Primary RL

Primary Rugby League for most children is their first experience of Rugby League and is a step towards a lifelong involvement with the sport and physical activity.

Therefore it is vitally important we instil the correct ethos of fun, enjoyment and development. Primary Rugby League is a modified version of the game played by Children between the ages of 6 to 11 years of age, and is commonly known as Grass Roots.

Children’s motivations for taking part in sport are very different from adults.

Adults have a responsibility to cater for children’s motivations to make the experiences FUN and ENJOYABLE. An important part of Primary Rugby League is that ALL the players play all the time and there are no substitutes.

Primary Rugby League is modified to increase children’s motivations and involvement in key areas of rugby league like passing, catching, evading, tackling and scoring trys. Smaller sided games increase skill opportunities considerably and this is beneficial to the development of children.


Research shows how important it is to give children a good first experience of sport if they are going to be physically active for life. For many children, Primary Rugby League is their first sporting experience, so ensuring these experiences are right for them is a vital first step for a lifelong involvement in Rugby League.

Primary Rugby League is a progressive way of introducing the game to young players. At the same time it aims to capture the magic of Rugby League and deliver a game that is fun to play, enjoyable and stimulating to coach whilst promoting skill development and inclusive opportunities.

Fun, Enjoyment and Development are the three key themes of Primary Rugby League and they should be at the heart of every coach, teacher and parent’s philosophy. Primary Rugby League’s new format requires that ALL players play ALL the time with no substitutes allowed. This ensures that every player has the same opportunity regardless of race, religion, gender, size or ability.

Children having Fun whilst learning and improving new skills is the key component behind an enjoyable Primary Rugby League experience. In addition, friends are made whilst improving self-esteem, confidence, respect and teamwork. A by-product of fun, positive environments, inclusive participation and enhanced skill opportunities will be talented Rugby League players.

Volunteers and Spectators play a pivotal role in ensuring that Primary Rugby League is a fun and enjoyable experience for children. Parents, team coaches, games coaches and helpers do a marvellous job for the benefit of the children and this must not be forgotten when supporting your team from the touchline. Abuse or misconduct of any kind should not be tolerated and everyone should work together to stamp out bad behaviour. Bad behaviour spoils what should be an enjoyable atmosphere, sets an awful example to children and ultimately puts people off the game.

Make a difference…

Michael Amos
Primary Rugby League Manager

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Children taking part in Primary Rugby League should:
• Have Fun and Enjoyment
• Feel included and have the same opportunities as other children
• Experience exciting parts of Rugby League; running, passing, evading, scoring tries
• Improve skills and develop through positive coaching
• Be encouraged by adults
• Experience positive environments

Primary Rugby League aims are coach to DEVELOP not to WIN:

There can be various development successes in every game including;

Who is shy participates more Played with smiles on the faces
Makes their own decisions Showed progress when defending
Catches the ball more Showed progress when attacking
Scores their first try Showed sportsmanship
Show progress in passing Passed the ball more frequently
Uses a range of evading techniques Involved ALL players without prompting
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In 1895 Rugby League was founded on the principle that players should compete ‘on an equal footing’, regardless of class or background.


In 2015 Primary Rugby League founded the rule that ALL players play ALL the time ‘on an equal footing’, regardless of race, religion, size, gender or ability.

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