TRY RUGBY FOR FREE - Youth Season Starts Sunday 3rd Sept!

TRY RUGBY FOR FREE - Youth Season Starts Sunday 3rd Sept!

By Simon Grieve
17 July 2017
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FULL DETAILS HERE of what to do and who to contact so that children can try rugby for FREE in September.

Following the nail-biting British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand, and with the Women’s Rugby World Cup taking place in Ireland in August, there’s never been a better time for boys and girls to start playing rugby.

If you think your child would enjoy trying out Rugby Union then please get in touch to arrange a FREE taster session, or simply turn up at Bodicote Park on any Sunday morning in September!

Children of any experience and ability are always made welcome at Banbury Rugby Club. Banbury’s 2017/18 Youth Rugby season gets under way at on Sunday 3rd September 2017 at BODICOTE PARK (behind Bannatyne's Gym on the Oxford Road in Bodicote, OX15 4AF – click here to jump to a map).

Scroll down this page to find the relevant contact person for your child’s School Year – they’ll be very happy to answer any questions you may have. If you already know which age-group they’ll be in, simply use the drop-down menus at the top of this page to jump straight to the relevant age-group section.

And of course they are very welcome to just turn-up at 10am on any Sunday in September and give it a go for FREE!

Each new season Banbury Rugby Club encourages players of all ages and abilities to come along in September and find out about rugby on a NO-LIKE NO-PAY basis. Players can join the relevant age-group on Sundays for some physical exercise, basic skills training, and having a huge amount of FUN!

You will pay NO MONEY UP-FRONT and your child can wear any suitable sports clothing, however we would strongly recommend wearing boots with studs (football boots are fine) and a mouth guard. All we ask is that you fill in a simple registration form on your first visit for identification and insurance purposes.

Then, if your daughter or son decides to join us for further training and competitive matches from October onward, they will need to pay a ONE-OFF annual subscription fee. For the 2017/18 season the subscription for a Minis player (Under 6 to Under 12) will be £67, for a Junior or Colts player (Under 13 to Under 18) it will be £77.

A Family Membership is also available and it represents exceptional value for 3 or more members - for a subscription fee of £160 members will be able to register any number of their immediate family who live at the same address.

Unlike many other sports there are NO ADDITIONAL MATCH OR TRAINING FEES to pay for Mini or Junior players, and the specific equipment required is both minimal and inexpensive.

In summary, players will benefit from:

  • Fully RFU qualified coaches, referees and first aiders
  • Regular friendly fixtures on Sundays* at home and away
  • Mid-week early evening training sessions (day varies by age group)
  • Competing in fun festivals and cup tournaments
  • Opportunities to tour (most age groups, at additional cost)
  • Unrivalled playing facilities and Clubhouse at Bodicote Park
  • Weekday evening Touch Rugby sessions during the summer
  • Making life-long friendships
  • Developing team-working and life-skills

* Academy Colts (Under 17 & Under 18) play on Saturday afternoons

So please get in touch with the appropriate age-group Manager for your child as listed below:

School Year 1 Boys & Girls (we call them Under 6s)
Lisa Styles – Email: Mobile: 07500 290029

School Year 2 Boys & Girls (Under 7s)
Lisa Styles – Email: Mobile: 07500 290029

School Year 3 Boys & Girls (Under 8s)
Sarah Demirtges - Email: Mobile: 07989 383959

School Year 4 Boys & Girls (Under 9s)
Amanda Button - Email:

School Year 5 Boys & Girls (Under 10s)
Katy Downes – Email: Mobile: 07801 338212

School Year 6 Boys & Girls (Under 11s)
Joff Tibbetts – Email: Mobile: 07802 972293

School Year 7 Boys & Girls (Under 12s)
Kate Mallock – Email: Mobile: 07751 339522

School Year 8 Boys (Under 13s)
Keith Cook – Email: Mobile: 07767 252386

School Years 8 to 13 Girls (Junior Belles - Under 13s to Under 18s)
Charlotte Eggleton – Email: Mobile: 07928 300212

School Year 9 Boys (Under 14s)
Jane Weaver – Email: Mobile: 07808 950198

School Year 10 Boys (Under 15s)
Keith Oakes – Email: Mobile: 07815 424594

School Year 11 Boys (Under 16s)
Sarah Moller – Email: Mobile: 07770 934484

School Years 12 & 13 Boys (Academy Colts – Under 17s and Under 18s)
Carol Helm – Email: Mobile: 07557 196182

Suitable mouth guards can be purchased from most reputable sports shops. Your usual dentist may also be able to supply tailor-made mouth guards.

Please remember that NO DOGS (apart from assistance dogs) are allowed into any part of Banbury Rugby Club.

Note that ALL parents of Youth Section players are required to provide help during the season to allow the Club to function. Banbury is a true grass-roots community-focussed rugby club and simply couldn’t operate without this additional source of labour. The duties are very light and include things like serving teas and coffees and directing car parking. If any parents are not prepared to provide help then higher subscription fees will apply.

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