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Safeguarding

Promoting Positive Behaviour in Rugby

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The Welsh Rugby Union are committed to promoting positive behaviour, and working with parents and volunteers to ensure that we create a safe and positive environment for children to learn, develop and have fun through their experiences in rugby.

It is vitally important that volunteers in Welsh rugby understand their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to the children that they interact with in the rugby environment. Sport provides a great opportunity for young athletes to develop their life skills, and rugby in particular as a team sport is an example of how positive role models can influence and shape the behaviour of others.

There is a responsibility for everyone involved in the game to ensure that respect and discipline remains a central theme in the minds of children starting out on their rugby journey. It is important that children, parents, coaches, volunteers and any other people involved in the game understand the rugby culture and ethics and treat people with respect so that everyone enjoys the 'Welsh Rugby Experience'.

There are a number of clubs who promote positive behaviour through the use of 'Respect Boards' and some have posted their Codes of Conduct not only on notice boards, but also on permanent boards outside their club or changing rooms.

It's extremely important that adults understand the effect that their behaviour can have, and coaches in particular are in a position of trust and responsibility and can heavily influence the thinking and behaviour of the children they coach.

There are Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents, Spectators and Coaches and these should be placed in a prominent place so that all volunteers and visitors are able to view these and understand the expectations in terms of behaviour of everyone at the club.

Referees and Officials play an integral part of every game of rugby played, ranging from the international stage to community and age grade spheres. They have a pivotal role in ensuring that Wales' national sport, and arguably chief love continues to thrive week in, week out. There is a need for all adults to understand that we must promote positive behaviour towards Referees, and set good examples for children to follow.

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Minis to Millennium

Minis to Millennium

The development of the game in Wales starts at U7 level and follows talent development through to senior representative and community rugby

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Club Development

Club Development

Learn more about the changing face of clubs in Wales, the funding options available, and the methods of developing the hubs of the community game

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Leisure Rugby

Leisure Rugby

Rugby Camps, Touch Rugby and Rugby Tots are all covered in this section covering wider aspects of the community game and development

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Coaching Development

Coaching Development

The WRU Coach Education Programme aims to develop the right coach for every player at every stage of their development in the game

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Referee Development

Referee Development

The varying levels of refereeing courses enable prospective referees and touch judges to start or build on the skills necessary to become a bona fide, qualified match official

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Find a Club

Club Contacts

Interested in joining a rugby club in Wales? Find contact information for all WRU Member Clubs

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding

The welfare of children within Rugby Union is paramount and the WRU are committed to ensuring the correct policies are adhered to within the game.

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Volunteers

Volunteers

The WRU recognises how important volunteers are and wants to be as proactive as possible in supporting, recruiting and developing them as well as providing recognition for their contribution
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