In the beginning in 1984...
...there was a rugby pitch, a rugby ball and six young boys aged between eight and eleven!
The section started meeting on typical Pentyrch Autumn nights (cold and wet) on Friday evenings between 6 and 7pm, practising basic rugby skills and these sessions began following a rugby tournament held at Parc Y Dwrlyn when Pentyrch Primary School entered a competition day with nobody to supervise them on the day. It turned out that none of the boys had ever played rugby and they had enough players to enter a team in the under 9s and a seven-a-side team in the under 11s competition. The teams were chosen according to size – with the tallest in the forwards and the shortest in the backs, consequently, every game was lost by huge scores.
Back to Friday night training. A shortage of players meant that the squads weren’t able to play other teams, this situation remained for about a year during which time the playing membership increased and more rugby coasches became involved. These coaches included Gareth Gardner, Gareth Williams, Martyn Moss, John Lewis and Meiron Morgan.
From these early days the mini rugby grew from an acorn to an oak tree and now we have the excellent contribution to rugby that the club was aiming for thanks to many volunteers.
Today we have the largest Mini & Juniors section in the Cardiff & Vale District with teams throughout the age groups, from under 7s to under 16s. We have had many players go on to have successful rugby careers at the highest levels and also earn international caps, the latest and current welsh international being Harry Robinson.
Vice Chairman - Juniors
Child Safegaurding Officer
A Typical Friday Evening at the Parc
The following teams train on the following nights between 6-7pm
Under 13s, Under 14s & Under 15s train on Wednesday nights
Under 16s train on Thursday nights
Under 7s, Under 8s, Under 9s, Under 10s, Under 11s & Under 12s train on Friday nights
Pentyrch Mini & Juniors Section – Parental guide
Pentyrch Mini & Juniors (‘PM&J’) is a section within Pentyrch Rugby Football Club Limited (‘Pentyrch RFC’) responsible for the administration of rugby played at under 7 to under 16 age levels (Minis are under 7 to 12 and Juniors under 13 to 16). PM&J is subject to the rules and regulations applicable to Pentyrch RFC. This document sets out PM&J policies and procedures. A list of the current PM&J Committee members is available on request. The Committee, coaches and team managers are all unpaid volunteers.
If you have any questions about this document or suggestions on how we might improve matters then please contact us by email at email@example.com.
PM&J fully embraces the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) Rugby Pathway 'Minis to Millennium' ('The Pathway') a copy of which can be downloaded from the WRU website at www.wru.co.uk/downloads. The Pathway is an important document, it sets out the WRU Policy on Fair Play, the responsibilities of coaches, parents and players and the rules and laws applicable to the playing of the game at each age level. We ask that all coaches, parents and players take time to read the current version of The Pathway prior to the start of every season. The Pathway sets out the following responsibilities;
Parent responsibilities are to:
Player Responsibilities are to:
Player discipline & behaviour
Training & Matches
Home matches and the Clubhouse
Team managers may enter teams into a number of tournaments and will aim to give all players the opportunity to participate in tournaments. As we recognise that young players value an element of competition it is likely that the Team Managers / Coaches will select players based on performance and ability for specific tournaments including but not limited to the Blues Cup and District Tournaments and at the knockout stages of tournaments generally.
Team managers may arrange for players in their age group to go on tours. A person with parental responsibility will be required to give prior written consent for any player to go on a tour. All players going on tour will be required to adhere to WRU Disciplinary Regulations and Codes of Conduct and to behave appropriately at all times. Any Team Manager or Coach travelling on tour may at his or her absolute discretion exclude a player from further participation on tour and or require a player be collected from the tour by the appropriate person with parental responsibility.
Child Protection Policy
PM&J and Pentyrch RFC are committed to ensuring the welfare of children within rugby and adhere to the WRU Safeguarding and Protection of Children Policy which is available on the WRU website. Any concerns should be reported to our Child Protection Officer who is Kieran Dunne (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Telephone: 07534 959562)
We want to address any issues that might arise quickly and in a co-operative and friendly manner. We hope that in the majority of cases any issues or concerns can be addressed by the appropriate Committee Member, Team Coach or Team Manager. We certainly welcome comments and / or suggestions that could help us to improve what we do. If you do wish to make a formal complaint please let us know by emailing details to email@example.com or writing to the PM&J Chairman and we will send you a copy of our complaints procedure.
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