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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

U13s: RFUW backs down... a little

Great News! All the emails and other pressure on RFUW have had an effect. As you see in the letter sent today to all clubs (below) current U12s (ie. current Year 7s) who already play rugby will NOT now have to play in the new U13 band next season but will, instead, be able to straight into an U15 squad - ie. just like they have for the past five or six years. Girls of the same age who are new to the game or not registered on Rugby First (and its not the most accurate of databases, so get your club to check!) will have to play U13 rugby.

However - note that this is not automatic. Any girls affected must be registered with Rugby First, and must make a formal application by 15th July (see the links below).

All we need do now is make sense of the rules... or find a set of rules that makes sense (see earlier posts).

Dear All

We have listened to feedback on the U13 age band proposal and have come to the conclusion, that the vast majority agree with the strategic need for the proposals, although the suggested timing for introduction will pose some challenges for some of our clubs, therefore:

For Season 2011/12  any female players aged U12 and registered on Rugby First in 2010/11 season can play within the U15 age band.

All players must be 12 years of age on the 1st September 2011 and have played club rugby during the 2010/11 season under the RFU Continuum, only players that were registered on Rugby First before the season closed on the 2nd May 2011 will be approved to play U15 Girls rugby.

How does it work?:
1.       All clubs that have affiliated girls sections at U15s can apply to the RFUW to allow those U12 girls previously registered (in season 2010/2011) on Rugby First to play in their U15 team.
2.       Clubs must follow U13 Player Application Form  link and supply the required information, which in turn can be checked against Rugby First before approval is granted.
3.       Any application needs to be with the RFUW no later than 15th July 2011.
4.       Any non-registered players or new players to the game will not be permitted to play U15 rugby and would start in the new U13s age-group.
5.       To support this we have expanded the Club Development Toolkit Fund to have a specific line of funding available to support programmes and resources relating to the development of U13s. The funding is available through application via Club Toolkit Fund Application Form and must be received by 10th June 2011. If you require any support or assistance with your application, please contact your WRDM.
6.       Resources to support the coaching of the Tag to Tackle game will be available through your local coaching network over the summer.

If you have any queries at all please contact your WRDM in the first instance.


Rosie Williams


  1. Anonymous6:00 PM

    an interesting compromise!!...but..what happens to a new talented player..why not allow the coaches to apply for dispensation/fast track for the talented ones?
    how much rugby coaching will the rfuw be doing before 15th july?..i know what they are meant to be doing in the North East but..

  2. Anonymous9:02 AM

    I love the PR spin within the opening paragraph of this letter.

    "We have listened to feedback on the U13 age band proposal".....well that's jolly decent of them but a proper consultation process would have been better.

    "and have come to the conclusion, that the vast majority agree with the strategic need for the proposals"........well, obviously, we all agree that we need more girls playing the game and more funding - but transforming the game for u13 girls into a neutered netball hybrid ain't so popular.

    "although the suggested timing for introduction will pose some challenges for some of our clubs".....presumably what they mean here is "completely decimate the u15 game".

  3. Anonymous1:05 AM

    Hee hee hee. Well put anon 9.02


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