Welcome to the Minis Section at Effingham & Leatherhead RFC. The Minis section is made up of age groups spanning from Under 6s to Under 11s. We welcome girls and boys of all ages and skill levels in the teams and can accommodate parents and volunteers who would like to get involved. We may add names to waiting lists as the teams fill-up but hope to be able to welcome everyone.

2017 saw the club gain Affiliated Club status with Harlequins; this is a great step forward to get access to Quins training opportunities, as well as tours, trips and player appearances at the Club.

Recruitment day 2016 HAMISH APRIL 2016 Recruitment day 2016 Quins course

Age Groups;
U6s encompass 4-6 year olds, with subsequent years tracking academic age groups. The u6s train each week at home and some invitational away sessions, or will host local clubs at Browns Lane. 

Once in the u7s, players start to attend inter-club festivals (festival fees are included in membership costs) and learn to play tag rugby Tag rugby. Rugby remains non-contact at this stage, is fun and centres around co-ordination, teamwork and dexterity. U8s further develop this approach, increasing the pitch size, squad size and game duration.

At u9s, players start contact rugby, learning how to tackle and manage increasing physicality in a safe and enjoyable way. 

U10s and 11s see the players grow and develop with the game increasing in complexity, introducing rucks, mauls and increasing team size.

Festivals and Events;
Each year, ELRFC hosts the very successful Minis Festival in Effingham, with the 2018 festival being held Sunday 18th March 2018. In 2017, 700 players from 8 clubs played at KGV and demonstrated how strong Surrey is at being able to support and promote high quality sporting events.

Training & volunteering:
Each of our age groups are supported by a dedicated team of volunteer coaches, assistants and helpers. The focus of all the coaches is to teach the core skills of rugby in a fun and friendly environment whilst also promoting the RFU core rugby values;

  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Enjoyment
  • Discipline
  • Sportsmanship

Each team is managed by a Year Group Manager, with a group of volunteer co-ordinators looking at section-wide elements such as Training, Membership, Business, Sponsorships etc. We welcome interest from any parents or guardians looking to get involved in any part of the set-up, on a voluntary or professional basis.

2017-18 Dates;
Training is each Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 at Browns Field

Winter season start Sunday 3rd September 10:00
Winter season end Sunday 10th December 10:00

Spring season start Sunday 7th January 10:00
Spring season end Sunday 29th April 10:00

Recruitment Day     Sunday 24 September 10:30 start

Minis Festival 2018  Sunday 18 March 10:00 start

Club Quiz night       Friday 17 November 19:30 start

2017-18 Fixtures;
Click here Info fixtures

Guildfordians festival 2016 Recruitment day 2016 Guildfordians festival u8s 2016 Dog - recruitment day 2016

There are different levels of membership available, from social to family. We welcome guests and players wanting to try taster sessions, with membership subs to be paid within the first month of playing. Each playing member needs to be registered with the RFU to be able to attend and play in festivals.

Membership information available here Info

The clubhouse kitchen is open every Sunday morning during training 10:00-14:00, serving hot drinks and breakfast rolls, burgers and hotdogs. Visiting the club house after training is a great way for the children and parents to enjoy each other’s company away from the pitch whilst also enjoying a hot snack, some well-earned sweets from the tuck shop, or even a refreshing drink from the club bar.

Recommended kit; 

Dry weather

 - trainers for dry ground
 - rugby socks
 - shorts
 - short sleeved rugby shirt
 - long sleeved shirt
 - water bottle 


Wet weather – dry weather kit plus

 - rugby / football boots
 - undershirt / skin
 - long johns / thermal trousers
 - rugby gloves / mittens
 - beanie
 - rain jacket / fleece
 - water bottle 

The clubhouse hosts the club kitshop for new rugby kit for all ages; kit can be ordered from the club.

How to find us;
Browns Field, Browns Lane, Effingham, KT24 5ND. 


  • It’s all about the kids
  • Deliver what we promise as a team
  • No team left behind

If you have any questions, please get in touch via the club or directly.

Nick Wilkinson
Minis Chairman, Effingham & Leatherhead RFC Minis

James Whittaker
Minis Vice Chairman 

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