Under 8 Overview


U8 Head Coaches:

Mark Gradwell​​​

Catherine Edser​

U8 Team Manager:

Anna Lunec

​Ruth Malone

(for children born after 1st September 2011 and before 31st August 2012 – Year 3)

At U8’s we concentrate on “Child Centred Learning”.  In short we want the children to have as much fun as possible whilst playing Rugby.  (In all weather conditions!)

At U8’s we play tag rugby which is in line with the RFU’s guidelines to age graded rugby.  Contact rugby will come later and we want the children to progress to this stage having fun learning the key skills of the game.

We have 60 registered players and are very fortunate to have 25 coaches and helpers.  All our coaches and helpers are DBS checked.  We have 5 coaches who have formal RFU qualifications and we have 10 RFU trained referees.  Many of the coaches are parents and we encourage parents to get involved wherever possible.

Our Principals of Guiding our U8’s revolves around the 5 key RFU principals namely…

         T         -           TEAMWORK
         R         -           RESPECT
         E         -           ENJOYMENT
         D         -           DISCIPLINE
         S         -           SPORTSMANSHIP

We deliver this through child centered learning ensuring that all games are….

         A          -           ACTIVE
         P          -           PURPOSEFUL
         E          -           ENJOYABLE
         S          -           SAFE

Through this we hope to develop the children’s skills meeting the RFU’s key principals. 

During the course of the year we aim to get all the children to at least 1 tournament.

Our coaching philosophy is focussed on helping children, coaches and parents to gain a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in playing rugby.  Success is not about winning – Play to Win Lose with a Grin.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Team Manager or Head Coach