The club complies with the requirement and suggestion of the Rugby Continuum, which is the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) guidelines for the conduct for youth rugby. We also support the new initiatives on Child Welfare and Protection and have achieved the sport's accreditation called "Seal of Approval". Our sections are as follows:
The Mini Section caters for children from the age of 6 through to 12. Children play in their own age groups.
Beverley RUFC has a thriving Mini and Junior section with over 140 children registered. If you would like to be a part of this thriving club, we would be delighted to welcome any boys and girls aged from 6 to 12 who would like to join the fun at Beverley RUFC. Beverley RUFC runs the following age groups:
Rugby for Under 7's and Under 8's is a non contact sport. They play a version of rugby called 'Tag Rugby' whereby a tackle is executed by pulling a tag from a player's belt (tags and belts are provided).
From the Under 9's age group contact is introduced. This is done gradually and as per the RFU's structured guidelines within Rugby Continuum. As the children get older so the number of players per team is increased. Matches gradually become longer on larger pitches. Again this is as per the RFU's Rugby Continuum. Boys and girls are allowed to play alongside each other up to Under 12's.
Beverley Mini Section has a number of coaches, all of whom are ex or current players who have a sound understanding of the game. The coaches have undertaken RFU coaching courses and are very well qualified.
At Beverley RUFC there is an emphasis on enjoyment and coaching the children in correct techniques and skills. This serves them where as they get older as correct technique invariably makes up for any physical disadvantages. It also ensures they learn how to play safely and to avoid dangerous situations/positions.
We are also keen to ensure all children are given equal opportunity to participate. We want each child to improve and develop as both a person and a player. Therefore every player is given an equal opportunity to play with substitutes being rotated. Winning is a secondary consideration to safety and enjoyment.
When and Where
The players meet on Sunday mornings at the ground, usually 10.15am for a 10.30am start. This will be for training or for a match or matches. Occasionally the meet time will be earlier if the match is away or the players are involved in a tournament. Training lasts until approximately 11.30 - 12.00 dependent on age group (and often dependant on the weather). On completion of the match or training the players are given a light lunch in the Clubhouse, usually a hot dog and chips or similar. A tuck shop is also open for the purchase of very reasonably priced sweets. All profits are put back into the Junior Section for buying equipment etc.
The Rugby Continuum dictates the number of matches the children can play in a season. Generally there will be training 1 week with a match the next but this pattern is not always followed.
The ground and Clubhouse is located as follows:
Norwood (turn into Lady Le Gros public house car park and follow the sign)
Tel: 01482 870306
Requirements and Cost
On joining your child will need 2 passport-sized photographs. This is a legal requirement to register your child as a Club member and is necessary to comply with Child Protection requirements. The Club has an appointed Child Protection Officer who ensures all guidelines are followed.
The annual membership charge of £90 (If paid in full) or £102 if paid by standing order. (£50 for tag teams)
Kit and Equipment
Initially all a young player needs is some basic playing kit. This can consist of a shirt (generally rugby shirts are best as they are less likely to rip), a pair of shorts or tracksuit bottoms and some boots or training shoes. Training shoes are generally OK at the start of the season but as the ground gets muddier then they will need some boots. The Club will provide shirts for all matches and tournaments. We request that all members purchase the Club shorts and socks at cost price, to be worn for matches. We have a Club Kit shop were socks, shorts, training jackets, gum shields etc. can be purchased at reasonable prices.
Especially in the winter months it is important for the young player to keep warm. There is no problem in them training or playing in tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts if it keeps them warmer (and as long as you don't mind them getting muddy or torn) and any other clothing required to keep dry and warm (so far as possible). We would much rather your child wear clothing to keep them warm and happy rather than the standard shirt and shorts. Hot showers are available if required.
As stated the Club has a Child Protection Officer who ensures all requirements by law are met.
Beverley RUFC Mini Section has an anti-bullying policy, which helps to ensure that children are happy at the Club. Any action, physical, verbal or psychological, which threatens the happiness of any child is totally unacceptable and contrary to the ethos of Beverley Mini Section. On the very rare occasions inappropriate action is revealed the Coaches will take positive action to ensure it stops and there is no reccurrence.
The Club also supports the concept of fair play and respect for match officials, other players and spectators. To that end we encourage good sportsmanship and respect for others.
The Annual Membership form has a section for Photograph Consent. On occasions we submit press reports to the local papers regarding the Club in general or specific reports on matches the teams have played in. We may also submit a team photo or action photo from the game. All photo's are in a purely rugby setting and their purpose is to promote the game and give the children some publicity. The form gives your consent for such photographs to be taken and is a requirement of current child welfare guidelines.
Please make sure any medical conditions or needs are brought to the attention of a Club Coach or official. If children require any inhaler or medication then they should ensure it is readily available. Any medication must be self-administered.
We are always keen to attract new players. We are a friendly club that aims to give a young player every opportunity to improve and develop. If your child is interested in playing please feel free to give one of the coaches a ring. Parents are more than welcome to stay and watch the training or matches. Usually the Clubhouse is open for tea/coffee and bacon sandwiches.
We are also always keen to attract new coaches. If you are interested in learning more about the game and/or getting involved in coaching then please speak to one of the people below. The RFU hold courses for people who want to become involved in coaching rugby. The courses cater for all levels of experience and knowledge of the game and begin for people who have no prior knowledge or experience of rugby union.
Who Can Join?
We are always keen to welcome new talent to join Beverley RUFC Youth Section. If you are interested in joining contact Alan Bryans - Tel: 07468 534717 for more information.