News Archive

Self Help Schemes

October 6th, 2020 by

Calling all clubs….

It has been a difficult and trying time for the whole country throughout the Covid pandemic to date, many businesses have suffered and many have had to radically change their operating model.

This has included community rugby clubs who have really suffered with no rugby, training or social events and rugby clubhouses forced to close their doors for a while.

Having said that, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many clubs have found alternative and innovative ways to continue to raise money and keep the club and rugby community together, through sponsored events, challenges or other fund-raising activities.

To that end, we would like to capture some information from those of you that have successfully implemented alternative fund raising initiatives as to what you have been doing, how it has helped and how we can share those ideas with other community rugby clubs who may be struggling but are not yet aware of some of the ways that they can support themselves through this difficult time.

If you are willing to share details of your initiative or good news story, please could you reply to the NLD Office at: [email protected]

Your reply should contain:

  • What was the initiative (brief summary).
  • How many people were involved (club members or maybe wider community).
  • What was the outcome and impact (could be financial/club spirit/team bonding/etc).
  • A contact name or number if other clubs would like to get in touch for further information or to plan their own activity.

Many thanks for your continuing support.

Our thanks to Rhuari Pike for his help in assisting us to pull this information together for the benefit of all clubs within the 3 Counties.

Chris Brookes – New Council Member for NLD RFU

October 1st, 2020 by
Following the recent election process to find a successor to Tracy Edmundson as one of our representatives on the RFU Council, we congratulate Chris Brookes on his election. His was the only valid nomination received so he was elected unopposed and is appointed through to 31 July 2023 in accordance with RFU Rules.
As previously advised, there will be a further opportunity later in the season (during February) for anyone interested in the role to stand for election effective from 1 August 2021 to replace me when I stand down after 10 years at the end of the season.
As the future structure of rugby management within NLD evolves over the next couple of months, further detail on how Chris and I will work together amongst our clubs will be advised but both are available for any contact that clubs wish to make. In the meantime, the following is a brief rugby and personal bio from Chris.

Hi for those of you that don’t know me, I am Chris Brookes. I am immensely proud and honoured to be representing you and our Clubs on the RFU Council. It is no doubt going to be huge challenge to promote the community game over the coming months and years.

I have been involved in Rugby all my life, playing for Nottingham as a Colt, and moving to my hometown Club Long Eaton at 19. I played for the Club for 25 years, including County Rugby and NLD. During my playing Career and post retirement I have always been involved in the management, development, and administrative side of the game. As well as Chairing and being development manager at Long Eaton for the last 10 years, I managed the County Teams, and Midlands Under 20’s before being promoted to Manage the England Counties Under 20 Team for the last four years. I have a particular passion for aspirational pathways, retention of youth players into the adult game, as supporting our Clubs.

I am married to Jackie, with three adult sons, and three foster children. As a family we have fostered for over 20 years, and in the last 10 years we have been full time therapeutic carers for Nottinghamshire County Council Fostering Futures program.

If you have anything you want to discuss or any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07999 494378, my personal email is [email protected]

*Vacancy* NLD Head of Representative Rugby

September 28th, 2020 by

An exciting vacancy has arisen at NLD RFU, as the NLD Head of Representative Rugby.

Full details of the role requirements can be viewed here: NLD-Head-of-Representative-Rugby-1 (2)

All applicants for this post should submit their rugby CV along with a covering letter detailing why they would like to take up the position, to [email protected] before 31st October 2020.


The Erewash Touch Challenge

September 25th, 2020 by

Long Eaton and Ilkeston are hosting the R4R Touch Challenge tournaments through October for Seniors and Colts.

They are looking for two clubs to join them on each day.

Ideally entrants will be able to bring enough players for two teams.

Long Eaton and Ilkeston have confirmed that both Clubs are fully Covid secure and fully risk assessed.

Tournaments will start at 2.00pm and finish approx. 5.30pm.

Any clubs that want to join or have any questions, please message Chris Brookes, or call 07999 494378. Allocation will be on first come first served basis.


Saturday 3rd October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 10th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 17th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 24th October @ Ilkeston


Saturday 3rd October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 10th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 17th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 24th October @ Long Eaton

NLD Representative on RFU Council

September 4th, 2020 by

It is with regret that Tracy Edmundson has stepped down from her role as one of NLDs’ Representatives on the RFU Council. As a CB we now need to hold an election to find a replacement.

