Community Game Update

Limited places available at Rugby365 coaching masterclasses
For info: CBs & Clubs

There are a limited number of places left remaining at the RFU’s Rugby365 coaching and match official masterclasses. For your chance to learn from England Rugby’s experts (for £15 per coach), please see below, the list of courses that have availability (all events are 19.00-21.00):

Date Club // Specialism Coach Referee
Wednesday 21 March Billingham RFC // ‘Decision making in phase play’ Simon Middleton Ian
Book here
Friday 23 March Hornets RFC // ‘Play from scrum’ Neil
Book here
Tuesday 10 April Leciester Forest RFC // ‘Principles of defence’ Paul
Book here
Friday 13
Preston Grasshoppers RFC // ‘Play from lineout’ Steve Borthwick Professional
Match Official
Book here
Thursday 19 April Aylesbury RFC // ‘Principles of defence’ Paul
Craig Maxwell-Keys Book here

There are limited remaining places, and available on a first come first served basis, so please book at the earliest possibility to avoid disappointment. Coaches and match officials will have the chance to experience a practical masterclass as well as being actively involved in a Q&A.

RFU complete mid-season GMS release
For info: CBs & Clubs

The RFU has completed a mid-season GMS release, comprising a number of updates and enhancements to address feedback submitted by system users.

A summary of the key enhancements to GMS include:

  • New and improved membership purchase flow, making it easier for members to sign up and renew their club membership
  • Enhanced email templates, refreshing the look and feel of messages distributed from GMS
  • Upgrades to email functionality to assist delivery to mass audience and grouping recipients

This deployment also sees a number small bug fixes and user interface improvements.

Data Officers are reminded that they can submit GMS feedback and feature requests to the RFU via the ‘Feature Enhancement Request’ form that can be accessed by selecting the Feedback tile within GMS.

Any users that would like further details on any of the items included in the release can contact the GMS Helpdesk ([email protected] or 020 8831 6651).

Places still available for ‘The future of Girls CB rugby and player pathway’ roadshow
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Places are still available in ‘the future of Girls CB rugby and player pathway’ roadshow that was previously communicated to CB Honorary Secretaries within the Community Game Update on 2nd March.

As a reminder, the sessions will cover:

  • Introduction (10 minutes)
  • Headline overview of Women & Girls action plan and player pathway (10 minutes)
  • Delivery model and formats (25 minutes)
  • Opportunities (30 minutes)
  • Actions (30 minutes)
  • Final remarks (15 minutes)

There are spaces remaining at each of the following roadshow venues (please note all events will run from 6.30pm – 9.00pm, with the exception of Allianz Park, which will be 2.00pm – 5.00pm followed by Saracens Women v Harlequins Women):

Monday 19th March Fiveways Old Edwardians RFC
(North Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire)
Wednesday 21st March Taunton RFC
(Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset)
Wednesday 21st March Darlington Mowden Park RFC
(Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland)
Saturday 24th March Allianz Park
(Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex)
Monday 26th March Newbury RFC
(Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire)
Wednesday 28th March Old Reigatians RFC
(Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex)
Wednesday 28th March Kettering RFC (Eastern Counties, East Midlands, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire)
Monday 9th
Broughton Park RFC
(Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire)

To register for your place at a local event, please click here, enter your details in the available fields, and select the event you would like to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please contact Martin MacTaggart ([email protected]).

Information for clubs to register their April Warrior Camp
For action: CBs & Clubs

Following the success of our January Warrior Camps, we are pleased to inform you of how to register your April Warrior Camp!  In January a total of 3,000 women and girls took part, 1,000 of whom had never played before!  Warrior Camps are specifically designed to give women a chance to try rugby who never have before, so it’s great to see new women playing our sport and often going on to join up to their local club to play regularly.

The next phase of Warrior Camps will run from Friday 13th to Sunday 29th April 2018, with the first weekend coinciding with the sevens programme at the Commonwealth Games.  You can now register your event and start planning for April!

Click here to read more about the January Warrior Camps
Click here to read how a Warrior Camp created a whole new team!

What’s in it for your club?

