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Forthcoming Coaching, Refereeing & Safeguarding Courses

January 19th, 2017 by

Please see below the calendar of upcoming award and non award courses throughout NLD.

CPD Coaching Half Back Play Paviors RFC 18 Jan 2017 18 Jan 2017  6.30pm – 9.30pm 13
Rugby Ready Ilkeston RFC 21 Jan 2017 21 Jan 2017  9.30am – 12.30pm 12
Play it Safe Ashbourne Ex-Servicemans Club 23 Jan 17 Mon 23 Jan 2017 (18:00 – 21:00) 0
CPD Coaching Maul & Ruck Stamford RFC 25 Jan 2017 25 Jan 2017  7pm – 10pm 15
CPD Kids First U8 Tag Melbourne RFC 28 Jan 2017 28 Jan 2017  9.30am – 12.30pm 16
CPD Managing Contact Nottingham Casuals RFC 30 Jan 2017 30 Jan 2017  6.30pm – 9.30pm 14
Play it Safe Paviors RFC 30 Jan 17 Mon 30 Jan 17 (18:30 – 21:30) 16
L1 Kirk Hallam Community Tech & Sport College 5 Feb 2017 5, 19 Feb, 5 Mar 2017  9am – 5pm 4
CPD Coaching Back Attack Long Eaton RFC 13 Feb 2017 13 Feb 2017  7pm – 9.30pm 14
CPD Coaching Maul & Ruck Scunthorpe RFC 13 Feb 2017 13 Feb 2017  6.30pm – 9.30pm 18
Play it Safe Amber Valley 14 Feb 17 Tues 14 Feb 17 (18:00 – 21:00) 24
CPD Coaching Kicking Nottingham Moderns RFC 15 Feb 2017 15 Feb 2017  6.30pm – 9.30pm 13
Rugby Ready Melbourne RFC 15 Feb 2017 15 Feb 2017  1.30pm – 4.30pm 20
Kids First Refereeing Children Melbourne RFC 15 Feb 2017 15 Feb 2017  9.30am – 12.30pm 18
Continuous Match Official Development: Tackle Mansfield RFC 16 Feb 2017 NLD YOUNG MATCH OFFICIALS ONLY 16 Feb 2017 9am – 12noon NLD YOUNG MATCH OFFICIALS ONLY 20
Kids First Refereeing Children Mansfield RFC 16 Feb 2017 NLD YOUNG MATCH OFFICIALS ONLY 16 Feb 2017  9am – 12pm NLD YOUNG MATCH OFFICIALS ONLY 20

RFU Safeguarding Notification

November 29th, 2016 by

In order to continue to provide a safe and positive environment for children all club safeguarding officers and all club committee members must read and be familiar with Regulation 21 (Safeguarding) and RFU Safeguarding Policy . Anyone involved in rugby union  must report safeguarding concerns to the RFU Safeguarding Team.

The RFU’s Safeguarding Policy, Toolkit and RFU Regulation 21 sets out our requirements and aims to assist clubs in ensuring that the welfare of children remains of paramount importance. We also offer clubs an effective safeguarding training programme for all members of the game. We would strongly recommend that anyone involved in rugby (specifically those within the under the age 18 game) attend. You will find further information on our training on the England Rugby website.

We have previously communicated to the game our requirements in managing Safeguarding concerns/incidents and the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) applications. In order to ensure you are familiar with our requirements, please see the following information –

Safeguarding Children

The RFU believes that the wellbeing of children involved in rugby is of paramount importance and has jurisdiction to deal with any allegation of abuse of a child, any breach of the Safeguarding Policy and or any breach of Regulation 21.

Concerns must be dealt with in accordance with the RFU Policy and Regulations to assess the most appropriate manner of dealing with them.  Some incidents may need referral to Statutory Agencies, such as police or children’s services, while if the child is not in immediate danger the RFU Safeguarding Team will take action. However, even apparently low-level concerns may require the RFU to seek initial advice from Statutory Agencies.

It is essential to refer concerns to the RFU at the earliest opportunity to ensure that children are kept safe.  Concerns may then be delegated back to a club or CB to manage.

It is vitally important that no investigation is carried out by the club, other than gathering information prior to informing the RFU. This is so as not to jeopardise any police investigation or criminal proceedings and also to preserve evidence. This is especially relevant when dealing with cases involving inappropriate use of the internet and social media.

When referring matters to the RFU Safeguarding Team please use the incident report form which can be found here:

Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS

The DBS process is a crucial part of an effective recruitment process. Any club operating rugby for those under the age of 18 is deemed a children’s service provider, which means that certain legislation and commitments must be adhered to.

RFU Regulation 21.2 describes the requirements of the RFU DBS process, further information is provided in the RFU Safeguarding Policy of the requirements within a rugby setting.

One significant aspect of providing a children’s service is ensuring that a thorough recruitment process is followed, including interviewing potential volunteers, seeking references, checking qualifications are valid, on-going monitoring and carrying out DBS checks via the RFU.

All DBS applications must be obtained through the RFU Safeguarding Department and DBS disclosures issued through other Registered Bodies are not accepted.

The DBS issue a certificate for ALL DBS applications – therefore, simply having a DBS certificate does not mean applicants have been approved by the RFU. The certificate is sent directly from the DBS to the applicant’s home address and the RFU does not receive a copy of the DBS disclosure. All applications and results are, however,  actively monitored by the RFU Safeguarding Team.

Only when an individual appears on GMS with a “current” DBS status are they deemed “approved/cleared” to work unsupervised with U18s, so it is crucial that clubs monitor GMS, have an up-to-date Child Workforce list and manage those engaged in the youth game.

If a DBS returns containing information, the RFU will instigate the DBS Case Management Process and failure to comply with this process will result in the individual being removed from coaching U18s.

