Mini rugby in Middlesex
Most budding rugby players are introduced to the sport either at school or at a local rugby club. Tag rugby and touch rugby are the most popular forms of the game for younger children, both boys and girls, as they promote key skills such as passing, scoring, movement and tactical awareness while the rules do not permit full contact.
Mini rugby is now provided by over 30 clubs in Middlesex. It has been designed for children from 6 to 12 as way of introducing rugby to youngsters in a fun and progressive way, prior to progressing to junior rugby at U13.
The younger age groups, from school year 1 to year 3 play tag rugby. This is a non-contact version of the game that focuses on passing, space awareness and running (hopefully towards the try line). At school-year 4 and above, the players slowly progress, year by year, towards the full version of the game. Sessions are normally held on Sunday mornings and the season runs from the first Sunday in September through to the end of April.
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Middlesex Minis Festivals
The county runs a number of minis events throughout the season.
Minis Fixtures 2016-17
U12 festival qualifying rounds
30th October 2016 (fall back 6th November 2016)
27th November 2016 (fall back 4th December 2016)
29th January 2017 (fall back 5th February 2017)
Festival Finals Day – Sunday 19th March 2017
County Festival Dates
Sunday 5th March – U7 and U8 TAG
Sunday 12th March – U9 and U10
Sunday 19th March – U11 and U12
Clubs often organise tours to visit clubs in other parts of the country; a fantastic experience for everyone lucky enough to take part. Mini rugby is a real opportunity for young people to learn more than just a sport. The game’s ethos of camaraderie and team spirit are positive influences upon all who take part.
It is especially important that all young players and parents understand rugby’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
Clubs organise friendly fixtures and take part in rugby festivals, including the six festivals organised for the County. All games are played in a friendly spirit with an emphasis of encouragement and respect for players and officials.
The majority of coaches are parents who have been RFU trained and have been CRB checked. The coaches understand the ages of the children they are coaching and are able to convey the spirit of the game to the young people involved.
Parents are actively encouraged to get involved with coaching, first aid and administration; all the required training is provided by the club.
Clubs are always looking for new players so contact your local club today and get involved!
Clubs with Minis Sections
Keeping children safe
The safety of children and young adults is of paramount importance and Middlesex Rugby takes the subject very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that young people, whatever their background, enjoy the game in a fun environment, safe from any kind of abuse. Visit our Safeguarding page to find out more about Middlesex Rugby’s safeguarding policies.
For more information about playing mini rugby in Middlesex, please contact Waheed Aslam, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07867 576785