News Archive

West Car Park Hospitality for Volunteers  – QBE Matches

October 7th, 2014 by

Once again the RFU will be running the West Car Park Hospitality for volunteers for each of the 4 of the QBE matches taking place in November. The cut-off date for nominations from clubs is Friday 24th October, but please don’t delay in requesting your volunteers places as all 4 matches tend to fill up very quickly.

Places are limited to 4 per club for the series and as in previous years they would like to welcome volunteers that have not yet attended one of these events. Should you have any questions please contact Paula Hanson on [email protected].

Funding Opportunity to Clubs!

October 1st, 2014 by

NLD are delighted to confirm that we are inviting clubs to apply for innovation funding to deliver an event of their choice in order to bring back 16-24 year olds to their club.

There will be £500 per approved event !!

This is your opportunity to increase your player numbers and have some fun at the same time.  See below for more information and download a copy of the application form here.

NLD Clubs Innovation

Sam Strickson Appointed to RFU National Youth Council

October 1st, 2014 by

Sam Strickson has been named as one of the members on the RFU’s National Youth Council (NYC).

Sam was the President of the men’s rugby union club at University of Lincoln where he was an outstanding student leader, during his year of office he successfully installed a new standalone Touch club, a new men’s 3rd team and increased the volunteer base at the University.


Sam went to Lincoln University from West Bridgford RFC and since graduating in June 2014, he has returned to his previous club and taken on a position as the RFU Area 4 Student Rugby Football Union (SRFU) Representative, all this on top of a new full time job as a sports development officer within Leicestershire.

Formed for the first time in 2009 the NYC was introduced so that the RFU were able to listen to the views of young people involved in the game.

On his new position Sam commented ‘I am really looking forward to getting started with the National Youth Council and working with other like-minded people from across the country; helping to make a difference and help hopefully create a solid grassroots legacy from the up and coming Rugby World Cup in England next year. With the main aim of the council to help recruit and retain 14-25 year olds in rugby I am looking forward to organising and putting on celebration events for the younger volunteers and rugby ambassadors celebrating their commitment to the sport. And who doesn’t love free stash!’

NLD would like to wish Sam the very best of luck in his new role!

NLD U18 Girls Squad Selected

September 30th, 2014 by

Following on from the trials held in September NLD are delighted to announce the NLD U18’s Girls Squad for the 2014-15 season.  The coaching team would like to congratulate all of the players who trialled and especially those who have been selected into the squad.

Name Club
Jess Tolson Paviors RFC
Carmen Tremelling Paviors RFC
Paige Baker Ashfield RFC
Imogen Ridley Paviors RFC
Morgen Jones Paviors RFC
Georgia Mae Bailey Spalding RFC
Violet Devonshire Ashfield RFC
Keziah Mountain Spalding RFC
Sarah Bill Sleaford RFC
Mariah Bartlett Ashfield RFC
Demi Bispham Ashfield RFC
Emily Perrins Sleaford RFC
Charlotte Hancock Sleaford RFC
Sarah McConchie Sleaford RFC
Georgia Markham Sleaford RFC
Hannah Dennis Sleaford RFC
Alex Parker Sleaford RFC
Katie Fox Ashfield RFC
Bethan Owen Sleaford RFC
Chelsea Hillsley Ashfield RFC
Shannon Bartlett Ashfield RFC
Jessica Armsby Ashfield RFC
Sophie Earth Spalding RFC
Katie Jones Ashfield RFC

Due to a problem with the NLD kit supplier, players will be asked to have white playing shorts for the first festival on 12th October.  For those players who have previously played for NLD you can use your “old” white Samurai shorts.  There is no requirement for shorts to be embroidered so white rugby shorts can be purchase online for a very reasonable price using the following link .

For those players who are new to NLD or have lost/worn out their “old” socks there will be a VERY limited supply of Samurai NLD socks available from Neil Clack, please make him aware if you require any socks and if these are not available then your club socks will be fine. Although we recognise this is not ideal, this will ensure that we will have all players in NLD Playing Shirts and White rugby shorts with the majority of players in NLD socks.

The programme for the NLD U13, 15 & 18 Girls for this season is detailed below and we ask that you attend all training and games as requested by your coaches.  If you think you will have problems with any of these dates please communicate this to your coaches on the 5th Oct. The training session on 1st November at Newark is an additional training session and will be optional although we would like as many players to attend as possible.

