Grasshoppers launches new mini rugby initiative

6th January 2014

Grasshoppers launches new mini rugby initiative

Grasshoppers Rugby Club has just launched the RFU’s new mini rugby initiative – Kids First Rugby - a new approach to the way the game is played at rugby clubs across England which puts the child at the centre, moving on at the child’s own pace and development so that more children experience success.

Grasshoppers was selected as one of 20 clubs countrywide and is the first in Middlesex to participate in Kids First Rugby.

With the official England Rugby Ambassador for the children’s game, Ruckley, the English Bulldog in support, Grasshoppers will adopt the new rules of play which put the child at the centre of training and playing.

Tony Robinson, RFU Player Development Officer, ran the initial introductory sessions with coaches, managers and parents and said: "it’s great to see Grasshoppers leading this new initiative in Middlesex. They have a great set up at mini and junior rugby already and this new initiative will help ensure their young players have a great rugby experience. The two sessions we’ve run so far have been very well received, with coaches and parents impressed by the new approach and keen to see the young players benefit from getting to know Kids First Rugby and Ruckley”.

Leroy Arbouine, Grasshoppers Chairman for Mini Rugby added: "We are very keen to ensure that all our players get the very best experience, and couldn’t wait to roll out Kids First Rugby in this our 10th season of mini and junior rugby. The coaches are very enthusiastic about learning the different techniques and making sure that we put the child at the heart of everything that we do. Everyone is very excited to meet Ruckley too.”

Not to be left out Ruckley had the last word: "Rugby is fun and I love to see all my friends enjoying playing,” he said. "It’s the best sport in the world, with lots of tries and exciting team action. I can’t wait to meet all the players at Grasshoppers to have some fun.”

For further information speak to Leroy Arbouine (ku/oc/hcaernepo//eniuobra/yorel) or Louise Latter (moc/liamtoh//rettaluol) or visit Ruckley's page (

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