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I am immensely proud to have been elected President of Norwich Rugby Football Club as it enters its 134th season. For those of you who do not have a clue who I am, I fully intend to spend as much time as possible during the season meeting as many of ... More
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Welcome all to Beeston Hyrne for what we hope will be another exciting season for the Club.

Our coaching team and the players have been working hard pre-season and our aspiration is to build and progress on last year’s success on the ... More

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Codes of Conduct





  • Be reasonable in your demands on your young player's time, energy and enthusiasm--remember that they have other interests.
  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of players before development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with players based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Teach   your players that the laws of the game are mutual agreements which no one should break.
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players - the "just average" players need & deserve equal time and may well become the star players of tomorrow if encouraged and nurtured correctly.
  • Children play for fun - winning is only part of it - never yell at or ridicule children for making mistakes or losing. Encourage them to value their performances , win lose or draw and their behaviour.
  • Follow the advice of a Doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
  • Gain respect by being generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example in every way.
  • Improve your players through coaching - frequent match play or long practice sessions do not guarantee development.
  • Do not shout continually.
  • Ensure you always work within the RFU Continuum (minis)
  • Points for Sportsmanship and good behaviour (for both players and parents) should be awarded at Mini rugby festivals. Fair play must be highly valued by the players.
  • Avoid mismatches --it benefits neither side if one team runs up a "cricket score" - stop the game and even up the teams.  
  • Be fully aware of your responsibilities with regard to the club (RFU) Child Protection Policy and guidelines.
  • Assign a 'mentor' player to new players and make positive efforts to integrate them into the team.
  • Hold current and appropriate coaching qualifications and insurance (through the club) and be CRB checked.
  • Never encourage rule violations, rough play or use of prohibited substances.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Never exert undue influence over players to obtain personal benefit or reward.


  • Behave and dress smartly - in a manner becoming your responsibility.
  • Know the laws and regulations - apply them to the skill level of the players--be fair regardless of circumstance.
  • Vary the tone of your whistle and voice --seek to control with enjoyment rather than dominate sternly.
  • Play advantage whenever possible - keep the game flowing.
  • Ensure that you are fit - keep up with play   - be at the right place, at the right time, to make the right decision.
  • Explain your decisions - be consistent, objective and unfailingly courteous.
  • Penalise deliberate foul play as being unsportsmanlike - reinforce the player's respect for fair play.
  • Compliment players on good play when deserved - compliment both teams at the end of the match.
  • Keep up to date with law changes - especially those applying to mini/midi rugby - check the continuum annually as rules frequently change.
  • Join your County Referees Society and become a qualified referee - the more you do, the easier it is to cope.
  • You must report and player sent off to the Eastern counties Rugby Union Disciplinary Committee.


  • Play the game for the fun of it - not to please your parents/guardians or coach.
  • Learn the laws of the game and play by them.
  • Accept the referees decision - even when he's wrong, he's right, it's the 'rugby way'.
  • Control your temper - indiscipline lets both you and your team down. Rugby is a game of controlled aggression, channel it in a positive way, not negative.
  • Keep trying - even when it seems hopeless don't let your head drop. Play as well as you can until the final whistle.
  • Be a good sport - recognise good play whether by your own team or the opposition. You can learn valuable lessons by being self-critical when the opposition are playing better than your own team.
  • Learn how to lose with dignity - Valuable life skills are learned in taking defeat in a dignified way, you can't win them all so hold your head up and congratulate the opposition. You can't win them all (and it would hardly be worth playing if you did for there would be no sense of achievement!)
  • Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated - don't harass, bully or take unfair advantage of any other player.
  • Remember - as well as enjoyment, the aims of the game are to improve your skills and feel fit and healthy.
  • Co-operate with your coach , referee, teammates and opponents - without them you don't have a game.
  • Don't over-celebrate after scoring.
  • Never demean the opposition by ridicule either by words or actions when you are in the ascendancy. You wouldn't like it if someone did it to you!
  • When you get to know the opposition players (at county level or beyond) you will realise they are no different to you, they just wear a different coloured shirt. Many of them will be friends you will keep throughout your life even if you never play for the same club.
  • Be proud of your club and remember that your actions don't just reflect on you, they reflect on your club so make sure that they are positive ones, not negative.


  • Do not force or cajole an unwilling child to participate in rugby.
  • Teach the child always to know and play by the Laws of the Game.
  • Instil in the child an understanding and enjoyment of the value of coaching - always keep off the pitch and let the coach 'call the shots'
  • Recognise the efforts and importance of coaches and referees - they give freely of their time to provide rugby for the children.
  • Learn that children play rugby for their own fun , not to entertain you. They are not miniature internationals.
  • Stress the need to respect referees - Don't abuse them yourself by publicly questioning their honesty or decision-making.
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake - Always offer positive support and encouragement.
  • Applaud good play by both teams (they will hear this) - Don't shout continuously (they won't be listening).
  • Encourage honest effort --Teach children that this is as important as victory.
  • Set a good example to everyone else by YOUR behaviour - Always condemn the use of bad language .


NORWICH RFC  is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with their team manager or the Director of Mini or Youth rugby as applicable.

As a member of NORWICH RFC you are expected to abide by the following mini/youth section rules:

  • All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
  • All members must respect opponents.
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
  • Members must wear suitable kit including rugby or football boots with either moulded rubber studs or kite marked rugby studs (available from the club  shop) for safety. Mouthguards are recommended for all age groups but compulsory for all contact groups for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly or arrange an alternative method of payment with your team manager.
  • Mini/Youth members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at  competitions. Smoking is banned in the clubhouse on Sundays for everyone
  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club


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