At Wheatley Minis, the emphasis is on every child enjoying themselves and developing their skills at the game of rugby – as an individual and as part of a team.
We meet at Holton Playing Fields, opposite Wheatley Park School, at 10.15 each Sunday morning from the start of September to the end of April, except when we have away matches.
New players are very welcome. Girls and boys don't be shy - come up and give it a try, you get a free taster sessions before you have to join the club. Rain does not stop play!
Age groups are based on the child's age on the 1st of September of each season.
Under 7s play tag rugby which is a non contact game with the emphasis on running and evasion skills.
Each player wears two plastic straps hanging by velcro from a belt. Players are tagged by taking off their tags and they must immediately stop and pass to one of their teammates.
This form of rugby introduces them to game basics such as passing backwards, running and dodging with the ball and keeping onside. It also introduces them to quick decision making, team play and respect for the match officials.
We have a well-run clubhouse selling bacon rolls and hot drinks along with a tuck shop for sweets and cold drinks during training and home matches.
During matches all children are given the same opportunity to play, not just the strongest.
If the match is an away fixture the children are taken to the venue by parents, so this can mean an earlier start. Sharing lifts is often a good idea. Hot dogs are provided to the players on match days.
The club is extending our relationship with London Welsh at Oxford and London Wasps at High Wycombe........watch this space!