News Archive

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.

A copy of the Video Analysis 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.


NLD Awards!

June 9th, 2017 by

NLD are delighted to announce that there will be the opportunity for Clubs & Volunteers to be nominated for the NLD Awards which will be presented at the AGM on 26th June 2017. 

Four trophies have been very kindly donated to NLD which will look to annually reward Clubs & Volunteers for all of their hard work throughout the season.

Any club or individual is encouraged to nominate in each of the categories below:

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

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.

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.


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.

The guide notes above are just that – a guide – to give you some ideas as to the focus of each individual award.    Don’t be shy with your nominations – this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate some of the outstanding work and achievements in the rugby community within NLD!

To nominate complete the nomination form and return to Nicole Brown – [email protected] by the closing date of Monday 19th June 2017.

NLD Awards Nomination Form

England Counties Midlands Coaching Positions

June 9th, 2017 by

England Counties Midlands U18 Group are currently looking to fill two Coaching positions within the set up.

For more information please see the below job descriptions.

The closing date for both applications is 7th July 2017.

England Counties U18s – Honorary Coach

England Counties U18s – Honorary Divisional Lead Coach

NLD Young Rugby Ambassadors Win Awards

May 31st, 2017 by

As well as the Young Match Official Recognition Event on 28th May, there was also a Young Rugby Ambassador event taking place at Twickenham.  

The Young Rugby Ambassadors programme is run by the RFU for individuals aged between 14 – 24, where individuals log their rugby volunteering hours through vInspired. Rewards are given for levels of hours logged and awards are given out at the end of every season for outstanding achievements.

The day involved workshops in the morning as well as a Q and A session with a special guest, Giselle Mather. Who is Britain’s most prominent female full-time professional rugby coach and is a model of dedication and meticulousness. Providing an insight into the challenges of being a young person and being successful within rugby. The day also involved the giving of rewards for individuals who had achieved their 100 hours of volunteering as well as YRAs who had been highly commended for their work within rugby.   NLD’s Maddie Crofts was presented with one of these awards having reached 100 hours of volunteering within the game.

James Phillips, NLD Young Match Official Programme Lead & YRA won the national award for ‘Community Impact within Rugby’ for his work within NLD RFU in the YMO Programme and for his refereeing as a YMO himself. James commented;

It is an honour to be recognised by the RFU for the hard work that we are doing within NLD to promote and develop YMOs. As well as for the hard work that has been put in by myself in my refereeing, the support from NLD has enabled me to excel and really enjoy the experience in a safe and inclusive environment”.

For anyone ages 14 – 24 who wants to become a Young Rugby Ambassador the link to register for vInspired is below:

Pictured Maddie Crofts

NLD AGM Notice – Monday 26th June 2017

May 31st, 2017 by

The 2017 NLD AGM will be held on Monday 26th June at Newark RFC. The official notice of the meeting, the agenda and the Minutes from the 2016 meeting are available below.

NLD AGM Agenda 2017

NLD RFU Notice of AGM 2017

2016 AGM Minutes

NLD Young Match Officials at Twickenham

May 31st, 2017 by

The day after the dust had settled from the Aviva Premiership Final, marked an important date in the Young Match Official Programme calendar, the inaugural Young Match Official Recognition Event at Twickenham.

The day involved Young Match Officials from across England coming together to share their experiences of being a YMO and some of the challenges and successes they have faced while refereeing. There were a wide variety of activities from workshops to a guest speaker, all aimed at recognising the hard work and achievements of YMOs throughout England.

Representing NLD were YMO Programme Lead James Phillips, NLD Referees Society Lead Andy Smith and then two Young Match Officials, Jamie Rudd (Melbourne RFC) & Sam Yates (Scunthorpe RFC).

The workshops for the day were based around YMOs sharing their experiences of the programme, the big successes of the programme and the areas that can be improved in the future to make sure the programme was working in the best way possible for aspiring young referees. The workshops allowed YMOs to share their views on the programme and shape the future of YMO development and training in the future.

The guest speaker for the day was Craig Maxwell-Keys a young referee who is currently refereeing in the premiership. He gave the YMOs a key insight into the life of a professional referee as well as sharing some of his experiences on the way to the top of the English game. Craig was the 4th official for the England vs Barbarians game that day and provided YMOs with an insight into how professional referees prepare for the game, both before and on the day.

After the workshop and the guest speaker, the YMOs were invited to watch the England vs Barbarians game.

James commented; ‘The day was a great success and it was brilliant to see so many YMO’s sharing their positive experiences of the programme and being rewarded for all of their hard work.’

If you want to get involved with the NLD Young Match Officials programme please contact the YMO Programme lead James Phillips.

Pictured from left to right: Sam Yates, James Phillips, Andy Smith

NLD Girls 10s Festival – Entries Open!

May 31st, 2017 by


On Sunday 24th September 2017 the 3rd annual NLD Girls 10’s Festival will be taking place at Newark RFC.  It’s a great way to start the season with an action packed afternoon welcoming teams from all corners of NLD and neighboring CB’s as well.


We want to make this year the biggest and best yet and are looking for Teams of 10-15 players to compete in the U13, U15 and U18’s. Clubs may enter more than one team in any age group and if you are just starting out why not come along and mix it up with another club!

  • No team entry fee.
  • Car parking admission £3 per adult.
  • Chance to win a pair of Twickenham tickets for a 2017 Autumn International game.
  • Refreshments available throughout the afternoon.
  • Age Group Winners and Runners-up Medals.

To enter teams must complete & return the registration form by 1st August 2017

NLD Girls 10s Entry Form

Registration forms to be returned via email to: John Payne

For more information contact John on:  07732 498827   email: [email protected]

Arrival from 13.00
Changing rooms available from 13.30
Coaches briefing 13.30
Games start 14.30
Presentation 17.30

NLD Girls & Women Coaching Opportunities

May 26th, 2017 by

NLD are pleased to invite applications for Assistant Coaches & Managers for the NLD Girls & Women’s Programme for the 2017-8 & 2018-19 seasons.

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

NLD U13 Assistant Coaches
NLD U15 Assistant Coaches
NLD U15 Manager
NLD U18 Assistant Coaches
NLD U18 Manager
NLD Women Assistant Coaches
NLD Women Manager

The Girls CB programme starts in September and runs until December. The NLD Women’s programme starts in February and runs until May. There is a possibility of an extended programme for U18 and Ladies age groups, (to be confirmed). 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 9th June 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision via email no later than 18th June. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at NLDRFU offices in Newark week commencing 26th June.

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