Training Information

Training takes place at McCracken Park on Sunday mornings from 10.30 – 12.00 starting on 6th September until the last Sunday in April. During the winter parents MUST ensure that players (particularly at U7’s and U8’s) are suitably dressed with tracksuits, hats and gloves if necessary. All players should bring a drink with them.

Child Welfare

Our coaches are CRB checked and we follow the RFU’s policy on Child Welfare as well as the Equal Opportunity/Sports Equity Policy.

Health and Safety

We take this opportunity to remind parents of children in the younger age groups that they should remain at Northern to supervise at all times during training and matches. Coaches are not responsible for children before and after the session or during breaks. Coaches have been advised by child protection officers that they should not be responsible for taking children to the toilet, putting on bibs or tag belts. This is the parents responsibility. In cold weather, sessions often finish early and you should be available to collect your child.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are dogs allowed on the pitches whether on a lead or not. The health and safety of our children is more important than the need to exercise your dog.

Smoking

There is a  NO SMOKING policy throughout the premises.

Northumberland RFU Fair Play Code

Parents should:

  • Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents
  • Encourage young people to play – do not force them
  • Focus on young players’ efforts rather than winning or losing
  • Provide positive feedback both in training and during a game
  • Support the club in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game
  • Always show appreciate of good play by ALL young players both from your own club and the opposition
  • Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage young players to do likewise

Players should:

  • Remember skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the session/game
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team
  • Recognise good play by ALL players on your team and by your opponents
  • Play to the laws and spirit of the game – accept without question, all the referee’s decisions

Spectators should:

  • Embrace the ethos of FUN, ENJOYMENT and SKILL DEVELOPMENT
  • Act as positive role models to all young players
  • Respect match officials’ decisions
  • NEVER VERBALLY ABUSE YOUNG PLAYERS, MATCH OFFICIALS, FELLOW SPECTATORS OR COACHES
  • Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence
  • Encourage ALL youngsters, never ridicule any individual player

Remember – It’s only a game!