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Run an Inner Warrior Camp at YOUR Club!

July 10th, 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!

DPP Coaching Opportunities

July 11th, 2017 by

Buxton RFC Seek Head Coach

July 11th, 2017 by

Buxton RUFC are looking to appoint a Head Coach.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Lead Coach to the Mens Senior Section – Level 2 qualified with significant playing experience at a high level.
  • Plan Deliver and Develop training strategies for mid week training, one session initially.
  • Develop Buxton as an O2 Touch Centre – Summer 2017.
  • Lead on University of Derby ( Buxton ) student development.
  • Take charge of 1st XV match preperation mid week through to completion on Saturdays.
  • Reporting to the Director of Rugby.

This is a remunerated position, fully expensed and would suit an ambitious existing player coach, operating at a semi professional level, or a retired player who has the ambition and drive to continue the clubs recent progression, alongside other like minded individuals. Applications by e mail to Director of Rugby Karl de Groot by e mail to; [email protected] alternatively call on 07787408544 for an informal chat initially.

NLD Referees Society Pre Season Meeting

June 30th, 2017 by

The first NLD Referee’s Society Training Meeting of the 2017-18 season will be on 15th August at 7.30pm.

The meeting will discuss any new Law Variations, interpretations etc which is usually of interest to the Coaching community and anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell.

NLD AGM

June 30th, 2017 by

The annual NLD AGM took place on Monday evening at Newark RFC.  A copy of the minutes from the meeting are available to download here.

A number of awards were presented on the evening to Club & Individuals who had stood out in 2016-17.

League Presentations
M2EN – Melbourne
M3EN – Lincoln
M4EN – Long Eaton
M5EN – Skegness

Domestic Unions Trophy
Derbyshire RFU

NLD Awards

Volunteer of the Year
Matt Derbyshire

Outstanding Achievement of the Year
Tupton RFC

Spirit of Rugby
Mansfield U11’s

16-24
Ashbourne RFC Colts

NLD Presidents Cup 2017
Jeff Mapp presented to the President’s Cup to Long Eaton RFC for their achievement of being unbeaten in 2016-17 and for their hard work in growing the club.

England Rugby Mitsubishi Awards 

Pete Haskell – Mansfield RFC
Syd Harris – Mellish RFC

NLD Services to Rugby Awards
Awards were given to the following people for their Service to the Game. they were nominated by their Domestic Unions.

Graeme Gunn – NLD & West Bridgford RFC
Mick Webster – Bakewell RFC
Chai Uawithya – Rolls Royce RFC

Pictured: Top – NLD President Jeff Mapp with Melbourne RFC Head Coach Matt Derbyshire.  Bottom – NLD President Jeff Mapp presenting Derbyshire RFU’s Russ Boyack with the Domestic Unions Trophy.

Calling All Lincolnshire Clubs!

June 27th, 2017 by

NLD RFU are now inviting tenders for clubs to host the 2018 NLD Knockout Finals Day on Saturday 28th April.  The opportunity to host rotates around, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire on a 3-year cycle and for this season the venue will be in Lincolnshire.

Clubs in Lincolnshire interested in hosting the Finals should complete the attached Host Tender and return to [email protected] by 31st December 2017.

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.

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.