Come up to the Club at Volac Park on a Sunday morning and you will see over 400 boys and girls aged 6 to 18 playing with as much pride and passion as the 1st XV but perhaps with a different emphasis, where children smiling is much more important than winning.

Mini, Midi, & Youth

The section is run principally by the parents of the children and adheres fully to the requirements and recommendations of the RFU and RFUW and, in particular, the ethos for Equity in Sport, Health & Safety and Child Safeguarding.

The Mini, Midi and Youth rugby section divides into three parts: Mini (Under 7s to Under 10s), Midi (Under 11s and Under 12s) and Youth (Under 13s to Under 17s) .

At Under 7 and Under 8 age groups Tag rugby is played. Contact rugby starts at Under 9 to Under 12 where the game is played on half the pitch and with a limited number of players in accordance with the RFU Continuum. We fully support the RFUs approach to developing players, with an emphasis on skill development rather than winning games.

Youth rugby sees 15 a side matches played on a full size pitch from Under 13 to Under 16. The laws of the game are gradually introduced as the team moves up through the ages.

Colts rugby (Under 17 and Under 18 combined) is the transition section to the full adult game. There is a strong link with the adult section of the Club and some Colts will be invited to train with the 1st team and play in the development squad games.

A player's age is determined as at the 1st September.

We welcome new players of all ages and experience to join us throughout the season.


This season, when a mini and youth player signs up, a parent or guardian of the player must become a social (non-playing) member of the Club at a cost of £80, thereby enjoying the membership benefits. The mini and youth players will pay an additional playing fee of £80 for the first child and £73 for subsequent players registered at the same time.

Alternatively the parent can take out a full membership at the cost of £160 (plus the child playing fees), which will give them free access to 1st XV matches and other benefits. Remember all M&Y players get free entry to the 1st XV games.

1st XV Support

Cambridge is the premier Eastern Region Club offering supporters the opportunity to watch high quality rugby. Children have free entry to the Saturday games and the Mini & Youth Section encourages parents to become involved with the senior Club, offering discounted Season Ticket and Match day prices to members.

Seal of Approval/Sport England

The Club has been awarded the RFU Seal of Approval and Sport England Charter Status. The Seal of Approval is the RFU’s recognition of a child friendly club. To this end, Cambridge Rugby Club has appointed two Child Safeguarding Officers and our coaches are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked and have attended Child Protection courses. If you have any concerns about the welfare of your child please do not hesitate to approach one of our Child Safeguarding Officers.

Safeguarding Policy

Cambridge Rugby Union Footbal Club (CRUFC) acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children involved in CRUFC from harm.

You can access our safeguarding policy by clicking here.