Hungerford Rugby Club is proud to be making rugby safe post-lockdown
We believe it is vital for young people’s physical and mental health to stay active and enjoy team sports.
After the premature end of last season, we are determined to do all we can to support our players, parents and volunteers in making this season one to remember for all the right reasons.
As a club we are following all guidelines to keep rugby safe for our players:
– each team has their own bag of balls which is soaked in a liquid sanitiser before they are touched. At the end of training the kids drop them back in the bag and they are sanitised again before going back in the store room.
– players are allowed up to 15 minutes of touch contact (no tag belts or tackling)
– players sanitise their hand pitch-side every 15 minutes and before leaving the pitch at the end of training.
And though protocols and RFU directives will make everything a little different to start with, we are hopeful that before too long we’ll be back to normal.
Of course, one thing remains constant: our commitment to ensure that every player is made welcome, everyone has fun and there’s game time for all. In junior and mini rugby it doesn’t matter how big the squad is – everyone gets to play. That’s the philosophy of the Rugby Football Union (the sport’s governing body) and it’s one that Hungerford Rugby Club are at the forefront of embracing.
“We welcome young players of all ages and abilities and we have a strict ‘no streaming’ policy which means all those who turn up and train will play in matches,” says Hungerford’s junior section Chair Tracy Cox.
“We run teams from under-6 to under-18 and we pride ourselves on being a friendly club. We’re not the biggest but we are a club dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of rugby and we believe that all starts in mini-rugby. We have fully qualified coaches, first-aiders and team officials and we love to see our youngsters doing well, but the most important thing for us is that they enjoy their rugby,” Tracy adds.
Something else that remains the same is our fees, which have not changed from last season and remain the cheapest (and best value!) of any club for miles around. To keep the cost down they often have second hand kit available and boots for anyone who hasn’t played before and wants to try the game out.
Sunday training session start times:
Under-6, Under-7, Under-8, Under-9:
Arrival: 9.15am for a prompt 9.30 start. Session duration: one hour
Under-10, Under-11, Under-12, Under-13, Under-14 and Under-16:
Arrival: 11.15am for a prompt 11.30 start. Session duration: 90 minutes
How to Join
If you would like to join or have any queries, please contact juniors secretary Lou Evans at email@example.com or 07917 058523 or contact any committee member.