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Mini Rugby

Our Principles

As coaches, we believe in some key principles regarding coaching rugby to young players. These key principles are fun, safety, discipline, learning skills and playing running, supportive rugby as a team.



Coolmine RFC has a long history of dedicated volunteers who strive to ensure that our young rugby players experience the very best the sport has to offer in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. Click the above link for contact details of the main co-ordinators and head-coaches for each age group.


Fixtures & Training

U10's, U12's and U13's train on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 11:30am and our U7's, U8's  U9's and U11's train on the same days between 11:30am and 1:00pm at our grounds at Ashbrook. We ask that players turn up no later than 10 minutes before training time to ensure that we are ready for warm-up at start time.

This season, match days have tended to be on Sundays. On match days, we ask that players turn up at the match fixture 30 minutes before kick off. Training will take place on days when matches are not arranged. Parents need to ensure that players always eat breakfast and drink sufficient water before training (or matches). Players should also bring their own drink to training and matches.

Already, players from all the age groups have had many opportunities to play games home and away against opposing teams. We aim to have matches on a basis of 3 matches in any 4-week period.


Safety & child care

In order to adhere to safe child care practices, we ask that parents escort the player to the relevant coach for training sessions.

Parents should also arrive to collect the player from the relevant coach on the training field 10 minutes before the end of training. Players will not be allowed to make their own way to and from the club car park to training without parental escort.

We ask that parents adhere to these important points. We continue to encourage parents, relatives and friends to support and reassure the players from the sideline during training sessions and on match days. This makes a contribution to the confidence of a young player and the coaches appreciate it. It is also particularly important if an injury occurs to a player.

For more information on The IRFU's Child Welfare Policy click the link below.

Kevin McNally, Youths Co-ordinator