Streatham-Croydon’s youth section will make history this Sunday as their under 13’s team face Guildford at Frant Road in what will be the first game at that age group in the club’s proud 140 year history.
The achievement is a result of a lot of hard work at the club over the last few years since Jason Dexter first formed the minis section in 2004. Since then head coach Chris McCarthy has grown the club and many of the current under 13s have come all the way through the age groups since starting at tag rugby at under 7s.
The club has formed links with other clubs to run teams when there aren’t enough players, most notably Mitcham who will be contributing three players to the Streatham side. Croydon-based Nestle UK have also helped to provide funding that has been key to buying kit and equipment for this age group.
The club has also cultivated links with local schools Bishop Thomas Grant in Streatham, the Harris Academy in Crystal Palace and Croydon’s Thomas More. Bishop Thomas Grant play their home fixtures in front of the grandstand at Frant Road and have boosted the playing section of the club.
The under 13s kick off against Guildford RFC ‘C’ team at 11am on Sunday and all players, parents and supporters will be looking forward to this historic fixture.
Streatham’s other minis sides are also in action at their Thornton Heath home with sides from Under 7 to under 12 taking on Old Rutlishians, and will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them enjoy a successful trip to Mitcham last time out.