News Archive

John Lillistone

February 16th, 2021 by
Many of you will be generally aware from the news of the incident in which a car entered the swollen River Trent some two weeks ago with two people inside the car. The car and occupants have now been retrieved from the river and have been formally identified as John and Patricia Lillistone. Further information can be found via the following link:-
John was a past player at Nottingham Casuals where he also did a variety of roles including a period as the club’s President.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to their family and friends at this sad time.

Election of Representative to the Rugby Football Union

February 11th, 2021 by

After 10 years as an NLD Representative to the RFU, Mike Waplington is stepping down, leaving a vacancy which will be filled by way of election.

Chairmen and Honorary Secretaries at all voting clubs, as well as NLD Management Committee have been given their voting forms with a closing date for nominations set for Monday 1st March.

Mike has given an insight into what the role entails:

“I’ve thoroughly enjoy my time on Council and it’s been as with most things in life – what you put into it is what you get out of it. It’s really interesting being at the heart of the debates that take place about the RFU strategies and policies and best of all being able to influence those policies through the work you do on a sub committee and ad hoc meetings with RFU staff and Executive. You can control the amount of time you need to put into a Council ‘career’ to a great degree by managing the No of sub committees and working groups that you ask to participate on. Many people just sit on one sub committee at a time, others (like Tracy and I have done) sit on multiple simultaneously once you’ve settled in and know what time you have available. My personal view, as both a Council member and Chair of Council Nominations Committee, is never to commit to more than 2 with the possibility also of a short term working group if you have the time and it’s set up to look at something that you’re passionate about. Members are from all walks of life and all have differing time available to fulfil their duties. Coronavirus has meant that all meetings have been held virtually and I can see that becoming part of how all sub committees will work thus cutting down travel down to Twickenham. In addition, the structure and work of the sub committees is something that is likely to be reviewed so the sub committees (present summary attached) may change.
On the domestic front you will often be the first port of call from clubs about matters of RFU policy and strategy or when they wish to make a representation to the RFU about something. The relationships that you will develop with the RFU Executive and staff will help you to deal with these issues and give clubs a route into decisions that are made.”
The Role also carries a responsibility of becoming a Statutory Director and Board member of NLD RFU Ltd.
Mike is happy to speak with anyone interested in the role and can be contacted on 07917 182201 or [email protected]

VACANCIES – NLD Rep Rugby Coaching and Management

January 20th, 2021 by

NLD RFU are recruiting for all Coaching and Management positions in the U18s, U20s and Senior XV Representative Squads.

Applications are invited for Forwards Coaches, Backs Coaches, Head Coaches and Team Managers for each squad to commence in the 2021/22 season. Each role will be held for a minimum period of 2 years, with an optional extension of a further 2 years.

These roles represent an exciting opportunity for anyone looking for a fresh challenge in rugby and a fantastic chance to be part of a team proudly representing Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire on the pitch.

Full job descriptions can be found below:

NLD U18 Backs Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 (1) pdf

NLD U18 Forwards Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD U18 Head Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 (1) pdf

NLD U18’s Manager-COS Job Description pdf

NLD U20 Backs Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD U20 Forwards Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD U20 Head Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD U20’s Manager-COS Job Description pdf

NLD Seniors Backs Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD Seniors Forwards Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD Seniors Head Coach Job Description Rev 01-23.11.2020 pdf

NLD Seniors Manager-COS Job Description pdf.

To apply, email your Rugby CV and covering letter to Katherine Wells at [email protected] and please include the name of the role you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th February 2021 with interviews planned for March, via video link.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch at the above email address should you have any enquiries before applying.

January Wellbeing Newsletter

January 15th, 2021 by

Click here for the January Mental Health and Wellbeing Newsletter.

Mitsubishi Motors Rugby Leadership Network

January 13th, 2021 by

The Mitsubishi Motors Rugby Leadership Network is an exciting and unique opportunity to acquire valuable skills as well as gain access to key RFU resources. To ensure our clubs are fit for the future and self-sustaining, we are looking for aspiring rugby leaders who can take their club to the next level.

