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Mini/Junior Section – Introduction

Hull Ionians runs a highly successful Mini/Junior section covering all age groups from Under 7 to Under 18. With approximately 250 boys and girls the club regularly achieves successes at East Yorkshire and Yorkshire Tournament finals. The section provides structured routes through to playing senior rugby in the club and also representative rugby. There are numerous examples of players progressing through to Hull Ionians senior teams, Yorkshire, North of England and England squads.

Each age group has a dedicated coach and/or manager who is/are supported by the Club and Yorkshire Rugby Development officers. Teamwork and discipline are encouraged throughout the section. Players are, above all, encouraged to enjoy their rugby! Both on and off the field there are events organised throughout the season to promote the enjoyment of the sport and build teams. Most age groups will have the opportunity to attend rugby festivals and individual teams frequently arrange their own tours which are supported by the section.

Mini/Junior membership includes social membership for up to two parents or guardians. This provides access to the excellent club facilities at Brantingham Park. The section organises its own social activities and also participates in the many club social events held throughout the year. (See the section Social Calendar at Brantingham Park).

Parents and guardians who want to actively participate in their children’s rugby are encouraged to join structured Coaching Programmes which are available for all levels and skills. For parents and guardians who feel they can contribute in other ways there is always a welcome at the Committee. The Mini/Junior Committee coordinates the activities of the section and each age group has a representative.

The season runs from the end of August to the end of April each year with Sunday matches or training generally starting at 10:30. A full fixture list plus a list of Mini/Junior officers is provided in the following pages.

 John Doris

Chairman, Mini/Junior Section