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NLD Announce 2016-17 Award Winners!

June 22nd, 2017 by

NLD are delighted to announce the Winners of the 2016-17 NLD Awards which are in their third successive year of running.

The awards are aimed at recognising clubs & volunteers across the CB in 4 key categories of the game.  There were once again a number of excellent nominations and some very difficult decision had to be made along the way.

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘Huge congratulations to all of the Award Winners and Nominations, it is fantastic to see examples of the excellent work going on within the Three Counties – keep it up!’

The Award Winners have been invited to the NLD AGM to receive their awards on Monday 26th June 2017.

NLD RFU ‘Volunteer of the Year’
This award is for a hard working volunteer who goes above and beyond in their rugby related role.

Winner:  Matt Derbyshire, Melbourne RFC Senior XV Head Coach for his outstanding work not only within the Senior set up at the club but also with the work he has done with the Colts Academy to aid the transition into Senior Rugby.

NLD RFU ‘Outstanding Achievement of the Year’
Open to clubs, teams or individuals who may have achieved something against all odds, seen significant improvement or accomplished something that deserves recognition.

Winner:  Tupton RFC who over the past couple of seasons have transformed their club, significantly increasing & sustaining membership now with a thriving Junior section and a highly successful summer rugby programme.

NLD RFU ’16-24 Player Retention’
This award is to recognise Clubs who are innovative in engaging the 16-24 age group and aiding the transition into the Senior game.

Winner:  Ashbourne RFC Colts for their excellent work in offering a strong Colts section at the club at both U17 & U19 age groups and bridging the transition through to the Senior section of the club.

NLD RFU ‘Spirit of the Game’
The core values of the game are so important and this award is to recognise a Club / Team that may promote these values, have an excellent disciplinary record or be extremely hospitable hosts.

Winner:  Mansfield RFC U11 Squad who embody the RFU Core Values and have impressed many a visiting team this season with their friendly welcome.

Run an Inner Warrior Camp at YOUR Club!

June 21st, 2017 by

Since the successful launch in January and the recent campaign in May. The work to attract more women to contact rugby has certainly proved to be a success!

*   Over 2500 Women & Girls took part across approx. 150 camps

*   Over 1000 new players attended

*   See snapshot of some of the successes here – Inner Warrior Round Up May 2017

And so, to build on this we are now running another Inner Warrior Camp campaign from Fri 18 Aug to Sun 3 Sep.  This is also during the Womens World Cup so a great time to recruit new players to your team!

What’s in it for your club?

Your Inner Warrior Camp will receive:

*   Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up and during your event.

*   National promotion through England Rugby’s website including sign up options for new people.

*   Links to a national campaign across England Rugby channels and press that will be re-launched just ahead of all events.

*   Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your club poster/flyer/social media banner and use the event guide with England Rugby imagery and phrases.

*   There will be opportunities in each area for certain events to be supported with further resources once the applications are in.

What do I have to do to register?

*   Simply click HERE to register your event This link will go live this Friday 23rd June. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event

*   You MUST apply by Fri 14  Jul

What does the club do next?

*   Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Inner Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!

*   As mentioned above, this coincides with the Women’s Rugby World Cup. So think of opportunities around fixtures etc.

*   Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go – not necessarily always rugby related!!

*   Once your event has been accepted as an Inner Warrior Event, get it on social media and ensure you share it regularly with as many local groups as possible

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the Rugby Family!

Bob Hubbuck

June 19th, 2017 by

It it with sadness that we hear of the passing of NLD Life Member Robert ‘Bob’ Hubbuck.

Bob was a former Secretary of the NLD Disciplinary Committee for many years and he was awarded NLD Life Membership in 2003.

Bob’s funeral will take place at Brimington Crematorium on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 12.30pm.

NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

June 19th, 2017 by

The NLD Senior Competitions Committee met on Monday 12th June 2017, a copy of the minutes from the meeting are available to view here.

The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday 2nd October 2017.

NLD Senior Knockout Competition Draw

June 19th, 2017 by

Please find below the draw for the 1st round of the Shield, Plate and Vase plus the QF draw for the Cup.

Note that the “play-on” dates for the various rounds are;

Round 1:              26th August (note that for clubs not involved in league matches this may be moved to 2nd September by mutual agreement of both clubs and prior notification to the Competitions Secretary)

Quarter Final:    7th October

Semi Final:         18th November

Finals Day:          Sat 28th April 2018 (venue to be nominated by Lincs)

Cup (QF)

Market Rasen V Derby
Ilkeston V BYE
Dronfield V Glossop
Scunthorpe V Paviors

Shield (R1)

Buxton V Bakewell
Ashbourne V Matlock
Spalding V Kesteven
Sleaford V Stamford
Southwell V Lincoln
Newark V West Bridgford
Casuals V BYE
Belper V Mansfield

Plate (R1)

Bourne V Skegness
Grimsby V Boston
Ollerton V East Retford
Worksop V BYE
Long Eaton V Stamford College OB
Moderns V Mellish
Ashfield V Tupton
Amber Valley V Chesterfield

Vase (R1)

Cleethorpes V BYE
Gainsborough V Barton & District
North Hykeham V BYE
Keyworth V Horncastle
Meden Vale V Mansfield Woodhouse
Bingham V Nottinghamians
Cresswell V Hope Valley
Leesbrook V Castle Donnington

It is expected that there will be some disruption caused by some clubs progress in the RFU knockout but this will be managed on a case by case basis.

