Micro Rugby is where it all starts. If you are a youngster wanting to learn about rugby, you start at micro rugby level. New players are almost always enthusiastic and want to get stuck in right away, but like everything, you have to learn to walk before you run. Therefore, at micro level we spend time having fun but developing skills and tactics and learning the rules at the same time. The most important thing is that the children learn how to play the game safely and in the right spirit.
Surprisingly we experience relatively few bumps and bruises and the children keep on coming back for more!
If you are interested in bringing your child down to experience micro rugby, please read our aims. We suggest they have a 2-3 weeks trial to see if they enjoy the sessions.
The under 6 section, known as the micros allows children aged 3, 4 and 5 to start learning how to play tag rugby. They do not play competitive games until they reach their sixth birthday then they can join in with the under 7’s squad and play competitive games. They train on Sunday mornings and occasionally travel with the under 7’s to train with the opposition.
What does your child need to join and enjoy micro rugby? A willingness to listen and join in are good starters. We would ask that the children come with a pair of trainers (boots will be required when it is wet or muddy), some shorts and tracksuit trousers, a shirt and warm top fleece/tracksuit top. (In winter, please ensure your child has several layers of clothing). An ability to get dirty (which most kids have) is good, and a get up and go attitude is a big help.
As a parent, is it a good idea to send your child to us? We are all individuals, what excites one child may not interest another. Bring your child along, and we hope that your child will have got ‘the bug’ and be keen to return, although it is important to stress that the coaches are not babysitters on a Sunday morning – they want to see your child take an interest and be developed. It is also great to see their faces when the parents join in with the games. If the qualities are not there we will try to bring them out, but we do realise that rugby is not ‘it’ for all. At micro level we do not play in competitive matches or tournaments until they reach their 6th birthday.
The aims of the micros are
Having Fun Every thing we do is designed to ensure that, first and foremost, all participants have fun and are enthusiastic about their rugby training. Every week we introduce a variety of exercises designed to develop basic individual and team skills through play. We engender healthy competition but always with a strong emphasis on sportsmanship and encouragement.
Safety As parents ourselves we treat the safety of your children as paramount when considering our itinerary. Tag rugby at this age level is non-contact in that we do not play to tackle or encourage aggression towards each other. But don’t expect any clean shirts because children seem to love the mud!!
Benefits Develop good hand-eye coordination, balance and agility. A healthy lifestyle, involving healthy eating and drinking as well as exercise. Your child gets “The feel good factor” through exercise, helping towards your child feeling happy and content. Your child is encouraged to play in teams, teaching important social skills, friendship, discipline and team building.
Building for the future We consider it a great honour to be the people giving your children their first taste of rugby and aim to ensure the healthy behaviors our sport helps to develop serve your children well in the future and keep them coming back for years to come.
If you have any questions about our Under 6 rugby programme please don’t hesitate to contact Simon Edmunds or a member of our team.
We look forward to seeing you.
Simon, Cathy, Debbie & Tom
Under 6/5/4 coaches