Under 8’s Team Page

Under 8's team profile page

Lead Coach Dale Spooner
Dale has been coaching for Hadleigh for several years, continuing to coach with the U16 on their training nights, but took on the Under 8’s last year. This was very beneficial as he is known as the Club Schools co-ordinator in which he has been to local schools and taught tag rugby (which includes running a tag rugby club for the past 5 years at Bildeston Primary). An RFU level one qualified coach, safe guarding and first aid trained. Also involved with the Air Cadets in Wattisham and like lots of us, live & breathe rugby, supporting Harlequin’s and England.

Parent Helper - Vacant Postion
Parent helper assisting the lead coach with the training sessions.

Team Manager - Clare Rodriguez
Parent helper with children at two age groups and been involved with Hadleigh RFC for several years.

Contact Us Email: under8@hadleighrfc.co.uk
If you are looking to join and have a very welcoming introduction to rugby for the future. Don't hesitate to email Nicola.  

Training Times Sunday mornings 9.30 am – 11 am at the club and a schedule of home & away fixtures. There are also festivals at other clubs and we host our own TAG Tournament (U7 & U8) in March.

About Us The U8s is the second youngest age grouping (school year 3) and will involve those who started at younger ages as well as those new young athletes to come and try Rugby for the first time. Girls and boys will be introduced to tag rugby. Girls are not at any real disadvantage at mini rugby where speed and agility are more important than strength and physical size. We have several girls in the section already and are always keen to encourage more to come and join us. Things only change when they get to youth (U13). It is also the chance for them to bring their families and experience everything Hadleigh Rugby Club has to offer.
There are no match fees, everything is rolled into one very reasonable membership fee for a 35 week season and includes post-match hot dogs, end of season trophies etc. We will be very happy to have you join us for a session or two while you decide if Hadleigh Rugby is for you. 

Hadleigh RFC is a local club at the heart of our community, with links with local schools. We are delighted by the number of players who progress up the age levels and into our senior teams. Keeping players involved throughout their schooldays and beyond means that they benefit from being part of the rugby family and from the friendships and health benefits that our sport offers. The credit for our success as a club is due to the commitment of our young players, the endeavours of the club’s qualified and enthusiastic coaches, our many marvellous volunteers, our players’ parents and supporters and our sponsors.

Our Approach Mini rugby is a fantastic way of gradually introducing children to the great game in a carefully structured format commensurate with their physical development and burgeoning skill levels. Rugby is a fun game and our principal aim is to encourage children to embrace that fun and teach them the ethos of the game - fair play and respect for your coaches, colleagues and opponents. Alongside this Hadleigh RFC aims to ensure that players, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers uphold the Core Values of rugby union - Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and sportsmanship. The RFU has recently taken a good look at rugby for this age group and has developed a new, structure approach to introducing the game. An important feature of the training at this age is to develop passing, catching and spatial awareness. 

In addition to keeping children fit, rugby creates a strong bond of friendship and mutual respect not just for team mates, but for opposition players and the rules of the game. The life skills children learn through rugby are invaluable. Referees do not always get it right, but in rugby their decisions are accepted without complaint (or heavily punished if they are not accepted by loss of vital territory). Many of the friends that the children make during their rugby career will be with them for life. Unlike some sports, we do not disappear as soon as the final whistle blows, we adjourn to the clubhouse to socialise and chat about the morning's events. Come and see for yourself.