We are looking for rugby leaders who:

  • Don’t want to stand still and watch from the side-lines
  • Want to create sustainable clubs that are fit for the future
  • Have the enthusiasm and openness for learning and supporting others to do the same

For further information on the Network and how to apply click here.

Rugby suspended

January 5th, 2021 by

As you will have seen the country has been put into lockdown with immediate effect. This means unfortunately that Rugby is suspended, including training. There is a review at the end of the month, however we suspect nothing will change until mid-February. All of our Clubs have been fantastic at supporting their members and each other through all these testing times, and I know this will continue Support each other and keep an eye out for anyone you think may be struggling, we are all here to help wherever we can. It’s good to talk.

We are here to support you. I you have any questions, any advice or general information you need, please get in touch. ​Please also keep a look out for emails from the RFU which will give you further information.

For and on behalf of NLD and RFU

Best regards

Mike and Chris

Daniel ‘Big Red’ Thompson

January 5th, 2021 by

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing, on Boxing Day, of Daniel ‘Big Red’ Thompson.

Daniel first visited Tupton as a Civil Engineer who laid the foundations for the clubhouse, and later returned as a parent and then Coach to the U13s, putting his heart and soul into bringing rugby to a whole host of young people.

He has been described as a “larger-than-life, genuinely decent bloke who will be greatly missed by all who knew him”.

Daniel leaves behind a wife, Nicola, son, Owen and daughter, Lily. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

Kick Start Balls

December 18th, 2020 by

Sign up to get free balls for your Mini & Junior sections !

The Sir Anthony Wharton Trust are looking to ‘kick-start’ support for Mini & Junior Rugby throughout the NLD, by distributing 20 size 3 and 4 balls to all clubs who have Mini & Junior sections. This exceptional initiative is in addition to the support grants the Trust regularly gives out and is to help the 40 plus NLD clubs with Minis and Juniors during these challenging times.

The Trustees intend to personally distribute more than 800 balls to Clubs in the New Year with collection available at 6 venues (2 in each County). Further details of collection venues will be available soon !

Delivery is to take place firstly, through Carlton Technologies of Chesterfield, who have generously agreed to support plans by stockholding the balls. MD Max Crampton who played Junior Rugby for Chesterfield and NLD, before a Senior career at Bakewell Mannerians said,
“It’s great to be able to support this effort by The Wharton Trust at this time. Any practical help for clubs to help kick-start the game going forward is a huge bonus.”

To ensure that you take advantage of this fantastic free offer please ensure that you contact the Trust with your up to date Club / Junior contact details (Name, email and mobile phone).

Please send your contact details to Trustee Dave Spencer, – email [email protected] or txt to 07891 865941.

‘* The Sir Anthony Wharton Rugby Union Football Trust is a Charitable Trust founded in 1983 to promote the playing and development of Rugby Union Football exclusively for the benefit of young people from age Under 19 down, in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
Over the past 10 years the Trust has granted nearly £60,000 to Junior Rugby in NLD.


Upcoming fixtures for 1st XV Clusters

December 9th, 2020 by

Details of recently formed clusters and their upcoming fixtures can be found here

*ZOOM MEETING* Return to Rugby – Cluster Under Tier Restrictions

December 4th, 2020 by

As you will be aware the Return to Rugby elation has been somewhat tempered by the Governments restrictions on travel between tiers etc.

This has created lots of questions and concerns.

Mike Waplington and Chris Brookes will be hosting a Zoom meeting at 6.00pm on Monday 7th December, to answer any questions (if they can), and to look getting the game going under these restrictions. What we need to do with the clusters/fixtures etc.

We hope to have a senior staff member from the RFU joining us too.


 Return to Rugby

Fixtures and Cluster (Under the Tier restrictions)


The meeting will be a maximum of 60 minutes, and we hope that we have at least one representative of each club, more are welcome though, it’s an open forum to get as many questions answered and issues resolved as possible.

Meeting link below. (you may also receive and email link)

Topic: Return to Rugby and Clusters

Time: Dec 7, 2020 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 771 7378 8193

Passcode: M9HhFW