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Parklands Rugby Club is a community-led and volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to promoting the sport of rugby among young players in the east of Christchurch. Being a Junior only rugby club allows us to focus specifically on the needs and requirements of our young players, supporting them in both their social and rugby development. The club is staffed entirely by volunteers who work hard to create a welcoming and supportive environment for children of all skill levels. Rippa, Tackle and Girls Only Teams are all available. Parklands Rugby Club is more than just a sports organization; it is a tight-knit community of individuals who share a common passion for fun on the field and are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children and families in our community.
Parklands Rugby Football Club is a club for the community run entirely by volunteers. Monies to run the club and to purchase equipment are gained from subs, fundraising, sponsors and grants.
The subs remain at $85 per player. The subs cover:
Hoodie or shorts (alternates each year)
A pair of PRFC socks
The new bank account for PRFC is:
ANZ - 06-0601-0791215-00
Childs age as at 1st January of the year playing determines the age grade. If your child is 6 years old on 1st January they will be in an Under 7 team, if they are 7 years old as of 1st January they will be in the Under 8 grade, etc.
Prior to each season, the club will organise a day to come down and meet the rest of your team and the coach.
Who can join?
Recommended age is from 5 years old. We are a Junior Club so that means we only go up from the U6 teams to the U13 teams. The age of your child as at 1st January of that year will determine what age group they will be placed ie. If they are 11 years old on 1st January 2023 they will be in the U12 team. Very few exceptions can be made as it has to be justified as determined by the Union. Please speak to the club with regards to this. The teams are also based on weight for the tackle teams - however, please do not be concerned about this. This is more of a health and safety issue and will be dealt with by the club/Union as/if necessary.
Rippa Rugby vs Tackle
The Under 6, 7 teams play Rippa Rugby. Under 8 teams can move to Tackle, however there are Rippa and Tackle options up to and including the Under 13 teams.
Where is PRFC based?
Training takes place on the fields on Queenspark Drive next to Queenspark School. The training can be either one or two nights a week. The person who volunteers to coach the team will determine the night.
Games are played each Saturday morning - the time, location and whom they play are determined by the Union and they will update the draw on a Tuesday afternoon. The area will always be in Christchurch and usually in the mornings.
The Club Rooms for PRFC is the Pukeko Centre on Chadbury Street, Parklands. Our Club Rooms will hold registrations, club nights, and meetings. When your child pays their subs, you as their parent/guardian become a member of the Pukeko Centre so you are able to purchase alcohol on club nights. Please refer to the calendar once the season starts to see the club nights.
When does the season start?
The Union determines the season. Check out the calendar for more detailed info.
The teams are usually formed in early April. The volunteer coaches will contact the teams. If you would like to help manage/coach the team, please let us know on one of the Information days or contact the president at email@example.com.
The subs are for the season (May to September) to be paid when you register.
Subs remain at $85 per child. This pays for Union fees, mouthguard, hoodie, PRFC socks, team photo and end-of-year trophy.
Please make payment to:
Parklands Rugby Football Club
ANZ - 06-0601-0791215-00
Please state the FULL NAME of the player you are paying for or invoice number (if sent invoice).
If you are having trouble with payment, we can refer some agencies to you. We are offering 2 scholarships this season however commitment to attend training and games on a Saturday is part of the conditions. If you wish to apply for this scholarship please contact the club president at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer a payment plan - please email our email@example.com to organise.
Need help with fees? You can complete a Grant Application form from "Make it Happen Charitable Trust" and once you have completed it, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, PRFC is NOT GST registered (it asks on the form).
What equipment do I need?
Your child will need some rugby boots (some donated rugby boots are located in the club shed - these are free - please have a look and take them as necessary). Each year as part of the subs PRFC will issue either a hoodie or a pair of shorts/something else (we alternate hoodies/another item between the years). If you choose to join in a year shorts are not provided, you can wear any black pair of shorts. Socks are included as part of your registration.
Your child will be issued with a top to wear for game days on a Saturday which will need to be returned at the end of the season. For training, they can wear any top (don't wear their best as it may get ripped). If you wish to donate old rugby gear/boots please leave them in the "Free' box in the club shed or in the rugby boots box (laces tied together please). Club Shed is located on the Queenspark School field — your coach/manager can open it for you.
What days will my child be training?
Besides telling you game day is on a Saturday, We can't help you with that information. The club is run entirely by volunteers and that includes the coaches. The coaches will pick a night to train (usually Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) and the time. If you are unable to make that day and time and there is another team with a different night, the club will try to accommodate you but we cannot guarantee this can happen. If need be, we can refund your subs if unable to play.
Please note, you will have to ask your coach whether you are able to drop your child off and leave or see whether you are to remain on site whilst training is taking place. The coaches are all volunteers. They have offered to train your children in rugby. A lot of coaches do not like to discipline the children/tell them to train when they don't want to, etc, therefore they would like the parents/guardians to remain in situ whilst training is taking place. Please check.
Who is the coach/manager for the team?
All the coaches, managers are volunteers. Once a coach has been established they tend to continue to coach if their child wishes to continue to play rugby at PRFC.
After registrations, the President/Club Captains get together to establish the teams. They tend to keep the same group of kids in the same teams - i.e. if they are going up a year from the previous year. They put friends/family together. As you can imagine this is an exhausting and hard job along with their full-time working roles. Then they have to allocate those teams to a coach. The President/Club Captain are very persuasive in getting parents/guardians/even ex-club members to volunteer to coach the children. It is then a case of the volunteer coach/manager getting in touch with you to let you know about the team. This is where keeping your information up to date is vital. If you change your contact details please get in touch. If you haven't heard anything (keep an eye on the Facebook page as they'll ask if you haven't heard anything to get in touch). The coach/manager will set the time and day/s for training at Queenspark School field.
It is raining, is the game/training cancelled?
Rugby is a winter sport. Training and games will most probably still take place in the rain however training is a call made by your coach - please check with them. Games will always be cancelled if the grounds are closed - to check this please refer to Click here - type in the field (training takes place at Queenspark) or the game day field. If the field is closed then no training/game will be played on that field. The Facebook page will be updated when they realise the field for training is closed however please remember we are all parents/volunteers and need to find the time to check, update the website, etc. Also, check the draw from the Union to check the game is going ahead prior to leaving. Click here.
What is a club night?
Please check the calendar for the dates.
A club night is a get-together for the children and parents. We are a community-based club and encourage all team members and their families to attend. At club nights we sell; Food, alcohol, soft drinks, lollies (part of our fundraising) as well as some clothing — these are also sold via Impakt.co.nz. We hold meat raffles where meat packs are kindly donated by Fresh Choice. We ask our Player of the Day and Rooster of the Day (determined after each official game on a Saturday by the coach) to get up on stage and the Rooster is awarded with a Subway voucher thanks to Parklands Subway and the Player of the Day (POD) is issued with a voucher.
Each club night has a duty team. The club is run entirely by volunteers so we ask each team to help run a club night at some point (please check the calendar). We'll ask someone to help take the monies/run the lolly table, another to help in the kitchen, another to help sell the meat raffle, another to help watch the kids at the school playground, another to help get the lolly selection together for the duty team and POD's, etc. Your child as part of the duty team will get up on stage to introduce themselves to the rest of the club and be issued a choice of 2 lollies.
Teams from U13 and below play under the amended NZRU Small Blacks variations.