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M&Y Committee


Chair: Jon Lovick

Vice Chair: Mark Scott

Asst. Vice Chair: Geoff Stringer

Treasurer: Manjit Moore

Secretary: Matt Messer

Safeguarding: Michelle Murray

M&Y Sponsorship: Alex Turner

Fixtures Secretaries
Youth: Neil Jervis

Minis: Angela Gregory

Other committee members
Coaching co-ord: Rich Hampshire
Girls rugby Rep: Maria Stevens
Rugby Devt: Steve Andrews
Catering Rep: Sue Stanbury
M&Y Social Sec: tbc
Membership: Michael Emmerson

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Hitchin Rugby Club has been established in the town at King George V Playing Fields for over 60 years.  The Mini and Youth Section was founded in September 1988 by some intrepid players and parents, many of whom are still associated with your Club. A history of our club officials can be found under the 'Roll of Honour' section of the website.

The Mini and Youth Section at Hitchin exists to make the game available to youngsters in the area.  The aim is to make rugby fun, make the game available to all – regardless of ability – and promote the Rugby Union ethos.

We run sides from U6 to U18s and there are over 600 children in the M&Y section. This makes us THE largest team sports club in the local area – for any sport! Many of our players go on to play for the senior Hitchin Club and some have gone on to County and Regional honours.

Recent history

Earlier this year the M&Y section were awarded the Hertfordshire County Tag festival playing host to 20 clubs from around the county and over 900 under 7 and under 8's players. And our Ladies section were awarded 'Team of the Year' at the North Herts Sports Awards.

In 2016 we were awarded the prestigious 'Club of the Year' at the North Herts Sports Awards. 

In 2015 we opened our new £500,000 solar powered, changing room facility. 

In 2013 the club was selected by the RFU to launch the RFU's 'KIDS FIRST' programme and was awarded a £150,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund to contribute toward the cost of a new changing room facilities.  

We were delighted to establish a girls’ Under 13 squad in 2011-12. We secured a development grant for the girls’ game from SportEngland that helped us to establish an Under 15 squad. And following on from there we established an Under 18 squad in the 2014-15 season.

In 2011 we had a second set of full floodlighting installed on the 2nd Pitch. And an irrigation system for the main pitch was installed at about the same time.

RFU 'Seal of Approval' 

The M&Y Section was among the first in England, and was the first in Hertfordshire, to receive the RFU ‘Seal of Approval’ for its Community Rugby Active Sports Programme.

In 2011 we were delighted to be awarded the RFU ‘Whole Club Seal of Approval’ and last season we were thrilled to win the RFU Presidents Award for our ‘Whole Club’ submission and are now an RFU accredited club

The RFU said of our club, This award recognises the club which epitomises the pursuit of the highest standards at every level and age group to give players and volunteers a truly quality experience. Hitchin has created a welcoming environment where everyone is respected and valued and all members and visitors enjoy playing and being involved with rugby union”.

As a ‘Seal of Approval’ Club, we’re qualified with SportEngland to display the Clubmark logo. This is awarded to clubs that comply with the necessary operating standards in the playing programme, duty of care and child protection, sports equity and ethics plus club management. We know that this award will reassure parents/carers, both current and prospective, that Hitchin RFC Mini & Youth section is the right club for them and their children.     

Our M&Y Ethos

As you can see the Club has a long history of success.  However, the overriding importance is that our mini and youth members should enjoy the game in a caring and fun environment.  We want to remain a highly social club and build on being one of the best and most welcoming clubs in Hertfordshire.

All Club members, that includes you as a family member, have the Clubhouse as a home! All of us are entitled to use it, including the bar, so please do. All coaches like to talk in the Club after a training session, the players enjoy being there and rugby, more than any other sport, is about off the field relationships as much as the match! The Clubhouse is ‘non-smoking’ of course.

Always respect our neighbours at the Club and the close-by schools. Ensure all litter is taken home or binned. 

New players are welcome at any time of the season however – not just on Open Day!

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