Penzance & Newlyn RFC
The Pirates Rugby Club
Penzance & Newlyn RFC Formed 1945 From Penzance RFC 1876 - 1945 & Newlyn RFC 1894 - 1945
Pirates Youth Rugby
Pirates under under 11s county title 20-03-11


The Cornish Pirates are our first (and full time professional team) playing in The Championship, the second tier of rugby in England. They were the first winners of the British & Irish Cup in the 2009/10 season and in 2010/11 were runners up in the League after reaching the play-off final against Worcester.

We are extremely fortunate that we have many of their players attending our training sessions on a regular basis to help out and just enjoy the atmosphere of our club and now the Pirates have returned to The Mennaye our facilities have been upgraded and improved.

Alan Paver is our Coaching Co-Ordinator and provides invaluable assistance & support to our team of dedicated volunteer coaches.

Also playing at The Mennaye are the Pirates Amateurs who gaining promotion and won the cup in their first season in League rugby in Cornwall 1. TheAmateurs are also very supportive of our youth and offer another way of progressing to senior rugby.

The club aims to ensure that players, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers uphold the Core Values of rugby union, Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. These values will stand our young people in good stead both on and off the rugby pitch and are reflected in the RFU’s Code of Rugby. Penzance & Newlyn RFC supports its aims that we:

Play to win - but not at all cost

Win with dignity, lose with grace

Observe the Laws and regulations of the game

Respect opponents, referees and participants

Reject cheating, racism, violence and drugs

Value volunteers and paid officials alike

Enjoy the game

Last season Penzance & Newlyn RFC managed to both win with dignity and lose with grace and we are proud that our young teams are as renowned for their fair play as for their successes.

We are also proud of our RFU Seal of Approval, status, which recognises our achievement in reaching and maintaining the standard of a club committed to providing a quality rugby union experiences for young players.

Penzance & Newlyn 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.

We are extremely grateful to all the schools who offer us the use of their pitches and facilities – without this support we would be unable to cater for so many young people.

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 volunteer coaches, our many marvellous volunteers, our players’ parents and supporters and our sponsors. We would like to thank you all and look forward to your continued support.

With a full fixture programme and a full programme of social events coming up, we would be delighted to see our new players and their parents and families fully involved. We are always glad to have help, so please talk about volunteer roles with our coaches, managers or anyone on the Mini & Youth Committee.

Registration day is always tremendously busy, so I would ask for your patience and understanding as there are many tasks to perform to ensure that the club lives up to its high standards so that your children are properly registered and cared for in the coming season. I would also ask for subs to be paid within four weeks of registration so that we can handle the finances to everyone’s benefit. However, if any parent or guardian has a particular financial need this can be discussed in confidence with Wendy Nicholas – Youth Chair & /or Madelaine Nicholls - treasurer.

U16 members of Penzance & Newlyn RFC Youth qualify for half price admission at the gate (use the gate by dining room) to Cornish Pirates matches when accompanied by a supervising adult. (Adult members can obtain concessions on match tickets purchased in advance from the ticket office at the club)..

A very warm welcome to the 2011/12 season at Penzance & Newlyn RFC and we hope that you all enjoy the rugby.

Yours sincerely,
Cullam Osborne & Mark Gilmour
Penzance & Newlyn RFC Youth Chairpersons


Penzance & Newlyn RFC Mini and Youth section provides rugby for children of all school ages and abilities.

Our Mini Section caters for children of six years old (under 7s) up to 11 years old (under 12s). The Youth Section provides for children from 12 years old (under 13s) up to 18, at which age they can join the senior section.

All age groups adhere to the RFU Age Grade Regulations

Regulation 15, a playing and coaching pathway by which clubs and schools introduce rugby in three incremental stages (Mini -Midi - Junior) so that by Under 13 players have the skills and knowledge to participate in the full 15-a-side game.

Each stage has its own rules distinguishing it from the adult game. This progression accommodates the changing developmental abilities of children as they mature, with the emphasis on the improvement of individual skills through purposeful and enjoyable activity. Provision is made for testing these skills in match situations during a limited number of competitive fixtures and festivals/tournaments each season.

The enjoyment and safeguarding of children is of paramount importance at Penzance & Newlyn RFC and we are committed to providing opportunities for all children to play rugby in a friendly, fun and safe environment.

For a beginner’s guide to rugby’s rules and regulations visit

Training, Selection & Availability

Training for the Youth Section varies across the age groups during weekday evenings and matches usually kicking off at approx 11am on a Sunday . Any alterations will be notified by the team coach or manager. At Penzance & Newlyn RFC we want to ensure that all children have opportunities to play, selection for individual matches being the responsibility of team coaches.

Parents and Guardians remain responsible for their children at training/matches and are encouraged to stay, especially if their children are in the Mini Section.

Punctuality Children should be in rugby kit ready to start sessions on time, especially on match days. They should have a drinks bottle and clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Please let the coach know if your child is unavailable to train or play.

Get to know your team’s coach and manager who will be glad to chat and receive constructive feedback or particular information regarding your child.

