Age Grade Rugby

Being more player-centred means that the focus is on potential rather than current ability and that the emphasis is on enjoyment and encouraging a life-long love of rugby.

As our research shows, for children, enjoyment is more important than winning; especially if it means they get to play with their friends.

Prioritising winning is not what children want and does not fit with the ethos of Age Grade Rugby. That’s why these codes address topics such as the purpose of Age Grade Rugby, why we band competitive opportunities and training activities according to a player’s age, playing frequency, over and under-playing players, out-of-season activities, player grouping and the minimum standards required for coaches. What it recommends is new and challenging for some but is proven by research. We think this represents an exciting way forward for how rugby is taught or coached in our clubs, schools and colleges and a way to demonstrate our confidence in the growth and development of English rugby.

Apply the Age Grade Rugby codes of practice and share your enthusiasm and understanding with others.