Mini and Junior Rugby

Who can play rugby?

Boys and girls from the age of 6 can play rugby at Bideford RFC, and are grouped according to age. Age on the first of September, in whole years, plus one decide a child’s group. We run teams in U7’s Tag, U8’s Tag, U9’s, U10’s, U11’s, U12’s, U13’s, U14’s, U15’s, U16, before progressing to seniors either Colts (Boys) or Vixens (Ladies). The coaching setup consists of RFU qualified coaches, and all DBS cleared. These children are the future of Bideford and Devon rugby.

Junior Rugby Roadmap

The RFU have an Age Grade structured programme for all junior and youth participants. This starts with a tag based, non-contact version of rugby to get all having fun and becoming integrated and working as a team, with basic catching, running and passing. As the children move through the age groups, more skills, contact and other aspects of the game are added. More information can be found at RFU Age Grade Rugby

When and Where?

The rugby season runs from September through to May. All age groups train on a Wednesday night down at Bideford Rugby Club, at Victoria Park. Training sometimes takes place using the all weather facilities, depending on weather, at Bideford College, to ensure training every week through the season.

Every Sunday through the season matches take place for all ages groups. These are against local clubs, as well as touring teams, and taking part in Festivals.


As well as the boys and girls, the Bideford RFC would not exist without the parents. The club really encourage the active support of parents, both cheering on the teams, and also volunteering to help the junior section run. Sunday mornings, the clubhouse is open for bacon sarnies and coffee, before cheering on the boys and girls of Bideford RFC.


If you would like to bring your child down to Bideford RFC, or would like to get involved yourself in Junior rugby at Bideford, please contact the relevant age group or our Junior Membership Secretary.

Under 7s
Sam Olde
Under 8s
Matt Pennington
Under 9s
Sam Brown
Under 10s
Tim Cramp
Under 11s
Bobby Dyer
Under 12s
Mark Slee
Under 13s
Paul White
Under 14s
Kevin Booth
Under 15s
Rob Parish
Under 16s
Ian Wakeham
Under 12s/14s/16s Girls
Sarah Jane Palmer
Under 18s Girls
Sarah Jane Palmer

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