Welcome letter from Jonny McCartney – Mini Coordinator

Coleraine Mini RugbyNews


New-McClartysMIWelcome to one of the largest and most exciting Mini Rugby groups in the country, sponsored by McClartys Insurance

Whether playing for Ireland, Ulster or for Coleraine Senior team the mini rugby section at Coleraine is the ideal starting point, our aim is to introduce the game to the children in a safe and supportive environment, so that they learn to enjoy the game, play it in the right team spirit and make friendships that will last them a lifetime.

We have over 180 children registered and we welcome all players, both boys and girls of all abilities, from keen novices to potential internationals. Our objective is to instill in our players confidence, determination and self-belief while developing agility, skills, fitness, teamwork and discipline both on and off the field.  We aim to encourage players to perform at the best of their abilities, to be gracious in victory, magnanimous in defeat and respectful to the officials, the opposition and their teammates.
We offer rugby from P1 to Under 12 age groups. At the P1/ Under 6 age group they start with fun rugby skill related games, introducing competitive touch rugby at P2, contact is introduced in a controlled environment at P3 and then developed right the way through to playing a full contact game at P7 and Under 12.
We start at P1 by playing rugby related games and teaching basic passing and support play, then introduce competitive touch rugby at P2.  Contact is introduced in a controlled environment at P3 and then developed right the way through to playing a full contact game at P7 and Under 12.  Our coaches are encouraged and supported to attend IRFU sanctioned courses. We are guided by Ulster Branch who provide the support of Community rugby officers and a Coach Development officer resulting in us being able to offer a very high level of coaching in the Mini’s section.

We work hard to ensure that all players from under P3 upwards and across the ability range have the opportunity of participating in competitive rugby including hosting a home festival and fixtures as well as attending away fixtures as guests of clubs in the surrounding area. The older age group and parents also get the opportunity to compete in a weekend tournament run by Leicester Tigers which is always a highlight of the season. Other groups in the past have been invited to festivals in Dublin and we have a strong affiliation with a lot of Clubs throughout Ireland. Last season the U10 group  travelled to play in Wales and watch Ireland play at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff at the Rugby World Cup.
All of our players are fortunate enough to be supported by a large selection of keen and committed volunteers who form the network of qualified head coaches, coaches, managers, first aiders and helpers. Coleraine has a strong family and community focused ethos, which has served our club well as we have gone from strength to strength both on and off the sporting field, and parents are very much encouraged to be involved in the life of the club and the Mini’s Section in particular.

We take the protection and safety of our players very seriously with a graduated introduction and development of the game and ensure that all on-field helpers are Access NI checked and suitably qualified personnel.

Training for all age groups is held at the club’s grounds on Saturdays from 9.30am to 11am. The older groups will also attend mid week training in the evenings when possible.

We proudly bear the McClarty Logo and are hugely indebted to McClarty insurance for their continued support of the Coleraine Mini Rugby Section.

Mini Chairman

Jonny McCartney