Come up to the Club on a Sunday morning and you will see over 350 boys and girls aged 6 to 17 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.
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.
Youth rugby sees 15 a side matches played on a full size pitch from Under 13 to Under 17. The laws of the game are gradually introduced as the team moves up through the ages.
Colts rugby (Under 18 and Under 19) is the transition section to the full adult game.
A players age is determined as at the 1st September.
We welcome new players of all ages and experience to join us throughout the season.
This season (2013-14), when a mini and youth player signs up, a parent or guardian of the player must become a full social (non-playing) member of the Club at a cost of £40, thereby enjoying the benefits of club membership. The mini and youth players will pay an additional playing fee of £85 for the first child and £73 for subsequent players registered at the same time. You will also see that for £120 plus the player's fee, a parent can become a Gold Parent Member, with the added benefit of a season ticket providing free entry into every National League game at Volac Park in addition to club membership. Remember all M&Y players get free entry to the 1st XV games.
The Cambridge RUFC Youth Charitable Trust was formed to provide financial assistance to ensure that every child playing, or wishing to play, at Cambridge Rugby Club has the same opportunities to participate in the game of rugby and associated club activities. For more information see the Charitable Trust link.
Girls and boys play a fully integrated game up to and including the Under 12s age group. We are looking for players and parents/coaches to be able to establish a Girls Under 15s team, which could play either on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons and would have the full support of the Club.
The Club has been awarded the RFU Seal of Approval and Sport England Charter Status. The Seal of Approval is the RFU’s recognition of a child friendly club. To this end, Cambridge Rugby Club has appointed two Child Safeguarding Officers and our coaches are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked and have attended Child Protection courses. If you have any concerns about the welfare of your child please do not hesitate to approach one of our Child Safeguarding Officers.
Parents and supporters are reminded of our Codes of Conduct which are posted on the Club notice board and can be downloaded from this site. Players and coaches also have a Code of Conduct.
CRUFC also has a philosphopy for playing club rugby at different ages and we aim to foster this in all of our activities. This is embodied in our documents "HowWePlayRugby".
Every child who is picked to represent the Club against other clubs will be expected to wear proper clean kit and must be registered with the Club and have completed the RFU registration form. Please note gum shields are mandatory in contact rugby. All studs and any body protection/head gear should be IRB approved.
The club colours are blood and sand shirts, red shorts and hooped socks which are available from our Club shop on selected Saturdays and Sundays as advertised at the club or on the website.
Occasionally due to weather conditions it may be necessary to cancel matches at very short notice and your patience and understanding would be appreciated. This may be for a variety of reasons but will be the Groundsman’s decision.
The Club run a Mini/Midi Festival each year which continues to grow in popularity and must be considered the principal event in the region. This season's Mini/Midi Festival is on 13th April 2014.
Each year many age groups go on tour, information on touring can be found at the RFU and from our Playing Committee Chairman, John Pritchard.
Cambridge is the premier Eastern Region Club offering supporters the opportunity to watch high quality rugby. Children have free entry to the Saturday games and the Mini & Youth Section encourages parents to become involved with the senior Club, offering discounted Season Ticket and Match day prices to members.
Please feel free to contact any of the Officers listed below and download appropriate forms.
|Name||Role 2||Phone||Cell Phone|
|Paul Barker||M&Y Webmaster||01223 263875||07765 866119|
|John Creighton||Chairman of M/Y Rugby||01954 789442||0770 2354564|
|Gordon Dingwall||Head of Youth||01480 860749||07779 332525|
|Anthony Frayling||M&Y Fixtures Secretary||01223 513965||07779 257214|
|John Pritchard||Club Coaching Coordinator||01223 501188||07766 415714|
|Ken Seamon||Head of Mini||01223 357119||07768 821482|
|Gwyn Stubbings||Chair Playing Committee||07710 604455|
|Benoit Vautravers||M&Y Registrar||01223 357109||07747 026387|
|Donna West||Child Safeguarding Officer||07913 105852|
Each age group has its own web page which will provide you with contact information, a list of fixtures and training times. We look forward to seeing you at Volac Park, Cambridge this season.
(Click on name for contact information)
|Name||Age Group||Phone||Cell Phone|
|Ken Seamon||U10||01223 357119||07768 821482|
|Joe Niembro||U11||01223 512482||0789 9060795|
|Alan Slade||U12||01954 211069||07585 808581|
|Gwyn Stubbings||U13||07710 604455|
|Benoit Vautravers||U13||01223 357109||07747 026387|
|Colin Brown||U14||07771 924426|
|Mark Cridland||U15||01223 264477||07802 192498|
|Bill Lankford||U16||01223 276288||07769 309257|
|Dave Cleaver||U18||01223 237131||07774 187086|
|Ian Gardner||U18||07793 249 307|
|Alistair Bowerman||U7||07917 634 688|
|James Hodge||U8||07795 623955|
|David Chapman||U9||07922 479119|