News Archive

NLD U16s Coaching & Management Team

November 20th, 2018 by

Following the interviews and coaching session delivery by a number of candidates last week, NLD are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Coaching Team for the NLD U16s group.


Clive Lindsay, (Head of Rugby at King’s Grantham), will take the lead as Head Coach working with Chris Conroy (Scunthorpe RFC U15s Head Coach & Tigers DPP Coach) and Tom Price (1st XV Coach at Kesteven RFC) to deliver the U16 programme for the coming two years.


NLD Head of Representative Rugby, Lee Slack commented that “The quality of candidates applying for the roles within the U16 age group demonstrates how fortunate the CB is in having coaches around the region of such high calibre.” He added; “This group of Coaches, ably assisted by the Squad manager, Adrian Taylor, will help to provide a programme to our most talented youngsters that delivers an enjoyable experience in an environment where they can thrive and be challenged.”



November 20th, 2018 by

The draw for the semi-finals of this seasons NLD knockout competitions has been made. These matches have a play on date of 23rd Feb unless both clubs agree on an earlier date.


Please refer to the competition regulations and use the match cards available on the NLD website.



West Bridgford V Scunthorpe
Paviors v Market Rasen



Stamford / Lincoln V Newark
Casuals v Ilkeston / Long Eaton



Grimsby / Bourne V Boston / North Hykeham
Moderns / East Retford V Ashfield



Stamford College OB V Gainsborough
Nottinghamians V Meden Vale



For those QF matches still to be played and without agreed dates the remaining available dates are 19th Jan and 19th Feb in order of priority. Again, use should be made of midweeks, double headers or 22nd Dec if possible and mutually agreed by both clubs.

NLD RFU Youth Council Update

November 19th, 2018 by

It has been busy opening few months to the start of the season for the inaugural NLD RFU Youth Council. Launched in September 2018, at Nottingham Rugby Club, the Council has been created and is supported by NLD Hon. Sec and RFU Council Member Tracy Edmundson, the NLD RFU CB Volunteer Group and professional RFU staff.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for our Youth Council members to develop their volunteering skills, creatively, in a positive and supportive environment. Their tenure as a Youth Council member will allow them to gain the experience of working across the constituent body in addition to NLD RFU being provided with youthful insight and energy to help address the modern-day challenges of developing the game.  Newly elected NLD Youth Council Secretary James Kennett confirmed “The NLD Youth Council has been launched to give a voice to young people involved in rugby. Following a launch event at Nottingham Rugby Club the Council has directed its focus to retention in rugby for all, whether it be players, coaches, match officials or volunteers. This key issue is the largest barrier for the success of youth rugby throughout the region. The Youth Council hopes to provide a platform for the issues to be discussed and removed to allow more young people to enjoy rugby everywhere.”


During September and October Youth Council meetings took place to elect officers, confirm their key actions for supporting the game within the 14-24 age group and confirm their appointment to each of NLD’s sub-committee groups. Their appointments to the NLD sub-committee groups are of particular importance because they will each become an influential decision maker within focused groups of the CB including Game Development, Club Development, Women & Girls and Representative Rugby. Additionally, each Youth Council member will be mentored by the sub-committee group lead which will become a vital aspect of succession planning for the future of each group.

Tracy Edmundson commented “We have a fantastic group of passionate, knowledgeable and driven young people working to help move the game forward in NLD. We wish them all the very best for the 2018-19 season and beyond.”

If you wish to contact the NLD RFU Youth Council directly, please do so at the following email address: [email protected]


November 15th, 2018 by

Dates for the Midlands campaign have now been confirmed and the details for the Super Sunday events are as follows:


Sunday 02 December 2018

Venue: Coalville RFC – 350 Hall Lane, Whitwick, Coalville, Leics., LE67 5PF

Kick-off: 10:30

Opposition: Staffordshire U18s

Meet time: 09:00


Sunday 16 December 2018

Venue: Welbeck College – Forest Road, Loughborough, Leics., LE12 8WD

Kick-off: TBC

Opposition: TBC


Sunday 13 January 2019

Venue: Loughborough University – Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3TU

Kick-off: TBC

Opposition: TBC


NLD kit will be provided and players are reminded that shirt and tie will be required for the after match meals.


Representative ties will be presented to all those players who make the match day squad and who play in the game on the day. As further details emerge for the second and third events, they will be posted on this web site and if any players or parents have any queries regarding the games etc., please contact the Squad Manager, Lee Slack.

