Community Game Update April 2019

April 2019 Community Game Update contains important information on the following:

  • GMS data 2018-19 season – International Ticket Allocations Update
  • Half Game – a Regulation from 2019-20 season
  • RFU Funding and Payment of Players Reminder
  • Sign up for Inner Warrior Camps this May
  • Secure Trading Sevens Series – enter now
  • England Rugby Club Hub
  • RFU Level 3 Coaching Course
  • Growing the Female Game 2019 Conference

GMS data 2018-19 season – International Ticket Allocations Update

You will have seen in our March Community Game Update upcoming changes to international ticket allocations, which require community clubs’ action for the end of the season. Here is a summary of the new allocation process and the actions required to take to ensure each club receives the correct allocation.

  • Allocations to community clubs will now be based primarily on the number of 15-a-side matches their teams play. All 15-a-side matches (U14s to adult, both male and female) count towards a club’s overall total.
  • All matches must be recorded on the club’s GMS Team Management module in order for the RFU to calculate the correct ticket allocation.
  • The new allocation that a club will receive will be based on the cumulative number of matches played across the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
  • The ticket allocation will be reviewed and updated every two seasons after that.

The deadline for entering all 2018-2019 matches is Friday 17 May 2019. Using the 2018-19 data, the RFU will forecast and share the indicative number of international tickets community clubs and geographic Constituent Bodies (CBs) can expect to receive. The actual allocations will be finalised once the results from the 2019-20 season have been collected.

Apart from determining ticket allocations, inputting your club’s matches will provide the RFU with a clear view of the health of the game and inform a review of the 2018-19 season. If there are significant gaps in your GMS matches and teams data, please contact your RDO to provide a more accurate update.

For support on accessing GMS and other FAQs, please click here. If you require technical help, please contact the GMS Service Desk (0208 831 6651, Mon – Fri 9am until 5pm) or email [email protected].


Half Game – a Regulation from 2019-20 season

Half Game will become a regulation in all Age Grade Rugby across clubs, schools, colleges, representative pathways and Academy activities from next season. This will ensure that all players in a match-day squad play at least half a game.

Young players were the driving force for the introduction of Half Game, while University of Essex research shows that players who regularly play half a game or more report more enjoyment, self-esteem and rugby-playing competence. They are also six times more likely to enjoy our game than those who don’t.

Regular information will be available to help everyone to prepare for the 2019-20 season. At this stage, we are asking competition organisers to ensure that their regulations for next season support Half Game and all involved in the Age Grade game to both spread the word and prepare for implementation.

Further information can be found here.

RFU Funding and Payment of Players Reminder

Clubs at Level 3 and below are reminded that to receive RFU funding (including travel and the supplemental pot distribution) they need to submit Payment of Player declarations before Sunday 30 June. This underpins the new Payment of Player regulations set out in RFU Regulation 7. Please find link to how to submit the declaration via GMS here.

Sign up for Inner Warrior Camps this May

We’re delighted to confirm the next wave of the hugely successful Inner Warrior campaign will run from 10 to 26 May. The campaign has already succeeded in getting more women involved in rugby, many never having had a chance to pick up a rugby ball before.

Registration for your club to run a Warrior Camp is now open and the deadline for registrations is Monday 15 April.

Watch this video from Alban Barnes, Head of Girls Rugby at Fullerians RFC, on how they maximised their Warrior Camps’ benefit. Fullerians hosted their first Warrior Camp to kick off their women’s section in January 2017. That evening 28 women took part and since then, it’s gone from strength to strength. They continued using Warrior Camps to boost numbers and reach new people, as well as developing partnerships with nearby schools, local colleges and the County Sport Partnership.

Any questions about Warrior Camps or the Inner Warrior campaign can be sent to [email protected] and make sure your club has signed up to host a camp here.

Secure Trading Sevens Series – enter now

The local qualifiers for the Secure Trading Sevens Series, England’s premier competition for community men’s and women’s sevens teams, kick off in April.

Have you entered your team yet? The more local qualifiers you enter and do well at, the better chance you have of being one of the top teams invited to the National Finals at the end of June.

To find out more about the competition and to enter in local qualifiers, click here.


England Rugby Club Hub

The England Rugby Club Hub will launch this month, replacing the England Rugby Deals service, providing the rugby community with access to the RFU’s partner and supplier offers.

This transactional platform enables clubs to purchase products needed to play and host rugby. This custom-designed system, with improved functionality and user experience, provides a simple, efficient method for purchasing club essentials from our partners and approved suppliers.

To access the Club Hub website, please click here for registration guidance. FAQs are available here, while any specific questions can be answered by contacting [email protected].


RFU Level 3 Coaching Course

Demand has been so high for the RFU Level 3 coaching course that, although we enrolled a record number of coaches and a 25% increase for 2019/20, some coaches missed out. The course involves year long mentoring support for each coach in their own coaching environment so numbers enrolled is dependent on the number of qualified mentors available. Based on this year’s demand we will be working to grow this further next year.

Entry requirements were changed to have a greater impact on player experience and retention. With open access, places were allocated on a first come/first served basis. However, coaches from across all parts of the game are still required to demonstrate the same standards as previously to successfully complete the course.

Through the 2019/20 season we will be providing around 2,500 courses nationwide, tens of thousands of hours of mentoring support, outstanding digital content and further growing our eLearning offer. Premiership Rugby clubs are offered thousands of places on club specific coach development courses and via the England Rugby Coaches Association there will be additional coach development opportunities.


Growing the Female Game 2019 Conference

Please join us at the Tyrrells Premier 15s final for the RFU Growing the Female Game Conference – a chance to inspire, influence and gain insight on the female game.

Focusing on the RFU Women and Girls Action Plan, we will hear from volunteers and experts from across the game. Workshops will be split across themes including playing, coaching, refereeing and team management, all aimed at clubs and teams at every level.

To book your free place at the conference and for more information on the programme agenda, please click below. Places are limited to three people per club so we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

We then look forward to welcoming all delegates to the Tyrrells Premier 15s final, with tickets available below.

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