ORFC Minis Rugby
ORFC has a big and thriving Minis section, which attracts children from the ages of 6 to 12, from the neighboring communities of Overton, Whitchurch, Freefolk, Laverstoke, Kingsclere, St Mary Bourne, Andover, and Basingstoke. With over 140 children registered, we are able to offer a full season of training, friendly matches, and participation in both the London Irish League and Hampshire Tournaments. We also host our own Spring Cup each year and are proud to have some of our members playing for Hampshire.
We have teams in the following age groups (based on age at 31-August) :
- Under 6 – our entry-level group. The U6s are all about having fun, learning ball-handling skills, and getting used to the atmosphere and ethos of the club. In line with RFU guidance, U6s do not participate in any tournaments or competitive matches, so they do not train/play every week. (However, when a U6 reaches the age of 6 they CAN move up to train and play with the U7s if they are considered ready.)
- Under 7, Under 8 – playing Tag Rugby, so no contact or tackling permitted. U7s and U8s do participate in tournaments and will need to be registered as Overton players with the RFU.
- Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, and Under 12 – where contact and tackling is introduced, and as they move up the age groups more aspects of the game are gradually introduced – mauls; scrums; kicking; line-outs. Mouth guards are mandatory at all these age groups.
Training takes place on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00 am, with a variety of Home training, joint-training with visiting clubs, and joint-training Away at other clubs. In addition there are a number of Tournaments throughout the year, at various locations around Hampshire/Berkshire – usually starting at 10:00 am, and running into the early afternoon.
Players are expected to be able to commit to both Home and Away fixtures during the season.
Parents are occasionally asked to volunteer in the clubhouse, to help run the kitchen during Home training sessions.
New starters are encouraged to come along for two taster sessions before becoming full members.
The clubhouse offers a boot exchange and second-hand training kit can be purchased from the shop along with basic equipment. Playing kit can be purchased from the shop, this will be open from 0945 to 1130 during Sunday only. Second-hand kit is priced at £5 per item.