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up to and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s Inner Warrior website including sign up options for people to register for your camp
  • Exposure within regional and national media as part of England Rugby’s nationwide communications campaign
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to your Warrior Camp club poster/flyer/social media banner. The Brand Centre also provides an event guide to help you plan and run your camp.

There will also be a number of opportunities within each area for clubs to receive additional resources and giveaways.

Things to consider if you are deciding whether to run a Warrior Camp:

  • What is the best date within the Warrior Camp window for you to run your camp?
  • Who can be on your event team to ensure it’s a successful event?
  • Who else within the club do you need to work with? (Committee? Sponsors? Groundsman? Catering?)
  • If new people join your club as a result of the Warrior Camp, do you have enough capacity to cater for their development?
  • Camps are often most successful if your current players bring friends / family / people they know to try rugby for the first time – can you get your players to each bring one new person?

How to register:

  • Agree date and time with the relevant people within your club, including your RDO / CRC
  • Simply click here to register your event. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event
  • Register by Wednesday 21st March. You will be informed by Friday 23rd March if your Warrior Camp has been approved.

What happens next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!
  • Think about what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go. How and where are you going to promote your event?
  • Once your event has been accepted as a Warrior Camp, shout about it on social media using our brand assets to ensure as many people across your local community are aware that it is happening.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the rugby family! For more information, please contact Clare Cooper ([email protected]).

Referee societies attain RFU voting membership
For info: CBs & Clubs

The RFU are pleased to announce that at the Governance Standing Committee meeting held on 7th March 2018, the Rugby Football Union accepted the applications of the below referee societies with immediate effect:

  • Berkshire Referees Society
  • Durham County Referees Society
  • Northumberland Referees Society

This now affords the three societies membership status as per RFU Regulation 3.1 (a), voting members which are clubs or societies that are in membership of the RFU and therefore entitled to the privileges of membership of the RFU set out in the RFU’s rules.

This is part of implementing the recommendations of the Match Officials Blueprint and brings the number with voting membership to 26 of the 37 referee societies.

For more information, please contact Michael Patz ([email protected] or 07710 381814) or your respective Match Official Development Officer (MODO).

Codes of Practice – are you in?
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The RFU are delighted to announce that there are now 1,500 coaches and teachers who have downloaded and committed to following the Age Grade Codes of Practice. The codes, which have been recently updated following the changes to out of season activity, support clubs and schools in their application of regulation and support their delivery of Age Grade Rugby. The Codes and supporting videos can be found at

For more information on how clubs and schools can commit to the codes of practice, please contact Chris Sigsworth ([email protected]).

RFU setup VAT helpline to assist clubs
For info: CBs & Clubs

Several clubs have recently asked when should VAT not be charged on clubhouse hire? The rules are quite straight forward. VAT should only be charged where the club is also providing a service such as the bar or catering for a birthday or wedding party so that the letting is for facilities. Where however the club is merely providing room hire, for example for a meeting or fitness class, the hire charge is exempt from VAT unless the club has ‘opted to tax’ the clubhouse.

This is an important distinction and particularly so when a club is considering building or refurbishing an existing building as the receipt of exempt income is likely to cause a restriction on the level of VAT which can be recovered on the cost of the works.

Any club which is unsure over this position or is considering refurbishing or rebuilding its clubhouse should take advantage of 30 minutes free VAT advice by using the RFU Clubs VAT helpline. Please contact Russell Moore ([email protected] or 07710 329317).

Set your saving goal with EnglandRugbyDeals
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EnglandRugbyDeals can help clubs save money on overheads, utilities and consumables, with ready made deals available to help cut down on a club’s costs. Deals cover areas including print, washroom services, janitorial, waste, medical supplies, travel and telecoms. EnglandRugbyDeals can arrange visits to clubs to discuss cost-saving, with the opportunity for the club to participate in a saving analysis. This exercise has proven to be very worthwhile for many, with 122 clubs taking part so far.

If you would like to arrange a visit for your club or you would like more information, please contact [email protected]  or ring 01283 711551. Please click here to view our FAQ document, for further information

To use our deals or to arrange a visit you must be a member. If you would like to join EnglandRugbyDeals please email [email protected].

Once clubs are members they will be able to join our 2% Booker Rebate scheme and enjoy a 5% discount from Screwfix, a retailer of trade tools.