Many Clubs in Surrey operate Mini rugby sections for participants aged U5s to U11s.
Surrey Rugby encourages clubs to become involved in this important aspect of the Game. It is an important recruiting ground for senior players of the future. Thousands of young boys and girls enjoy this form of the Game. Surrey Rugby is here to develop this and to arrange annual festivals to celebrate participation. Discover more about Mini Rugby.
Surrey End of Season Mini Festivals in 2020 are:
29th March 2020
Effingham & Leatherhead RFC
29th March 2020
29th March 2020
5th April 2020
5th April 2020
Old Reigatians RFC
Festival Rugby 2019-2020
As you will be aware, RFU regulations require all clubs that are considering to hold a mini rugby festival to gain consent from their Constituent Body before holding a festival.
Surrey Rugby fully supports clubs who wish to hold a festival however, it does require certain criteria to be met before it will provide the required consent. Below is a list of requirements that a club must agree to meet.
The club must be accredited by the RFU. If it is going through the re-accreditation process, there must be no significant delays in the process of reaccreditation.
The club must run the festival in line with RFU regulations.
The club must run the festival in line with the rules set by Surrey Rugby for mini rugby festivals which are:
All matches for all years must be run as mixed ability.
Should a festival be cancelled, the host clubs must provide a refund of festivals no less than 50% but probably more (host clubs can deduct non recoverable cost incurred to host original). The option to offer a credit and give clubs a place at a future festival can also be used to offset any refund due, but if the club cannot attend, then a refund must be given.
The festival format must follow RFU age grade guidelines for mini festivals (i.e. there should be no knockout stages/final and no overall winner or a winner’s cup).
The club must not be in dispute with another club about unpaid invoices for attending previous festivals.
The club must complete and provide a risk assessment for the festival.
The club must complete and submit the form attached.
From the beginning of the 2019-20 season, all festivals that are run by Surrey Clubs must follow these new requirements.
All games at festivals must be played as mixed ability only.
Surrey Rugby support the running of “Development leagues” and there will now be 4 across Surrey from the start of next season. These “leagues” offer those new to rugby at U9-u11s or who are at a very weak ability level, to play against other clubs outside a festival environment and gain more experience & confidence before they play at a festival – if you would like to set one up with local clubs, please contact me.
Surrey Rugby continue to receive a number of complaints where clubs who had cancelled a festival due to bad weather, pitch conditions etc. had refused to give a refund of the entrance fee to the visiting clubs who have paid to attend. Surrey Rugby feels that this is not in the spirit of rugby. I know that at my own club, Sutton & Epsom RFC, provide a 100% refund to all clubs when a festival is cancelled.
Therefore as part of requesting consent to host a festival, host clubs will have to agree to provide a refund of at least a 50% refund to visiting clubs who have paid the entrance fee should the festival be cancelled. This is in line with the Surrey’s own mini rugby festival policy and allows clubs to offset any cost they would have incurred in setting up the festival. It is also acceptable for the host club to offer a “credit note” to the visiting clubs to attend another festival that year or in the following year.
It has been noted that some clubs when setting their fees for a festival, set them on £x per child but on larger squad sizes than the sizes Surrey Rugby recommend. This could be seen as a way of increasing the revenue made from entrance fees & also reduces the amount of playing time a player gets to play.
Therefore as part of requesting consent to host a festival, host clubs must agree to set fees on the following squad sizes
U7s – 6 (4 on pitch), U8 – 10 (6 on pitch), U9s – 11 (7 on pitch),
U10s – 12 (8 on pitch), U11s – 13 (9 on pitch)
These squad sizes allow each player sufficient game time at a festival.
Clubs who wish to bring more players must agree with the host club beforehand.
Playing Up and Down a year.
Playing up in Mini rugby is not allowed (except U7s can play with U8s if needed to make up teams)
Should it be considered that someone would benefit from playing down a year, then please make sure the relevant form required by reg 15 (link below) is completed and passed to me asap. Please remember, that any consent only lasts for one season and so must be applied for each year.
If your club wishes to run one of these they need to obtain consent from Surrey Rugby – so please contact myself or the Surrey office.
Incoming & Outgoing Tours (Abroad)
Please remember that you must complete the relevant forms (link below) and pass to myself for all mini age group tours or the surrey office for others year.
If you have any questions at all about mini rugby and the forthcoming season, then please drop me a line and will get back to you ASAP.
I hope that the season goes well and that all your mini rugby players and fun & exciting season playing their rugby
The Age Grade Rugby season kicks off this week. As we start this exciting year, I wanted to thank everyone who has been involved in the work over the last five years. Your input has been really constructive and without it we would not be at this important point for young people playing our sport now and in the future. This season sees significant changes to make the game more about what motivates the players themselves and whilst change takes time, we all owe it to those young players to visibly drive the evolution together. We must also be prepared to be challenged by them and others if we drag our heels or are not aligned to the new framework of Age Grade Rugby. Your support in modelling best practice and taking our clubs, schools and colleges with us is going to be vital.