The Dutch Rugby Union youth age groups for the 2012/2013 season are as follows:
Turven – for the 6-8 year olds (d.o.b. 2005 and younger)
Benjamins – for the 9-10 year olds (2003 and 2004)
Mini’s – for the 11-12 year olds (2001 and 2002)
Cubs – for the 13-14 year olds (1999 and 2000)
Junioren – for the 15-16 year olds (1997 and 1998)
Colts – for the 17 year olds (1995 and 1996)
The youth teams train every Thursday evening from 6pm – 7:30pm.
After shower/change of clothes most of the youth/TBM’ers have dinner in the club house (the parents take turns cooking). We’re all done around 8:15pm. There are no training sessions during the school holidays.
The Cubs also train on a Tuesday evening 6:30pm – 8pm with their cluster partner Rugby Club Haarlem at their grounds in Haarlem.
The Junioren train at AAC on the Thursday from 7:30pm – 9pm and on a Wednesday evening together with their cluster partner BSN at their grounds in Voorschoten.
A pair of sports shorts or long trainers depending on the weather, a sturdy shirt or rugby jersey (plus something for under it if cold) and rugby or football boots (no metal studs allowed with the TBM’s) are enough to get you going.
A mouth guard (commonly known as a “bitje” in Dutch) is required for all training sessions and matches. You can buy one in the AAC club house for €5. The mouth guard needs to be prepared for use the first time round, so bear in mind that as a one off you’ll need a few minutes for that.
Once you’ve build up your rugby skills and feel confident about it you can join in and play for your team. The matches are normally played on a Saturday morning within the provincial regions North Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland (Almere). There are no matches during the school holidays.
The Junioren play their regular matches in the South Holland provincial region (due to the link with cluster partner BSN).
We expect both players and supporters/parents to show respect to one another, to our opponents and to the ref on and off the field at all times. Unfair or dirty play is not tolerated.
Everyone is welcome to come try out rugby a few times for free.
Club membership for the youth ranges from €100 to €105 per season, depending on the age group (this includes NRB – Dutch Rugby Union membership fees). The yearly fee may be paid in two installments and membership from the second half of the season onwards is proportionately cheaper.
We ask for an €8 contribution per month for dinner after the Thursday training (€2 per meal if you’re trying out rugby). The money is used to subsidise the costs for the parents who cook (we normally have around 40 kids having supper, the club house has a kitchen).
AAC rugby outfit
Our AAC match outfit costs €45 (€30 for the rugby jersey, €10 for the shorts and €5 for the club socks). While stocks last and thanks to our fantastic sponsors all new members receive a free AAC Rugby bag.