Parent Guide

As a parent you will no doubt want your son/daughter to enjoy their involvement in rugby union in a safe enjoyable environment where there are opportunities to learn and develop rugby skills and also have ‘fun’.

This guide will hopefully answer any questions you might have before choosing to join Chiswick RFC

What are the qualifications and experience of the coaches?
All coaches hold an England Rugby (RFU) qualification.

What is the ratio of adults to young people?
The ratio for Under 8s is a maximum of 1:8, for Under 12s 1:12 and older age groups 1:15.

Does the club have a health and safety policy?
The club has clear codes of conduct stating expected behaviour of members, player and coaches.

What happens if there is an accident?
We have documented procedures, and full liability insurance.

Does the club have a Welfare Officer and/or Deputy who is in attendance at the club on Sunday mornings?
We strictly follow the requirement of England Rugby (RFU) Child Protection Policy that all clubs have an identified welfare officer for each training session and/or match

Are the adults helping with the teams DBS checked and trained?
We strictly follow the requirement of England Rugby (RFU) that all adults who have regular supervisory contact with young people undertake CRB/DBS clearance.

Does my son/daughter have to share changing facilities with adult players?
No, not under any circumstances.

Does the club hold social events?
We organise a very large range of social activities both during and outside of the season for both young people and adults – this includes BBQs, Fireworks Night, Awards Dinners, plus many many more. Check our Events page

How much does it cost to be a member of the club?
Current fees are listed in our Membership page

How are away matches/tournaments organised?
We strictly organise all our fixtures in line with the requirements of England Rugby (RFU)
In terms of transport to away fixtures the club is usually dependant on parental help.

Is there a first aider on site?
We always ensure that there is a qualified first aider present at all games and training.

Is the club affiliated to England Rugby (RFU)?
Yes, we are very proud to be fully affiliated with England Rugby (RFU) for both Senior and Junior club sections.

My son/daughter has never played rugby before; can they come along and try out a session?
During the first month of the season (September), you can bring your child along for a free taster session – no commitment.

When are the matches?
These are normally on Sunday mornings.
Times of the matches/tournaments will vary – but as a guide they’re normally between 9am – 2pm

What kit do we need to buy?
We have a “Kit shop” where you will be able to buy the necessary kit. This will include shirt, shorts, socks and cold weather clothing. Purchase your kit here


Does the club have a Child Protection Policy?
We strictly follow England Rugby (RFU) regulations on this front, and have a detailed Child Protection Policy in place.

How does the club manage any issues, which may arise – i.e. bullying?
There are identified procedures laid down by England Rugby (RFU) which we strictly follow. England Rugby (RFU) will always support clubs to manage any issues which arise.

What does the club expect from me?

We will expect you to:

  • Ensure that your son/daughter is dropped off and picked up from the club and matches and in the case of younger children there will be an expectation that a parent or designated adult remains throughout the session. This responsibility can be delegated but we must be aware.
  • Adhere to the codes of conduct within the club, in particular the Parents Code of Conduct. This highlights the positive aspects of being a part of the club and supporting both your own child and all the other young people within the club.

What would the Club like me to do?

We would like you to:

  • Become as involved in the club as much as possible. This provides your son/daughter with the support to enjoy their rugby. Clubs are dependant on volunteers.
  • Support the coaches by ensuring your son/daughter enjoys their rugby and plays within the laws of the game It is crucial to develop a positive relationship with the coaching team and to support them. If an issue does develop then manage this through the Club Welfare Officer.

What does the club expect from my child?

The club’s expectations include:

  • Fair play.
  • Listening to the coaches.
  • Adhering to the codes of conduct.
  • Adhering to the laws of the game and rules of the club.
  • Having fun and enjoying playing rugby.

What can we expect from the club?

  • A friendly welcome, an opportunity to meet new friends and watch rugby.
  • Opportunities to be involved in all aspects of club life and use your own expertise.
  • Opportunities for your son/daughter to have fun and develop their game as much as they want to.
  • A safe environment.
  • Qualified coaches and responsible volunteers.
  • Relationships based on trust, honesty and respect where your son/daughter are valued and listened to and where their welfare is paramount.
  • Child Protection Policy available for you on request.
  • Clear lines of communication with you about your child, fixtures, training and events.
  • Communication
  • We will need to ensure they can contact you if required, so we will you for your contact details.

It is part of the rugby philosophy that you are involved in your child’s rugby development. Please ensure that you build a relationship with the coach and support the club by completing all paperwork required. If you have a concern relating to the welfare of your son/ daughter always contact the club welfare officer.