RUGBY IS FOR GIRLS – welcome to the Minis
The great thing about rugby is, it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, how quick or strong you are, there’s a place for you on the team. That might explain a 28% increase in girls registering with rugby clubs this year across the country. At Chobham Rugby Club we’ve been building up girl’s rugby over the past few years, giving a whole range of girls from 8 to 18 the opportunity to make new friends and learn skills based on the 5 core RFU values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, sportsmanship and discipline.
Ages and set for minis
From U9s (year 4) the minis move into contact and at this stage girls have the choice to continue in the mixed team with boys or join the girl’s team. In our experience the girls are often our best players as their listening skills and concentration levels can be far better than boys of the same age, our job is now to make sure they stay in the game. For the minis the girls play from the age of 8-11 (years 4-6) as one group of under 11s. This means the younger ones build up confidence and experience by playing with the older girls. Training sessions are often split into older and younger players to work on appropriate skills such as how to tackle and be tackled safely, coming together for game play at the end. Their safety is our top priority and, by doing it right, we minimise injury and maximise enjoyment.
Joint training, festivals and tours
We often hold joint training sessions with other clubs in the Surrey county and across the season there are a number of festivals where the girl’s get to play against other teams. For many players however, the highlight of the season is the tour. This year the Girls minis team joined the rest of the club and descended on Bournemouth with kids, coaches and parents all decked out in ninja fancy dress. The older girls really looked out for the younger ones and they played brilliantly against our hosts.
We have a strong connection with Harlequins, with many trips to the Stoop, often with the honour of being flag bearers and mascots alongside the juniors, which the team love doing. Harlequins Ladies players coaches also run #Switch camps at the club for any girls to come along to.
Find out more
New players are very welcome, no experience necessary. You can find us training on Sundays from 8th September at 9:30 on the training pitch to the right of the clubhouse. Over the summer break we run girls touch rugby sessions on Fridays at 7pm on the orchard pitch – just follow the flags.
If you are interested please contact James Turner
When we’re not playing, we train at Chobham Rugby Club on Sundays from 09:30am – 11:30am. Our meeting point is in the Clubhouse.