We are a small friendly local rugby team who are entering our 11th season. Our team was born as a result of senior players wanting to start a youth and colt team and teach young children the skills they need to play the game in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
We follow the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby: This format ensures that young players play the right rugby at the right time and is supported by the regulations of the Age Grade game with the safety of the children paramount.
The principle behind the Rules of Play is to provide a playing format with building blocks to the 15-a-side game that allows players time to get to grips with the basics of running and catching the ball before contact and specialism is gradually introduced – which positively impacts on player safety.
We currently take children between the ages of 4 and 11 (Reception through to Year 6) and the club is split into the below areas.
- Children between the ages of four and six learn ball skills through fun and play
- Under 7s and Under 8s: the children play ‘tag rugby’, a fast moving, non-contact game, designed to teach them about ball skills, movement and space.
- Under 9 – Under 11: In line with the RFU’s Age grade rugby, the children are introduced to the contact game, learning and developing new skills as they progress through the age groups.
Whilst we have lots of children coming up and through the ranks, we welcome all players regardless of ability or previous experience. Minis rugby is open to both boys and girls on an equal basis and the teams are mixed.
If you would like to know more please don’t hesitate to contact us at:
- Visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/alresfordminisrugby) or Instagram (@alresfordminisrugby)
- Or just turn up to one of our training sessions.
We train every Sunday at 9:45am on the pitches at Arlebury Park, unless we’re away at fixtures or festivals. The sessions run until 11:00am for U6s and 11:15am for the other age groups.
Everyone is welcome to come and join in with us. We look forward to seeing you.
Minis’ Secretary – Rupert Kellie
2020/21 new season update:
We are looking forward to welcoming you and the children back from Sunday 13th September to kick off the new rugby season. As always we are passionate about making the sessions fun and engaging for the kids but also keen to ensure they are run in a safe manner.
We have been working hard behind the scenes (thanks to all the support from the coaches and team managers) to put in place a few extra measures to ensure Covid-19 safety in these times, and would appreciate your support with these.
We have outlined some of the key aspects below and there is a short video we have pulled together, as well, that you can find on our Facebook or Instagram page.
- The sessions will start at 0945 so please arrive from 0930. We realise this means setting the alarm for a bit earlier than previously but we need a bit more time to complete some of the pre-session logistics.
- On your way to the rugby pitches, and in and around the pitches please observe social distancing.
- Everyone should enter the pitches via the top gate as normal and exit the pitches via the bottom gate to avoid too much crossing at the gates.
- One of our obligations is to ensure that everyone has completed a Covid self-assessment prior to arriving at the pitches for each session. We need this self assessment recorded by a parent/guardian for each child that is attending. To make this as easy as possible we have set-up a secure online application where you can complete this assessment for each child prior to coming to rugby. This does need doing for each child before each session but shouldn’t take more than a minute to do (and it works easily from a mobile as well).
Here is the link: https://app.proactivereporting.com/covid19/form/yMz2ScA9t1NOBnmg
When filling out the form it would help if you could please put the age group of your child in the format: U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11
- Once you have completed a self-assessment you can proceed through the gate to the area where your child’s age group is located, I have attached a location plan below to help guide and we will also have flags up for each age group.
- At each age group you should then go and register with the team manager before the children touch any of the equipment or start playing on the pitches. We should have a gazebo/meeting area set-up for the age group (near to the flag) where the children and a parent/guardian should line up in a queue maintaining social distancing.
- A temperature check will be done for each child as they register and any who have a high temperature will be asked to return home.
- Having completed the temperature check we will then ask you to register for the session with yours and the child’s details (this is in addition to the self-assessment you will have done prior to arriving).
- With this complete the child will sanitise their hands and be handed over to the coaches to get ready for the session. We appreciate the help normally in getting the children ready but in these circumstances once the children are handed over to the coaches this should be handled by them so we can avoid too many hands touching the same equipment. NOTE: at this stage in the RFU Return to Rugby roadmap we won’t be using tags/tag belts and any contact rugby for the U9s and above will be just in 1 on 1 drills.
- We ask that a parent/guardian remain on the touchlines at all times especially as if any first aid is needed this will need to be administered by the parent under the guidance of one of our first aiders.
- Please also ensure that on the sidelines you remain social distanced from those outside your family and in groups of no more than 6.
- We will be taking regular breaks during the training session (every 15 minutes) to allow the children and coaches to sanitise their hands and for the equipment to also be sanitised.
- There should be no sharing of water bottles so please can you ensure your child comes with a labelled water bottle for only themselves to use.
- At the end of the session the coaches and team managers will collect the equipment up with the children and take off any bibs etc before your child can then return to you having sanitised their hands.
- On leaving the pitches please proceed out of the bottom gate.
We realise there are quite a lot of steps above but most of it should be familiar and common sense under the current Covid-19 circumstances and importantly we want to give both you and the children the confidence that the sessions are being run in a Covid-19 safe manner.
As always we appreciate any feedback so we can improve things – please direct to myself (Rupert – Alresfordminisrugby@gmail.com) or through the team managers.
With regard to registering and paying subscriptions for your child’s membership for the season – this can be done through the RFU’s GMS system at the following link (we will also have a QR code you can scan at training to take you to the link): https://gms.rfu.com/GMS/Account/Login
Any other questions just drop an e-mail or catch up on a Sunday down at the pitches.