Children’s Rugby Camp

In support of Service and MoD families within the Portsmouth Area, the Royal Navy Rugby Union Rugby Camp will run through the Easter Holidays at the Sports Pitches, HMS Collingwood on Wed 17 and Thu 18 Apr 19. The camp is designed for children age 6-14 and is open to both boys and girls of all skills levels.

The Sessions
Through our fully qualified and vastly experienced Rugby Coaches all sessions delivered will be i.a.w. the England Rugby Age Grade Rugby Code of Practice. All sessions will involve the fundamentals of passing, decision making, the tackle and continuity all relating to skill and game sense of the modern game. With regard to the non-contact age groups they focus on defensive alignment and tagging games during the tackle session. Our grouping is all done prior to the camp and in age correct groups so all coaches know what and who they are delivering too.

Along the way, children will also learn to work as a team, improve their self-confidence, and make new friends! As well as focusing on the values of sportsmanship, team spirit, enjoyment but more importantly FUN. Children will be constantly assessed by their group coach, enabling quick and correct decisions to be made on groupings. This will maximize progression whilst minimizing injury risk.

We Take Our Responsibilities Seriously
All attendees are split into groups according to age, size and ability.
Our Coaches are England Rugby Qualified Rugby Coaches and CRB cleared for child safety.
The camp will have a nominated child welfare officer (Camp Manager) on site at all times.
Our courses have been designed with the modern game in mind. They focus on all round player development, individual positional skills, unit skills and team strategy. You'll learn all the latest techniques and skills from the very cutting edge of the game.

Day Breakdown
09:30 - 10:00 Drop-off and registration
10:00 - 12:00 Rugby Coaching
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch with indoor activity
13:00 - 15:00 Rugby Coaching
15:00 - 15:30 Sessions complete
15:30 - Pick-up

Registration and additional information e-mail

Frequently Asked Questions

What content will be covered?
Camps give children the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques as well as developing and fine tuning existing ones. Children are offered an interactive learning experience with an opportunity for participants to meet new friends, help with confidence and ultimately have fun. The sessions focus on a range of rugby skills, drills and activities as well as rugby related games and age group breakdown for specific sessions.

What ability are the camps for?
The Royal Navy Rugby camps are open to all abilities. Our high coaching standards mean that our staff will ensure that sessions are programmed to age appropriate groups, so that participants are not placed into a situation that they won't be comfortable in.

How long are the days?
Camps run from 9.30am – 15.30pm, with a lunch break and scheduled breaks throughout the day.

What should my child bring?
All participants will need to bring a packed lunch, water-bottle and weather appropriate rugby clothing. This should include trainers and boots, shorts and tracksuit bottoms, warm tops, mouth guard, waterproof top, warm hat and sun cream. Those children who are carrying out contact will be required to have a mouth guard (gum shield), this does not need to be one provided by your dentist. A number of sport shops provide reasonably priced mouth guards.

Can parents watch the sessions?
Parents and guardians can stay to watch the session in the allocated spectator area, however they are encouraged to come and watch their children on the final afternoon at 1400.

Who carries out the coaching? What about safety?
All coaches will be DBS cleared England Rugby qualified Rugby Community coaches and will be first aid trained. They are trained to a minimum of England Rugby Level 2. Parents are requested to provide any medical history or details regarding any previous injuries upon booking to ensure our coaches are fully informed in advance of the camps.

What are your policies on phones/valuables?
We wouldn’t encourage bringing phones and valuables to the camp. However, if they do wish to bring a phone on camp we ask that they do not bring them into the sessions as they can often prove distracting. Royal Navy Rugby is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged personal items of a participants, and are not responsible to replace them in any way.

In the event that inclement weather prohibits the players to train outside, an alternative indoor facility will be made available or will be brought to a safe indoor or covered area until the weather has passed. Royal Navy Rugby will do its best under these circumstances to proceed with the activities, but the participant’s safety is our first priority.

Peace of mind - We hope the information contained here will help to reassure you, but if you have any concerns, please call us on 02392 573044 or email