Parents Introduction to youth rugby
As a parent you will no doubt want your son/daughter to enjoy their involvement in rugby union in a safe enjoyable environment where there are opportunities to learn and develop rugby skills and also have fun. This guide suggests questions you might ask when choosing a club for your son/daughter before making that final decision.

Joining Old Rishworthians
Always check

  • The qualifications and experience of the coaches. All coaches should hold an RFU qualification.
  • The ratio of adults to young people. Ratio for Under 8s should be a maximum of 1:8, for Under 12s 1:12 and older age groups 1:15.
  • The club has clear codes of conduct stating expected behaviour of members, player and coaches.
  • What happens if there is an accident. The club has a documented procedure
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  • The club has a Welfare Officer Paul Savage who is in attendance at the club on Sunday mornings.
  • It is a requirement of the RFU Child Protection Policy that all clubs have an identified welfare officer.

Questions to ask
Always check

  • My son/daughter has never played rugby before; can they come along and try out a couple of sessions?
  • When is training?
  • When are the matches?
  • What kit do we need to buy?
  • Does the club have a Child Protection Policy?
  • How does the club manage any issues, which may arise ?i.e. bullying?
  • Are the coaches qualified? All coaches should hold an RFU qualification.
  • Are the adults helping with the teams checked and trained?
  • Does my son/daughter have to share changing facilities with adult players?
  • Do the club have social events?
  • How much does it cost to be a member of the club?
  • Is there a first aider on site?
  • Is the club affiliated to the RFU

What does the club expect from me as a parent?
The club will expect you to:

  • Ensure that your son/daughter is dropped off and picked up from the club and matches and in the case of younger children there will be an expectation that a parent or designated adult remains throughout the session. This responsibility can be delegated but the club must be aware.
  • Adhere to the codes of conduct within the club,in particular the Parents Code of Conduct. This highlights the positive aspects of being a part of the club and supporting both your own child and all the other young people within the club.
  • Become as involved in the club as much as possible. This provides your son/daughter with the support to enjoy their rugby. Clubs are dependant on volunteers.
  • Support the coaches by ensuring your son/daughter enjoys their rugby and plays within the laws of the game It is crucial to develop a positive relationship with the coaching team and to support them. If an issue does develop then manage this through the Club Welfare Officer.

What does the club expect from my child?
There is a guide for young people which details the club?s expectations which include:

  • Fair play.
  • Listening to the coaches.
  • Adhering to the codes of conduct.
  • Adhering to the laws of the game and rules of the club.
  • Having fun and enjoying playing rugby.

What can we expect from the club?

  • A friendly welcome, an opportunity to meet new friends and watch rugby.
  • Opportunities to be involved in all aspects of club life and use your own expertise.
  • Opportunities for your son/daughter to have fun and develop their game as much as they want to.
  • A safe environment.
  • Qualified coaches and responsible volunteers.
  • Relationships based on trust, honesty and respect where your son/daughter are valued and listened to and where their welfare is paramount.
  • Child Protection Policy available for you on request.
  • Clear lines of communication with you about your child, fixtures, training and events.

The club will alays need to ensure they can contact you and keep you informed. It is part of the club's philosophy that you are involved in your child's rugby development. Please ensure that you build a relationship with the coach/administrators and support the club by completing all paperwork required. If you have a concern relating to the welfare of your son/daughter always contact the club welfare officer.