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Kids First Rugby

Kids First Rugby
Grasshoppers is an Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Rugby Club.

Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Rugby is a new approach to rugby at U7 - U13 at clubs and schools across the country. It is all about helping children develop and learn the game at their own pace, and making sure they have plenty of fund while playing.

In 2013/2014, Grasshoppers was selected as one of 20 rugby clubs across the country and the first in Middlesex to pilot the new Kids First Rugby initiative and we signed up to the Kids First Rugby Manifesto.

In 2015/2016, Grasshoppers have officially taken the Kids First pledge.
  • Put children at the heart of everything we do and all decisions we make.
  • Encourage fun on the pitch, through equal opportunity and realistic expectations of our children.
  • Develop children's confidence and character as players and as people, challenging any behaviour that conflicts with this.
  • Build the skills of our adults to provide a safe, healthy, respectful and enjoyable environment for children.
  • Champion rugby's Core Values, inspiring a lifelong bond between children, adults and supporters.

As a Club we want all our young players to benefit from the Kids First Rugby Initiative by:

  • Personal and social development
  • Self-esteem and Well-being
  • Reward beyond competition and physical maturity
  • Inclusion
  • Increased game understanding
  • Individual skill development
  • Develops a 'growth mindset

With this in mind, we have published our Kids First Strategy so players, parents, volunteers and coaches are all working towards our shared aim.

England Rugby have launched a new interactive game - Ruckley's Tryfest, which is a fun, action-packed, high-speed game of skill and strategy. The aim of the game is to select and place characters with unique skills on the rugby field and pass the ball between them, scoring as many tries as possible. Ruckley's Tryfest is free to download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. For more information visit Ruckley's page on England Rugby.

Kids First Rugby - U7

The new rules of play for Under 7s is an introduction to rugby at the earliest years, and as such should be a simple and easy to understand game.

Kids First Rugby - U8

The new rules of play for Under 8s provides more of a team feel while maintaining the principles of low numbers and increased involvement.

Kids First Rugby - U9

The new rules of play for Under 9s introduces tackling and building the child's confidence and offers better coaching and encouragement.

Kids First Rugby - U10

The new rules of play for Under 10s introduces the scrum to develop tactical awareness for all players and the first stages of competition for the ball.

Kids First Rugby - U11

The new rules of play for Under 11s continues the principles of child development and the incremental introduction of new rules that are within the capabilities of the players, enabling them to be successful.

Kids First Rugby - U12

The new rules of play for Under 12s develops the player and encourages them to play in all positions and exploring and discovering for themselves how to take risks on the pitch and to solve problems.
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