Taking part in minis and juniors rugby is the best part of the week for thousands of children and adults up and down Wales; a chance to get outdoors as a family, keep fit and healthy, develop new skills, meet up with friends and have lots of fun.
The sessions, usually taking place on Sunday morning, welcome new and current players aged 6 to U16 all year round. The minis and juniors game is also a fantastic place for volunteers, parents and all rugby supporters to experience the many benefits of joining their local rugby community.
'Half A Game' is Welsh Rugby's commitment to providing equal playing opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. It is a positive rugby environment that is accessible to all.
To get involved in the fun and fair play at the heart of our game, contact your local club to find out more about Half A Game and other exciting opportunities.
"All players have enjoyed the game and nobody has been left on the side. The quieter players have been more involved, they have improved their game and personal development.
"Parents of the quieter players have been very encouraged that their children have been having more game time."
"We have seen an increase in the number of players with some squads having over 25 players… It has also increased the number of coaches available, which has enabled them to organise their sessions better, with groups of players moving from coach to another, learning a different skill each time, then bringing those skills together at the end in game play. Plus more parents are willing to help with tuck shop duties on a match day, which is the main way the Junior sections funds itself."
"All the coaches fully endorse each player having at least half a game, and are aware of the importance of developing all of the players… The struggling junior player today is potentially the international player of tomorrow. So they need equal development."
Rod Davey, Beddau U7s and U8s Coach.
"We have seen an increase in participation across all ages boys and girls… many school pupils who may never have become friends have done thanks to playing more often! The fun element of rugby is evident … everyone knows they will play against or with friends!"
Joe Simpson, Hub Officer at Ysgol Glan Clwyd
"Numbers have increased, we have an average of 20 at training each week, which is great as we play 5-a-side. The parents all seem to be more involved... we now have Team Manager, two level 1 coaches, a level 2 coach, a tag leader, two level 1 referees and a fund raising committee in my age group. Because of this inclusive team support network it is easier for all coaches involved to share the responsibility… this is very important to the continuation of the team.
"I believe this is level of buy-in from the player's families is down to the all-inclusive ethos that is conveyed by the half a game initiative."
Allan James, Wrexham U7s