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Minis

U5

Head Coach
Vee (Jeroen van Winkelhof)
veeserfccoach@gmail.com
07771 821420

U6

Head Coach
Brandon Williams
suttonrugby.u6@gmail.com
07808 836392

Team Manager
Melissa Williams
suttonrugby.u6@gmail.com
07595 381168

U7

Head Coach
Justin Costello
Serfc1314@gmail.com
07738 301161

Team Manager
Charmaine Jordaan
Serfc1314@gmail.com
07729 736605

 

U8

Head Coach
Paul France
Serfc1213@gmail.com

07739 233865

Team Manager
Gemma Costello
Serfc1213@gmail.com
07738 301239

 

 

U9

Head Coach
Owen Smith
Owen.sanderugby@gmail.com
07916 312044

Team Manager
Tamara Hammad
tamara.hammad@blueyonder.co.uk

 

U10

Head Coach
Dan Webber
danSERFCcoach@gmail.com
07736 289659

U11

Head Coach
Rod Price
gingboy@hotmail.com
07795 243444

Team Manager
Emma Kirk
eebrayford@hotmail.com

 

Mini Rugby (ages 4–11: school years reception to year 6)

A message from the Chairman of Mini Rugby

Welcome to the world of Mini Rugby at Sutton & Epsom RFC!
At S&E, we run one of the largest Mini Rugby sections in Surrey with over 500 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!

The Game
Mini Rugby has been around for a long time. 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 S&E 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
U8 3

When and where we train
Our mini age groups train every Sunday morning between the first Sunday in September and the last Sunday in April with pre-advised breaks for Christmas and Easter holidays over both our sites – our Clubhouse premises in Rugby Lane and our other ground at Priest Hill sports Ground. Each age group train at the following times:

U5s: 9.00am – 10am – Clubhouse pitch
U6s: 10.30 – 11.30am – Club, 1st XV pitch
U7s: 10.30-11.30am – Clubhouse pitch
U8s: 9.00am -10am – Club, 1st XV Pitch
U9s: 9.00am – 10.30am – Priest Hill Ground – Pitch 1 & Pitch 2
U10s: 9.00am – 10.30am – Priest Hill Ground – Pitch 2 & Pitch 3
U11s: 9.00am – 10.30am – Priest Hill Ground – Training area

What you need to bring
All 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 appropriately for the weather and a water bottle and from U9 upwards a gumshield is compulsory to partake in contact rugby.

Our Coaches
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.

Ethos
Through the Mini age groups, the emphasis at S&E 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.

John Potts
Chair of Mini Rugby
Johnpotts06@hotmail.co.uk
07769 941862