On occasion, the RFU will contact a club requesting a reference for an individual. It is imperative that written communication is supplied upon request so that the RFU can carry out a thorough risk assessment when managing a DBS disclosure.

Applicants (and clubs where necessary) will be informed of the outcome of the DBS Case Management Process in writing. Additionally the GMS site will be updated to reflect a Current or Rejected DBS status.

Only when a “current” status appears against an individual on GMS are they deemed “DBS cleared” by the RFU.

N-Pro Headgear – Important Notice

November 16th, 2016 by

Some of you may be aware of a new headgear product called N-Pro which has just launched and has received some media coverage.

We have been advised that the head guard currently does not meet World Rugby specifications and is being evaluated by the developers. Until this process is complete, World Rugby has requested that the headgear is not worn in any rugby match and this information is communicated to any players who may wish to wear the product.

The England Rugby RugbySafe online Essential Guides and FAQs provide useful information and guidelines on a number of player welfare issues including the use of head guards and other protective equipment.  For more information, click HERE.

Don’t be a HEADCASE is the RFUs concussion awareness programme. For key information and guidance on concussion, click HERE  

For any queries regarding the above, please email [email protected].

NLD Game Development Conference

June 15th, 2016 by

Last Saturday, June 11th, the first Game Development Conference took place at Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield. This has replaced what used to be known as the Coaching Conference with the aim of being more inclusive and drawing in Match Officials , Volunteers, Coaches and Medical support as integral parts of the “Rugby Family”.

NLD Head of Game Development, Dave Andrews said, “I was really pleased that we had over 70 people attend, particularly as the weather forecast was unpromising and Australia v England was on the TV.”


Among the guest speakers were Darren Gourley the RFU Area Training Manager, John Widdowson the RFU Midlands Match Official Development Officer, Paul Carrol the NLD Referee Society Chairman, and Marcus Caton a highly respected and successful locally based Referee who entertained and informed us with tales from his journey from a small town in Australia to refereeing at Twickenham.

Simon Worsnop, the RFU National Fitness Manager, skilfully aided by local CRC Calvin Beech, then entertainingly delivered the new CPD “ Managing Contact” which he himself had written for the RFU.  It emphasised the importance of “specificity” in designing games to develop “Fitness” and demonstrated games, drills and exercises which could be delivered with this in mind.

Feedback on the day has been positive and appreciative and planning has already begun for next year’s conference.

Special thanks must go to those players from the NLD U17/18 squad who turned up and took part in the delivery of some of the more strenuous activities, thus enabling some of the attendees to wake up on Sunday morning and be able to get out of bed without additional help!

Play it Safe Courses

January 15th, 2016 by

There are still spaces available on Play it Safe courses running in the next few weeks.

Paviors on 25th January 6:30 pm
Matlock on 1st February at 6:30 pm
Chesterfield on 3rd February at 6:30 pm

This course is for any volunteer or coach at a club who is working with or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

By the end of the course participants will be able to –

  • Identify best practice and apply this within rugby
  • Know where to find support and guidance within the RFU
  • Identify signs and indicators of possible abuse and poor practice
  • State action to take if there is a concern or disclosure
  • Recognise their role in safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults

For more information on Play it Safe courses please click here.

To make a booking please click here.

Concussion Awareness

November 11th, 2015 by

Following a recently reported incident, NLD would like to re-emphasise the importance of following the RFU Headcase Protocols for a Graduated Return to Play after a suspected concussion. We recommend that this decision should not be left to the player alone to decide but is the joint responsibility of the Medical Professional, the coach, the player’s club or school, the player and the player’s parents if still under 19 on 1st September.

We would also recommend that all persons who have anything to do with selecting and putting a team on the pitch become familiar with the RFU Graduated Return to Play protocols by accessing and completing the RFU online Headcase course. This course is a free course and can be found here.

A copy of the Graduated Return to Play Protocols can also be found here and there is lots of information available on the RFU website.

NLD Volunteers Rewarded with RWC Tickets!

September 18th, 2015 by

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 Announce Exciting Trio of Appointments

September 2nd, 2015 by

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’.

NLD Safeguarding Officers Conference & In Touch Course

June 5th, 2015 by

NLD are hosting a one day Club Safeguarding Officer’s conference and In Touch training course on Sunday 12th July between 10am and 4pm at Southwell Rugby Club. The day is free for CSOs to attend. Lunch will be provided and there will be a ‘Club Safeguarding Officer’ Jacket for all attendees.

On the day we will share information arising from the National CB Safeguarding Manager’s conference to be held this weekend, discuss local issues as well as cover the In Touch requirements for new CSOs.

It is essential that CSOs who have not been on an In Touch course yet make every effort to attend. It will also be very useful for existing CSOs who have attended earlier events in at Lincoln in 2012 and Chesterfield in 2014 to attend both to refresh their knowledge, to meet and share with other CSOs and to keep abreast of latest issues and challenges.

Please confirm your attendance to Nicole in the NLD Office before Monday 29th June.

NLD Seek Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Manager

May 15th, 2015 by

NLD are seeking to appoint a CB Safeguarding Manager for Nottinghamshire.  The appointed candidate will work alongside the CB Safeguarding Managers for Derbyshire & Lincolnshire to provide leadership in the Safeguarding of Children in Rugby Union across NLD, maintaining key relationships with the CB Management Committee, RFU Safeguarding Team and local Club Safeguarding Officers (CSO).

This is a really exciting role for someone to help manage Safeguarding throughout NLD, for more information please see the attached Job Description.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact Chris Johnson on 07803 078691.

To apply please send a relevant CV to [email protected], note that additional training would be available to the right candidate.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 30th June 2015.