The following FAQs have been compiled from the most asked questions by parents new to the club.
When will my child play an actual game / tournament?
A list of fixtures will be circulated via e-mail. We embrace the ‘rugby for all’ ethos at this club which ensures all players will play in tournaments and festivals – there are no ‘A’ or ‘B’ teams only mixed ability teams or squads.
How old does my child have to be?
The Under 9 group contain children who have their 9th birthday between 1st of September at the beginning of the season) and 31st August. This group will not normally play matches against other clubs.
What kit does my child need?
Players will require black shorts, black socks and a club shirt. These items are available at the well stocked Club Shop in the Clubhouse. We recommend ‘skins’ and gloves on colder days which are also available from the shop. Rugby boots should be worn with kite marked studs. Coaches will make regular stud checks and it is recommended that you bring alternative footwear (Crocs are great) for players to wear after training. Players should avoid walking on concrete areas with studs on. Football type ‘blades’ are not allowed.
Where does my child train?
Under 9s train on the lower pitches to the right of the club house. Rugby boots must be worn on this surface as well as a gum shield.
What time does my child start and finish?
Training commences at 1000 hrs and lasts for 1.5 Hrs. These times may be adjusted depending on fixtures.
Can I leave my child whilst they train and are they safe?
A parent or nominated adult should be available at all times whilst your child is training or playing. There is no ‘drop and go’ facility. If you leave your child at the club you must ensure the coach is informed who the nominated adult (friend or relative) is before you leave. We are looking to ensure all coaches and volunteers are CRB checked.
Is there a first aider available at all games and training sessions?
There are a number of trained first aiders at the club. There will be sufficient equipment available at training sessions and matches.
What happens if it rains?
Training continues in the rain. Please ensure you bring warm clothes if it is likely to rain as small children become cold quickly.
Are the coaches paid or volunteers?
All coaches and committee members are volunteers who give their time for the love of rugby.
What else can the club offer?
We would encourage members to use the clubhouse where you can buy drinks including great beers, teas and coffees. The full English breakfast served on Sundays is outstanding! Your youngsters will enjoy tucking in to sausage and bacon rolls after training.
We encourage all club members to support the senior teams. Full details can be found on the club website Click here and register today.
Who can I contact for any questions and how?
U9 Team admin is Cat Dube (Contact Cat by e-mail here)