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Mini & Youth Rugby Blueprint Roadshow 2013

What is the Roadshow?

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The RFU is taking to the road from October to December this year. There will be 27 evenings spread across the country to share, discuss and achieve consensus on the principles of the game for players from seven to 18 years and how these principles could look in practice in our clubs, schools and colleges.

Click here for the calendar of Mini & Youth Rugby Blueprint Roadshow events and venues (PDF 200kB).

The Roadshow offers a chance to get from stakeholders in the game their thoughts on how we propose to shape the mini, junior and youth game over the next couple of years in preparation for RWC 2015 and beyond. This is the perfect opportunity to have your say!

How do you get involved?

Everyone is welcome to come along to the Roadshow evenings. All are a 7pm for 7.30pm start and will finish by 9.30pm at the latest.

We want to hear in particular from those organisers, teachers, coaches, referees and parents who are at the coalface each week of the season. 

We are looking for views on how the New Rules of Play work practically, to propose and get feedback on what competition format best recruits and retains players, and to hear the challenges and solutions that more players wanting to play will create for the people-resource in our rugby clubs, schools and colleges.

If you can’t make the Roadshow itself, or are keen to give us feedback after attending, please email us via myrugbyblueprint@rfu.com.

Why are we doing it?

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In the past few years, a great deal of work has gone into considering the way the game is played, delivered and organised for young people up to the age of 18. 

This includes the research on and roll-out of the New Rules of Play, the transition of the Level 1 Coaching Award to the Introduction of Children to Rugby Union and efforts to make our youth rugby regulations more supportive and flexible whilst maintaining safety and credibility.

In addition, the Age Grade Competition Review has been in process for a couple of years with a group from right across the game working on producing a recommended competitions framework across clubs, schools and colleges. This aims to minimise clashes, overplaying and mismatches whilst increasing competitive opportunities for players with little competitive outlet.

With Rugby World Cup 2015 on the horizon, the RFU Community Game Board has agreed that this all be pulled together into a “blueprint” for rugby at Under 18 level and below, which brings clarity for everyone – particularly our young players – and maximises the opportunity that a home Rugby World Cup gives all of us.

What is our aim?

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The prospect of creating a long-term Blueprint for Mini and Youth rugby at 18 and under is exciting. We already have many of the ingredients; we just need to piece them together in the best way possible.

The game format, playing opportunity and support should be clear, accessible and based on the needs and wants of children and young people, rather than on tradition or what we adults think. 

On the back of the Roadshow and your feedback we will finalise a competition framework and make any necessary tweaks to our New Rules of Play, regulations roll-out and people recruitment/training programmes.

By getting this right, we will ensure that more young people start, remain and choose a lifelong friendship with rugby union, strengthening our clubs and growing the game in the communities around them as a result.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via myrugbyblueprint@rfu.com.

 

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