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Scarborough RUFC Active Youth...

McCain Active YouthScarborough RUFC Active Youth is open to youngsters aged six to 18, with 14 teams training every week during the season, which runs from September to the end of April. The scheme is managed by a dedicated Youth Development Officer and more than 40 volunteer coaches who give up their spare time to support all players in developing their abilities.

The Youth Development Officer also spends time in local schools, holding dedicated rugby training sessions. Schools are also invited to the Club, which is on Scalby Road, to take part in a number of matches and tag festivals during the season. 

As well as encouraging youngsters to be active, the Scheme also gives them a grounding in the importance of time management, discipline, respect and, of course, teamwork. These skills are equally valuable on and off the pitch.

The Active Youth Scheme is split into four different age groups: Kids First, Minis, Juniors and Youth.

Active Youth age ranges

Each age group trains in a level of rugby that’s appropriate for them – for example, the Kids First age group doesn’t engage in any contact rugby. Instead, each player wears a Velcro ‘tag’ around their waist and removing this tag from a player replaces the classic ‘tackle’.

Training and fixtures for all groups usually take place on a Sunday morning between 10am and 12pm. The junior teams (age 12 and above) also take part in weeknight training sessions. Matches can be at home, on one of Scarborough RUFC’s pitches, or away at another club in the region.

Girls and boys play together in teams up to the Under 12s section. There are boys’ teams for the Under 13s right the way through to the Under 18s and girls teams for the Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 18s. The Club has seen a big increase in interest from girls over the past two years, since the launch of their adult women’s team, the Valkyries.

Scarborough RUFC Active Youth Team

Each age group team has at least one Rugby Football Union qualified coach and all coaches are DBS checked. Scarborough RUFC is fully committed to the Laws of the Game as laid down in the RFU Mini Rugby Continuum, and follow recognised policies and procedures with regards to Child Protection and Health and Safety.

Registration for Active Youth takes place at the beginning of the school year, in September.

In the school holidays, the Club’s Active Youth camps are open to any children aged five to 11. The day-long sessions consist of a number of different activities and sports, with plenty of fun and fresh air (weather permitting!)

Chief Executive of Scarborough RUFC, Graeme Young, says: "We’re delighted at how successful the Active Youth Programme has been - it has far exceeded our expectations. The partnership with McCain and their continued support has led to increased numbers of boys and girls entering the game of rugby every year. Only through real partnership can programmes like Active Youth reach their full potential and we couldn't ask for a more supportive partner.

“With nearly four hundred children undertaking healthy and fun exercise at Silver Royd on Sunday mornings it’s clear that the Active Youth scheme is going from strength to strength.”

For more information on Active Youth, membership and registration, contact: