Cranbrook Rugby Club - Under 9

Welcome to Cranbrook Rugby Club - Under 9s

The aim of CRFC’s Mini rugby is to foster and develop young players (girls & boys) of all abilities in the game of rugby in a safe, non-competitive, enjoyable environment through activities which ensure progressive skill development. Using the foundation of the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby and the progressive development tools guided by Quilter Kids First program. We will ensure all of our coaches are committed to developing young athletes into compassionate and respectful individuals and team members.

We will ensure each player demonstrates the highest standards of RFU’s T.R.E.D.S (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship) at all times on and off the pitch and external to the club grounds.

Strength and Honour

Following the Government’s national lockdown announcement, all community rugby activity is temporarily suspended.

It is out intent to ensure that our young athletes remain active, continue to identify as one Cranbrook Minis Section, and connect with their team mates. To ensure this, we continue to engage with both current members and the wider community through our virtual lockdown challenge and a series of weekly zoom home training activities. If you would like to join in with our Lockdown 3.0 ‘Minis Walk of Champions’ please contact a member of our coaching or admin team or alternatively join our Cranbrook RFC Youth page on Facebook.
For current members, please continue to monitor social media, whatsapp and your emails. As soon as we are able to return to the club, we will let you know.

We look forward to connecting with you all and seeing you all back at our club as soon as we are able to do so.
Please continue to be safe and remain healthy.


U9s Training

U9s is for children currently in School Year 4.
Training is held on Sundays through September to April and start promptly at 9.45 for about and hour.  If inclement weather requires a cancellation of training during the season our method of communication is via email and our WhatsApp Group. Please ensure that you provide your details to be included.  Sessions will be interactive and fun throughout the season. We welcome feedback. Feel free to speak to us after any session.

U9's Rule of Play

Note - Under 9s is CONTACT Rugby which includes 'The Tackle". 

The object of the game is to score a try by placing the ball with a downward pressure on or behind the opponents’ goal line.
Under 9s Rugby is played between teams of equal numbers of players, containing six or seven players on the pitch at any one time.
The maximum pitch size is 60 metres by 30 metres. 
The ball can only be passed sideways or backwards (but not forwards). If the ball is knocked forwards then a free pass is awarded to the non-offending team, unless advantage occurs to the non-offending team. In order to keep the game flowing, referees may play advantage wherever possible.
Only the ball carrier can be tackled. The ball carrier can run and dodge potential tacklers but cannot fend off or hand off using their hands or the ball. The ball cannot be pulled out of the ball carrier’s hands at any time. 
A “Tackle” is deemed to be any contact below the arm pits of the ball carrier which results in the ball carrier being held and/or brought to ground by the opponent of the ball carrier.

It is essential all players own and wear a gumshield.

Welcome Pack

We welcome all new Players & Parents and provide a Welcome Pack (View/download PDF by clicking here) which details:

Cafe, Bar & shop
What to bring & wear
Safety & Welfare
Coaches profile
First Aid
Contact Info

We always aim for the Players to have fun. Come on and give us a try.

Team Info


Martin Taylor
Email Coach
Mob: 07730 476880

Current season:

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U9 Pitch Location

U9s Safety & Welfare

The Club treats welfare of the players as a paramount priority. 
The U9s currently have two coaches:-
Martin Taylor - Head Coach and Darren Wilson - Coach.
Both coaches have been DBS checked, completed the England RFU Headcase, Rugby Ready and Play It Safe safeguarding courses and hold First Aid accreditation.

Coaches will reserve the right to remove players that they feel are unfit to play.

The clubs appointed Child Welfare Officer is Michelle Forknall.

U9s Pitch location

The U9s pitch can be found as illustrated in the Pitch Map opposite.