Insurance All children playing rugby for an RFU club are covered by the RFU’s personal accident policy, details of which can be found at Medical expenses are not covered by the RFU and therefore you may like to consider adding your child to any private medical insurance that you may have.

Necessary Kit

As with most sports, players need kit, at the club this will be: rugby boots, socks, shorts and shirt, mouthguard, and water bottle.

The club colours are red, black & white. Team shirts should be worn on match days. Shorts should be plain black. Kit and items like studs are available from the club shop. You do not need the full club kit to train. Boots & mouthguards are necessary.

Boots, with safety studs, should be certified to IRB regulations. In warm, dry weather trainers or moulded boots may be acceptable.

Mouth guards are required, and you can obtain custom made mouth guards. A custom fitting mouth guard service is available as advertised on our newsletters

Any other protective equipment is worn at the discretion of the parent / player but must conform to IRB standards (a reputable sports shop can advise).

Members of Penzance & Newlyn RFC youth benefit from 10% discount card from Whirlwind Sports. Rugby Tackle also provides all you need and both shops offer good sound advice.

Wearing layers means players can discard items as they warm up. Waterproof tops must not have zips. Hoodies are not permitted for playing.

Players will need a set of clean clothes to change into after training or matches.

Players’ drinks should be provided, especially on hot days, when sun screen may be needed.


Young players are coached under the RFU Age Grade Regulations and boys and girls train and play together up to and including the Under 12 age group. Beyond this, boys and girls play separately, for safety reasons.

All lead coaches at Penzance & Newlyn RFC are qualified to UK Coaching standards. We aim to have for each age group at least one Level 1 qualified coach, which means they are trained and accredited.

If you are interested in becoming a rugby coach, please contact the Club Coaching Coordinator.


The club has qualified referees to officiate at matches. However, to cover all matches every weekend, we are always actively recruiting referees. You do not need to have any previous rugby experience as training is provided. Please contact the Club Referee Coordinator for more information.


We very much welcome your help with the running of the club. It takes a great deal of work to ensure everyone can train and play. So if you could help in any way, for example coaching, managing, refereeing, helping in the kitchen or at social events, fund raising or with the website or publicity please join our fabulous army of volunteers.

We have listed some volunteer roles and would appreciate any help, even a little time each week. Please express any interest to your child’s Team Manager or the Club Volunteer Coordinator. Basic role descriptions are available on request.

To achieve the RFU recommended minimum ratio of adults to children - 1:10 for children over 8 years old;

1:8 for children under 8 years old and 1:6 for children under 7 years old – we need to recruit volunteer coaches and managers each season.

Volunteer Roles are many but include -






Match Days or as and when needed


Match Reports

Match Days Only


Social Events

As and when needed


Maintenance (plumbing, painting, etc)

As and when needed


Assisting Coaches



Kitchen / Bar

Match Days Only


Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults

Penzance & Newlyn RFC we are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Everyone works in partnership to promote children’s welfare, health and development and all allegations and suspicions of harm will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately

Adults working with children and vulnerable adults in a voluntary or paid capacity in rugby union must have:

An Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure processed and risk assessed by the RFU, in line with the RFU’s Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy, which is implemented ithin this club. CRB certificate applications are only seen by the individual applicant and the RFU Safeguarding team at Twickenham, where clearance is approved.

For further information regarding the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults contact the Club Safeguarding Officer Tom Tree
Tel : 07825 002 426

Tom Tree or Tony Richards will be on duty most Sunday mornings in and around the clubhouse; if unavailable please contact Wendy Nicholas Junior Chairperson.

Sponsorship & Fund Raising

Each year we endeavour to raise funds for the club through events and sponsorships. If you might be able to help or suggest possible sponsors please contact the volunteer co-ordinator or the Chairman.

First Aid

In the event of a player being injured, in the absence of the parents the team officials are responsible for deciding whether further medical assistance is required. Parents and/or guardians will be contacted as quickly as possible. The club has invested in First Aid training and there is on site someone qualified in Emergency First Aid during training or matches at the club.


In most instances it is the responsibility of parents, not the club, to transport their child to and from the club or nominated meeting point. If parents make arrangements between themselves this is a private arrangement and at the parents’ discretion.

When Penzance & Newlyn RFC formally arranges transport we will ensure that drivers and vehicles comply with the RFU’s Safeguarding Policy.

In the event of a late collection coaches and volunteers will attempt to contact the parents, wait with the child, preferably in the company of others, notify the Club Safeguarding Officer and remind parents of their responsibility to collect their child promptly.

Photographic Images We encourage the taking of appropriate images of children involved in rugby celebrating the Core Values of the sport. The RFU’s guidance for parents and the paid and volunteer workforce can be found on the Safeguarding pages of It is based on common sense and we would ask everyone to read and comply with this guidance.

Any parent or guardian who does not want their child photographed for any reason should talk in confidence to the team's coach or manager. We will then take all reasonable steps to ensure the child is not photographed whilst playing or training at the club.

Dogs are not allowed on the club fields.

Club &Youth Rugby Contacts Contacts




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Westholme, Alexandra Road, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4LY
Tel: 01736 351568