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4. PRFC and Under 6 players

Petersfield RFC welcomes all players who would like to learn the game of rugby. However before you register your child with the club we hope that you will read the following statement & guidelines on the participation of very young players in Rugby Union.

This club acts in strict compliance with the rules of the Rugby Football Union Continuum & there are fairly clear guidelines about those players who fall into the Under Six category. (In essence what this means is that a child who will become seven at any time between 1 September of the current playing season and 31st August of the following year will be an Under Seven player and a child younger than this is an Under Six.)

The RFU Continuum rules state than Under Six players may not take part in competitive games or tournaments, however there should be provision for teaching them a broad range of skills in preparation for the game of Tag Rugby at Under Seven. Petersfield RFC recognises that young children learn at different rates and that they are not able to deal with too much complexity. What we aim to provide are rugby related activities in a safe, enjoyable and un-pressurised environment and an introduction to the concepts of fair play, sharing and co-operation.

To this end, the Club Committee have agreed the following principles for good practice with respect to Under Six players:

  1. Training will only last for 1 hour
  2. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult who remains on pitchside during the session.
  3. A parent/responsible adult may withdraw a child from a session at any time during a session if they deem that child to be tired or losing concentration.
  4. The coach must be informed if a child is being removed from a session.
  5. The coaches and helpers will all have a CRB check.
  6. The coach reserves the right to ask a parent to remove a child from a session if he/she feels that that child's continued participation is detrimental to their own development or that of the others in the group.

Petersfield RFC hopes that your child will learn some useful skills for however long they remain a part of the club.