The Welsh Rugby Union has positively changed the way rugby is played at mini and junior levels in order to help develop more athletic, skillful and attacking rugby players.
The Pathway offers a progressive way of introducing the game to young players and developing coaches. It also aims to deliver a game that is fun to play, enjoyable, stimulating to coach and promotes open running rugby.
Running with the ball, passing and having the ability to beat an opponent are the Welsh way. In order for the WRU to promote and develop these skills, the pathway has been adopted for young players in Wales.
Contesting the ball is introduced in a controlled rationale at the age of ten with the aim to help players to gain confidence in this aspect of the game. With these skills being developed progressively at each age group, it is the WRU's belief that young players will be encouraged to stay within rugby and enjoy the benefits of the game.
The WRU Rugby Pathway also includes information and guidance for coaches to introduce and develop skills both safely and effectively. The nature of the WRU Rugby Pathway will, it is hoped assist coaches across Wales to deliver the skills of the game in a progressive and developmental manner. For the Pathway Laws.
‘please note that in the girls pathway, players play in a 2 year banding. Players are unable to play up or down an age band)
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