HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
Hitchin RFC has been established in the town at King George V Playing Fields for over 60 years. The Mini and Youth Section was founded in September 1988 by some intrepid players and parents, many of whom are still associated with your Club. A history of our club officials can be found under the 'Roll of Honour' section of the website.
The Mini and Youth Section at Hitchin exists to make the game available to youngsters in the area. The aim is to make rugby fun, make the game available to all – regardless of ability – and promote the Rugby Union ethos.
We run sides from U6 to U18s and there are over 600 children in the M&Y section. This makes us THE largest team sports club in the local area – for any sport! Many of our players go on to play for the senior Hitchin Club and some have gone on to County and Regional honours.
The M&Y Section was among the first in England, and was the first in Hertfordshire, to receive the RFU ‘Seal of Approval’ for its Community Rugby Active Sports Programme.
In 2011 we were delighted to be awarded the RFU ‘Whole Club Seal of Approval’ and last season we were thrilled to win the RFU Presidents Award for our ‘Whole Club’ submission and are now an RFU accredited club
The RFU said of our club, “This award recognises the club which epitomises the pursuit of the highest standards at every level and age group to give players and volunteers a truly quality experience. Hitchin has created a welcoming environment where everyone is respected and valued and all members and visitors enjoy playing and being involved with rugby union”.
As a ‘Seal of Approval’ Club, we’re qualified with SportEngland to display the Clubmark logo. This is awarded to clubs that comply with the necessary operating standards in the playing programme, duty of care and child protection, sports equity and ethics plus club management. We know that this award will reassure parents/carers, both current and prospective, that Hitchin RFC Mini & Youth section is the right club for them and their children.
We were delighted to establish a girls’ Under 13 squad in 2011-12. We secured a development grant for the girls’ game from SportEngland last season and which helped us to establish an Under 15 squad. And we're very proud to announce that we will be establishing an Under 18 squad in the 2014-15 season.
In 2011 we had a second set of full floodlighting installed on the 2nd Pitch. An irrigation system for the main pitch was installed about five years ago.
In 2013 the club was selected by the RFU to launch the RFU's 'KIDS FIRST' programme and was awarded a £150,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund to contribute toward the cost of a new changing room facilities.
In 2015 we opened our new changing room facilities.
And in 2016 we were awarded the prestigious 'Club of the Year' at the North Herts Sports Awards.
The Club is successful. However, the overriding importance is that our mini and youth members should enjoy the game in a caring and fun environment. We want to remain a highly social club and build on being one of the best and most welcoming clubs in Hertfordshire.
All Club members, that includes you as a family member, have the Clubhouse as a home! All of us are entitled to use it, including the bar, so please do. All coaches like to talk in the Club after a training session, the players enjoy being there and rugby, more than any other sport, is about off the field relationships as much as the match! The Clubhouse is ‘non-smoking’ of course.
Always respect our neighbours at the Club and the close-by schools. Ensure all litter is taken home or binned.
New players are welcome at any time of the season however – not just on Open Day!