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Training & Fixtures
Each season commences on the first Sunday in September. All youth rugby is played on a Sunday, although junior age groups and the older Minis age groups organise mid-week training sessions. On Sundays, all training sessions commence at 10.30 a.m.
A number of fixtures against local and regional clubs also take place during the season. The RFU Continuum lays down the maximum number of competitive games Minis & Junior can play during the season, (more so with Minis players). For Minis, the ratio is in the order of one match to two training sessions. There are no competitive fixtures for Minis during September. Fixture lists can and do vary at short notice. Your age group coach will have details of fixtures, and a provisional fixture list can be found in Club Membership handbook. As with training, all home fixtures start at 10.30 am. Again, your age group coach will give you details of any arrangements for transport to away matches, but the general rule is that parents will either make their own way to the venue, or meet at Hare Lane at an appropriate time to share transport and/or travel in convoy.
As a general rule, all training and matches take place on the training pitches (a short walk left out the club and across the dual-carriageway road bridge). Please park your car in the main club car park as leaving your car on Hare Lane can cause an obstruction. Overflow parking can be found behind the main stand. Under no circumstances should cars be parked on the pitch access road. A pitch and changing room allocation plan should be on the noticeboard in the foyer each Sunday.
Wherever possible, details of fixtures and directions to clubs are posted on the Minis' Page of the club website www.chester-rufc.com
A qualified coach or coaches lead each age group, and parents are always encouraged to help and assist. Some teams in the youth section have as many as 30+ young players, so any assistance offered will be gratefully received. Most - if not all - coaches are parents themselves and many started by being interested parents on the touchline. Parents are expected to stay and watch (or remain in the Clubhouse). Hot food, drinks & Sunday papers are available. Most players, parents & spectators stay for hot food & drinks after matches or training sessions. The bar is open from 1200 hrs.
There is a shop within the Clubhouse that caters for all kit and equipment needs.
The ground and facilities at Hare Lane are arguably the best in Cheshire , with floodlights now installed on the first team pitch and a development plan in place to extend the changing rooms in the near future.