RANDALSTOWN RFC mini section was founded in the late 1990s with a small band of dedicated coaches.
The section has grown and the formation of a youth section in 2001 has seen numbers grow to over 160 five to 18-year-olds.
Although the coaching team has grown significantly too they are no less dedicated.
The club offers rugby for those who do not attend grammar schools and, therefore, would not otherwise be able to partake in a sport that teaches respect and creates lifelong friendship.
The club prides itself on producing senior players from the mini and youth sections.
Randalstown’s young players come from a wide range of ethical, religious and cultural backgrounds.
The mini section for players aged five to 10 play matches and tournaments across Ulster on a regular basis and once a year play at half-time during an Ulster match at Kingspan Stadium.
They also played recently at an All-Ireland blitz at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The club was awarded the IRFU Club Excellence Award in 2011 which was renewed in 2016.
This is a very prestigious award and Randalstown is one of only two Ulster clubs to have received this award.
As well as this the mini, youth and ladies section won the 2014 Antrim Community Excellence Award for Culture, Arts and Sport.
The mini section welcomes boys and girls of all abilities with no experience necessary.
The physical and mental abilities of the sport are well-renowned and the club’s coaches are all fully qualified through Ulster Rugby and are all Access NI checked.
They are also fully first aid trained and concussion trained.
Bused are provided for away games and at home games players and coaches from both teams are fed.
Training takes place at the club in Neillsbrook on Saturday mornings with P1 and P2 teams training from 9.30-10.30 and P3-P7 training from 9.30-11.00 and started last Saturday (September 15).
The Mini/youth chairperson is Roisin McDonald and the Mini convenor is Michael Cochrane.