Rugby is a great opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and challenge yourself. Most of all it’s about having fun.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international law that protects your human rights. Articles of the UNCRC that are relevant to you are:
Article 3: Your best interest should always come first
Article 12: You have a right to a say in the decisions that affect you.
Article 29: You have a right to an education that develops your personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.
Your Rugby Rights
You have choices within rugby and you have the right to clear information from your club, what they expect from you and how you can contribute to the club. You have a right to be treated fairly and with respect.
Make sure your club has a Club Welfare Officer (CWO), that you know who they are and how to contact them. This person is there to assist you with your questions, queries or any concerns that you might have.
Sometimes things can happen that make us feel sad or bad, being dropped from the team, getting injured or being made fun of by another person. There is always someone you can talk to you about this. If you don’t want to chat to the CWO then chat to a friend or family member and they will help you get assistance with your problem.
You can also contact the National Children’s charities, if you are living in Ireland you can talk to ISPCC / 1800-66-66-66 / Text Talk to 50101 or if you are living in Northern Ireland you can contact the NSPCC by phone 0800 1111 or chat online or message them
Your Rugby Responsibilities
Your club and the IRFU want you to be safe and have fun through playing rugby. In order to do this there may be certain rules you will have to follow.
- Read your Code of Conduct and make sure that you play by the rules of the game.
- In order to keep yourself healthy and at your best follow the IRFU’s nutritional information.
- Injuries can happen and it is important that you help your coaches identify any injuries so they can assist your recovery. Don’t play through injury, you might make the next game but you will only end up taking longer to fully recover and you might do more long-term damage to yourself.
- Make sure that you are especially careful with head injuries, check out the IRFU concussion guidelines so that you get the right help if you get a head injury or so you know how to help a team member if they get a head injury.
- Keep yourself fit and healthy using diet, training and sleep. Do not take additional supplements even if you think they are ‘approved’ or ‘others are doing it’. Make sure you keep play your part in keeping rugby clean.