It is with much sadness we learn of the death of Alan ‘Biggsy’ Biggs who lost his hard fought fight with cancer on the afternoon of Sunday 25th October 2015, passing away peacefully at the Sue Ryder, Leckhampton Court Hospice, Cheltenham, surrounded by family and friends.
Biggsy was a very well known referee and referee educator, please pass this sad news onto anyone who would have known him.
As you can image Clare and family need time to come to terms with Alan’s death. We have been asked that people use the email address [email protected] if they want to send messages of support or condolence for Clare and Biggsy’s family.
Once we have particulars for the funeral arrangements further details will be circulated.
Here’s taking a moment to smile and think of Alan (aka Biggsy) and his family.
NLD are delighted to have been able to allocate over 110 tickets to deserving volunteers throughout clubs and schools in the Three Counties with tickets to Rugby World Cup matches.
With the tickets presented to NLD by the Area 4 Legacy Group, this fantastic initiative has given NLD the opportunity to show appreciation to just a few of the selfless volunteers who work at the grassroots of the game.
With the much awaited Rugby World Cup now upon us, and along with it the perfect opportunity for clubs to engage with the local community, those who work so very hard within clubs are looking forward to a busy period of rugby activity.
NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented, ‘There are so many people within our clubs and schools that work tirelessly to promote the game and give people the opportunity to get involved. The next couple of months are massive for rugby and we hope that those volunteers we have been able to reward will love being a part of history.’
NLD are always looking for volunteers who go above and beyond in their clubs, schools and the local community for recognition opportunities. If you would like to make a nomination please email Nicole Brown [email protected].
NLD are excited to introduce three new appointments to the NLD Management Committee following on from the restructure at this year’s AGM.
Lee Slack has been appointed to the role of NLD Head of Representative Rugby and will oversee all of the CB Representative Squads. Working closely with the Coaching and Management Teams of the respective squads, as well with the new Head of Game Development to ensure there are succession plans in place Lee is an exciting addition to ‘Team NLD’.
With a wealth of business knowledge, plus vast experience of the NLD Representative Squads gained from his role of NLD U18 Manager, Lee is an ideal candidate to take on this new role.
With over 20 years of experience coaching NLD Representative Squads, a qualified RFU Coach Deliverer as well as having sat on the NLD Coaching Committee for a number of years Dave Andrews is an excellent position to take on the role of NLD Head of Game Development.
He will work closely with the RFU Professional Staff to ensure Coaching needs within the three counties are met as well closely linking with the NLD Referees Society. Dave will be able to use his vast experience to offer an exciting pathway for those involved in the game. He will also oversee Safeguarding & Medical within NLD.
Completing the trio of appointments is Dave Duddles as the new NLD Head of Competitive Rugby. Dave has huge experience of the game and has sat on the NLD U7-12 Committee during the RFU’s introduction to ‘Shaping the Game’ which has developed into ‘New Rules of Play. As well as this Dave is a current member of the NLD U13-19 Committee and has worked closely with the Senior Competitions Committee in hosting Finals Days at his home club of Newark RFC.
Dave will oversee all areas of Competition from Minis – Seniors and will be working with NLD clubs closely ahead of the implementation of the Age Grade Competition Review which will see more changes as we progress into 2016-17.
NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented: ‘We were extremely fortunate to interview some excellent candidates in all three positions and the NLD Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Dave, Dave & Lee into their new roles. It’s a hugely exciting year for rugby with World Cup just around the corner and we are very happy to have an excellent team in place moving forwards’.
The RFU has a Level 2 refereeing course scheduled to be delivered on the 20th & 27th June 2015 at Nottingham Moderns RFC. I appreciate that it is now the off season, but could I ask that you give this course one final push with your members
There are currently have 3 registered candidates and the RFU will have to make the decision on Wednesday 17th June 2015 -12:00 at the latest whether the course progresses.
Due to the practical nature of the course, a minimum of 10 candidates are required for the course to take place.
If anyone at your club is interested, please forward this email to them and encourage them to register for the course by visiting this link.
If funding is an issue then NLD still have some funding available for these courses – for more information and details on how to apply, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible.
There are two forthcoming RFU Level 2 Refereeing Courses for refereeing the 15 a side game in the next couple of months.
For more information and details on how to book click on the links above.
As part of the RFU’s Head Case campaign, some more online resources have been released to educate and inform coaches, match officials, parents, players, schools and clubs on this important subject.
Please take the time to have a look at the RFU’s Head Case webpage via the link below and check out the new education modules that have just been released.
Claire Hodnett who made history after becoming the first female official to be appointed to the RFU National Panel of referees and refereeing in League 1 and 2 this season in addition to the Woman’s Rugby World Cup over the summer, is goin to Newark Rugby Club to talk about her experiences on Thursday 4th December.
This is a great opportunity to learn from her and ask questions on her achievements in the field of rugby, to enable you to reach your own goals and ambitions.
The session will start at 21.00 and last approx. an hour with a Q&A session afterwards. It is FREE to attend but please let Newark RFC know if you would like to go along [email protected].
RFU Regulation 15 has been amended in relation to the Sin Bin duration being reduced proportionately in the youth game. If a player is temporarily suspended in an Age Grade match, the duration of time in the Sin Bin shall be as follows:
• U13 and U14 – 5 minutes
• U15 – 6 minutes
• U16, U17 and U18 – 7 minutes
There are no formal Sin Bin/yellow cards in the U12s and below game as this is considered unnecessary at this age. It is felt that it is more appropriate for the coaches and referee to manage to situation as they think fit.
This change, together with the other IRB Law variations for U13s to U18s boys and girls, are set out in Appendix 2 (Boys) and Appendix 3 (Girls) of RFU Regulation 15 which are available here.
NLD’s very own Claire Hodnett has been selected for the National Panel of Referees in England. This places her with the élite including other NLDRFURS referees Marcus Caton, Andrew Jackson and Graham Dickens.
Claire is the first female referee to be appointed to the National Panel, and will also be refereeing at the Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in France this year.
An enormous amount of hard work has been put in by Claire, and this is reflected in her phenomenal achievement, we wish her the very best of luck with her future refereeing career.