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Long Eaton Tackle Player Retention Head On 

May 1st, 2018 by

Derbyshire based Long Eaton Rugby Club has announced the launch of its innovative player transition scheme for the 2018/19 season, set to tackle to growing issue of youth player drop-out in the sport.

The club, which has just been promoted for the second year running, will implement the retention scheme in response to growing reports of player drop-out between the ages of 15-21 at club level.

The ground-breaking programme will see first team player, Paul Wakefield, become the club’s first Transition Officer, appointed to support each player aged 16-18 with all aspects of their personal development as well as rugby, including education, family and careers.

Scottish Rugby recently found that on average, 43% of 18-year-old players fail to progress to play adult rugby and an over 80% of 16-year-olds are not involved with their club or rugby by the time they reach the age of 20. Possible contributing factors to this drop-off are leaving school, starting work, moving away or full-time university education. Long Eaton aims to address this by working together with teenage players to increase communication about their options and increase involvement of younger age groups within adult sessions to ensure a smoother transition into men’s rugby. The club targets to keep 50% of under 16 players within the club or the sport by the age of 20.

As part of the new initiative, a mentor system has also been implemented by Long Eaton’s management team, to be overseen by Paul. The system will support and encourage young players through their transition period and promote the benefits of the adult teams. Each of the 19 mentors involved is a member of Long Eaton first or second team and positions will be paired together, to also help improve young player’s rugby skills and ability.

Chris Brookes, Chairman and Development Manager at Long Eaton Rugby Club, said the new scheme was a huge step forward for the club.

He said: “Although we enjoy the senior teams winning and playing the best rugby possible, our ultimate goal as a club is to retain players, from young children up to adult level, and watch them develop on both a personal and professional level. If we can play even a small part in a player’s journey, then we can consider that a great achievement.

“Through our mentoring scheme, our men’s team players will be able to create productive and lasting relationships with our players aged 16-18. Whether that’s introducing the fun and social elements of the club, improving their strategic thinking, giving advice on juggling work and rugby or just helping them with their passing skills. We’re pleased that so many of our players have opted to become mentors to put this into practice.

“Life skills gained through rugby, together with our sports core values are essential in nurturing youngsters not only into rugby but the community too. This initiative will enhance this and keep young people in our sport and community.”

Long Eaton will now refer to their 16-18-year-old players as the ‘Transition Squad’ and provide the option of letting the under 16 team train alongside their mentors to encourage further learning and development. The club will also offer an additional training session to this age group per week.

Matt Everard, Director of Rugby at Long Eaton, said: “The implementation of the transition scheme is a brilliant move for our club. We aim to continue the great progress we have made over the past few years and that can only happen when we have fresh, talented and enthusiastic players moving up to our adult squads. We’re excited for the season ahead and look forward to putting the initiative into practice during pre-season training this summer.”

Long Eaton Rugby Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The club’s first team have just won their league and will be promoted to the Midlands 2 East (North) league next season.

Derbyshire Finals Days

April 30th, 2018 by

The end of the season approaches and due to the severe weather we have all experienced this season there have been a few changes to the Derbyshire RFU Finals Day. All finals will take place at Long Eaton RFC, please do go along for what should be an excellent celebration of Rugby in Derbyshire!

Saturday 5th May
Presidents Trophy – 12.30 KO – Main Pitch
Long Eaton Dev XV v Derby 3rd XV

2nd XV Cup – 14.30 KO – Main Pitch
Glossop v Matlock

Derbyshire Shield – 16.30 KO – Main Pitch
Long Eaton v Tupton

1900 Live Band to see all Winners and Commiserators through until late.

Saturday 19th May
Derbyshire Cup Final – 1430 KO – Main Pitch
Matlock v Glossop

GDPR is Coming!

April 27th, 2018 by

Data laws are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a reshaping of the data protection landscape. In simple terms, GDPR will help protect the personal data of those involved in rugby by requiring better governance and transparency. Organisations holding personal data, including constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs, will need to give more information to people about what they do with those people’s data, why, and for how long.

The RFU is pleased to provide guidance and resources via a toolkit, to help constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs work towards GDPR compliance, ahead of the Regulation coming in to force. The toolkit provides an overview of the Regulation, what it means for rugby, and some practical steps you can take to help prepare. It also contains some template policies and procedures you can put in place. It can be viewed and/or downloaded from

Further support is available via the RFU’s Legal Helpline on 0330 303 1877. Please note, the RFU itself is not able to give specific legal advice to clubs, referee societies, or constituent bodies.

