Welcome to the Under 9s for 2017/2018!

We have a strong squad of boys and girls carrying on from the under 8s, but we could do with recruiting a few more so that we can run more teams in the local festivals.  We have a lot of fun at U9 and our coaches will pass on the skills and ethos of rugby with a variety of small sided games and skill sessions designed to ensure full participation, fitness and enjoyment.

At U9 our rugby players begin a transition towards contact rugby with the introduction of the tackle  (no more tags). The transition is gentle with a focus on making sure that our boys and girls learn how to tackle safely – below the chest without contesting the ball.  The ball carrier is not allowed to hand-off or to use the ball to fend-off a tackler allowing a fair contest between players of all shapes and sizes. Once a player is held or brought to the ground then the ref shouts ‘tackle’ and the ball is shipped to another player (7 a side); this keeps the game flowing in the same way that we enjoyed during tag.  

The format will be new to everyone; players who have played before can build on the skills that they have developed while new players have a chance to catch up as we all learn the new things together. Boys and girls born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 inclusive welcome!

We play most Sundays at the Bank of England Sports Club from 9:45am - 11:15am.  We have regular home and away visits with local competition and 3 larger festivals during the season.


2017/18 Head Coach is Kevin Howell (pictured) who has nearly a decade's experience of coaching children's rugby. To find out more please email Kevin at: kevin.howell@nhs.net

Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club Minis Festivalinfo
London Welsh St David's Day Festival
Middlesex U9 Festival
Home strip: Blue & Gold
Away strip: Blue & Gold

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