The BRFC Mini Section is recognised as one of the most successful in Ireland and has gone from strength to strength in recent years. This season around 250 players are registered and actively taking part in training and or games on a weekly basis. The section caters of both boys and girls who are in P1 right through to P7 and U’12’s have continued to grow since its introduction a few seasons ago.
The ethos of mini rugby is to foster and develop young players (boys & girls) of all abilities in the game of rugby in a safe, non competitive, enjoyable environment through activities which ensure progressive skill development for all participants in line with the IRFU Long Term Player Development (LTPD) pathway, Child Welfare Policy and Traditions of Rugby Union.
The coaching team at Ballymena blends the experience of past and present players with enthusiastic parents who are keen to learn about the game themselves and have their own kids involved.
The various festivals run throughout the season such as Maxol and participating at half-time during Ulster games is providing the young boys and girls with a great opportunity to showcase their skills to peer’s and rugby fans across the province. The P7’s went on tour, before some move onto secondary school, and had a very enjoyable and successful trip to Bournemouth in April.
Away from playing the section has also encouraged the kids and their parents to get involved socially within the section and we are all looking forward to attending the Ulster v Leinster Guinness PRO 12 match on Saturday 6th May 2017.
The social side to the game is recognised as a great way of getting to know all the kids and parents and an opportunity to raise much needed funds to sustain and continue the development of the section. It is also a good way to get the players and their parents involved with the other parts of the club. The club is very keen to see the Mini, Youth and Senior sections working together to create a harmonious and successful club environment on and off the pitch.
The pinnacle of the mini rugby season is our own Festival that has grown into one of the largest and best attended in Ireland and this year over 2000 players and coaches participated on the day. It was an excellent day all round.
We look forward to building on our success and seeing all the kids and parents back next season.