- Nick Fingleton - Chairman
- David MacNicholas - Treasurer
- Paula O’Connor - Administrator
- Leeanne Moyles - Child Welfare Officer
- Rory Quirke - Head Coach
- Ronan Tarrant – Head Coach
- Steve Glynn- Coach
Age Groups, Head Coaches & Eligibility
Belvo Minis Ethos
OBRFC Mini Rugby strive to maintain an ethos that is welcoming, inclusive and committed to the development of rugby for kids of all standards, in a safe, fun environment.
- ALL kids have fun on every visit to the Club
- Put in place a structure that will nurture the development of talent in a manner that recognizes that kids develop at different speeds
- Develop an environment that will enable kids understand the importance of respecting referees, opponents & coaches
- We hope to build an allegiance and loyalty to OBRFC & sense of “belonging” among kids, parents & coaches
Coaches: Qualifications & Child Protection
- All Coaches are parents of players and are fully Garda vetted
- All have completed/completing IRFU official training programmes
- All teams have coach to player ratio’s of average 1:8 for u12’s
- Qualified first aiders at every training session
- Introduction of IRFU safe rugby courses for all coaches –includes guidance re concussion
- All coaches complete the IRB online concussion training
- Parents must remain on-site during weekly sessions
- Fully Covid 19 compliant with contact tracing
Covid 19 & Concussion
We follow the IRFU guidelines on both Covid 19 and concussion. More information is available on the IRFU website.
- Compulsory registration for all players
- Failure to comply with registration will lead to exclusion from match teams
- Weekly communication regarding training and matches is sent via Teamer
- Club will register each player/guardians (ideally home/personal email address as emails to work can be blocked by spam filters)
- It is important to respond to teamer message to allow coaches to plan training and matches
- Responses using teamer app are free
- TRAINING TIMES MAY VARY PLEASE CHECK TEAMER
- All coaches are volunteers
- Main fundraising events :
- Minis Lunch (March)
- Jersey Sponsorship
- All funds are re-invested in the mini rugby club i.e.
- Pitch rental, equipment, coaches training
- Away matches
- Xmas party/ BBQ
- Proposal to develop all weather pitch (cost dependent)
- AIL Away Games – u9 travel to one of the away games
- Half time games at home matches
- U12 Annual Tour (Subsidised by club and separate fund raising committee)
- Marks the end of Mini rugby for all the Boys and Girls.
- One parent travels with each child
Child Welfare & Safeguarding 2023/24
- Key to the success of the club
- Call for help in the following areas
- First Aiders – training provided free of charge
- Mangers for each age level to aid head coach
- People to organise a rota for after match refreshments at each age level
- Volunteers to help at the Xmas party
IRFU Code Of Conduct For Players
- Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family.
- Respect the "Game of Rugby" and play within the laws of the Game.
- Accept the referee's decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant questions.
- Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
- Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your club.
- Be a "good sport". Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opposition.
- Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not "bully" or take advantage of any player.
- Rugby is a team sport and make sure you co-operate with your coach; team mates and members of your club.
- Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
- At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
- Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
- Winning and losing is part of sport: Win with humility - lose with dignity.
- As part of the team it is important that you attend training regularly and listen to your coach and help your team.
- As a team sport it is important to understand that all members are important to the team!
- Remember you are representing your team, club, family and the Game of Rugby.
IRFU Code Of Conduct For Parents
- Remember, young people play rugby for their enjoyment, not only yours.
- Encourage your child always to play by the Laws of the Game.
- Teach young children that honest endeavour is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.
- Help young people to work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
- Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
- Never ridicule, humiliate or shout at young players for making a mistake or losing a match.
- Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs.
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of rugby. If the child is to play, he/she will do so in good time through your encouragement.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from rugby.
- As a spectator do not use profane language or harass referees, coaches or players.
- Do not publicly question the referees' judgement and never their honesty.
- Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches.
- Identify and acknowledge the good qualities of the Game of Rugby and uphold these values.
- Remember you and your child's contribution to the Game of Rugby is very important to the IRFU and be proud of your contribution.
- Understand the value of team sport and the importance there of.
- Respect IRFU guidelines regarding Covid 19 and spectators at matches.
- The aim of the club is for children to have fun and enjoy their rugby in a safe environment
- Always looking for volunteers (first aid and after match refreshment)
- Recommendations for improvements are always welcome