News Archive

RFU Game Management System

September 4th, 2014 by

The RFU Game Management System is now up and running a very successful and well attended training session was held at Ilkeston on Tuesday and another is scheduled at Lincoln today.

We appreciate that clubs are very much finding their feet with the new system so hopefully this email will go some way to answering some questions that have been raised.

U13-19 Competitions

The U13-19 Competitions are due to get underway on 7th September with the U17’s League kicking the season off.  We appreciate that with the new system it may not have been possible for clubs to have updated all of the information necessary at this early stage of the season.

Therefore we ask that all player information is updated by 30th September and photographs for all players are uploaded by 15th October at the latest.  This will hopefully offer you a little extra time to get used to the system before we start requesting team print outs and checking registrations.

Logging into the GMS

Each club is responsible for managing access to the GMS System.  The Club Honorary Secretary is able to assign roles as appropriate so should you require access please contact them in the first instance.

Club Secretaries – the role that enables Managers / Coaches to edit registration details and upload photographs is ‘Youth Registrar’.  This role allows blanket access to all age groups so please make sure your Team Managers know which age group they should be editing!

It will also be the clubs responsibility to manage the access privileges so if someone leaves a club then please make sure you remove their access accordingly.

Registering Players

This season as it is a new system moving over from Rugby First and the NLD Registration System we are not requesting players to be re-registered.  However all age groups need to ensure that their players are correctly listed, update their details and add a photograph for them.  In future seasons a new photograph will be required at U10/13/16 to re register your players.

All of the players that were on the Rugby First system have been transferred to the GMS so the majority of your players should be on the system.  However if any are missing or you have any new players please make sure they are added to the system and that they complete a copy of the RFU Youth Player Registration form (available to download from the link below).

Many clubs have their own Player Registration Form, this is absolutely fine but please make sure it contains all of the necessary data protection disclaimers and if in doubt look at the RFU form which includes all of this information.

Please remember that it is RFU Regulation that all youth players are registered on the GMS so it is really important that this is kept up to date.

If you require any assistance with the GMS there are some very helpful guides available from the system when you are logged in.  Alternatively you can contact the GMS Helpdesk whose details are available below.

[email protected]
0208 831 6651

Monday – Friday
09.00 – 13.00
14.00 – 17.00

We appreciate that the new GMS is going to involve a period of change and adjustment while we all get used to it but the system is really exciting for clubs and England Rugby have some really exciting plans with it for the future.

Many thanks for your continued help with the new system, hopefully the above will have resolved a few of your questions but if there is anything else then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the NLD Office – 01636 640800 / [email protected].

Rugby World Cup 2015

September 4th, 2014 by

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 just a little over a year away, attentions in NLD are turning to what is sure to be one of the best sporting events in the country’s history.

The tournament is set to produce record revenues, with the funds raised earmarked for investment in rugby’s future – including a number of initiatives in England and beyond.

Within NLD are we are looking to capture the excitement and anticipation of this brilliant tournament and we are now turning to clubs for their support and ideas in taking rugby to new heights.

Club Funding Opportunities

The RFU have set up regional Legacy Groups throughout England who will work closely with RFU management, RFU Constituent Bodies (CBs), and the England Rugby 2015 team to oversee the development and implementation of a robust activation and legacy plan.

The aim of the group over the last year has been to raise funds for the Area that is ear marked for legacy purposes.  Attentions are now turning to how this money should be spent and this offers a brilliant opportunity to clubs within NLD.

There is a large amount of money available – up to £250 000 throughout Area 4 so proportionally there is the opportunity for some £50 000 worth of funding to clubs within NLD!! But to get ANY share of this we need to have some good legacy projects proposed!!

While the application process for funding is still being decided we would like clubs to start thinking of ideas and projects that they would like to take further.  When the funding applications open in the next couple of months, we will then be able to submit a number of applications and maximise the opportunity for funding.

This is a great opportunity for your club to get involved in the 2015 RWC legacy so please take advantage of it.  A basic proposal should be emailed through to the NLD Office in the first instance – [email protected].  All ideas are welcome, below are a couple of suggestions that will perhaps give you a little inspiration!!

