Welcome to the Mini & Youth section

A warm welcome to Mini & Youths Rugby at Lansdowne FC for the 2016 / 2017 season.

In the Minis and Youths section, we seek to ensure that the great tradition of Lansdowne FC rugby continues to be passed to the next generations in a fun, safe and friendly environment. Many true and lasting friendships have been forged through Lansdowne, stemming from the principles we instill in the young players, of fairness and respect to all contributors. 

Our new season will commence on Sunday 4th September 2016.

Our players (both boys and girls) can join from the age of 5 years up and progress from. For players new to Lansdowne we offer a two week trial period after which registration must be completed via the link on this site.

Minis rugby commences at the U6/7 age group and goes to U12. Mini rugby is focused learning the basics of the game along with the skills of agility, balance and coordination. We are committed to ensuring that the rugby children experience at these age groups is directed so that they will have a firm grasp of the basic skills and core values of the game, coached in a fun and safe environment.

As players move up through the age grades, the physicality of the game increase, and the skill sets coached progress to tackling, scrums and those required to play the game in a safe manner.

Full pitch 15 a-side games commence at youth rugby level, (U13 to U17). Lansdowne FC offer an avenue for youths players to continue to develop their skills and to participate in competitive rugby. We have been active and successful participants in Leinster league and Cup competitions at youths level for many years and are looking forward to a highly competitive and successful 2016/17 season for all our youth teams.

We actively encourage parents to get involved in the coaching of the teams. Previous rugby playing experience is desirable but not necessary. Through the support of the Leinster Branch coaching courses will be provided to all mini and youths coaches.

Age Requirements:

To comply with insurance and Leinster Branch requirement the following restrictions apply.

All children are required to be a minimum of 5 years of age at the commencement of the season. (i.e. for the 2016/17 season they must have reached their 5th birthday by 4th September 2016)

All children are required to play within their designated age grade. This is determined by their year of birth. (e.g. Born in 2010 and not 7 before the 1st of January 2017 will mean U7 for 2016/17).


All mini and youths players that are registered with the club and have their yearly subscriptions paid are covered by the IRFU Group Scheme for Clubs. This insurance policy covers major incidents and is limited in it cover. It is recommended that parents have addition private health insurance place to cover their children.

Other points to note:

Registration: Register and pay your subs online by clicking the 'Online Payments' link on the homepage. You must be a club registered and paid up member to be covered under the IRFU insurance.

Gumshields: Wearing of a gumshield is mandatory when training and playing in matches.

Boots: Boots with moulded 'blades' are not allowed. This is due to the 'slicing' injuries can be caused to players from these types of studs. All boots must have ‘traditional’ screw-in and / or moulded studs.

Parking at the stadium: The stadium management company, and not the club, are responsible for parking enforcement around the stadium. It is strictly enforced.  Do not park in the restricted areas or you will be clamped. There is paid parking available under the clubhouse. The entrance is on Lansdowne Road to the left of the clubhouse gate.

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