Youth & Mini Rugby
Welcome to RHC COUGARS Youth & Mini Section
Royal High Corstorphine Cougars Youth Section offers children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play rugby in a friendly, fun environment.
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Primary school children (P1-P7) play in our Minis section, and we have 4-5 teams in the midis most seasons (S1, S2, U15, U16, U17 sometimes colts (senior).
Find out all about us, such as where and when we play and how to get started, by clicking on one of the section headings below.
You’ll also find details about the RHC Cougars Youth & Minis section in our Welcome Pack.
WHO ARE WE ?
Royal High School FP and Corstorphine rugby clubs merged in 2003 to form Royal High Corstophine Cougars.
Alongside our successful adult teams, RHC Cougars includes a Minis section for primary school children, as well as S1 and S2 teams for older age groups.
Both teams enjoy a challenging mix of fixtures with local sides in Edinburgh and the occasional tour further beyond, such as to Cowal in 2010.
Older children are given opportunities to progress to the club's senior XVs and to play age-group representative rugby.
WHAT ARE WE ABOUT ?
We want to encourage all boys and girls to have fun, improve skills, make friends, increase fitness and try rugby in a non-threatening environment.
RHC Cougars is a safe, efficient and child-friendly club.
We follow the Scottish Rugby Union’s (SRU) 'Fair Play Codes for Coaches, Players, Referees, Parents and Spectators' and national child protection guidelines.
How we coach
We have more than 100 Minis and Midis, training for - or playing - competitive rugby between August and May.
We want to allow players to develop both individually and as team members, and have fun and develop lasting friendships while doing so.
All age groups are supervised by our own qualified coaches, helped by coaches, referees and players from the senior club and by the SRU through the national rugby apprenticeship scheme.
Child protection is something we take seriously, while recognising the need for balance, common sense and sensitivity. Read our Child Protection and Good Practice Policy Statement. All our coaches are registered through the Disclosure Scotland Scheme.
WHO PLAYS ? WHERE ? WHEN ?
New players are always welcome. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve played the game before. Everybody gets the same chance to play. Our coaching and selection policy is 'inclusive'. That means that all players – irrespective of ability – are part of the team, and are involved in inter-club fixtures and tournaments. The only significant selection occurs as more senior teams enter national competitions.
When and where
The Minis train or play every Sunday at 1pm. Some away games may take place at different times. The minis play at Barnton and Union Park in alternate months. Both venues have a clubhouse and pitches and a large training area.
The Midis generally play on Sundays and generally train with the Royal High School (Thursdays, Tuesdays and Sundays) Training dates and times can vary, so before you head down to the playing fields for the first time it is best to check the fixtures or contact one of the youth section contacts. When you join the club, you’ll also get a weekly club email, and you can follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information.
Barnton Playing Fields
Royal High School, East Barnton Avenue
Corstorphine EH12 7EE
SO, WHAT ABOUT IT . . . . .?
Try rugby this Sunday!
For more information, contact Phil Williams, Youth Rugby Section lead, on 0131 312 8581 or contact any of the youth section contacts listed below directly.
You can turn up on any training day and let your child try rugby out, and there’s no pressure to join. Take a few weeks to find out if they would like to play regularly. If they would it’s simple for them to register as a player for the club.
All players who play rugby where tackling is involved (P4 upwards) should wear a gum shield. Boots should also be worn (most football boots should be fine). Children don’t need any other padding or protection, although they should dress appropriately for the weather.
The club also has a small shop which stocks club strips and other goodies. It’s open most Sundays after training.
We also welcome new parents to the club and we are always keen for volunteers on the pitch or in any other capacity. We operate a kitchen during Sunday training and matches providing after-match food and drink for the kids to eat together. Help is really appreciated there!
Subscriptions are payable before 31st October each year and our charges are detailed on our subscription form, which you can pick up on a Sunday. Our Welcome Pack details what we spend the subscriptions/fundraising money on.
Youth & Minis Contacts
RHC Cougars Youth & Minis Section Contacts
Community Coach: Steve Leckie
Youth Rugby Convener: Phil Williams
H: 0131 312 8581
M : 07771954985
Minis Convener: Jim Donachie
H: 0131 336 4033
17th May 2013
Training on Sunday at Barnton 1pm.
Also I have attached a copy of the fixture list for the last few weeks of this season. The important thing to note is the Awards day has been moved to Sunday 23rd June.
We are running our very popular rugby summer camp at Barnton for P1-7 and S1-3
Cost £40 for 4 days or £10 per day.
To register please see attached form.
FOOD & DRINK WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGHT THE DAY
We are collecting vouchers for Sainsburys. There are collection boxes on the bars at Barnton and Union Park.
We need more coaches, if you want to help out with the running of the club please step forward.
Can everyone please ask their employers if they sponsor kids sports.
The additional training for all P4-7 starts back this Friday on the pitches at the Royal High school from 2pm to 3:30pm
If you are interested just come along with your usual sports kit. There will be changing facilities in the clubhouse, and of course its free.
Any further questions contact the clubs Development Officer Stevie Leckie on 07787112926.
A list of the forthcoming events for the Minis Section
Season 2012 - 13
The 2012-2013 season fixture lists are available to view by clicking on the links below.
Although the minis games are detailed on the sunday PDF, Jim Donachie our minis organiser will be providing a separate single sheet for the minis.