Age Grade Rugby

Following a four year review of rugby for under 18’s, led by the RFU, in consultation with a wide cross section of the game, Age Grade Rugby has now rolled out across the game and is aimed at providing player-centred, development-driven and competition-supported rugby for all.

The needs of young people are at its heart and it puts player enjoyment above all else to keep more young people enjoying the game for longer and into their adult years.

The age grade rugby review concerns all clubs who provide age grade rugby and confirms the procedures for age grade tours consent. We know that clubs take safeguarding seriously but following a number of high profile incidents elsewhere we want to take the opportunity to remind clubs of the procedures around tour consents.

  1. Clubs must seek prior consent from Middlesex before undertaking any age grade tour either inside the United Kingdom or anywhere else in the world.
  2. A “tour” is defined as any trip away from the home ground that involves one or more overnight stays.
  3. Clubs should seek consent by completing the RFU consent template and forwarding it to countyoffice@middlesexrugby.com. The template is available at http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/Governance/ClubSupport/01/30/44/69/Outgoing_Tour_Form_Neutral.pdf
  4. A copy of the club’s risk assessment specific to the tour is to be provided with the application.
  5. The application should be signed by an authorised officer of the club, being either the Secretary, Chairman or President.
  6. Applications for consent should be submitted no later than 21 days before the tour commences.
  7. Clubs should ensure they are aware of differences in approach to rugby particularly in overseas clubs. For instance this might include any potential law variations or different age bandings. Clubs should also ensure they communicate with the opposition to ensure a balanced and safe match. This should be considered in the risk assessment.

Please note that these requirements take effect immediately.
Should you have any queries please direct them to either:
Safeguarding Manager, Middlesex Rugby: safeguarding@middlesexrugby.com or
Gavin Hindley, Chairman of Governance, Middlesex Rugby: gavin.hindley@middlesexrugby.com

To ensure that you are fully informed of the changes to Age Grade Rugby, please read the updated Regulation 15 and the Age Grade Rugby Guidance.

Click here to download the RFU Age Grade brochure as a pdf.

Some of the major changes include:

·         Girls can no longer play with boys in the U12s age group. Instead they will need to join U13 girl’s teams. If your club does not have a provision for U13 girls please contact Community Rugby chair Louise Latter or your RDO about how to set up a team or which is your nearest club that caters for U13 girls. It is important that we encourage girls to continue their rugby

·         U13 and U14 boys will no longer play in leagues. The Herts and Middlesex Junior Leagues will still administer the U13 and U14 structure. For more information www.hertsmiddxleagues.co.uk

·         As of September 2016, there will be NO streaming in Mini Rugby within Middlesex Rugby i.e. no A or B teams in U7 – U12 age groups. All clubs and teams are encouraged to adopt a fully inclusive, mixed-ability, balanced team structure

·         Middlesex Rugby has developed the ‘Festival Framework’ which clubs will be expected to sign up to and adhere to. Clubs wishing to host the Middlesex Mini Festivals in March will be expected to be signed up to the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Rugby programme. For more details visit:
www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/players/kids-first-rugby

·         Clubs wishing to host their own Mini Rugby festivals MUST obtain approval from Middlesex Rugby, as your Constituent Body, and agree to follow the Festival Framework. Please contact Louise Latter or Waheed Aslam for approval – contact details below.

·         The U12 league competition has changed slightly to conform to Age Grade Rugby. The new Festival rules are attached for your reference

Middlesex Rugby will be running some further workshops for mini and junior rugby during the season. Details of these will be circulated to clubs and published on the website.

Middlesex Minis Festivals

2019/20 Season
U12 Festivals
10 November 2019 – Round 1
15 December 2019 – Round 2
26 January 2019 – Round 3
02 February – Round 4
Minis Festivals – Location TBD
1 March U7, U8
8 March  U9, U10
15 March  U11

Any questions please contact Waheed Aslam (Waheed.aslam@waspsfc.co.uk or 07867576785)

Middlesex Rugby has produced framework and guidance documents for running County Festivals and Middlesex U12 Festival Rules. Please ensure you are familiar with these if you are planning to run a festival.

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Download the Middlesex Rugby Festival Framework & Guidance

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Download the Middlesex Rugby U12 Festival Rules

Further information

For further information about the changes to Age Grade Rugby please contact Middlesex Rugby chair of the Community Rugby Committee Louise Latter, email: louise.latter@middlesexrugby.com  or minis chairman Waheed Aslam, email: waheed.aslam@middlesewxrugby.com

Full details about Age Grade Rugby are on the RFU website.