Youth and Mini

Vicki Hopps
Chair of Youth and Mini
Charlotte Wales
Vice-Chair of Youth and Mini

West Norfolk RUFC Mini and Youth section provides rugby for children of all ages and abilities.

Our Mini Section caters for children of six years old (under 7s) up to 11 years old (under 12s), the club will allow children from the age of 5 to join and train with the under 7s but they cannot play matches until they are in the under 7 team (year 2 at school).

The Youth Section provides for children from 12 years old (under 13s) up to 18, at which age they can join the senior section.

All age groups adhere to the RFU Age Grade Rugby Regulations (rfu.com/Regulations) Regulation 15 – Age Grade Rugby is a playing and coaching pathway by which clubs and schools introduce rugby in stages so that by Under 14 players have the skills and knowledge to participate in the full 15-a-side game. Each stage has its own rules distinguishing it from the adult game. This progression accommodates the changing developmental abilities of children as they mature, with the emphasis on the improvement of individual skills through purposeful and enjoyable activity. Provision is made for testing these skills in match situations during a limited number of competitive fixtures and festivals/tournaments each season.

The enjoyment and safeguarding of children is of paramount importance at West Norfolk RUFC and we are committed to providing opportunities for all children to play rugby in a friendly, fun and safe environment. For a beginner’s guide to rugby’s rules and regulations visit rfu.com.