Research & Pilot

A Child Centred Approach

During 2013 the Rugby Football League and Leeds Beckett University piloted a range of changes to the current game format for under 7s, 8s and 9s.

The aim of the pilot programme was to:

• Increase FUN and ENJOYMENT
• To ensure every child plays, all of the time
• Increase involvement during games
• Maximise participation
• Maximise skill development

Throughout 2014 playing leagues played the new version of Primary Rugby League to test and evaluate the rule changes.

Following the 2014 season, consultation was carried out with the coaches who delivered the format and wider stakeholders to gain feedback on their experiences of delivering and playing the pilot game.

The consultation process resulted in some further amendments being made to the playing formats.

The new formats will be introduced into the community game over the next three years as follows:

Under 7s: 2015
Under 8s: 2016
Under 9s: 2017

Pilot Game Research

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Pilot Programme