As the new season approaches and pre-season training comes to a close, there are plenty of things going on behind the scenes to get the season up and running. This isn’t only on a constituent body level, but also on a national scale.
One of these activities that was going on behind the scenes was recruitment for the RFU National Youth Council. The RFU National Youth Council is a voluntary consultative body, which is made up of 12 16-25 year olds from across the sport. The National Youth Council has been up and running since 2014 and in that time, it has developed the Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme. The council focuses on a variety of different projects and issues across the game such as:
- The retention and recruitment of young volunteers, players and referees within the game.
- Developing and leading the Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme.
- Being ambassadors for the RFU and the sport across a variety of events and conferences.
- Consulting and advising across the RFU on programmes and projects which have an impact on young people within the game.
Three new council members were added to the National Youth Council this September, these were Jazmin Wones (Norfolk), Michael Kirby (Buckinghamshire) and James Phillips (NLD).
James Phillips is currently the Young Match Officials Programme Lead within NLD, as well as being a referee for NLDRFURS. James has also conducted over 100 hours of volunteering on the Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme. James will sit on the RFU National Youth Council for 2 years, where he will look to shape the future of rugby for 14-25 year olds across the game. James said,
“I am very excited to be joining the National Youth Council at such an exciting time. England Rugby is at its best point for years and with an increase in women’s rugby of 215% over the last 4 years the game is growing more and more. Rugby has always been a passion of mine and it is a great honour to be able to work with NLD and the RFU to help improve and develop rugby for generations to come.”
If you are interested or want more information on the Young Match Officials Programme within NLD or about the Young Rugby Ambassadors programme then please get in touch with James on the following emails: [email protected] or [email protected]