  • Does your club need a new TV to help bring in people from the local community to watch and be involved in sporting events?
  • What about some new post protectors – would your club benefit from these in the long term?
  • On a bigger scale how about starting a new tournament / festival throughout the summer for clubs throughout the country?  Think Bournemouth Sevens but perhaps not as big – at least to start with!

Ultimately there are lots of different ideas and opportunities but this is your clubs opportunity to get involved and use the RWC to help grow your club and our game for the future.  Don’t miss out!!

NLD 2015 RWC Legacy Group

NLD will also be setting up a 2015 RWC Legacy Group.  The group holds an exciting role as we countdown to the start of the tournament, they will be focussing on:

  • Helping clubs to submit funding applications to the Area 4 RWC Legacy Group.
  • Developing a programme of events within NLD ahead of the start of the RWC.  One of these events will be the famous ‘Web Ellis Cup’ visiting NLD during the trophy tour next summer!

We are looking for a small number of people to get involved in this committee and help make this one of the most exciting times for our clubs!  If you are interested, or know anyone that is, please get in touch with Nicole Brown on [email protected] by Friday 19th September.  The first meeting of the group will be taking place on Thursday 25th September at which a programme of meetings will be decided.

The RWC 2015 is a fantastic opportunity for grass roots rugby and clubs within NLD so let’s make sure we take advantage of it and leave a legacy! 

NLD U16 Nominations Invited

September 3rd, 2014 by

The NLD U16 Trial will be held on Monday 15th September and we are now inviting nominations from Clubs and Schools.  The NLD U16 programme is a brilliant opportunity for young players to represent NLD in the RFU County Championship and perhaps even go on to play for Midlands and England.

The squad will train on Monday evenings at Newark RFC and play in the following fixtures:

22/10/14          NLD U16’s      Warwickshire  RFU County Championship   Broadstreet RFC                     7.30pm
02/11/14          NLD U16’s      East Midlands RFU County Championship   Bromsgrove RFC                   1pm
16/11/14          NLD U16’s      TBC                 RFU County Championship   Leicester Grammar School    TBC

Please note that there is a maximum of two nominations from any club or school and in order for the nomination to be accepted the nomination must be completed in full.

The majority of the squad will be formed from players currently involved in DPP and the coaching teams are looking to identify any further players who are not involved in this programme.  It is worth keeping in mind that last season out of the 60+ players that attended this trial only 5 were selected.

Any player already involved in DPP at U16 does not need to be nominated for this trial. 

Nominations should be completed and returned to NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles no later than 5pm on Friday 12th September 2014, please send nominations via email – [email protected]

NLD U16 Player Nomination Form 2014

Are you looking to do a Coaching Course?

August 27th, 2014 by

There are a couple of coaching courses scheduled to take place at the early part of the season that have very low numbers and are at risk of being cancelled.  If you have any coaches interested in getting involved then can I recommend you consider the courses listed below.

14-Sep 19-Oct 23-Nov NLD Level 2 Carres GS Sleaford
21-Sep 28-Sep 12-Oct NLD Level 1 John Leggott Scunthorpe

These courses are both suffering from low numbers and should more attendees not book onto attend will struggle to run throughout September so if you are interested please book your place today.

Bookings for all of the courses can be done online via the link below.  Other courses scheduled to run within NLD are also listed here so take a look to see if there is anything that will suit you!

If you are looking to apply for funding for your coaching course then don’t forget you can apply to the Sir Anthony Wharton Trust, visit their website below for more information.

Four NLD Players Selected for Saints U19’s Against Leinster

September 1st, 2014 by

Four NLD players were selected to play in the Northampton Saints U19’s clash against Leinster on Friday.   George Cox (Stamford School), Charlie Dunbar (Stamford School), James Fish (Derby RFC) and Will Allman (Melbourne RFC) were all picked for the annual summer clash with the Irish side.