NLD Discipline Committee and Panel

November 14th, 2018 by

The board of the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Rugby Football Union invite applications from interested members of the local rugby community to join the NLD RFU Discipline Committee. This is a vital role in upholding the core values of Rugby and ensuring the continued enjoyment of the game by all.

The following roles will make up the NLD Discipline Committee.


NLD Discipline Chair

NLD Discipline Vice-Chair

NLD Discipline Secretary

NLD Youth Discipline Secretary

Up to 6 lay members of the Discipline Panels


Role descriptors can be found by clicking on the individual roles above.


Anyone interested in contributing to the local Rugby community by joining the Discipline Committee please send an application to the NLD Office by 25th November 2018 via email to [email protected]


Applications should include your CV and a covering letter explaining your experience in rugby and summarising how you believe you can contribute to the effectiveness of the discipline process within the CB.

Half Game Rule Pilot Update

November 13th, 2018 by

FAO: All Age Group Coaches, Players, Organisers and Parents

It has come to that time in the RFU Half Game project, where the RFU gather your thoughts on the pilot thus far. Please fill in this simple survey before the deadline of Friday 7th December 2018 to ensure your views are collated and help shape the project moving forward.

Further information regarding the project and its rationale can be found by clicking here.

Touch Line November 2018

November 13th, 2018 by

The November 2018 edition of Touch Line is now available to view at the following link:

November Touchline celebrates the official opening of Twickenham Stadium’s fantastic new East Stand and RFU referee Sara Cox making history as the first woman to referee a Premiership Rugby Cup match.

Former England international, Louise Latter, joins the RFU Council as women and girls representative, while three very happy boys, the twin sons and nephew of RFU Injured Players Foundation clients run out with England before the victory over South Africa in the Quilter Internationals.

NatWest RugbyForce returns for 2019, with clubs invited to register online for a chance to be one of 425 getting a £500 support package.

Community Game Update: November 2018

November 12th, 2018 by

NatWest RugbyForce 2019 launches

NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2019 with clubs now invited to register online. This season, NatWest RugbyForce weekend will take place across 22nd & 23rd June 2019, and promises to be another great event bringing the rugby family and local communities together.


The programme offers a unique and carefully crafted programme for grassroots clubs across the country, including a wealth of advice and support, to ensure that clubs can thrive as strong and sustainable businesses away from just the on-pitch action.


It has never been easier to access support from NatWest RugbyForce, and the rewards for registering include:

  • the opportunity for 425 clubs to receive support packages of £500, NatWest RugbyForce t-shirts and additional promotional materials
  • the opportunity for a further six clubs to receive a grant of £3,000 and a legend visit
    online toolkits
  • marketing and communication advice for clubs
  • exclusive NatWest RugbyForce offers


Registration to be part of the NatWest RugbyForce 2019 weekend is open until 17th March 2019. To register your club, simply click here, before completing and submitting the provided form.



Electronic Match Card support update

The Electronic Match Card (EMC) extension to Level 8 in the men’s game and Level 4 in the women’s game has returned an average completion rate (clubs successfully submitting EMC’s) of 89% after week 7 of the 2018-19 season. We would like to thank all clubs for their successful completion of EMC to date.


Phone calls to the EMC Helpdesk have steadily decreased since week three, and over the past four weekends, the helpdesk has received single figure calls. This decrease in demand has led to a decision to scale back the hours the dedicated EMC Helpdesk will be available.


The EMC Helpdesk is now open between 4pm-7pm each Saturday.


The GMS Helpdesk (0208 831 6651) will continue to be available between 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday and can deal with any EMC enquiries.



VAT helpline

Having reviewed the VAT accounting of numerous clubs over the past three years, the RFU’s Club VAT helpline have identified two common errors where clubs are paying VAT unnecessarily. The first error is for perimeter boards. These are exempt from VAT when they are in a fixed location, unless the clubs has opted to tax the ground. The second is operation of a gym and other sporting activities, as all sports activities at a not for profits sports club are exempt from VAT. This includes gym memberships, skittles and even pool tables. Where VAT has been declared on these incomes, clubs can (subject to certain circumstances), adjust their current VAT return to reverse the VAT they have paid in error.


Any club which is unsure over this position or is considering refurbishing or rebuilding its clubhouse should take advantage of 30 minutes free VAT advice by using the RFU Clubs VAT helpline on 07710 329317 or emailing [email protected]. If any club is embarking upon a facility improvement project they can call the VAT helpline for a discussion on whether the VAT to be incurred can be fully or partially recovered.


