Frequently Asked Questions

Santos RugbyRoos is more than just a safe and friendly introduction to rugby union, it’s an opportunity for both boys and girls to learn important life skills of discipline, respect, integrity and solidarity.

It gives every child the opportunity to grow up strong, confident and resilient whilst having great fun!

General Course Information

How much does the program cost?

The 5 Week Program costs $50 per child and the one day Holiday Clinic costs $50 per child.

All participants receive a FREE pack containing a Santos RugbyRoos boot bag and cap.

When and where are the courses held?

Courses are held at local rugby clubs across WA.
We also run after school programs at schools.

What are the age levels?

Santos RugbyRoos Club 5 week programs cater to children aged 5 - 7 yrs.

Santos RugbyRoos Holiday Clinics cater to children aged 5 - 7 yrs.

Santos RugbyRoos School 5 week programs cater for children 5 - 12 yrs.
Children are split into their relevant age-appropriate age groups.

Are both girls and boys able to participate?

Definitely! Rugby is a fantastic game for both boys and girls.

What is taught during the course?

Participants learn core skills such as running, kicking, throwing and catching as well as broader skills such as balance, teamwork, physical agility, listening to instructions, and hand-eye coordination.

Do the kids tackle during the course?

There is both a non-contact course and a transition-to-tackle course, although we strongly encourage participation in the transition-to-tackle course to prepare kids to tackle safely.

Children can begin the transition to tackle at 8yr. They will require a mouthguard which can be purchased from a local pharmacy.

Children 8yr's and older are encouraged to try the RugbyWA Skills programs. More Information

Safety Information

Is the program safe?

Teaching children how to play rugby safely and properly whilst having fun is the key purpose of the program.

Who coaches the training courses?

Our programs are delivered by RugbyWA Development Officers, Rugby Club Coaches and special appearances from Western Force players.

All of our coaches have completed extensive coaching courses and hold Working with Children Cards.

How does Santos RugbyRoos prepare kids for club rugby?

The safe tackling course is the perfect transition from non-contact rugby to club rugby by using tackling drills to teach rules such as no contact above the shoulders, the importance of timing and ensuring their heads are tucked behind the opponent’s body.

What parents need to know

What level of experience and fitness level is needed?

All levels of experience and fitness are welcome to participate in Santos RugbyRoos courses. The Santos RugbyRoos training drills and games are fun for all children, no matter what level of rugby experience and fitness.

Do children need to be big to play?

Not at all!

Rugby at a junior level is for everyone. All different shapes, sizes and fitness of participants are welcome.

What do children need to wear and bring?

All training equipment is provided.

Kids simply need to wear basic sports shoes and whatever clothes allow them to run around comfortably.

If your child is participating in the transition-to-tackle course they must bring a mouthguard.

What is included in the program cost?

The course cost covers participation and coaching in your chosen 5 weekly program or one day holiday clinic.

Participants also receive a FREE Participants Pack containing, a boot bag, cap and water bottle.

Information for schools

Are the Santos RugbyRoos coaches qualified?

All of our players and development officers are trained coaches through Rugby Australia SMART Rugby courses, including our own Santos RugbyRoos Coaching Development Program run by our Community Coordinators.

Are the Santos RugbyRoos coaches insured?

It is a requirement of Santos RugbyRoos that all people running the program hold adequacy of insurance and working with children checks.

Can our school run the program without tackling?

The Santos RugbyRoos program offers a non-contact format to kids who are completely new to rugby or who simply prefer to play the non-contact version, however, kids are strongly encouraged to participate in the transition-to-tackle course and learn the importance of safe tackling.

Information for Rugby Clubs

Who supports the program?

The Santos RugbyRoos program is supported by Western Force, RugbyWA and the Minderoo Group.

Does this program replace junior club rugby?

The Santos RugbyRoos program does not conflict with club rugby.

It is an introductory program that provides children with the basic skills to transition into club rugby.

How does the program benefit our local club?

Santos RugbyRoos is a great chance for new participants and their families to experience their local Rugby club.

What happens after children complete the Santos RugbyRoos course?

Once kids have been through the Santos RugbyRoos program they will have the skills and ability to transition into club rugby safely.

We also hold school holiday clinics where children can continue to build on their skills.