Wed 04 Sep 2019 19:08

Oxford Harlequins Minis & Juniors Rugby Football Club are proud of the achievements and the excellent attitude of our young players. Whether you are a returning player, transferring from another club or trying rugby for the first time, you are most welcome.

Quins is a local club in the heart of Oxford, with strong links to local schools. We are delighted by the number of players who progress up the age levels and into our senior teams. Keeping players involved throughout their school days and beyond means that they benefit from being part of the rugby family and from the friendships and health benefits that our sport offers.

The club aims to ensure that players, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers uphold the Core Values of rugby union, Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. These values will stand our young people in good stead both on and of the rugby pitch and are reflected in the RFU’s Code of Rugby.

At Oxford Harlequins Minis & Juniors we strive to:

  • Play to win - but not at all costs
  • Win with dignity, lose with grace
  • Observe the Laws and regulations of the game
  • Respect opponents, referees and participants
  • Reject cheating, racism, violence and drugs
  • Value volunteers and paid officials alike
  • Enjoy the game

Oxford Harlequins Minis & Juniors provides rugby for children of all ages and abilities.

Our Minis section caters for children from six years old (Under 7s) up to 11 years old (Under 12s).

The Junior section provides for children from 12 years old (Under 13s) up to 18, at which age they can join the senior section.

All age groups adhere to the RFU Age Grade Regulation 15, a playing and coaching pathway by which clubs and schools introduce rugby in three incremental stages (Mini-Midi Rugby) so that by Under 13 level players have the skills and knowledge to participate in a full 15 a-side game.

Young players are coached under the RFU Age Grade Regulations and boys and girls train and play together up to and including the Under 12 age group. Beyond this, boys and girls play separately, for safety reasons.

All lead coaches at Oxford Harlequins Minis & Juniors are qualified to UK Coaching standards. We aim to have for each age group at least one Level 1 qualified coach, which means they are trained and accredited and most Junior age groups also have a number of level 2 coaches in their ranks.

The club has qualified referees to officiate at matches. However, to cover all matches every weekend, we are always actively recruiting referees. You do not need to have any previous rugby experience as training is provided.

If you would like more information about becoming a rugby coach or referee at Oxford Harlequins, please contact our Youth Vice Chair and Training Co-ordinator Jamie Green.

Alternatively if you wish to apply to coach at Oxford Harlequins please complete the coach application and reference forms (see link below) and email to admin@oxfordharlequins.org.

We will then contact you to discuss further and ask you to undergo Disclosure and Barring checks via the RFU's disclosure service. Please read the attached DBS Case Management Process for more information.

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