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Cambridge Rugby Shield


Last Updated on 02 September 2015

Welcome to Cambridge Rugby Club Mini & Youth Section

Come up to the Club 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.

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 (2015-16), 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 £50, 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 £130 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.

Youth Charitable Trust

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 Rugby

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.

Seal of Approval/Sport England

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.

Codes of Conduct

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 19th April 2016.


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.

1st XV Support - National League 2S

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.

Contacts/Further information

M&Y Committee

Please feel free to contact any of the Officers listed below and download appropriate forms.


Name Role 2 Phone Cell Phone
Paul Barker  Chair of M&Y  01223 263875  07765 866119 
Jenna Bickley  Child Welfare Officer     
Frank Coen  Chair Playing Committee    07838 270171 
John Creighton  Head of Youth  01954 789442  0770 2354564 
Ken Seamon  Head of Mini  01223 357119  07768 821482 
Benoit Vautravers  M&Y Registrar  01223 357109  07747 026387 

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.

Age Group Managers

(Click on name for contact information)

Name Age Group Phone Cell Phone
David Shuler  U10     
David Chapman  U11    07922 479119 
Ken Seamon  U12  01223 357119  07768 821482 
Joe Niembro  U13  01223 512482  0789 9060795 
Alan Slade  U14  01954 211069  07585 808581 
Benoit Vautravers  U15  01223 357109  07747 026387 
Colin Brown  U16    07771 924426 
Bill Lankford  U18  01223 276288  07769 309257 
Kevin Oemering  U18    07841 457970 
Alistair Bowerman  U9    07917 634 688