New players are always welcome at Kingsbridge. Rugby is one of the most popular and enjoyable team games a youngster can play, with tremendous benefits for promoting personal development, sports skills and fitness. All players are coached and play in teams according to age groups as determined by school year. For example, Under 8s players reach their 8th birthday between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008.
The Youth Section has teams at all age groups from Under 7s through to Under 16s. The playing and training programme closely follows the RFU Continuum and emphasis is firmly placed on young players enjoying rugby and developing skills in an inclusive, family orientated atmosphere.
The RFU Continuum (see below) is a national programme followed by all rugby clubs to ensure young players acquire rugby skills and can enjoy the game in a phased introduction to handling, contact, tackling and kicking. Due regard is given to physical and conceptual development. Under 7s & Under 8s play tag rugby; tackling and non-contested scrums are introduced at Under 9s level and limited contested scrums and lineout’s at Under 10s. The number of players and size of pitches increase through the range of age groups.
A qualified coach or coaches lead each age group, and parents are always encouraged to help and assist. Some teams in the junior section have as many as 30 young players, so any assistance offered will be gratefully received. Most, if not all, coaches are parents themselves and many started by being interested parents on the touchline! Parents are expected to stay and watch (or remain in the Clubhouse). Hot food, drinks & a licensed bar are usually available.
New players are always encouraged to come along for a couple of weeks to determine whether they enjoy playing rugby before any fees are expected or money is spent on rugby kit. All that is required to begin with is a pair of boots and training kit. The RFU, KRFC and all coaches strongly advise young players to wear mouth guards when playing rugby. Your age group coach will be pleased to advise you further.