Welcome to the Mini Section at Ballymena RFC

Ballymena Mini’s adhere to the IRFU Long Term Player Development model. The LTPD model is intended to provide a common reference point for all participants in Irish Rugby with the aim of ensuring a more enjoyable and productive experience for all (players, coaches, parents, spectators, referees & officials).

The three key principles underlying the IRFU LTPD are:

The model is Player-centred all aspects of the model are appropriate to the capacities of participants at each stage.

These capacities are: Lifestyle, Physical, Tactical, Mental and Technical.

The model is Long-term – the reality is there are no short-cuts in developing competencies to levels of excellence.

A widely accepted belief is that it takes ten years of proper coaching to produce a world-class athlete or player.

Collective alignment between relevant people & structures throughout a players rugby playing experience is the final principle behind the LTPD. This requires all participants who contribute to the development and experience of players to co-operate ensuring that all aspects of the LTPD are aligned,(players, coaches, parents, spectators, referees & officials).


We train at the club on a Saturday morning starting at 9:15am for around 90 minutes.  From P4 onwards we train on a Wednesday evening.  The focus of training is the development of skills, fitness and most of all fun.

We have a large number of coaches and certified first aiders for our set up but we actively encourage parents to get involved, and support those who want to take qualifications.  We aim to always have a player to coach ratio of 8:1.

Joining the Mini Section

For details on joining please look at the Registration Page.
If you have any specific questions around joining the Mini Section please contact the Mini Rugby convener – Elizabeth Wilson

Key Contacts

Elizabeth WilsonMini Rugby Convenor07709376361libsmca@yahoo.co.uk
Alastair MaybinRascals Head Coach07801066627
Dermot GardinerP3 Head Coach07739837372Dermot.gardiner@mac.com
Ryan McAuleyP4 Head Coach07712184515ryanpmcauley@googlemail.com
Cormac McCamphillP5 Head Coach07799866837cormacmccamphill@hotmail.com
Gareth ShawP6 Head Coach07761025723
Alvin McCreadyP7 Head Coach07762603548alvin33@btinternet.com
Keith FosterU12 Head Coach

Appropriate Attire

All children must wear a mouth guard for training and matches. The IRFU has banned players from wearing boots with metal blade type studs, zipped clothing and hooded tops during training or matches as these increase the risk of injury. Parents are asked to ensure that children have the proper boots and wear appropriate clothing.

Aims for the Season

We aim to develop the core skills of every player, increase their fitness and instill the core values of teamwork, friendship and fun.  Mini rugby is when players learn to pass, to run and to believe in themselves and each other.