Mini and Junior Rugby
The junior section of Upton-upon-Severn Rugby Football Club has now started its new season. With about 150 members last season, the club is growing quickly.
We are a friendly club which encourages all children to participate in, and enjoy playing, rugby.
The Club’s Junior Section is open to boys between the ages of 6 and 17, and to girls from 6 to 11 (thereafter a transfer to a Club that runs a dedicated Women’s Rugby Section will be required).
The Section encourages the coaching and teaching of all those team and individual rugby skills necessary to prepare junior members for playing the full 15-a-side game at age 13 upwards. The game format to be taught is compatible with the development of a member’s own physical and conceptual ability in the early years. The “route” to achieving this is explained in the RFU’s Rugby Continuum, practised universally by Clubs in England. A copy of the RFU document is available whenever Mini and Junior activity is taking place at the Club, and at the start of each season every member of the Section is given a Club brochure which contains an appropriate extract of the Continuum as well as other useful information for both players and parents.
While Tag Rugby is taught in primary schools, the Club has adopted the true mini version of the game at the appropriate age levels.
The Junior season normally runs from 1 September to 30 April, and during each season players will be segregated into three sections – Mini age groups Under-7 to Under-10, Midi from U-11 to U-12, and Junior from U-13 to U-18. From this point, progress is into Colts’ Rugby (U-19) and thence into the senior game.
Children joining Upton’s Mini/Junior Section will benefit from individual attention that larger Clubs often find it difficult to provide, so for a good grounding in the game, come and join us at Upton.
If you have a child aged between 6 and 17 who may be interested in joining, please come along to Upton sports field on Sunday mornings (from 10:45), where any of the coaches will be happy to answer your questions.
Your child is more than welcome to join in a training session as a ‘taster’ before commiting to membership.
Please ensure that you child is adequately dressed for weather conditions; plenty of layers in the cold weather, and a waterproof top if it is wet (please try to avoid tops with zips as these can cause injury). Boots are also required with either plastic studs or rugby studs (football studs have a flat top and rugby studs have a rounded top). For anyone playing full contact rugby (i.e. U9 and older) it is also compulsary to wear a mouth guard.