Underage Rugby at Kinsale RFC
Welcome to the 2016 rugby season at Kinsale RFC. Thanks to your continuing support, our underage section continues to thrive with over 350 active playing members and 35 volunteer coaches.
In this section you will find information about:
Mini Rugby For aspiring young rugby players from age 6-12 yrs come along to the club on any Saturday from 9.30am onwards and try out the game! Just bring boots, shorts and a gumshield, call at the clubhouse and we will take you to your age group for a training session. Parents are welcome to stay and watch.
Youth Rugby 12-18 yrs olds will participate in Youth rugby. Most Youth teams play matches on Saturdays and train one evening during the week. Please go to the Contact Us section to inquire about membership.
Membership. Under IRFU rules every player must be a club member as non-members may not participate in matches. Underage membership costs only €35 per player, or cover the whole family for €100. Benefits of family membership include free use of the clubhouse for events and access to Munster and Ireland match tickets. Join, pay and get more details at the Membership link on this website.
Club Development .Our Club mission is to continuously improve our standard of rugby and promote the sport of rugby for children and adults in Kinsale and surrounds. Our two adult teams compete in Junior Division 2, and many of this team came up through our underage structure.
We were fortunate to be able to purchase new lands around the club a few years ago, and our aim is to start development of the land to provide additional playing and training space. In 2015 we commenced our development plan with the installation of match-grade floodlighting on our main pitch. This will facilitate evening matches, a huge benefit for our Youth and Adult teams. This development is made possible by the proceeds of the Kinsale 7s, and our Club Lotto scheme. We urge all parents and members to help these efforts by promoting the sale of lotto tickets and helping with the 7s when the time comes in May 2015.
Play your part We welcome the involvement of parents in all the activities of the Club. There are many ways you can help, from becoming an accredited coach or road and car park marshal, selling lotto tickets, serving coffee and food on Saturday mornings, to name but a few. Let us know, by speaking to your coach or committee member, or ticking the box when you pay your membership online.
Other Activities. We do hope you and your young players enjoy the coming rugby season, and all the other activities of the Club such as KidsCamp and Tours. Our first priority is player safety and the underage team works hard to ensure we are organised to run the sport according to IRFU requirements.
Training and Match Times: Mini Rugby (ages 6-12) training starts at 9.30 each Saturday, depending on age group. Mini Rugby blitzes will take place periodically starting at 9.30am and will replace training for those age groups involved, start times for away blitzes may be earlier. U13, U14, U16 and U18 squads will train on a weekday evening (to be advised by your coach) and will play matches on Saturday in the morning or early afternoon.
Kit required Players provide their own training kit. Rugby boots, tshirts, shorts or training pants and the mandatory gumshield. On cold days please ensure players have warm tops – training may not be all action! All gear, including club jerseys, is available from the Kinsale Sports Shop, 1 Pier Rd, Kinsale. Match Jerseys are provided by the Club for Youth squads (age 13 and up). Mini players supply their own jerseys for matches, but we always hold a few spares in case players do not have a jersey with them.
Insurance Cover In the past the Club has often been asked by parents and coaches whether the Club covers injuries sustained by underage players during training or at matches. Although the Club is covered by IRFU insurance, this covers only major injury such as loss of limbs or sight. Many parents misunderstand this cover, and assume incorrectly that every minor injury or visit to the doctor or hospital is covered.
Club policy states that when medical help is sought at the pitchside, in the form of SouthDoc or a visit to the GP, or an ambulance is called, that the club will cover this expense. The fee should be paid by the parent or player and the receipt submitted via the Child Welfare Officer, or Youth or Mini Officer for reimbursement.
This is NOT covered by insurance but comes out of club funds. The Club will not cover any subsequent treatment costs, as we have no insurance to cover this eventuality.
There is a low cost insurance policy openly available that we highly recommend parents take advantage of. This is an extension to the insurance that players have at their school. This insurance comes at a very low cost and should be taken out by the parent or guardian, and they will deal directly with the insurance company regarding any claims. The Club has no financial interest in promoting this service, we are simply passing on the information. Contact www.chill.ie and select ‘School Insurance’ for more details.
Please use the contact section on the website if you have any questions. We wish your young player every success, and above all, to have lots of fun!