Youth Academy Information
These notes have been put together to attempt to answer most "Frequently Asked Questions". Inevitably further points arise so feel free to ask.
Your first contact point is the coaches and managers listed on the age group pages.
Your age group is based on your age on 1st September.
Where and When?
The Youth Academy meets every Sunday from the first weekend in September through to the last weekend of April (except when we close for the Christmas & Easter break)
Most age groups start at 10.00am prompt but the Colts start at at 12.00. (Visit the team page for further detail.)
Under 6's don't have fixtures but do practice every morning, whatever the weather, from 10.00 to 11.00.
All older groups have fixtures nearly every other week.
Fixture lists can be found by following the link on the home page to either the Mini or Youth Fixtures and within the Academy Handbook available from Team Managers.
A free hot meal/snack is available for all players on match days.
Parents and other supporters can buy tea coffee and hot snacks from the clubhouse.
Our Coaches will teach you how to play safely and effectively.
All our Coaches operate under the guidance of qualified supervision and many attend refresher and development courses run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
You can refer elsewhere on this site and for the names of the Coaches for your particular age group and various other Team Managers and Officials.
All club officials have voluntarily undergone CRB (Police) checks to promote a safe and trusting environment within the Academy.
The Andover Youth Academy has been awarded the RFU "Seal of Approval" and Sport England "Clubmark".
What do I need?
The Academy playing kit is black socks with white hoops and black heavyweight rugby shorts. Both these items bear the club logo and can be purchased from the bar in the Club House.
The Academy will provide match shirts for players when we are playing fixtures against other clubs.
You need to provide your own training shirt.
If you wish, you can order a club shirt with your name on from your Team Manager.
Players in U9's upwards MUST wear a gumshield for their safety. (Your own dentist can do this, but the Academy also has a qualified dentist who can help.)
U7's & U8's play "Tag" rugby so a gumshield is not vital, but as a club we recommend one should be worn.
Scrumcaps of an approved design may be worn. They are NOT "safety equipment," but do offer protection from minor bumps scrapes and scratches.
Body Armour is available and can reduce minor bruising. A good, firm tackle is the safest tackle to make. (No amount of padding will make a poor tackle effective.)
You must use either aluminium rugby studs or permanent moulded blades, but whatever you use is must have smooth edges for player safety reasons. Aluminium studs can be purchased from the Club bar .
A 10% discount is available from John Eadie sports shop in Union Street or Amesbury Sports (just along the A303), when you show your Registration ID card.
Wet weather protection (Rugby is played in winter!)
Rugby is played in all sorts of weather. It is important that players wear the right clothes for the conditions and maintain fluid levels. Keeping the body warm and in good condition helps prevent injuries.
You must bring warm clothes with you for all sessions.
You should also bring protection against wet weather.
Warm "Beanie" Hats are available from the Club.
You should bring a non-fizzy drink in a shatterproof bottle.
2nd Hand Kit, First Class Bargains
Rugby kit can be expensive and is often out-grown in one season.
Talk to your Team Manager for details on how to sell or buy 2nd hand kit, or contact Mick Roscoe at the club.
The club has a number of trained and qualified First Aiders.
Their vitally important role is to offer immediate care and assessment of the injury, however minor or, indeed major.
They offer a first line of treatment, so the player may either continue to play in safety, or leave the pitch for further attention or rest.
If the assessment is that further care is needed, we will either ask the Club Doctor to examine the player, or request medical assistance from the emergency services.
Safety First, Last & Always
All players should be accompanied to the Team Manager and their arrival and attendance will be recorded.
Likewise, at the end of the session, the players should be collected and their departure recorded.
Please keep a close eye on younger (non-playing) children. The Rugby Club is a sports venue, not a crèche!
If you want to try rugby out, simply contact a Team Manager or Coach or turn up one Sunday at the Goodship Ground. You will be asked to complete a Temporary Registration Form and this is all you need do for two or three weeks as you find your feet.
To join the Academy we need you to complete an RFU registration form and supply us with 2 passport photos, together with the correct payment for your subscription fees.
Subscription for the whole 2017/18 Season is £65 for the under 6's; £95 for age groups up to and including Under 12's, and £105 for the older groups.
Reductions are available where two or more players are in the same family.
The Academy is here to promote the playing of excellent rugby, so if the costs of the game might cause you a problem, please let us know in all confidence - we may be able to help.
Please remove all boots before entering the Club House.
Coffees, teas, bacon rolls etc. are available at reasonable prices during the morning training sessions or on match days to help overcome those Sunday morning blues.
I look forward to welcoming you as a full member of the Andover Rugby Club - Youth Academy. This is a very successful club, built on its strengths and camaraderie. The players are its lifeblood, and YOU could be one of them. Enjoy!
Parents - Don't stand round getting cold and wet. Become a Coach; get all hot, bothered AND wet, (and dirty, and tired and late for Sunday Lunch!) I'm told it can be fun! It's got to be better than shopping, gardening, DIY or washing the car!
Audrey Roger - Membership Secretary