Women and GirlsWelcome
A warm welcome to all our Reeds Girls and their families whether you’ve been at the club for years or are thinking about trying rugby for the very first time.The Reeds family friendly nature extends right into the girls section too. All of the coaches are mums and dads to girls in each age group and many girls have older and younger brothers playing at Reeds too.We love to see new players joining each season. The season starts in September and runs until the end of April but new girls are welcome to come and try at any point.Come and give us a try!
Our aim is to create a positive environment for the development of all girls who want to play rugby.
We look to make it enjoyable for players, parents and coaches alike. We embody the spirit of Reeds to ensure everyone is welcome to come and give it a go -giving everyone the chance to build life-long friends. The whole club supports the growth of girl’s rugby at Reeds. To help recognise that, we have given the girl’s section its own “Rebels” name and have dedicated coaches focused on developing the girl’s game. We also invite professional female coaches to our training sessions.We believe in offering the girls the opportunity to develop their social and playing skills with boys whilst also offering the opportunity to play and train as an all girls team. We look to find ways to role model girls rugby across the age groups so that girls can foster relationships and pass on skills to girls in across the club. We look for ways to build links with schools and local clubs at all levels to further develop the girls section and welcome any interest for community groups looking to offer support. We have an active social calendar for kids and parents including visits
The Mini Girls teams at Reeds work very similarly to the boys teams: The Girls each play with their own age group, organised by school year. So for example the Under 5’s are reception year and younger. The Under 7’s are year 2 etc.
Under 5’s, 6’s and 7’s all play tag rugby. This means lots of ball skills and games while wearing a tag belt –a Velcro belt that has 2 tags attached for other kids to pull off, (i.e. an interaction in place of a tackle to trigger passing the ball).
From under 8’s, in line with the ERFU guidelines, contact rugby is begun to be introduced. This is done towards the end of the season in a very controlled manner with children practising their technique on tackle bags rather than each other, usually at a walking pace. This is essential to build the correct technique to be safe and effective before taking on each other.
From under 9’s to under 11’s, there is further skills practice including more tackling practice along with additional elements such as scrummaging, rucking and kicking.
A typical training session would involve a warm up, some specific skills training such as passing or stepping and finish with some tag rugby games, usually 4 or 5 a-side. Most important to know is that the clubhouse tuck shop is open at every session with many kids enjoying a well earned treat after their session with teas, coffees and bacon sandwiches on offer for the parents.
The season is interspersed with around 8 rugby festivals where games are played against other local clubs, some at home and some away. These are always great fun with every child involved and medals for every participant afterwards.
All the coaches are mums or dads of children in the mini’s section. We have a high ratio of coaches to children so each training session can be broken up into smaller groups to help focus on specific needs
Lucy, aged 7 “Rugby is great fun. I’ve done it for 1 year and I love scoring tries and the tuckshop afterwards!
Being Part of the coaching team at Reeds is rewarding and inspirational in equal measure. The children develop their skills whilst upholding the rugby values: Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. I love being part of this community.
Andrea Janoo, coach & mum to Aaron
Seren, aged 7 “I like rugby because its fun; throwing and catching are my favourites. I’ve made lots of friends playing rugby”
Bonnie, aged 10, “Rugby is a great sport for girls of all levels of fitness, shapes and sizes and it’s feels great to show those smelly boys that we are as great (and sometimes better) than them at the awesome game.”
Jessica, aged 7 “I love running fast and scoring tries! I’ve made new friends and love the tuck shop after training.”
Martin, Coach U8s (Dad to Jessica and Matilda), “It’s great to see the girl’s play and develop together. I’ll never forget our first all girls Rebels team on the Bournemouth Rugby tour. We were the talk of the festival!”
Matilda, aged 4, “If I keep playing rugby I might be able to run as fast as Supergirl”
The social side is great fun for parents too!
9.30 – 11am Sundays
1st session of 2019/20 season is 8th September
North Avenue, off Burwood Road
Head to the clubhouse and ask for the age group you are looking for where you will directed to the right pitch
Throughout the season, there are opportunities to compete against other local teams of girls and boys. Your coach will advise you when and where these are but are always good fun.What to wear
Trainers are fine in the drier months, then a studded boot is recommended during muddier times. Warm clothes are a must and full kit shop is on offer at Reeds each Sunday should you wish to purchase any club branded items.