04 August 2023 / Club News

Our Junior Section

Here at Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau we welcome boys and girls of all abilities to our junior section from the day they start school (Age 3) to the day they leave school in Year 11 and go on to join our Youth Team.

There’s a place on the team for everyone, whether new to the game or transferring from another Club.

We follow the WRU Rugby Pathway, which ensures children are introduced to rugby and develop skills both safely and effectively. All of our coaches attend WRU courses and hold the relevant WRU coaching qualifications.

Do the juniors play rugby games?

From the age of 6 years old the children can play in fixtures for Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau. The teams are grouped according to their School Year at 1 September.

Up until School Year 5, boys and girls play in the same team. Due to WRU rules, from School Year 6 we move to single-sex teams, with our girl players joining the area hub team, Gwylliaid Meirionnydd.

A Club where all children make the team

We are proud to be part of the WRU Half-a-Game initiativeAll children who train with Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau are guaranteed game time. We don’t pick the ‘best players’, every player gets to come along to games and spend time on the field. This gives all young players a greater opportunity to reach their playing potential in a fun and inclusive environment.

When does Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau’s Junior Section Train?

Our junior rugby season runs from September to May. Training sessions are once a week on Y Marian Playing Fields. The under-6s train at the leisure centre from October half term until February half term. If the weather is unfavourable, the under-8s and under-10s also use the leisure centre during this period.

The junior teams start to play fixtures from the under-8 age group. The games are usually played on a Sunday.

Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau’s Junior Rugby Teams

This season Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau will be running the following Junior Rugby Teams:


School Year

Training Day & Time

(September to May)


Under 6s

  • Reception
  • Year 1


6:00 - 6:45

Introduction to rugby through fun games, that help get children physically active, improve coordination, and encourage positivity, team play, respect and sportsmanship.

Under 8s

  • Year 2
  • Year 3


6:00 - 7:00

Play in tag rugby games. Tag rugby is a fun, non-contact version of rugby that helps children develop running, catching and passing skills. This is also the start of the children beginning to understand the importance of working together as a team.

Under 10s

  • Year 4
  • Year 5


5:45 - 6:45

Players are introduced to contact rugby through the teaching of safe tackling. Children also start to develop their decision making skills.

Under 12s

  • Year 6
  • Year 7

Wednesday 6:30 - 7:30

Further aspects of the rugby game are introduced so that the children are playing a version of rugby that is much closer to the adult game. The full pitch is used for games.

Under 14s

  • Year 8
  • Year 9

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00

Further rules are introduced, making the game more like the adult game. Games are made up of two 30-minute halves.

Under 16s

  • Year 10
  • Year 11


6:00 - 7:00

Play games with a full-size ball; games are made up of two 35-minute halves.

Do players need special kit?

Players can train in what they feel most comfortable wearing, but we do advise rugby boots for training sessions held on the field and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

To help keep participation costs low and reduce waste, we have a Kit Exchange. In the Kit Exchange you’ll find pre-loved boots and other items of kit available from just £4 an item.

What kit is needed for Games?

Players have the use of a Club playing shirt for the games. They will need their own rugby socks and shorts. We have kit available for purchase with the Club logo, either new or pre-loved, but this is not essential to play in the games. Any shorts and socks are ok.

For games, all players must wear rugby boots that conform to the World Rugby specifications; most available boots now meet the specifications. If you need help with this, our coaches will be happy to assist.

The club recommends that mouthguards be worn from Under-8s onwards and children playing contact rugby should be encouraged to consider protective headgear.

Where can I purchase  kit?

If you can’t find what you need in the Kit Exchange, the club has a stock of socks, shorts and gum shields. Other items of Club clothing and products are available for purchase and can be pre-ordered through the Club. Or rugby kit items can be bought from most sports shops.

How much does Junior Membership cost?

This season membership for Under-6s is £40 for the season and for the Under-8s to Under-16s it is £50 for the season. Each year the children receive a gift with their membership.

The membership payment can be made in two installments, as we understand that September can be an expensive month with back-to-school purchases.

Junior membership benefits include:

  • WRU Players Insurance
  • Membership gift
  • Meal after each game at home
  • Use of Club playing shirts
  • Subsidised trips
  • End-of-season awards evening

What are the arrangements for training sessions and games?

We encourage parental support at training sessions and games as the Coaches are not always able to provide individual care in the case of upset or injury. If a parent/carer is unable to remain for the training session or game, arrangements should be made for a responsible adult to keep an eye on them, and the child should be told who is looking after them.

To help reduce our carbon footprint we encourage car sharing where appropriate.

Want to join Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau's Junior Section?

If you’re interested in joining Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau’s Junior Section or would like further information, drop us an email at:

We look forward to welcoming you to Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau.

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