President's XV Awards 2012
The RFU have launched the 2012 President's XV Awards. For more information and details on how you can get involved please see the link below.
President's XV Awards 2011.pdf
Nottinghamshire Value the Volunteer!
Value the Volunteer
Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire CB have held a second volunteers celebration evening. This occasion was to celebrate the Valued Volunteers in Nottinghamshire.
The event was organised by Robert Linthwaite the Nottinghamshire Club Volunteer Coordinator. The event was held at Notts County Football Club on the same evening as the Nottingham Varsity rugby match between Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University.
Eleven awards were presented after a three-course meal. Everyone was then treated to an entertaining varsity rugby match. Each recipient received a framed certificate presented by the President of Nottinghamshire RFU, Steve Morley along with an RFU tie or scarf.
Maggie James of Nottingham Paviors RFC was rewarded for her ten years of volunteering work the junior girls section of the club. She has also been the Safeguarding Manager and worked towards the club Seal of Approval
Debbie Cook of West Bridgeford RFC was recognised for her work behind the scenes at West Bridgeford. Not only for organising numerous events but also as a core member of the junior committee.
Huw Thomas of Bingham RUFC. Huw has been a coach at Bingham for the past five years and as a result of his hard work with the club they have now progressed to Pennant League Three.
Peter Denman of Mellish RFC was rewarded for his twenty-five years of work for Mellish not only as player but also as a stalwart for the club ensuring that the ’little things’ get done around the first team and club.
Dave Beaumont of NLD Referees was recognised for his many years service to the referee society and his recent work with the CRB process within the society.
Dominic Whiston of Castle Donnington RUFC was recognised by the club for his work with video recording matches played by the club which have not only assisted with coaching but also with recent disciplinary hearings.
Steve Hale of Keyworth RFC was praised for being a ‘good old traditional club man.’ His many posts have included, player, fundraiser, ground staff, referee and bar staff. Come rain wind or shine Steve is always there to help out.
Ray Boadhurst of Mansfield RUFC was recognised for his many years of voluntary work within the club, not only as a player but also his work in organising teams and events within the club.
Nigel Kendall of East Leake RFC was praised for his work as club secretary and his unseen work within the club.
Kevin Taylor of Nottingham Boots Corsairs RFC received his certificate for his work with the pitches at the club, his work re-building the kitchen at the club and his committee work.
A special award went to Stephanie Cranmer for her coaching work with the U15 girls at Nottingham Paviors who became National Champions in 2009/10.
Volunteers play a crucial role in encouraging and supporting participants from grassroots and club level right through to performance sport. Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Above Steph Cranmer is presented with her award by Nottinghamshire President, Steve Morley.
Above Maggie James is presented with her award by Nottinghamshire President, Steve Morley.
Rugby Football Foundation – ‘Helping Hand Grant’
The Trustees of the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF) have launched a new ‘Helping Hand Grant’ from 1st July 2011. The ‘Helping Hand Grant’ recognises that current economic times are difficult and provides a mechanism for clubs to apply for a small grant of between £500 - £1,500 for eligible Capital Projects (for example a new set of rugby posts, redecorating the changing rooms etc) with the club matching the grant on a £ 4 £ basis.
The grant will be available to clubs that play level 5 or below in the RFU league structure and builds on the successful RFF Groundmatch grant that has invested over £4.4 million into the game since 2003.
The ‘Helping Hand Grant’ has a simple two page application form which can be found at www.rfu.com/rff/
Please note that the new Helping Hand Grant will be viewed as an extension of the Groundmatch Grant scheme with the maximum amount of funding that a club can apply for in a 24 month period set at £5,000. However a club can make a number of applications within that time period up to the limit of £5,000.
For further information on the ‘Helping Hand Grant’, Groundmatch Grant or the Interest Free Loan scheme please contact one of the Regional Funding and Facilities Managers
North: Ted Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org 07738 029212
Midlands & East: Ross Baxter email@example.com 07764 960405
London & South East: Rick Bruin firstname.lastname@example.org 07738 029211
South West: Dave Stubley email@example.com 07736 722387
Helping Hand Grant application form 190511.doc
Community Rugby in England works to a four year rhythm, based around the Rugby World Cup. Each year has a specific theme: People, Places, Recruitment and Retention. The next two years are our People and Places years - where we engage new referees, coaches and volunteer administrators in the game (people); and improve our facilities (places) to be ready for the new players that will result from RWC 2011.
Over 80 volunteers participated in the CB Conference at Twickenham in October 2008 to debate proposals outlining how we can grow the sport in these next two years. The outcome was broad agreement on what we are going to focus on. We now need to turn agreed proposals into action.
The Midlands Implementation Conference will bring together key local decision makers, both volunteer and professional, to decide how NLD will implement these programmes locally. Executive staff will facilitate the Conference - but it is the volunteers' contribution that is the most important.
With the right action plan in place, and based on rugby teamwork, I am very confident the programme will build on the Core Values of rugby to deliver real, lasting benefits to the game over the next two years. We must provide a simple, clear and easily understood message to all our rugby stakeholders; to engage volunteers to deliver the extra people and better places to ensure we are ready for the next group of players we recruit, and ensure they stay.
Thank you for your time.
Chairman, Community Rugby