Club Handbook, Junior and Youth Section ~ Season 2018 - 19






  • Remember – your children play for their enjoyment, not yours
  • Encourage your child to learn the laws and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgement
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • If you feel the need, discuss things sensibly with the coach or referee after the game
  • Encourage your child to improve his or her skills through coaching sessions


If you can spare just a little of your time, then volunteer to do something - you’ll join a great bunch and should get a lot of satisfaction from your involvement.



  • Force your child to play
  • Just drop off your child in the car park unless another named parent in attendance is happy to look after them
  • Shout at or criticise any player for making a mistake
  • Go onto the pitch unless authorised to do so
  • Abuse the referee – they are volunteers. There is no game without them

Rugby is a physical game, and inevitably there will be some bumps and scrapes along the way. Please ensure you (and your child, if appropriate) read the guidance about concussion at It is unlikely to happen, but if your child should take a knock to the
head during a game and seem fine, but then deteriorate later, you will want to know what to do.


Bullying of any kind is not acceptable within Ilkley Rugby Club. Ilkley Rugby Club promotes a “telling” culture. Anyone who is aware bullying is taking place is expected to tell the Chairman of Junior and Youth section of their concerns. Reports of bullying will be taken seriously, responded to promptly, and procedures followed to deal with the situation. It is the responsibility of every adult working in rugby union whether professional or volunteer, to ensure that all young people can enjoy the sport in a safe enjoyable environment. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be emotional, physical, racist, sexual, homophobic and verbal. All members are urged to look out for signs of bullying and report it immediately. All volunteers should be aware of this policy.


The well-being of your child is important to us. Each child will be asked to complete a fairly detailed application form which will enable us to conform to Sport England requirements and, most important, to be aware of any relevant medical or injury details. It also contains a parental consent form allowing basic assessment and management and treatment of injuries to be carried out. Please ensure that these forms are completed and returned promptly to your child’s year group coach/manager. The information will be held on a discrete database for club reference only. Ilkley Rugby Club fully subscribes to the RFU/RFUW Policy and Procedures for the Welfare of Young People in Rugby Union.
Copies can be obtained from the RFU: 020 8892 2000

The YRFU Safeguarding Manager is Kristian Sharples ( or 07701 396735).