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RFU President’s XV Awards

January 16th, 2015 by

Have you submitted your nominations for the 2015 President’s XV Awards?

This is a brilliant opportunity to recognise the hard working team behind your clubs successes.  Selected clubs will be honoured with a prestigious luncheon at Twickenham ahead of the Barbarians game on 31st May 2015.

Even if your club is not successful in the RFU President’s XV Awards you will be automatically entered into the NLD President’s VII Awards where you could be awarded with £100 for your club and a commemorative plaque.

Applications close on 1st February 2015 so don’t delay and get your nominations in soon!

RFU President’s XV Awards 2015

Girls Player Development Camp

January 14th, 2015 by

Girls Player Development Camp – Thursday 19th February 2015

Following on from the success of previous camps, on Thursday 19th February NLD will once again be running a FREE Girls Player Development Camp for all players in the U13, 15 & 18 age groups.  The session will take place at Mansfield RFC, 10am – 3pm and will include lunch.

Applications will close on Friday 13th February 2015.

For more information and a copy of the application form please see attached.

Girls Player Development Camp 19-02-2015

Girls Camp Application Spring 15

NLD Clubs Feature in January Touchline

January 14th, 2015 by

The January edition of the RFU’s Touchline magazine once again features a number of clubs in NLD.

West Bridgford RFC’s success at the Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Annual Sports Awards is featured, they won Club of the Year and their Ladies team took the Amateur Team of the Year title as well.

Last summer Joe Cox, a student at Derby Grammar School, visited Tanzania with some of his fellow pupils where they helped to build a school and teach rugby to local children.  Kit donated by Derbyshire RDO Matt Jefferson was presented to the players and Joe helped the school sports teacher with the laws of the game so they could continue playing in the future’.

Mansfield RFC has two mentions in this month’s edition.  Firstly for receiving the royal stamp of approval from Prince Harry who wrote to the club to congratulate them on their hard work with their flourishing Girls section, and secondly for their success at Mansfield District Council’s Sports Awards where they were nominated in a number of awards.  Bob Truswell took home the Volunteer of the Year award for the club for all of his hard work.

Grimsby RFC’s President  Neil Corry is looking to become the only rugby club President to climb Mount Everest.  He will be making his attempt from Tibet and will be scaling the North face of the mountain this May.  He is looking  to raise awareness and funds for The Endeavour Trust, a small national charity working at grass roots level with some of England’s most disadvantaged and disaffected young people’.  To sponsor Neil and find out more about his challenge contact him – twitter Mountain Man Neil @ toughguycorry;  Facebook: Mountain Man Neil; Email: [email protected] or by phone on: 07856172404

To view the full issue of January’s Touchline Magazine click here.

If your club has been up to anything exciting or have any interesting plans in the pipeline then don’t be shy!  Send the information over to Nicole Brown ([email protected]) and who knows – maybe you will feature on the NLD Website and in Touchline too!

Discover Your England

January 12th, 2015 by

Visit England today launches ‘Discover Your England’, a TV campaign aimed at raising the profile of English destinations in the year of Rugby World Cup 2015.

Airing for the first time on Channel 5, ITV and SKY on Sunday 11 January, the advert features over 16 English destinations and includes appearances former England rugby captain Martin Corry MBE, England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, former England women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE and Official Anthem Singer and million selling soprano Laura Wright.

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NLD U17 Nominations Invited

January 9th, 2015 by

The NLD U17 Development Programme will run during February, March and April of 2015 and nominations are now invited for the trial process.

Trials for the U16 players will take place on Monday 02 February at Newark starting at 6:00 p.m.

Trials for the U17 players will take place on Monday 09 February at Newark starting at 6:00 p.m.

The final part of the initial trial process will take the form of a full match, for those players selected by this stage, on the evening of Wednesday 25 February at a venue to be decided.

If you are nominating as a school teacher please use the above as a guide to which trial your players should attend.

To ensure that we receive only your best players, each club and school is allowed to nominate a maximum of three players only from the relevant age groups. It is important that the players nominated are of a standard, in terms of skills set, physicality, motivation and game management, which could assure them of a Midlands Counties Trial next November.