Making Tax Digital

HMRC have released further information on the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT requirements. Rugby clubs that are VAT registered with taxable supplies above £85,000pa, will generally have to keep records digitally, and provide information to HMRC using specialised functional compatible software for VAT reporting. There are generally no exemptions if a rugby club is a CASC or a charity, so these clubs (if applicable) should check their current accounting and record keeping procedures regularly. This will ensure that they will be in compliance with the requirements of MTD for VAT which is due to come into force on 1st April 2019.


For further information and frequently asked questions, please click here.



Online legal documents

RFU clubs are provided with online support for the creation of legal documents. This service allows clubs to draft their own legal documents instantly, simply by answering a series of easy-to-answer questions.


Many documents are available free of charge, and include such things as:

  • Employment agreement
  • Consultancy agreement
  • Website privacy policy
  • Health and safety policy creator
  • Agreement for the supply of goods
  • Debt collection letters


To access the system click here. Clubs will need to register by entering the RFU clubs’ voucher code – ARAG751BIZ.



Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme (MMVRP)

We would like to thank Mitsubishi Motors for their continued support of the Volunteer Recognition Programme. Their commitment to the volunteer network includes a number of opportunities (including a range of volunteer gifts) that clubs can utilise to recognise the volunteers who help at their clubs. A selection of Mitsubishi Motors volunteer recognition opportunities can be viewed here.



Reminder: England Rugby Grand Draw returns for 2018/19 season

The England Rugby Grand Draw has returned for the 2018/19 season. Since its launch 16 years ago, the draw has raised almost £7 million for the community game, with almost 600 clubs and schools participating every year. Clubs and schools must register to receive a starter kit, and once registered, have no costs or risks associated to the draw. All draw material is provided free of charge by the RFU, and for every £1 ticket sold, the club or school keep 85p with funds raised available to utilise on new kit, equipment, coaching or any other beneficial resource.


Raffle prizes this year include a £10,000 top prize, £1,000 and £500 cash prizes, signed shirts, tickets for Twickenham fixtures and more. The next draw will be made on 10th April 2019, with RFU President Chris Kelly officiating.


To register and order raffle books, please email ([email protected]).



Early years guidance

We have received a number of enquiries from clubs and third-party providers regarding rugby delivery at U6 and below. We have worked with a number of agencies, including the Youth Sport Trust and Centre for Reach in Early Childhood, to produce our Early Years Guidance and Activities and this will be shared in the December update. If you require any assistance until then, please do contact us via [email protected].



CB insurance cover update

As many CB activities are delivered in conjunction with clubs, it has been decided that it is most appropriate for Public Liability cover for CBs to be arranged as part of the cover provided to clubs. Therefore, with immediate effect, Public Liability (and Employers Liability) cover for CBs is arranged by Howden insurance brokers as part of the same policy that provides this cover to National League 1 clubs and below. Details of the cover can be found at and if you have any queries please contact Howden on 0121 698 8001.

Directors and Officers liability cover, which provides protection for CB committee members in respect of the management of the CB, remains in place under the RFU corporate insurance, managed by Marsh.


Brett Marriott Of Tupton RFC

November 12th, 2018 by

It is with huge sadness and regret that the Tupton RFC have to announce the passing of Brett Marriott.

This news will come as a huge shock to everyone who knew and loved Brett and that goes way beyond the Rugby Family.

Tupton RFC suspended its rugby programme over the past weekend as a mark of respect and would like to thank those clubs affected for their support.

The thoughts and prayers of NLD RFU are with Brett’s family and Tupton RFC at this very difficulty time.

UPDATE: We have now been advised that Brett’s Funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday 20th November at the Chesterfield Crematorium with the Wake being held at Tupton Social Club. Kat , Brett’s Wife, has requested that Mourners wear Everton Shirts or something Everton Blue to the Funeral.


NLD RFU Safeguarding Audit Update

November 8th, 2018 by

The 2018-19 Safeguarding Audit Document has been sent to all club Safeguarding Officers and Safeguarding Assistance in addition to the main Mini & Junior contacts registered on the GMS system. If you or your club has not received the following message from the NLD Safeguarding Team please ensure your clubs GMS golden role contacts are up to date.


Dear All,


The RFU Safeguarding Self-Assessment Audit form which every Club Safeguarding Officer needs to complete and return to me, via email, by the deadline of 7th January 2019.


If you need any help or have any queries completing the Audit Form please contact either Chris or Darren whose details are below: 


Chris Johnson: [email protected] / 07803 078691

Darren Dolby: [email protected] / 07718 798018


Many thanks for your help as always, I look forward to receiving your club’s form in due course.


Please CC the NLD RFU Office in ([email protected]), when submitting your completed to Chris Johnson

The audit form is available by clicking here.