All clubs were emailed earlier in the week with the nomination forms and role description for the position. Nominations are invited before 25th September.

Mike Waplington is happy for anyone interested in the role to contact him on 07917 182201 to discuss it further.

Dr. David Murphy

August 28th, 2020 by

It is with much regret that we learn of the passing of Dr. David Murphy, ex Stamford Rugby captain and President, and Honorary Life Member of NLD since 2006. He was a former Orthopaedic Surgeon and RAF Group Captain and father to Andrew and Jonathon. His grandsons John and Ben still play regularly for Stamford. Dr. Murphy was a very well known and respected player and a friend to many throughout the local world and will be greatly missed.


August 27th, 2020 by
The 2020 NLD RFU AGM will be held on Monday 28th September at 7pm, on a virtual platform due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Any clubs or individual members who would like to attend please get in touch with Katherine at [email protected] for further details.
Likewise, if you are a member and unable to attend please submit your apologies to [email protected]

NLD RFU Update

August 27th, 2020 by

We at NLD all hope that you and your families have kept well over the last few months during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Although the playing of rugby has stopped during lockdown, there has been continued activity between NLD and the RFU to try and find a safe way back to playing community rugby, and you will all be aware through the RFU Community Updates of the stages we need to progress through to get back to normality.

The NLD Office Administrator post has been furloughed since April and we are now making a gradual return with Katherine, back from maternity leave, resuming duties on the reduced hours of 10.30am-2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for the time being. The telephone number remains the same – 07597 670 743, but the email address has changed. All correspondence to the NLD office must now be sent to [email protected]

Due to her work commitments, Tracy Edmundson has reluctantly made the decision to step down from her role as NLD Hon Sec. Tracy has fulfilled this role for many years and the Board thank her for her support and input into the matters of the CB during this time. We are pleased to advise that Darren Dolby, who many of you will already know as our CB Club Volunteer Coordinator and Safeguarding Manager, has agreed to take on this important role. We would like to welcome Darren to this role and thank him for taking on the pivotal task that being Hon Sec is.

We understand how difficult this year has been for clubs and want to sincerely express gratitude for your understanding as we take things slowly on the path back to playing the game that we love.

NLD Under 20s Squad – 1st March 2020

February 28th, 2020 by

We are really pleased to announce the Nld under 20 squad to play Leicestershire this Sunday 1st March at Leicester Forest, Hinkley Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE3 3PJ on the 4G. Kick off is 3pm with a meet time of 1pm.




Allen Jasper – West Bridgford

Bennett James – West Bridgford

Ellison Will – Newark

Gallagher Tom – Nottingham University

Holden Ben – Macclesfield

Lucas Max – Melbourne

Morley Jonny – Belper

Purcell Xander – West Bridgford

Rio Nelson Caleb – Nottingham Moderns

Risman Luke – West Bridgford

Sarsfield Josh – Scunthorpe

Suddaby Matt – Melbourne



Cole George – West Bridgford

Dickinson Ben – Melbourne

Hamilton Lewis – Melbourne

Harding Terry Will – Nottingham university

Helliwell Will – Leicester Lions

Key Curtis – Sleaford

Mahmid Reika – Dronfield

Murray Matt – West  Bridgford

Stowe Will – Hull Ionians

Tweedie Fin – Leicester Lions


Travelling reserves

Harry Taylor – Nottingham Trent university

Kristian Powell – Moseley


Matt Derbyshire said “I’m really excited about this local county derby fixture and that we have 11 different clubs and 4 universities represented. Some of the players have been noticed in our previous game against East Midlands and I see it as one of our functions to get as many players in front of the selectors as possible. There are a number of players who will feature this weekend for the first time.”

Would your Club like to host the Junior Finals

February 28th, 2020 by

NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U14-16 Finals Days during the 2019-20 season.  All of the details regarding hosting the events and the application to do so are available to view click here.

Applications documents should be completed and returned to Sarah Poucher by Friday 6th March.

We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support.  Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee. 

NLD Junior Finals

U14 Finals  Sunday 26th April 2020 (4 Matches)
U15/16 Finals Sunday 26th April 2020 (4 Matches)