More Honours for NLD U20 Players

April 27th, 2018 by


NLD have 8 players in the full Midlands squad of 30 to play Nottingham Academy in a trial match at Long Eaton RFC on Sunday 29th April. All are welcome to come and watch.

This follows on from NLD’s under 20 last gasp victory against Devon to reach the final of the county championship. This is to be played at Moseley RFC on Sunday 6th May – kick off at 2.00pm. Put that date in your diary and come and support your CB’s up and coming young stars on their quest to win the county championship final!

Dan Glasse – Academy
Henry Trimmer – NTU
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe
Dec Neary – Long Eaton
Toby Hutchinson – Academy
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton
Jacob Wright (reserve) – Long Eaton

NLD Spring Calendar Update

April 25th, 2018 by

With a busy Spring well underway and a number of events that have been moved due to the weather please see below an update of the forthcoming NLD events and representative games.

Support for all of the events, in particular the Representative Squads, are very much appreciated!

Date Event Venue Time
Wednesday 25th April NLD Vets v Staffs Vets Derby RFC 7.30pm KO
Saturday 28th April NLD Senior Finals (Cup & Vase) Boston RFC 1pm & 3pm KO
Sunday 29th April U15/16 Finals Derby RFC 11/11.30/1/1.30pm KO
Sunday 29th April NLD Ladies v Leicestershire Coop Sports Club 2pm KO
Sunday 6th May NLD U20’s v Lancashire Moseley RFC 2pm KO
Sunday 6th May NLD U15 Sevens Ilkeston RFC 10.30-3pm
Sunday 6th May NLD U16 Sevens Chesterfield RFC 10.30-3pm
Sunday 6th May NLD Ladies v Cheshire Winnington Park RFC 3pm KO
Saturday 12th May NLD Senior Finals (Plate & Shield) Boston RFC 1pm & 3pm KO
Sunday 13th May NLD Ladies v Staffordshire Derby RFC 3.30pm KO

Martin Wynne-Jones

April 23rd, 2018 by

It is with great sadness that we hear that Martin Wynne-Jones has passed away following a heart attack early last week.

He would have been on course to play in his 40th consecutive year for Nottinghamians RFC. He was a true club man and an absolute gent.

He has left a huge gap for the club that cannot be filled and will be missed by many in the rugby community.

Martin’s funeral will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 11.30am at St Jude’s Church, Mapperley, Nottingham NG3 5HE.

Followed by a short service at the Crematorium on Cat Foot Lane, Gedling, NG4 4QH at 12.30pm.  Refreshments after will be in the Church Hall at St Jude’s

We would respectfully ask that only a representation from groups go to the Crematorium due to logistics and capacity


Family flowers only but donations for Project Luangwa (a South African Children’s Charity) supported by Martin and Jane and also to The British Heart Foundation.

Donations gratefully received by collection at the church, Direct to A W Lymn, Funeral Services, St Albans House, 32 High Street, Arnold Nottingham NG5 7DZ

or via this link where messages can also be left.

Fantastic Coaching Opportunity for Young Players!

April 23rd, 2018 by

Do you coach a side playing Junior / Colts 15 a side rugby in NLD?

Would they be interested in developing their skills by being coached by one of the Country’s best young coaches?

Russel Earnshaw, coach of England elite U18 side is demonstrating a Coaching session at the NLD Game Development Conference at Samworth Academy on Saturday June 2nd 2018, and we are looking for a group of young players to use during the Coaching session. Russell will adapt his delivery to suit any age range from U14 to u19 although all players must be within the same age group i.e. all U14 or all U17 etc.

It will be a non contact session and players will be required from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

If you think the side you coach could benefit from this session and you will be able to provide at least 14 players then please contact Nicole Brown – [email protected].

NLD U20’s Win Dramatic Semi Final!

April 18th, 2018 by

The NLD U20 Squad made the long trip to Devon on Sunday (15th April) worthwhile as they secured a dramatic, last moment win in the Semi Final of the Jason Leonard RFU U20 Division 2 County Championship.

After a three tough matches in The Jason Leonard under 20 county championship, the NLD squad headed all the way down to Ivybridge RFC. This was always going to be a tough ask for the NLD squad (mainly players who are playing level 7 and below) against Devon (whose squad featured no less than 9 players who currently play level 5 rugby).

The pitch had been suitably softened up by the amazing wet Devon weather so a free flowing game it wasn’t.

Early tries from both sides in the first half left the half time score 14-12 to NLD who succeeded with both conversions. The NLD back row of Brisco and Brown were dominant and it was Brown and Tucker who scored both tries first half.