Match cards and regulations for the competitions can be found here.

NLD Women Vacancies

June 14th, 2017 by

NLD are pleased to extend the invitation for applicants for Assistant Coaches & Managers for the Women’s Programme for the 2017-18 & 2018-19 seasons.

This a great opportunity to get involved with some of the most talented female players within NLD.

NLD Women Assistant Coaches
NLD Women Manager

The NLD Women’s programme starts in February and runs until May.  Coaches are expected to comply with current RFU regulations and work as part of a team within NLD to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for players of all ages and to develop their playing skills and abilities. Our ethos is to encourage player development and not “win at all costs”.

Please take the time to complete this form in full giving a detailed account of previous coaching experience and qualifications. All applications will be considered on merit. An ideal candidate will have experience of coaching within the relevant age group(s) and possess a current L2 RFU coaching qualification or higher. When completed, please return this application form via email to Nicole Brown [email protected]

Application Form

The deadline for applications is 23rd June 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision via email no later than 30th June. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at NLDRFU offices in Newark in early July.

For more information on any of the roles or for an informal chat please contact Neil Clack on 07734 179339.

NLD Women & Girls Minutes

June 14th, 2017 by

The last NLD Women & Girls Meeting was held on 1st June 2017.  A redacted copy of the minutes are available to view here.

Derbyshire Volunteer Rewarded

June 14th, 2017 by

Rebecca Wilding was recently presented with her England Rugby Mitsubishi Motors gift along with a certificate to acknowledge the wonderful work Rebecca does as treasurer for Derbyshire RFU.

As we all know we need volunteers and despite having a full time job, Rebecca continues to spend many hours looking after the accounts for the County.

And she has followed her father, Mike Hadfield, who did the role for many years.

NLD Game Development Conference

June 14th, 2017 by

Sunday 10th June marked an exciting day in the NLD RFU calendar, the NLD Game Development Conference which was once again kindly supported by the Sir Anthony Wharton Trust. This year, the conference was held at Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield. With over 50 coaches, referees and players, the conference was well attended with a range of different ages.

There was an exciting line-up for those who attended including Ian Costello, Head Coach of Nottingham Rugby, who delivered an inspiring talk on his coaching philosophy. James Phillips and Andy Smith who provided an insight into the Young Match Officials (YMO) programme & John Widdowson who provided a wealth of information with a development module.

James Phillips and Andy Smith delivered a presentation on the YMO programme, detailing what it involves and how to get involved. In addition to this, they provided information on the upcoming events that will be taking place in 2017. Furthermore, a round of applause for the level 1s and for the presentations that took place for the following YMOs on completion of their level 2 courses:

Level 1: Shannon Hutchinson, Keegan Orne-Boulton and Jodie Baker

Level 2: Maddie Crofts, Tom Watson, Will Shennan and James Bridle

A copy of the YMO Presentation can be downloaded here.

The next element of the conference was the delivery of a coaching module by John Widdowson who is the England Rugby Match Official Development Officer. The module delivered insightful information on the tackle, and the key talking points surrounding the tackle in the game today. This was supported by a practical session with the support of some of the attending YMOs. In addition to this, James Phillips and Andy Smith provided additional information from a referee’s perspective, which many found useful. This coupled with John’s coaching perspective allowed for a comprehensive discussion surrounding the tackle. John also provided information on video analysis and in-game analysis and how coaches, players and referees can utilise these techniques to improve their performance in the long-run.

After the break for lunch, Ian Costello Head Coach at Nottingham Rugby delivered a talk on his coaching philosophy and some of the challenges that can occur. This was coupled with an outdoor session which allowed these coaching methods and philosophy to be put into practice for all to see.

The conference was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and provided an in-depth review of key areas of the game. Attendees were also issued with a limited edition NLD Game Development Conference 2017 sports bag as a memento for the day. Thank you to all participated, spoke and to those who put in the hard work and effort to make the day a success.

Lincolnshire Senior Competitions

June 13th, 2017 by


1st Round: to be played by 1st January 2018

Kesteven v Market Rasen & Louth

Sleaford v Grimsby

Scunthorpe v Stamford

Lincoln v Spalding


Preliminary Round: to be played by 1st October 2017

Barton & District v North Hykeham

Boston v Cleethorpes  

1st Round: to be played by 1st January 2018

Horncastle v Barton & District OR North Hykeham

Stamford Colleges OB v Boston OR Cleethorpes

Bourne v Deepings

Gainsborough v Skegness

Finals to be played on Monday 7th May 2018

Venue T.B.C

Arrangements for the Junior competition will be notified to clubs in due course

A copy of the rules can be downloaded here.