"We support the efforts of the IRFU in ensuring that our club provides a safe environment, that our players are supported on and off the pitch, and that we give a voice to those who need one".
Frequently asked questions
What should my child wear to training?
The only compulsory item is a gum shield. After that children can wear anything that they are comfortable playing in, however, we recommend a tracksuit/shorts and runners. Football boots are preferably especially when the ground is wet.
What does it cost to join?
Annual mini & youth registration fee is 85€ for 1child per year. For 2 siblings its 140€ and for family membership its 175€ per year.
Do they play contact rugby?
All players introduced to rugby for the first time start with non-contact games. When the coach sees fit, he/she may start to introduce the contact element of the game. For those children who start mini rugby from the age of 6, tackling is developed from U8 in a safe and enjoyable manner.
Why should I let my child play rugby?
The objective of mini rugby is to introduce the children to the sport in a fun, safe and enjoyable environment. Due to the nature of the game, all players share responsibility in both attack and defence therefore it is less likely that one player will dominate.
What if my child gets injured?
The rules and guidelines to playing mini rugby have been modified to assist the growth and development of the player and serious injuries in this age group are rare. However, like all sports, injury can sometimes occur. In the first instance the coach should be made aware of any injury so that the child can be removed from play and is not putting themselves at risk of worsening the injury. All injuries should be monitored and recorded by the club. Each club should have a person trained in first aid who may be able to help in the initial stages. If you are concerned with an injury you should consult your GP or physiotherapist.
What if my child gets concussed?
The IRFU take concussion very seriously and all clubs are advised of the IRFU concussion protocol if they suspect a player of having a concussion. This includes removing the player immediately and following the return to play process (Recognise and Remove). Further information can be found at www.irishrugby.ie/concussion including videos for parents and for junior players.
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