Car Parking

We anticipate a serious problem with car parking at home matches for minis and juniors.

The management committee would therefore ask all parents and coaches to assist by adopting a ‘dropping-off’ policy wherever practicably possible. This will maximise car parking capacity for the visiting teams.

If it is absolutely necessary to park, please use the Bowling Club car park or the Parish Recreation ground.

We need your help and co-operation.

Constitution and Rules

Click Constitution and Rules to get your copy of the document which underpins everything carried out at Tarleton Rugby Union Football Club.

Equal Opportunities

Tarleton Rugby Union Football Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its management and development. In doing so, it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of Sports Equity:

Sports Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

TRUFC respects the rights, dignity, potential and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social economic class.

The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from the threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All club members, volunteers and parents have a responsibility and right to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity. The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club discriminatory procedures.



I am lead to believe that the main stud that presents a problem is the ‘metal’ blade. Due to the shape and the fact that kids walk on them off the field of play, they have a tendancy to sharpen which obviously causes a problem when playing our game of rugby. Metal blades should therefore be banned. Plastic and rubber blades are fine.

Normal plastic studs also present a problem. When a child walks on the tarmac with his or her boots, the plastic tends to flatten and create a sharp edge around the base of the stud. They can, however, be worn so long as they are checked reguarly and filed down when needed. The most appropriate studs therefore are the ‘Aluminium’ variety which can be bought in any sports shop. Aluminium apparently only wears down, it does not shear. The best studs to purchase are those approved by the IRB. If you ask the sports shop they should be aware of this ‘label’. IRB stands for ‘International Rugby Board’.

In short, only metal blades should not be worn and care should be taken with all other varieties ie. file down when worn.

Head Guards

These need to be ‘IRB’ approved. The continuum clearly states that no other head guard should be worn. Referees are within their rights to ask a child to remove a non IRB approved head guard.

Padded Vest

Again only ‘IRB’ approved vests may be worn. There has been particular problems with vests that have a stirnum pad. Apparently if hit in this area, it can cause the stirnum to collapse. Again, a referee is perfectly within his rights to ask a child to remove a non IRB approved vest.

In summary do not buy anything that is not IRB approved. The RFU are very keen in this area and take the view that the child is safer without the protection than with a non approved item. I wouldn’t wish the parents to waste their money.

Fair Play Codes of Conduct

The Good Players’ Code

Young players should recognise that many people in Rugby Union are working to provide a safe and enjoyable game in which they can develop both as a player and as an individual.

In rugby union young players are encouraged to:

  • Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing them with the opportunity to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment.
  • Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to adults and teammates.
  • Recognise that every young player has a right to expect their involvement in rugby to be safe and free from all types of abuse.
  • Understand that if an individual or group of young players feel that they are not being treated in a manner that is acceptable, then they have a right to tell an adult either at the rugby club or outside of the game.

In rugby union, as a young player, you should:

  • Play because you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.
  • Remember skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the game.
  • Be attentive at all training/coaching sessions.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team and both will benefit.
  • Recognise good play by ALL players on your team and by your opponents.
  • Be a sportsman – win or lose.
  • Play to the laws of the game and accept, without question, all the referee’s decisions.
  • Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team-mates, opponents, or match officials IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • Treat all players, as you would wish to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
The good Parents’ Code

In Rugby Union, coaches and administrators both fully acknowledge that parents are an integral part of the partnership, which ensures that young players enjoy their involvement in the sport and experience an environment in which they can flourish.

In rugby union parents are encouraged to:

  • Be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that they can ensure that their child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability
  • Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which your child participates.
  • Be aware that the club has a duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the young players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to away games.
  • Be involved with club activities and share your expertise.
  • Share concerns, if you have them, with club officials.
  • Be familiar with the “Good Coach’s Code”. In particular:
    • Coaches should recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players
    • Coaches should keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young playersto behave with dignity in all circumstances.


