Whether it’s for boys or girls, there’s a thriving community supporting rugby and touch rugby for kids here. These Singapore rugby clubs welcome newcomers throughout the year for weekly training, regular inter-club tournaments and international trips. Members learn teamwork, make new friends and have fun!
Tanglin Rugby Club
Tanglin Rugby Club (TRC) is a not-for-profit family-oriented club offering rugby and touch rugby for children aged four to 17 and 19 respectively. Over 40 per cent of their players are girls – the club plays a leading role in promoting girls contact rugby in Singapore, with dedicated girls’ teams from 10 years and above. Having fun is the priority – children develop physical skills alongside core values of respect, commitment and teamwork.
Several current players and alumni have received international honours. Most of the coaches are parents that are qualified to at least Level 1 IRB; they are supported by a number of professionals. The club operates across two terms (with a break from June to August) and training is held at the club’s pitches at Turf City on Sunday mornings (with coffee and food for parents and supporters!). It’s a family affair at the club, with many siblings playing, a thriving mums’ and dads’ touch team, and social events – when permitted!
As far as rugby for kids goes, this is the biggest club of its kind in Singapore; TRC is also dedicated to giving back to the game, hosting four international tournaments yearly pre-Covid. The club also works to enable the less fortunate, both in Singapore and across the region, to enjoy and benefit from sport. This is done through outreach activities and tours to countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and India.
Fees: Check the website for current fees and email the team to arrange a free trial.
Dragons Rugby Club
Dragons Rugby Club is a Singapore-based not-for-profit junior rugby club for boys and girls aged three to 17. Offering both contact rugby and touch rugby, the club has grown to over 500 members and celebrated its 10th Anniversary in April 2021. Former Fiji national rugby captain Deacon Manu, who representing his country at the 2011 World Cup, is Dragons’ Head Coach. He oversees the club’s 50 coaches; most of these are qualified with World Rugby Level 1 coaching certificates, as well as others who have Level 2 and referee qualifications. Working alongside Deacon is Angela Zheng, better known as Dickie, who represented Singapore in the 2008 Touch World Cup and has extensive playing and coaching experience.
Training for kids’ rugby is held on Saturday afternoons at UWCSEA (East), which has fantastic facilities, underground parking and a covered spectator area. The club competes in many local and overseas tournaments and is an active member of Junior Rugby Clubs Singapore (JRCS). Register on the club’s website and come by for a free trial session.
Fees: Rugby for kids at Dragons costs $450 for a year, plus $100 for a playing kit that consists of a shirt, shorts and socks
Centaurs Rugby Singapore
Centaurs is the founding club for junior rugby in Singapore; the club celebrates 20 years in 2022. In this time, thousands of Old Centaurian players and coaches have gone on to play at international, professional and amateur levels.
Players of any ability and experience are welcome. Minis from the age of three will focus on motor skills with a rugby theme, progressing to contact rugby in older age groups (up to age 18). A mix of parent volunteers and professional coaches deliver a structured rugby curriculum that emphasises fun, game play and experiences. As for girls new to the game, the Girls Super Sundays programme is a structured, female-led introduction to contact.
Training sessions for all age groups are split across Saturday and Sunday mornings to accommodate current restrictions. Post-training barbecues, club socials, international tours, domestic leagues and hosting tournaments were a major part of pre-pandemic club life at Centaurs – they’ll be back on the schedule as soon as restrictions ease.
Fees: Check the website for current fees. Newcomers have to purchase an additional Starter Kit that consists of a club jersey, club shorts, club socks, club car decal and backpack (U5s to U13s) or gym bag (U14s to U17s); prices vary according to age group. Email the club to arrange a free trial.
200 Turf Club Road, #0101-A
centaursgroup.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore Irish Rugby Club
Former Ireland international player Neil Best leads the coaching team at the Singapore Irish Rugby Club, along with former Singapore women’s player Azurah Khalid. They are supported by six current and former professional Singapore international players. The rugby for kids teams range from Under 5 to Under 13 and training sessions focus heavily on core skills development. Training sessions are held on Sunday mornings at the Canadian School’s Tanjong Katong Campus in the East Coast. You don’t need to be Irish to join this kids’ sports club. Families are welcome to attend free trials during the club’s regular practice sessions on Sundays.
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