The Minis’ section of Guildfordians Rugby Club is its beating heart.
We start at the age of 3 in Micros and run right through to Under 11’s. We train on Sunday mornings between 10 and 12, with some ages running a one hour session and some running sessions up to 2 hours.
In Micros things start in a relatively simple way – even getting the children to run in a straight line is an accomplishment! We introduce ball skills and team games and, in a normal year, learning to have your tag taken without the need for floods of tears is an important aim. Sometimes this takes rather a long time! Don’t worry! The tinies are not thrown into full contact rugby
Throughout all the Minis age groups we try to give the children confidence, while instilling some discipline, but it’s most important to have fun. Children learn best through fun.
Our Rugby Values
We embrace the RFU's TREDS
values which include :
TEAMWORKTeamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
RESPECTMutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.
ENJOYMENTEnjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.
DISCIPLINEStrong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global sport. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches.
SPORTSMANSHIPSportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.
|To find out more see Rugbys Core Values|
Moving on from the Micros, the ‘tag game’ is played at under 7’s and under 8’s. Contact Rugby is not permitted until under 9’s. Further aspects of the full 15 a side game are introduced gradually following the RFUs guidelines.
Great highlights of our year are our the festivals, we aim to host 2 Mini festivals a year - one in the Autumn and one in Spring. Our under 7’s to under 11’s play in the festivals against teams from all over the South East, some coming from as far away as Guernsey.
In between the festivals, there will be home training and opportunities for joint training sessions and matches with other local clubs. These sessions give our players a chance to hone their skills and interact with players outside of their club.
We are a very friendly, volunteer run club, with social events throughout the year and a fantastic family rugby tour each May,
We actively encourage parental participation and most of our coaches simply started off as willing parent helpers.
So, what’s stopping you and your Mini? A warm welcome awaits you all at Guildfordians Rugby Club whatever age your child is.
Training areas and times, please click here.
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The 2022-23 season starts on Sunday 4th September
come along and Pitch Up for Rugby with the Minis.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Stoke Park.Minis Chairmanminis.firstname.lastname@example.org