Welcome to the world of Mini Rugby at Trinity Guild RFC!
At Trinity Guild, we run one of the fastest growing Mini Rugby programmes in the city with over 50 boys and girls between the ages of 4-11, regularly training with us on a Sunday morning. We are always open for new members so please read on whether you are an existing member, potential new member or even just curious about how children are introduced to the game of Rugby!
Mini Rugby has been around for a long time but has been subject to a considerable increase in numbers in recent years that can be traced back to when England won the World Cup in 2003.
A structure and framework for children’s participation in Rugby has been developed by the RFU and this is followed by all clubs who have mini rugby programmes. This structure attempts to introduce children to rugby in a gradual way such that they are substantially playing to the full rules of the adult game by the time they reach Junior level at U15.
The youngest entry point for children at Trinity Guild RFC is 4 years of age, where they join our U5 group. A child’s age group is based on their date of birth on 1 September, and so follows School years per below:
Rugby Age Group School Year Rugby Age Group School Year
U5 Reception U9 4
U6 1 U10 5
U7 2 U11 6
When and where we train
We are fortunate that all our mini’s (U5s to U11s) train at our Clubhouse premises at Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry. Training is between 10am -12pm (10am-11am for U5 and 10am – 11.30am for U6) every Sunday morning between the first Sunday in September and the last Sunday in April with pre-advised breaks for Christmas and Easter holidays.
What you need to bring
All balls / tag belts / tackle bags and other equipment necessary for playing and training is provided by the club. All you need to bring are boots (studs should be rounded, and not have edges), be dressed for the weather and a water bottle and from U9 upwards a gumshield is compulsory to partake in contact rugby.
Every age group has its own coaching structure with a Head Coach, leading a team of coaches and admin / manager support. Most of our coaches will have a child in the group they are coaching and whilst many draw experience from having played the game there are also those who are new to rugby but want to get involved in some capacity. Any help is always welcome and coaches are supported through a variety of courses run by the club and throughout the wider network. All coaches and team managers are DBS checked and Head Coaches for each group are appointed by a panel consisting of senior club officers.
How the game changes through the age groups
At the U5 & U6 level, the emphasis is on fun and skill development through the medium of non-contact ‘Tag’ Rugby (a variation of the game whereby a ‘tackle’ is performed through the removal of a plastic ‘Tag’ that is otherwise attached to a velcro belt). There is a gradual introduction to competitive games although this will be intra-group as matches are not played against other clubs.
Through U7 and U8, we continue to play Tag Rugby whilst formal competitive games are introduced through playing Festivals and via fixtures / joint training with other clubs in our network. Festivals are hosted by Rugby Clubs and usually involve between 5-12 teams who compete against each other on a Sunday morning over a series of matches.
Full contact rugby is introduced from U9 and each year thereafter, there are modest changes to the rules as children progress towards Junior Rugby. For example, in U9 there is no contest for the ball after a tackle, at U10 rucks and mauls are introduced, whilst kicking is only introduced to the game from U11 onwards.
Through the Mini age groups, the emphasis at Trinity Guild RFC is very much on development of skills, equitable participation, teamwork and fun. As with all clubs we like to be successful when we compete but we do not structure ourselves to prioritise success.
The club fully agree with the RFU’s position of removing competition from mini rugby but fully encourage competitive rugby every time the kids play a game.