The Youth Club was established by Ossie Rusher in 1967. Dr Danie Craven attempted the same concept in the Cape but nothing came of it. Harlequin Youth club was the first in South Africa and was known as a clinic, which made it the oldest Youth club, 42 years and still going strong.
After this other Youth Clubs like Pretoria, Municipality, Oostelikes and Noordelikes followed. Harlequins was however the force behind the formation of the Youth Association at the Blue Bull Rugby Union. The main purpose was to provide rugby coaching to mainly english speaking players that did not play rugby at primary schools.
Harlequins Youth Club was and is still the biggest and most successful Youth Club IN Blue Bull land. It was also the first Youth Club in South Africa to undertake a overseas tour. They toured England in the 80’s. It was also the first Youth Club to participate in the rugby world youth tournament held in France. There after, Harlequins toured Chile, Uruguay and Brazil.
The Harlequin Youth Club was the first Youth Club to produce a Blue Bull Rugby President and member of SA Rugby, Mr Dolf van Huyssteen. Johan Scheepers, currently the club manager, also served as coach and Chairman. Mr Piet Swanepoel, current Chairman of Harlequins Senior Rugby Club and Vice President of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, also coached at the Youth Club.
The Harlequin Youth Club produced various Blue Bull Youth provincial player, coaches and administrators over the years. Harlequins Youth Rugby contributed considerably to the Blue Bulls Rugby Union over more than 4 decades and hopes to do so for the coming 10 or so decades.