Gòtics School Rugby Club of Barcelona was established in 1988. Our mission is  to create a school of values through the practice of rugby.

It has currently more than 150 players divided into 5 categories: mixed teams under 6, under 8, under 10, under 12 and under 14.

 1) Introduction

Although rugby has always been considered a sport of values that should be present in every school, sports modernization of the players has been a too predominant objective. According to our current approach, the School makes a sports training program that includes physical, cognitive and emotional aspect for the  children. We do not aspire to train players just to fill the ranks with the senior teams, but we want that boys and girls come to school to have fun, to enjoy the sport, colleagues, to grow and develop as balanced people in a healthy environment.

 2) Objective

The aim of the School is to allow boys and girls to enjoy themselves in our environment with the practice of rugby, teaching basic techniques and the rules of the sport, developing the psychological and emotional aspects – making them participants in the values associated with rugby and taking the utmost care of safety.

 3) Aims

 3.1 Participate in the personal development of boys and girls:

  • Enjoy playing rugby, beyond the purely competitive aspect.
  • Accept the plurality of gender in sports as natural and healthy.
  • To combine individual interests with collective interests, according to a common team goal.
  • Control and know how to properly use one’s mental and physical abilities, to give a good performance.
  • Give importance to the club values, sacrifice, nobility and respect for others. 

3.2 Introduce and practice their own techniques of the game of rugby:

  • Understand the technical and tactical aspects for proper rugby practice.
  • Know, understand and respect the rules and the various regulatory aspects of the game of rugby.
  • Accept contact situations, condemning intentionally violent behavior.
  • To know and acquire the habit of using the safety precautions to prevent, if possible, injuries and to minimize risks. 
  • Distinguish and use the positions and movements that prevent injuries .

3.3 Provide a training quality based on pedagogy and participation:

  • Develop and follow an educational school project that defines its own and unique style.
  • To facilitate the integration and participation of parents in the management of the School.
  • Work with other rugby schools to improve the quality of educational work.
  • To respect and follow the “Declaration of the rights of children in sport” and the “Declaration of the rights of young rugby players”.
  • Provide children with a progressive schedule of training, age-appropriate, in technical, psychological and affective-emotional level through rugby.
  • Teach, practice and develop their own playing style: modern, open and very collective.

 3.4 Provide a quality sporting environment:

  • Enter the rugby in schools.
  • Promote Women’s Rugby.
  • Extend the practice of rugby throughout the Barcelonès Province. 

4) School and Club

The School is integrated within Gòtics Rugby Club and both parties work collaboratively to reinforce each other.

As a section, the School participates in the governing bodies of the Club and provides a training point of view and relationship with the environment. Management raised in this manner allows optimization of resources and therefore it has possibilities that otherwise it would not. School & Club share facilities, financial resources, services and much of the material as well as technical criteria.

For players of the school that, once completed the basic training cycle, want to keep practicing rugby, the club offers a training itinerary with continuity into categories of competition.

There is a technical coordination of School-Club to ensure that the training program will ensure this continuity.

 5) School and environment

The School strives  to be present in the area of child sport in Sants-Montjuïc and throughout the city of Barcelona. To do this, it nourishes good relationships with schools, other institutions, the city neighborhood and the city itself.

It gives schools the possibility of introducing the sport of rugby in the physical education schedules in two ways: By training activities for pupils, conducted in the educational centers themselves and running activities in the Foixarda rugby field.

 6) School Organization

 The School is organized around 3 major groups for their activity

* Players:

They are the basis and reason for being of the school. Everything revolves around them and their training needs. From age 3 to 14 (17 girls), boys and girls experience with us situations that, in the vast majority of cases, will enrich and contribute to forming their personality. We help them to know their body, their potential and their limitations.

It is important to note that rugby is an inclusive sport which minimizes physical complexions  of the boys and girls. Tall, short, thin and large builds have an important role to play in a rugby team. All equally appreciated. Our school therefore offers an extraordinary chance to play sports for children rejected by others.

We understand that boys and girls are not future players but just players. Our vision of the players in our school  complies with the rights of the young athlete and the young rugby player.

* The parents:

They are key because they bear the brunt of the training of their children. We offer complement by way of our activities and always talk with them because their opinion  produces feedback that helps us improve.

We also encourage the participation of parents in the management of the club. Sports activities, recreational and cultural activities, we try to create spaces of communication between parents. Somehow it is intended that the presence of the child in school also entails a commitment from parents.

* Educators:

We want those responsible to be more educators than coaches. This distinction involves a conception that is diametrically opposed to the classic figure of coach. A coach trains, technifies, strives for excellence in the game. An educator educates and uses sports to compliment the training and development of boys and girls. They teach players how to handle technical situations, but also psycho-affective problems that the players themselves have not identified or have not resolved unsatisfactorily

The technical team is made up of a mixture of ex-players and active players, ensuring a serious and responsible outcome. The Club seeks the continuous training of its teachers to improve their overall task.

 7) Competition

The competitive spirit is inevitable. It is inherent in the sport and you cannot avoid it. The players themselves have it built-in. But the role of educators of the School is to transmit:

  • Respect for teammates, regardless of their level of play. Everyone plays, and it does not matter if they are starters or reserves. There is a team.
  • Respect for the rival team.  The opposing team is a friend and we celebrate the third half with those who have been our adversaries on the pitch.
  • Victory is opportunistic, welcome, but opportunistic. We appreciate more losing a match where both teams played well than winning a bad game. 

 8) Evaluation

The evaluation is presented as a necessary tool for feeding our programming and ensuring  efficiency.

Normally, we use 3 parameters to assess our work:

  • Continuous evaluation of players and teams in technical, mental and emotional aspects, by the educators themselves
  • The subjective evaluation of the School made by coaches every two months.
  • Parent’s Evaluation about the school in general at the end of the season.

Also, through suggestions, contacts with parents, coordination with other sections of the Club, relevant information is incorporated into the new programs and annual targets are obtained.