The match resulted in a narrow loss with Leinster holding on to record a narrow 25-22 victory over the home team.  It was great to see players who played their Mini & Junior rugby at clubs throughout NLD performing on the bigger stage.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards

September 1st, 2014 by

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available to not for profit organisations and registered charities based in areas where Tesco has stores.

Funding is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people. Projects that may receive support include the following:

  • Improving diets and encouraging healthy eating.
  • Involvement in sport and physical activity.
  • Education and training programmes.
  • Support to vulnerable and disengaged groups.
  • Learning programmes for young people with disabilities.
  • Local eco initiatives that contribute to global environmental impact, such as energy reduction, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation.

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2014 (midnight).

Tesco detail that the application form will take around 15 minutes to fill in online.

Further details can be found on Tesco’s Society web page.

Mansfield U15’s complete Tour de France inspired challenge!

September 1st, 2014 by

Mansfield Rugby Clubs U15’s squad set themselves a unique challenge to raise funds for a tour in the coming season. The aim was to cycle the entire distance of the Tour-de-France using exercise bikes in just 24 hours.

With 2277.5 miles the target, 6 bikes were ridden in 30 minute sessions, starting at noon Friday 25th July. 48 riders contributed to the mammoth effort that saw the challenge go right to the wire with the final half hour needing all the exhausted riders to clock up above average distances. After the incredible efforts of all involved the gruelling challenge was successfully completed with an amazing final total of 2283 miles.

mansfieldcycleThroughout the challenge, as in the real cycling event, a yellow jersey was awarded to the rider who clocked up the greatest distance in one half hour stint. After changing hands several times in the early stages, congratulations goes to Kyan Johnson who claimed the jersey 5 and a half hours into the challenge after achieving  14 miles(22km) and retained it for the remainder of the 24 hours. Throughout the event Kyan cycled for 4.5 hours and averaged an unbelievable 24 miles (39km) an hour.

Also, similar to the ‘aggressive rider’ prize in the real tour, a red jersey was awarded to Ross Laughton for his incredible efforts, particularly in the final stages, after riding for 5 hours and clocking up an impressive 88 miles (141km).

Through player sponsorship and the generous donations during the challenge, the event has raised a fantastic total of over £1500.

The club would like to say a massive thank you to all players, coaches, parents and friends who participated in or helped organise the event.  Thanks also go to Pure Gym and Body & Soul Gym for their kindness in providing the exercise bikes.

NLD Senior Competitions Draw

August 22nd, 2014 by

On Tuesday 8th July the NLD Senior Competitions Committee met and completed the draw for the 2014-15 season.  It is available to download below on the minutes from the meeting.  The Rules and Matchcards for the competition are also available.

NLD Senior Competitions Minutes 08-07-14 & 2014 Draw

NLD Knockout Rules 2014-15 v1

NLD Competition Match Card v1 Cup – Shield

NLD Competition Match Card v1 Plate – Vase

Updated U13-19 Competition Draws

August 27th, 2014 by

As always with the start of the season there are a couple of amendments to the NLD U13-19 Competition Draws due to teams coming into the Competitions late or withdrawing.

Below is the latest copy of the U13-19 Draws, please read it carefully to see if any of the changes affect your team.

NLD U13-19 Competition Draws v2

If you have any queries contact the NLD Office – [email protected].

O2 Touch Fit

August 11th, 2014 by

Over the next four weeks O2 Touch and England Rugby will be uploading exclusive fitness videos featuring fitness guru to the likes of Pro Green, Millie Mackintosh and England Rugby player James Haskell.

This series of videos will help you get O2 Touch Fit and are a great supplement to weekly touch rugby activity. Each workout session will take on a different focus, helping you work on your mobility, speed & strength, conditioning and power across the programme to help you take your performance to the next level.

O2 Touch Fit is a great way to get in shape and boost your social life. Each week starting Monday 28 July there will be posting a workout to improve your game. Join the challenge now by using #O2Touch on Twitter.

Welcome to O2 Touch Fit
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Workout 1 – Mobility
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Workout 2 – Speed & Strength

Workout 3 – Conditioning
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Workout 4 – Power
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