Welcome to Derby Colts

Derby RFC has a long tradition in Colts rugby, having run a Colts team for over 50 years providing a steady flow of players into the senior teams and beyond.  In the last three years, over 20 Colts have moved on to play for the 1st XV.

Derby Colts run two teams, at U18 and U17 age groups.

The U18s compete in the NLD U18 league and the National Colts Cup.

The U17s compete in the NLD under 17s league until Christmas while in the New Year they play in the National U17s cup.  Additional friendly fixtures are arranged to ensure plenty of game time for all players. The section’s vision is to inspire, develop and retain as many Colts as possible to become competent, safe and effective rugby players who are capable of playing and enjoying senior rugby in a sustainable manner while buying into the ethos and camaraderie of rugby football.

The aim of the coaching team in to develop young players in a safe, challenging and fun environment.

The section maintains and fosters close ties with the senior club.

As the season progresses and as player abilities develop there will be opportunities to play up a level within the club.

Training takes place at Haslams Lane every Tuesday and Thursday, commencing at 7.00 pm and finishing at 8.30 pm.  In the close season, U17’s strength and conditioning coaching is held at Derby University.

Most games are played on a Sunday morning with an 11.00 kick off.

The coaching team aims to develop players to ensure they have the requisite core skills and decision making ability to help them progress to senior rugby.

While many players move to the Colts from the clubs Junior section, we welcome all new players looking to develop their skills and progress their playing careers in a fun and challenging Colts set-up.

Our approach is based on individual long term player development and we look to enjoy our achievements and improvements within a supportive team environment.

To achieve this our focus includes –

  • Enjoyable, stimulating and challenging learning within a game based approach – it has to be fun!
  • Safety
  • Defence and tackling
  • Attack, catch, carry, pass and evasion
  • Tackle situation
  • Decision making
  • Set piece
  • Team play and structure
  • Specialised individual skills
  • Strength and conditioning

Being a Colt at Derby RFC
Derby Colts is a fun group to be involved with and you will be made welcome.  As part of being a Colt, you can look forward to:-

  • Two stimulating and enjoyable coaching sessions per week
  • Regular game
  • Plenty of stash
  • Access to a physiotherapist, tape etc
  • A dedicated strength and conditioning programme
  • Guest coaching sessions
  • Social events
  • Kit washing (having it done for you…not you having to do it!!)
  • Regular court sessions to instill discipline and team building

We want young players to have fun on their journey to senior rugby.

Coaching team

Dan Gillespie
Colts Head Coach
07908 040020
Alastair Boden