Both sides had to work hard on defence and NLD saved the use of our subs by keeping some back for a final flurry which worked. The half time team talk was led by Trimmer who rallied his team and the squad responded, coming out after the break hard and fast although Devon did likewise. 19-19 with 45 minutes gone.

At 49 minutes NLD took the lead with Kane Linklater of Scunthorpe crashing over in the corner. This was closely followed by a try from the Devon 12 – who had been hard to stop all game (26-24 Devon). Aaron Walker of NLD then scampered in for a try on the 69th minute to make it 29-26 NLD. Then – on the 79th minutes the NLD hearts sunk when Devon went over for a converted try (33-29 to Devon.

Was that the game over?  Not for the NLD Squad. They managed to win the ball from the restart and after last play was called at 80 minutes and two penalties awarded to NLD from which they opted for scrums, in the 83rd minute NLD’s skipper Henry Trimmer crashed over for the winning try under the posts, converted by Harrison Wells.

In a pulsating fixture that really did go down to the wire huge credit to the entire squad who were a credit to themselves, their clubs and NLD with their demeanor on and off the pitch.

The squad now face Lancashire RFU in the final on Sunday 6th May at Moseley RFC, kick off 2pm.

The squad:

Henry Trimmer Nottingham Trent Uni
Jack Weedon Long Eaton/Notts Academy
Kane Linklater Scunthorpe
Jacob Wright Long Eaton
Joe Mcmenamin Long Eaton
Natty Brisco West Bridgford
Luke Brown West Bridgford
Tom Tucker Long Eaton
Jamie Murray Nottingham Uni
Harrison Wells Nottingham Trent University
Josh Arimoro Nottingham Uni
Josh Bloomfield Nottingham Trent University
James Peachey Nottingham Trent University
Jake Keeton Lincoln RFC
Aaron Walker Long Eaton
Ben Jesson Nottingham University
Chris Rudkin Melbourne RFC
Dec Neary Long Eaton
Tommie Collingwood Nottingham Trent University
Jonnie Doyle Derby RFC
Will Harding-Terry Newark RFC
Alex Harrison Newark RFC

Score 36-33

Tries scored by Luke Brown, Tom Tucker, Henry Trimmer (2), Kane Linklater, Aaron Walker
Conversions – 3 by Harrison Wells

Enjoy the winning moment by clicking here!



NLD U15/16 Finals *Provisional Schedule*

April 18th, 2018 by

Please see below details of the provisional schedule for the NLD U15/16 Finals at Derby RFC on Sunday 29th April.

As you can see there are a couple of Semi Finals to be played this weekend so we will have the full line up for you on Monday.

U15 Cup                                  11.30am KO (AGP)
Derby v Paviors

U15 Shield                               11am KO (Grass)
Melbourne v Sleaford

U16 Cup                                  1.30pm (AGP)
Mansfield / Kesteven v Nottingham Corsairs / Derby

U16 Shield                               1pm (Grass)
Ashbourne v Scunthorpe

Both of the Cup Finals are taking place on the brand new AGP at the club.  Please note the below guidelines on footwear and pass this on throughout your team.

Astro trainers, flat-soled trainers and blades are not permitted.  Boots should have screw-in metal / moulded studs suitable for the appropriate sport.  All footwear should be clean.

Match Cards:

Please complete and return your match cards to Carol by Monday 23rd April 2018.  Note that you can still make minor adjustments to your squad up until the morning of the final but these changes may not be reflected in the match day programme.


If you do not have permission for any of your players to have their photograph taken then this should be confirmed in writing to me by Monday 23rd April 2018 so that we are able to make the necessary arrangements on the day.


As usual there will be a £3 entry fee per adult, to include a programme, on the day.  please make sure that everyone travelling with your team is aware of this and that absolutely no abuse of officials will be tolerated.


If you plan to travel by coach then please confirm this as soon as possible, along with an ETA, and by next Wednesday 25th April so that we are able to ensure appropriate room is left.

Colts Festival Success

April 17th, 2018 by

Sunday 15th April saw the inaugural running of the NLD Colts Cluster Festival which was supported by the School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University.

Clubs from throughout Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire took to Mellish RFC for a day full of exceptional rugby that really showcased the RFU’s Core Values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship.

Teams worked together throughout the day to ensure full 15 a side matches could be played and every team that attended really bought into the spirit of the event.

NLD President Chris Johnson who refereed on the day said; ‘What a fantastic day to see over 150 Colts players really enjoying the game.  It was also great to see a number of the NLD Young Match Officials stepping up and refereeing on the day, the whole event was a brilliant advert for rugby.  Our thanks to the School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University for their support of the day’.