In rugby union parents should:

  • Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents.
  • Encourage young people to play – do not force them.
  • Focus on the young players’ efforts rather than winning or losing.
  • Be realistic about the young players’ ability; do not push them towards a level that they are not capable of achieving.
  • Always support the rugby club in their efforts to eradicate loud, course and abusive behaviour from the game.
  • Remember young people learn much from example.
  • Always show appreciation of good play by ALL young players both from your own club and the opposition.
  • Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage the young players to do like wise.
The good Spectators’ Code

In rugby union spectators should:

  • Remember children play sport for their enjoyment not yours
  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from ALL youngsters irrespective of which team they play for.
  • Respect match official’s decisions. REMEMBER, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to play rugby,
  • NEVER VERBALLY ABUSE YOUNG PLAYERS, MATCH OFFICIALS, FELLOW SPECTATORS OR COACHES. Such behaviour can create a negative environment for young players and their behaviour will often reflect this.
  • Acknowledge effort and good performance rather the “win at all costs” ethic.
  • Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way. If you do want to shout make sure it is “for”, not “at” the players.
  • Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence.
  • Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability – never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team they play for.
  • Remember – “Its only a game”
The good Coaches’ Code (extracted from the Continuum)

In rugby union, coaches of young players should:

  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players.
  • Understand that most learning is achieved through doing.
  • Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport.
  • Be a positive role model – think what this implies.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective – encourage young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
  • Respect all referees and the decisions they make (remember it could be you refereeing next week) and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner, to all young players, both during coaching sessions and games.

In rugby union, coaches of young players must:

  • Provide experiences, which are matched to the young players’ ages and abilities, as well as their physical and mental development.
  • Ensure all youngsters are coached in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to hand.
  • Avoid the overplaying of the best players, by using a squad system, which gives everybody a satisfactory amount of playing time.
  • Never allow a player to train or play when injured.
  • Ensure good supervision of young players, both on and off the field.
  • Recognise that young players should never be exposed to extremes of heat, cold, or unacceptable risk of injury.
  • Develop an awareness of nutrition as part of an overall education in lifestyle management.
  • Recognise that it is illegal for young players under 18 to drink alcohol.
  • Ensure that their knowledge and coaching strategies are up to date and in line with RFU philosophy.
  • Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU recommended procedures for taking young people on residential tours at home and abroad.
  • Be aware of, and abide by, the policies and procedures outlined in the RFU Policies and Procedures for the welfare of young people in Rugby Union
The good Match Officials’ Code (extracted from the Continuum)

Match officials should:

  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating young players.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner during games.
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game.
  • Appreciate the needs of the young players before the needs of the sport.
  • Understand the physical, social and psychological development of young players.
  • Be a positive role model. You set an example, and as such, comments you receive should be positive and supportive.
  • Look to self-improvement e.g. participation in Mini/Midi or National 15-a-side courses.

Match officials must:

  • Recognise that the safety of young players is paramount.
  • Explain decisions – all young players are still learning.
  • Always penalise foul play.
  • Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow.
  • Show empathy for the age and ability of young players.
  • Be consistent and objective.
  • Ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by club officials immediately.
  • Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance policies and procedures.

Founder Members Gift Aid Scheme

    • Would you like to help your rugby club in a lasting and meaningful way? Why not become a Founder Member? It is open to all individuals and families at the club.
    • There are about 50 Founder Members and they are among the most important members since they give valuable all year round support to the club charity in the form of monthly standing order payments (either £5 or £10 per month) under a giftaid scheme which means the club can reclaim the tax on their donations. It is painless and, for the equivalent price of a round of drinks at a pub each month, you can make a permanent difference.
    • Founder Members enjoy a discount on annual subscriptions. Moreover, it is the plan to commemorate the individuals and the families who have supported the charity as founder members in the form of a plaque in the entrance of the new clubhouse in due course.
    • Contact the Club’s Secretary for more information. The forms required to become a founder member can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Founder Member Standing Order Form
Gift Aid Declaration Form

  • Don’t think that you need to have been at the club since “day one” in order to become a founder member. New members are coming on board regularly. In May 2003, for example, we had 4 new “joiners”. Tarleton RUFC wants new people to join.

Rugby Continuum

Please click on Rugby Continuum to find out all there is to find out about the Continuum 2006-2007. This link to the RFU Community Rugby Website will tell you all about:

  • Introduction to the Rugby Continuum
  • Club and School Responsibilities
  • Stage 1 – Under 7 & Under 8 Mini Tag Rugby
  • Stage 2 – Under 9 & Under 10 Mini Rugby
  • Stage 3 – Under 11 & Under 12 Midi Rugby


We are pleased to have been awarded the Seal of Approval. Details will be published here as soon as they are available.