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Starting a Junior Side

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#1 Yorkie44

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:24 PM

I know (or hoping) many of you on here have experience in starting up junior teams, I was just hoping for a bit of advice and a bit of knowledge of some of your experiences.

Our club, well team have been around since 2008 and have now established ourselves as a stable and stand alone open age side. My aim is now to create a junior section well one age group to start with. I realise this will be difficult with quite a few existing well established clubs already in the city, but I believe there is definitely room for another RL club.


Like I say any advice, like who to contact within the RFL or other sporting bodies and basically what I need to get this off the ground would be most welcome.



#2 bbfaz

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:02 PM

Talk to your Competition Manager about who you need to talk to.  It may be him/her.  First of all, if you have one team or ten, you need a Club Welfare Officer.  Info is here.  The steps are to get DBS cleared and go to the relevant RFL CWO courses.  If you have somebody who will be the Youth Coordinator/Manager/etc. then they are probably the right choice.


Beyond that, you'll need a qualified head coach, preferably level 2 standard or above, and at least one assistant coach.  I believe there are minimum ratios of children to coaches and you may even need a three coaches per team.  These people also need to be DBS cleared.


Do this now, I reckon you need a year to get people on board, to get people qualified and to recruit players.

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#3 Yorkie44

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:43 AM



Thanks very much for your advice very useful, and cheers for the link some helpful information there.


I have held my coaching badges previously but I think it has probably ran out now so I will be re-doing the courses. I reckon I will be able to get a few assistants so should be okay on this.


The plan was to start playing next year and start the ball rolling now to get the foundations in place, so hopefully we will have enough time.


Again thank you,

#4 TaxiEgg

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:21 PM

Just contact your regional league secretary it's not as complexed as described , that's enough to put anyone off from even contemplating any new venture .

#5 bbfaz

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

Agreed, it's not difficult.  In fact, the RFL has all the policies laid out, you just have to adopt them.

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#6 Yorkie44

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the help, I've also been in touch with Knights and they have also been quite helpful.

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