Rainey Mini Rhinos Rugby kicks off new season

THE new season of Mini Rugby returns to Magherafelt at Rainey Old Boys’ Rugby Club on Friday 2nd September at 6pm-7pm, with the registration and ‘meet your coach night’.

Davy Young for the Mini Rhinos tells us that ‘mini-rugby is all about the fundamentals of sport.

“Our coaching places emphasis on A-B-C: agility, balance and co-ordination. The successful foundations for any sport. Coaching is for primary school aged children (P1-P7), boys and girls.”

P1 players are introduced to different types of fun running and passing activities. P2 and P3 play TAG rugby, which is a non-contact, designed to provide a fun and flexible route into rugby for the younger players.

“From P4 onwards” Davy explained “the players are involved in contact rugby, and each year different skills are introduced to provide a carefully planned progression into youth rugby or into other sports. All youngsters are welcome, whether they have played rugby or not – and they’ll have great FUN.”

Talking to some of the players and parents last year it seems that mini rugby at Rainey is a family affair with mums and dads helping out with coaching or other volunteer activities - like running the hot dog nights or helping out at registration - there are jobs apparently for anyone who wants to assist!

“Last season, thanks to committed players, coaches, supporters, family and friends, admin team, the bar and clubhouse team, ground staff and all involved in mini rugby we had a great year” commented Davy Young.

“We have a group of keen parents and guardians supporting us with time, effort and sponsorship. We couldn’t do it without everyone’s support. This year we aiming even higher but we need new faces to keep the teams buzzing.”

David Hall, who manages the Mini Rugby website (raineyminirhinos.com) said ‘We have a developing website with a new Facebook group. We also operate a text alert system that we use to remind parents of training and fixtures which is really important, as we attract players from as far as Toomebridge through to Draperstown to Cookstown.’

Players must be registered and have parental consent to train and play.

Registration forms are available to download from the website (www.raineyminirhinos.com) or are available at the registration and ‘meet your coach’ night of Friday 2nd September.

The annual membership fee is £15 per player - payable at registration and players pay £2 per play.

Last year was a great one for the Rainey Mini Rhinos and they want to make this year even better.

So why not go along and join in the fun at Hatrick Park; whether you play, coach or volunteer, there will be something to keep your Friday nights action packed.

So get your boots and gum shields out and join in at the training, Friday’s 6-7pm at Hatrick Park, home of the Rainey Old Boys’ Rugby Club, Magherafelt.