Sundays between 10:00am and 12:00 noon unless otherwise notified.

U8 Matches

DateHome AwayMatch Venue
Ashford RFC
Deal RFC
The Marine Travel Ground
The Marine Travel Ground
Sittingbourne RFC
Deal RFC
The Marine Travel Ground
Maidstone RFC
The Marine Travel Ground
Folkestone RFC
Thanet Wanderers RFC
The Marine Travel Ground
Whitstable RFC

Under 8 News

Christmas Market

Stalls already booked Fireside Candles Candles, reed diffusers and home fragrance. Sew Loopy Christmas decorations, Bunting, sewing crafts, cards and pictures Alkham Valley Christmas gifts Mrs Bolt's Oddities Range of bespoke gifts suitable for...

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Summer Sunflower growing competition

Over the summer the Mini and Youth section were challenged to see who could grow the tallest sunflower. And the winner is .. Riley Soutan at 294cm/ 9ft7" (U11s). Many thanks to Jackie Smallwood for organising and running the...

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