Should you have any queries relating to the NLD U18 Girls programme contact Manager Neil Speechley.

Date Game/ Training Location Time
05-Oct-14 Training Sleaford RFC 13.30 – 15.30
12-Oct-14 CB Festival Lutterworth RFC 10.00 – 16.30
26-Oct-14 Friendly North Mids V NLD Lichfield RFC 13.00 – 16.00
01-Nov-14 Training Newark RFC 10.00 – 12.00
02-Nov-14 No Session  U18 ONLY U18 ONLY
09-Nov-14 CB Game – North Mids V NLD tbc 13.00 – 16.00
23-Nov-14 Training tbc 13.30 – 15.30
30-Nov-14 CB Game – East Mids V Leics V NLD Peterborough RFC tbc
02-Feb-14 Open Training session tbc tbc
15-Mar-14 Open Training session tbc tbc

Coaching Insight Seminar

September 30th, 2014 by

Nottinghamshire County Council, along with Sport Nottinghamshire will be running a Coach Insight Seminar on 14th October at NTU’s Clifton Campus.  For more information see below.

CI Nottingham 14th Oct

NLD U13-19 Host Clubs Required for Sevens, Semis & Finals!!

September 25th, 2014 by

NLD are now once again inviting applications from clubs to host the NLD U13-19 Sevens, Semi Finals & Finals for the 2014-15 season.  Please find attached more information and details on how to submit your tender.

NLD U13-19 Finals & Sevens Host Tender

We hope that hosting an NLD Event will be a great opportunity to showcase rugby as well as raise revenue for the host club.

Any queries regarding this please contact Nicole Brown.

NLD U18’s Earn Hard Fought Win Over Leicestershire

September 25th, 2014 by

Perfect rugby conditions welcomed the two squads from Leicestershire and the Three Counties on Wednesday evening and this, combined with a superb playing surface at Newark produced a compelling game between the two neighbours.

Early exchanges demonstrated that Leicestershire were determined to avenge last year’s defeat and they exerted considerable pressure on a somewhat disorganised NLD team. Only resolute NLD tackling prevented Leicestershire from scoring, and it was only a stubborn scramble defence which saved them from going behind.

Eventually though, the early pressure proved overpowering and NLD conceded a try in the far corner in the 6th minute which went unconverted.

The NLD team continued to find it difficult to establish any continuity or rhythm and several promising openings went begging through a combination of handling errors and technical infringements at the breakdown. This allowed Leicestershire to build momentum which kept NLD on the back foot for much of the first half.

Continued pressure on the NLD line finally resulted in a Yellow Card for an infringement at the ruck, and the others players had to perform bravely in defence to weather the storm.

Finally, NLD began to enjoy a little more territorial advantage and from a 5 metre lineout, Josh Allen managed to sneak round the blind side from the resulting maul to score. The try was converted and the half finished with an unlikely score of 7-5 in NLD’s favour.

Head Coach, Nathan Smith, pulled no punches during the interval and reminded the players of their individual roles within the systems the squad has practiced in recent sessions.

He encouraged the players to string more phases together, adding that by doing so, more scores would follow.

The players responded accordingly and the forwards began to establish hard earned dominance over the Leicestershire pack. This dominance continued to produce better quality ball and more phases of play between the front eight and the backs.

From a Leicestershire kick which failed to find touch, the NLD backs worked the ball from the Left Wing, via the Full Back and then Centres to produce an incisive break down the right.

Quick ball from the breakdown resulted in the ball being shipped across the back line and culminated with Elliot Henry finishing in the corner.

The try was unconverted.

By this time, NLD were beginning to play much more to their potential and increasing pressure, particularly by the Front Row, continued to destabilise the Leicestershire pack enabling the home side to get very much on the front foot.

The dominance up front paid dividends in the 58th minute when the scrum forced a knock on by the Leicestershire Scrum Half about 10 metres out.

From the ensuing scrum, the NLD pack produced quick ball which moved quickly through the Centres’ hands and provided a simple run in for Ben Usher to score in the left hand corner.

Again, the try went unconverted.

