NLD Development Festivals 2016/17

Dear Club,

As part of our ongoing commitment to transitional rugby the England Rugby development staff in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire have created a series of events aimed at allowing clubs to identify those who may wish to transition into the adult game in the forthcoming season/s.

One event will happen in every county and it is hoped that clubs from all three counties will be present at each event.


Saturday 10th September – Long Eaton RFC

  • Games commence at 1pm; Games will be 15 mins each way commencing on the hour to allow sufficient rest/ inter game coaching etc.
  • Last games to KO at 4pm.
  • Clubs should book their place at this festival with Chris Brookes, Long Eaton RFC Chairman & Development Manager E: [email protected] M: 07999 494378 or Community Rugby Coach, Derbyshire; Gary Rudkin E: [email protected] M: 07718 706573


Tuesday 20th December – Lincoln RFC

  • Games commence at 6.30pm – game length will depend upon entries with it being an evening event.
  • Clubs should book their place at this festival with Community Rugby Coach, Lincolnshire: Nathan Smith E: [email protected] M: 07921 283223


TBC – April/May 2017

ALL of the above dates have been carefully identified to allow clubs to use those players who may have left or be leaving for University, but are still very keen to keep their identity with your club and the game.

ALL teams should comprise of 10 x U20 players (17 – 19 years) with approx. 5 “appropriate senior players”. We leave squad numbers to individual clubs to maximise the number of players able to enjoy this opporunity.

ALL players will be feed and watered at the conclusion of each festival.

We look forward to seeing you at all the festivals.