So, you have decided to bring your son/daughter for a trial at our Club. You now have lots and lots of questions:
- How do you make sure your child goes to the right team / age group?
- First steps to joining
- When do we play?
- Where to go to?
- New Joiner Trial
- Club Membership Costs and Benefits
- What to wear and what to bring?
- Minis and Youth Sponsors
- Food and Drinks
The information on this page should hopefully help you along your journey:
How do you make sure your child goes to the right age group?
Age Grade Rugby is the framework for 6-18 year olds in clubs, schools and colleges. Its purpose is to prepare players for adult rugby in clubs through the game being player centred, development driven and completion supported.
Full details can be found at englandrugby.com/participation/coaching/age-grade-rugby and there is a useful flyer (as shown below) available here.
Ideally please work out which team your child will play in before you make contact.
- 18 months to 6 years old
Girls and boys play a fully integrated game up to and including the Under 12s age group.
- U7s (School Year 1 & 2)
- U8s (School Year 3)
- U9s (School Year 4)
- U10s (School Year 5)
- U11s (School Year 6)
- U12s (School Year 7)
Youth - Boys
- U13s (School Year 8)
U14s (School Year 9)
- U15s (School Year 10)
- U16s (School Year 11)
- Colts (U18s/School Year 12 & 13)
Youth - Girls
- Rubies U13s
- Rubies U15s
- Rubies (U18s)
First steps to joining
For little scrummers please look at the Cambridge Little Scrummers page
For Minis and Youth, in the first instance please email our M&Y Chair via firstname.lastname@example.org providing:
- Your child's name
- Date of birth
- Current school
- Rugby experience level (none is ok!)
- Any medical issues we should be aware of
- Also please let us know if they have friends already at the club.
Our chair will put you in touch with the relevant age group head coach/team manager.
When do we play?
Training and matches take place on Sunday mornings. Ensure you arrive in good time, so your child is ready at the correct location to start warm ups with the coaches on time.
- Mini's train from 09:30 to 11:00
- Youth's train from 11:00 to 12:30
- Girls - TBC
Matches both home and away will advised by age group coaches.
Where to go to?
You will see a version of the map with all the age groups marked to find the exact location you need to go to.
Make yourself known to the coaches as soon as possible.
New Joiner Trial
We allow 2 x sessions free of charge, before asking you to sign up as a member and pay the registration fees, and become a full member of the club.
Trialist are not allowed to play in tournements or against other clubs due to insurance.
There is no obligation to sign up if you find that rugby (or CRUFC) is not for you or your child.
On signing up, you will liaise with the Lead Coach of your respective Age Group, making sure you can receive notifications for the future week’s training sessions and fixtures. This is normally done by an app called SPOND (the age groups manage this individually)
That’s it – then you enjoy all we have to offer at the Club.
Club Membership Costs and Benefits
Full details can be found on our membership page
You can join as a Social Parent + 1 M&Y Player or as a Full Parent + 1 M&Y Player.
What to wear and what to bring?
Initially you will need to wear:
- Training Top
- Additional Warm Top (like a hoody)
- Football/Rugby Boots
- Water Bottle
Then weather dependant we recommend:
- Skins (Top and Bottom)
- Cap/Sun Hat
- Waterproof Top
- Change of Clothes (for muddy days)
After your trial sessions, or when you are ready, you are able to purchase Club clothing at our shop which is inside the Clubhouse – open every Sunday morning, so your rugby player can look the part. We recommend you provide the following as a minimum:
- Cambridge Rugby Top
- Cambridge Rugby Shorts
- Cambridge Rugby Socks
The RFU strongly recommends that mouth guards (also referred to as gum shields) are worn for any contact rugby activity (both training and matches). The use of mouth guards can help protect the teeth and face. Read the RFU protective equipment guide for more information on mouth guards and head guards (scrum caps) here.
Whilst we all enjoy playing around in the cold and wet weather, the children do not always have as much fun! Please do listen to your child and do not force them to take part if they do not wish to, especially when it is very cold or very wet.
The club will always inform the coaches if the pitches are unplayable and many clubs do update their websites when matches are called off due to inclement weather. It’s important to check your age group spond or email before leaving home. The biggest risk is frozen or flooded pitches Ensure we always have your current email address, and include all relevant parents or guardians who might transport your children, so that you do not make a wasted trip.
Minis and Youth Sponsors
Thanks to our many sponsors for their support. Minis and Youth are sponsored by: Malco Freight
Food and Drinks
We have food and drink available every Sunday morning at the Club.
- Coffee for Mum and Dad to keep them warm and awake to watch the rugby action
- Hot Dogs and Burgers for our hungry players after their training session.
- Also we have ‘VANNY” in the Car Park, with Hot Chocolate, Smoothies, Pastries etc.
Something for everyone!