After the restart, the NLD backs displayed some of their running and handling skills moving the ball from their own 22 beyond the half way line before an unfortunate knock-on brought the play to an end.

With the Leicestershire team tiring, NLD began to meet their coaches’ aspirations with multi-phase play producing quality possession. This produced the evening’s best play – from scrappy ball behind the scrum in the NLD 22, the ball was moved quickly by the Scrum Half and following line breaks by the Fly Half, Full Back and both Centres, phase ball from the back of a ruck near the Leicestershire 22 provided quick possession through the hands of first Scrum Half and No.7 allowing Ed Bloodworth to pirouette over the line for the game’s final try.

With the conversion, the score reached 24-5 and the final whistle followed only a few moments after the restart.

Much to please the spectators and lots to work on from the coaches’ and players’ perspective before the next Championship game against East Midlands at Peterborough on October 22nd.

NLD ‘Spotlight On’….Phil Cass

September 24th, 2014 by

NLD ‘Spotlight On’….Phil Cass

Phil Cass took over as NLD Honorary President for the 2014-15 season at the NLD AGM in June.  We caught up with Phil to learn more about him and his hopes for his year in office.

Welcome to your new role as NLD Honorary President; tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in Rugby.

I have worked in the food industry since leaving school 40+ years ago.  I’ve been fortunate enough to gain experience in a variety of disciplines including Accountancy, Planning & Production Management.  I am currently General Manager of a Medium sized Seafood company in Grimsby.

I came into rugby at a fairly late age, joining Cleethorpes RFC primarily to help out with Fundraising – I was soon hooked!!  I went on to hold a number of roles within the club including Secretary, Chairman, Disciplinary Secretary, Coaching Co-ordinator and Groundsman.


What would you like to achieve during your year in office?

I took the opportunity when President of Lincolnshire RFU to visit as many clubs as possible and along the way I was lucky enough to meet some really inspirational people.  I am very much looking forward to doing this again throughout NLD.  While I may not make it to every club I will certainly be giving it my best shot!!

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges facing clubs in NLD?

I’m really looking forward to spreading the message to clubs as to how important they are to the success of the CB and how the CB can benefit them.  I’d like to see more clubs getting involved with NLD, particularly attending the Management Meetings so that they tap into the wealth of experience we are lucky enough to have within NLD.

It is very easy to forget that our clubs are run by volunteers, people who give up precious free time to get involved in rugby.  By working together we can hopefully make more efficient decisions – communication is key!

As we move towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015 how would you like to see clubs embrace this opportunity?

With the RWC just over a year away I am really keen to see how clubs are planning to capitalize on this great opportunity.  It is the perfect time for clubs to welcome the community into our ‘rugby families,’ increasing revenues, welcoming new players and building interest in the game.

Finally, what one piece of advice would you offer to clubs within NLD?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  We have some brilliant resources available in the RFU and in NLD, if you need any assistance or advice then get in touch to see if there is anything that can be done to help.

It is a fantastic honour to be President of NLD, one that I never thought I would experience.  I realise I am following in very large footsteps but I am up for the challenge and I will look forward to meeting many of you along the way!!

Thanks Phil for taking the time to answer our questions and good luck this year! 

Who will the NLD Spotlight be on next?  Keep checking the website to find out more!

Girls Player Development Camp & Women’s RWC Trophy in NLD!!!

September 25th, 2014 by

On Thursday 30th October Mansfield RFC will host a FREE girls player development camp.  Alongside the camp we are also delighted to confirm that the Women’s Rugby World Cup will be coming to NLD!!

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Not only is this day a brilliant opportunity for the Girls to develop their playing skills but they will also be able to see this famous trophy.

Attendance on the camp is free, including lunch, to book please complete and return the attached application form to the below address:

24 Cartergate
NG24 1UB

Closing date for applications is Friday 24th October – get your application in early to make sure you don’t miss out!!

Girls Player Development Camp 30-10-2014

Girls Camp Application Autumn 14

Melbourne 2XV Captain Charity Cycle!

September 24th, 2014 by

Melbourne 2nd XV captain Tom Line has just completed a Lands End to John’O’Groats bike ride.

Taking 9 days Tom cycled a total of 969 miles.  In doing so he has raised £1600 for British Paralympic Association on the way with Deloitte matching this giving a total of £3200.  Donations can still be made –