Come up to the Club at Volac Park on a Sunday morning and you will see over 400 boys and girls aged 6 to 18 playing with as much pride and passion as the 1st XV but perhaps with a different emphasis, where children smiling is much more important than winning.
Mini, Midi, & Youth
The section is run principally by the parents of the children and adheres fully to the requirements and recommendations of the RFU and RFUW and, in particular, the ethos for Equity in Sport, Health & Safety and Child Safeguarding.
The Mini, Midi and Youth rugby section divides into three parts: Mini (Under 7s to Under 10s), Midi (Under 11s and Under 12s) and Youth (Under 13s to Under 17s) .
At Under 7 and Under 8 age groups Tag rugby is played. Contact rugby starts at Under 9 to Under 12 where the game is played on half the pitch and with a limited number of players in accordance with the RFU Continuum. We fully support the RFUs approach to developing players, with an emphasis on skill development rather than winning games.
Youth rugby sees 15 a side matches played on a full size pitch from Under 13 to Under 16. The laws of the game are gradually introduced as the team moves up through the ages.
Colts rugby (Under 17 and Under 18 combined) is the transition section to the full adult game. There is a strong link with the adult section of the Club and some Colts will be invited to train with the 1st team and play in the development squad games.
A player's age is determined as at the 1st September.
We welcome new players of all ages and experience to join us throughout the season.