Why Middlesex Rugby
Middlesex Rugby is the governing body for rugby in Middlesex but we are far more than just another layer of bureaucracy and blazers. As well as running county representative rugby, we facilitate the playing of grassroots rugby across the county, ensuring that our clubs thrive and grow. That might mean giving a metaphorical or financial helping hand or it might mean dishing out a bit of discipline here and there. Without the structure and governance that we provide there would be
Our county representative section provides the opportunity for aspiring players at all age groups from senior to Under 15s, men, women, boys and girls to represent the county and possibly go on to gain divisional honours. The squads are split into three sections, senior, junior and women & girls, each with their own director of rugby, team managers and top flight coaching teams.
The senior women’s squad has recently undergone an almost total transformation and improved to a level where they now play in the Women’s County Championships.
At the junior age groups, more than 480 players from Middlesex clubs and schools are involved an initial screening process every season, of whom 320 will join a county squad at the appropriate age group, with the potential to be selected to represent Team Middlesex in grade matches against other counties. There is also a development programme for U14 players.
Every player receives top class coaching and mentoring from qualified coaches as part of our player development programme in partnership with the London Irish Academy.
In turn, our coaches themselves participate in their own development programme and are individually mentored to help them achieve Level 3 coaching awards.
THE COMMUNITY GAME
More than 80 clubs are affiliated to Middlesex Rugby. Between them they run 708 teams and counting. That’s more than 17,000 people playing rugby in the county - most of them at grassroots level.
We are committed to sustaining and developing community rugby in all its forms and across all sections of the game to provide more opportunities for more people to become involved, more often and more locally - whether as a player, coach, referee or volunteer.
In addition to awarding grants and bursaries, we run leadership academies, coach and referee development programmes, and we help clubs to recognise and reward their hard-working volunteers, without whom they simply wouldn’t survive.
Middlesex Rugby runs a number of adult league, merit table and cup competitions, providing a competitive structure for all teams at every level of the game.
The Middlesex Cup, Bowl and Vase knockout competitions cater for teams playing at Level 5 right through to the Herts & Middlesex leagues whilst the Middlesex Merit Table offers more social league and cup format rugby for everyone from non-league 1st XVs to 4ths, 5ths and Extra Bs.
Women’s teams compete for the Griffin Cup, students have their own U20s and U23s tournament, whilst the North West Floodlit Cup maintains the tradition of a regional competition within the North West Group area.
Middlesex schools play in a knock-out competition throughout the Autumn term, culminating in a finals played over three days at Allianz Park, whilst at the other end of the age spectrum, a thriving veterans’ league is played under lights on Friday evenings.
MINI & YOUTH RUGBY
Middlesex Rugby runs a series of minis festivals throughout the season and, in conjunction with Saracens and Hertfordshire, a junior league programme which encompasses all age groups from U18 to U15, whilst the U14s and U13s play in friendly fixtures and festivals. The emphasis is placed firmly on fun to keep more young people enjoying the game and playing into their adult years.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Middlesex Rugby is busy off the field too. We have a 12 strong disciplinary panel who sit weekly to pass judgement on transgressions at Level 5 and below. Our safeguarding officer ensures that children are protected and clubs are adhering to child safety guidelines.
We authorise overseas tours, run a fixture exchange, publish regular best practice guides, support clubs in their efforts to recruit new players, coaches, referees and volunteers and
run leadership academies to help future club leaders reach their potential.
Fortunately, we are supported by the professional staff of the RFU’s local delivery team, with three rugby development officers, six community rugby coaches, dedicated women’s and students’ development officers and a funding and facilities manager.
All of whom help us promote the core values of rugby union throughout the county.