Tewkesbury Juniors

The junior section of Tewkesbury RFC




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Our junior and Colts section has over 180 boys and girls, aged 5 (year 1) to 17/18 years of age. Each team has its own dedicated team of coaches, who will follow them through their rugby journey. This approach leads to strong leadership and great teamwork between players and coaches. All our coaches are DBS checked and regularly take part in Gloucestershire RFU and England RFU training courses to further develop their knowledge and skills.

Tewkesbury RFC is an accredited England RFU and Gloucestershire RFU club and operates within the RFU’s age-grade rugby programme, which is based on the principles of player-centered, development driven, and competition supported. The wants and needs of our young players are our priority, and we will put their enjoyment above all else.

Boys and girls can play mixed rugby from  5 (year 1) and will continue up to and including U11 (year 6).  From U12 boys (Year 7) and girls will follow their own developmental path.  The RFU defines a child’s age group by the child’s age at midnight on 1 September.



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Junior Teams


Mixed Under 6 – Under 9

These groups play non-contact “tag” rugby. The main aim is to develop the basic skills such as passing the ball backward, catching a pass, running into space and of course, scoring tries. The players wear a belt with 2 velcro tags. A tackle is made when the opposition pulls one of the tags off the ball carriers belt and calls “tag”. There is no contact, tackling, scrums, line outs or kicking.

Players can start playing ruby when they are in Year 1

Junior Mixed Under 10 – Under 11

Mixed contact rugby includes girls and boys from age 8 (year 4).  This is where we introduce full tackles for the first time. The team sizes and the length of the game increases. More of the complexities of rucking, mauling, scrums and line outs are added each year, teams get bigger and so do the size of the pitches.

Boys Under 12 – U16

From the age of 11 (Year 7), the boys progress on their own. Their game evolves with each age group into a 15 a-side full-contact game, putting into practice all the skills and techniques they have learned through our development programme and progress to including kicking at goal, increased number of players in a scrum, uncontested lineout and lifts.

Girls Under 16 & 18

From the age of 11 (Year 7) the girls no longer play mixed rugby but progress on their own development path.  We have 2 teams (U16 & U18) and are always looking for new players whether you are new to the game or are moving from another club contact us to find out more.

Colts (Boys)

Our Colts programme is aimed at boys aged 17 and 18.  This is a great development programme for the club to help our young players to broaden their experience and skills and begin to prepare them for the senior game. Part of the Colts experience will be joining the Gloucestershire RFU development league that will provide a real step change in playing against other Colt teams across the county.

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