Barnes Rugby Minis & Juniors

Barnes Rugby Minis & JuniorsBarnes Rugby Club runs a thriving Minis and Junior programme, the success of which is testament to its energetic, inclusive team spirit and excellent coaching. They are always keen to welcome new families to their rugby community, and the younger the better! Children can join from as young as four years old. Last year, Barnes Youth Rugby celebrated their 10th birthday, and this year will be their first year with the full complement of age groups from U5 to U18. To get a fuller flavour of their ethos, please take a look at their new website:

Barnes Rugby Minis & JuniorsLast season, Barnes Youth Rugby had a squad of over 550 players, including sixty Under 5 players. The 4:1 coach to player ratio means children learn a range of rugby skills in a fun and supportive environment. Numbers are strong throughout the Minis age groups, which could be due to the excellent quality of coaching, or may be something to do with the regular free hot dogs in the clubhouse after training!

Uniquely, Barnes Rugby Minis (4-11yrs) train on Saturday mornings (as opposed to Sundays) on the Barn Elms playing fields opposite the Wetland Centre. It makes an invigorating start to the weekend, with fresh air, exercise and coffee!

Barnes Rugby Minis & JuniorsBarnes Rugby Minis play at a high standard at festivals across Experienced and Development levels. They also receive great feedback from other clubs on the attractive style they play and the positive attitude of the boys and girls on the pitch. Their fixture list will be extended in 2019/2020, to ensure that everyone who wants to play in festivals is able to play.

Barnes Rugby Minis & JuniorsBarnes Rugby Juniors (11-16yrs) now enjoy a new site at Barn Elms, taking advantage of additional pitch space to enhance their regular training and increase the number of inter-club fixtures. Two Under 13 sides toured to St. Andrews last year, with Italy lined up in 2020 to complete the full 6-Nations of tours in their Barnes careers.

It’s great to see the impressive number of girls also playing at Barnes Youth Rugby, with over 40 in Minis and 17 in Juniors. Ashley Brandon, lead coach for the Junior girls’ squad, has built up an energised coaching team for a successful 2019/2020 season, with tight links to Harlequins RFC Ladies.

Barnes Youth Rugby is also proud of its extensive community outreach programme. They have sponsored many kids to train, play and tour with Barnes RFC, so they can experience rugby and benefit from the life-long skills and discipline that it teaches.

Barnes Rugby Minis & JuniorsFor more information please take a look at the Barnes Rugby Minis & Juniors website. Membership for the 2019/2020 season costs £180.00, with substantial discounts for siblings, girls, and players in the U5 & U6 age groups. There is also a £10.00 trial membership available, valid for 21 days or three training sessions. The clubhouse is based on Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes SW13 9SA, with pitches on the Barn Elms playings fields opposite.


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