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M-Js: Frequently Asked Questions

This item is intended to answer a number of questions regularly raised by new players, potential new players or old hands.

WHERE & WHEN?

All training is based at Fylde RFC Woodlands Memorial Ground, Blackpool Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4EL.

Mini and Youth Rugby takes place on Sundays. The Under 7s to Under 16s train and play matches in the morning. Player’s age groups are determined by their age at midnight on 31st August. Age Group can also be equated to school year with Under 16s being Year 11, Under 15s Year 10, etc.

Unless the group is playing away, for all training and club fixtures U8’s – U16’s players should be at the club by 10.15am at the latest to enable a prompt start at 10.30am. The morning session normally closes about 12.15/12.30pm, often dependent on the weather.

U6’s and U7’s age groups have different arrangements, with earlier start times, normally 9:15am.

This season kicks off with an ‘Registration Day’ at the end of August at the RFU’s official opening to the Mini and Youth season.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

At Fylde, we charge an annual membership fee, payable in 12 monthly instalments.

The membership years is aligned with the RFU and runs July to June.

Membership fee and subscriptions for new members are payable on or before Registration Day;

There are NO ‘subs’ at Fylde. Match fees and training are provided within the annual membership.

This income covers the purchase of kit and equipment, regular courses for coaches and others, medical requirements, entertaining our visiting teams, upkeep and improvements of the grounds, general administration and various other matters.

Following the recent Annual General Meeting, the amounts set for 2017/18 were as follows:

Membership Grades

Cost

Notes

Benefits

Mini-Junior

£11/Month

Single MJ member

  • School years 2 through to 11 at the start of the season
  • Free entrance to all league matches for the season on production of membership card
  • No voting rights

Family Membership

£23/Month

Family Membership

2 Adult members and 2 children

(Membership includes a Partner and up to two children from school year 2 through to 11)

  • Free entrance (with membership card) to all league matches for the season
  • The opportunity to apply for International tickets (outside ‘Gold’ Membership)
  • Membership includes a Partner and up to two children from school year 2 through to 11
  • Additional Mini / Junior memberships will be charged at £25
  • 10% Discount Card. (Entitles 10% discount off bar prices)
  • Voting Rights for Adults

WHAT MUST I PROVIDE?

All new players must fill in the Registration Form and the Medical Consent Form. If required you may be asked for a copy of the players birth certificate and also a passport style photograph.

Fylde registers players on the RFU Game Management System, and will register both player and parent contact information on the central database.

WHAT KIT DO I NEED?

Initially, very little! A pair of football boots is OK, but they MUST be fitted with rugby union aluminium studs, a very important safety regulation.

A mouthguard is required, coaches will insist on these being required for taking part in contact rugby. Please ensure that you bring a mouthguard to training or matches

Contact your dentist should you wish to purchase a customised, ‘made-to-measure’ version but, especially for the younger player, many parents are happy to purchase the less expensive style from the local sport shop which players mould themselves.

The club has a bespoke kit available through the club shop. Players will be required to purchase the kit to take part in matches. During the early weeks of September, it is understood that new players may have to order and wait for their kit to arrive, in this regard some leeway may be provided by the team managers and coaches during this period. However, subject to kit being available in the shop players will need Fylde kit to participate.

WHO CAN JOIN?

Anyone keen on, committed to, or just interested in rugby is welcome at Fylde.

Our Mini (Under 7s to Under 12s) age groups welcome both boys and girls, whatever their background and / or experience.

The Youth teams (Under 13s upwards) play as boys’ teams, and although we don’t have girls teams (yet) we are keen to encourage and support girls rising through U6’s to U12’s to feed into the Lancashire RFU supported sides.

In addition, young people who would like to help in any other capacity are welcome, and there are many tasks which, as volunteers, can assist in the success of the organisation.

HOW CAN I JOIN?

Players can join the Club at anytime.

A telephone call to the age group Team Manager, or reference to the relevant age group fixtures lists, will establish whether or not an age group is at home that Sunday. If it is, come along and introduce yourself.

WHAT AGE GROUP WILL I BE IN?

NOTE: Age Group is determined by the Players age at midnight on 31st August. Age Group has been equated to School Year, with Under 16s being Year 11, Under 15s being Year 10, etc.

Rugby Age Group

School Year

U6’s

Year 1

U7’s

Year 2

U8’s

Year 3

U9’s

Year 4

U10’s

Year 5

U11’s

Year 6

U12’s

Year 7

U13’s

Year 8

U14’s

Year 9

U15’s

Year 10

U16’s

Year 11

IS IT SAFE?

Fylde is a family friendly warm and welcoming club. We are formally accredited by the RFU.

On Sunday mornings, we regularly have more than 240 players, and 35 coaches to teach and train our players from tag rugby at U6’s all the way through to the 15-a side game at U16’s and beyond.

Coaches are trained in Safeguarding and we follow the England Rugby Governance and policy on safeguarding. Please refer to Safeguarding section.

ARE THE MINI’S AND JUNIOR’S SUCCESSFUL?

Absolutely! Fylde junior players regularly feature in Lancashire Squads, and our players have featured in international sides.

Fylde RFC continue to be in the top 40 Rugby Union clubs in the country for our fast and attacking play.