If any teachers/coaches are uncertain as to what level of performance is expected from players nominated, they should contact the Head Coach, Nathan Smith on 07834 156892 or at [email protected] . It should be remembered that nominating players who are not ready to play at this elevated level can have an adverse effect on self-esteem and considerable thought should be given as to how this may affect individual players.

If you believe you have more than three players who are genuinely capable of playing at and beyond NLD level it is mandatory for you to contact the Head Coach, Nathan Smith, to discuss the nominations. Nathan can be contacted on 07834 156892 or at [email protected] .

Nominations exceeding the limit of three without the approval of the Head Coach will be rejected, as will nominations made by parents on behalf of their own child – nominations must come through the approved route of clubs and schools.

Nominations are to be made by email using the nomination form which must be fully completed. Partially completed forms will not be accepted.

Please note that eligible players are those born on or after 1st September 1997, but not later than 31st August 1999, i.e. those who are currently playing U16 or U17 rugby at school or club.

Any player who has played for NLD U18s this season and is eligible to play again next year (i.e.  is currently U17) does not need to be nominated as he has an automatic invitation in to the U17 Group squad.

If teachers/coaches have players who have represented NLD at U16 this season, they should be considered for inclusion among the maximum three nominations.

The closing date for the nominations is Friday 23rd January 2015. Nominations received after this date will not be processed.

CB Roadshow @ Doncaster – POSTPONED

January 8th, 2015 by

The CB Roadshow scheduled to take place at Doncaster next Thursday 15th January has been postponed.  Details on the revised date will be circulated in due course.  The roadshow to be held at Coalville on 18th March will still be going ahead.

7 x NLD U18’s Into Midlands!

January 8th, 2015 by

Following their success in winning the Midlands Championship in November, 10 of the NLD U18’s squad went forward to the Midlands Development Day in December and, following the second session on Sunday at Broad Street, 7 players have now been selected in the Midlands U18 Training Squad.

The following players will now attend the Midlands Squad Day at Moseley on January 25th, and will take part in the match against an Independent Schools team:

Ed Bloodworth – King’s Grantham & Kesteven
Phil Fletcher – King’s Grantham & Kesteven
Harry Graham – Worksop College & Paviors
Josh Hubbard – King’s Grantham & Newark
Callum Slack – King’s Grantham & Newark
Ben Usher – Priory Academy LSST & Newark
Tom Winning – Minster Southwell & Paviors

Two of the players (Josh Hubbard and Callum Slack) are still playing at U17’s level and the Manager of the NLD U18’s Squad, Lee Slack, commented ‘To have so many players going forward to represent the Midlands was a great testament not only to those players selected but also to the Coaching Team at U18’s level.  We wish all those players selected every success with the Midlands and, hopefully, beyond!”

U9 & U11 Touring Side Opportunity

January 8th, 2015 by

Buxton RFC are hosting Oakham on 14th March who are visiting the area on tour.  They are looking for additional U9 & U11 fixtures to take place on this date at Buxton RFC.

If your club is interested please contact Pat Leahy on 07824 389114.

A Life Saving Xmas Present for Long Eaton RFC

January 7th, 2015 by

During recent committee meetings, Long Eaton RFC recognised that there was a need for more qualified first aiders as the club membership continues to flourish.  In response, 16 members recently undertook a six hour rugby orientated course to gain their first aid certification.

It was also highlighted that the club would benefit from having a defibrillator as additional health and safety equipment given the number of players and fixture programme.  It was also noted that a defibrillator located in the clubhouse would benefit other park users in the vicinity if anything untoward should happen. The committee therefore decided that it would work to raise money over the next few months to purchase a defibrillator as soon as possible.

Further to this decision, club members Andy Scotland and his wife Kimberley recently attended an Abbott Risk Consulting (ARC) Ltd company event (Andy works for ARC in their Derby Office as a Principal Consultant).  Following discussions with a number of ARC Directors and the Managing Director, we are pleased to advise that ARC Ltd offered to purchase and donate a defibrillator to the club as part of its annual charitable donations and support of local community groups.

The defibrillator they have donated is a Lifepak CR Plus Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).  It comes with pads for both adult and junior use. This unit was created for lay users in commercial and public settings.


The Unit was presented to our President, Des Chapman by Kimberley Scotland on behalf of ARC Ltd.

Des thanked Abbott Risk Consulting for their kind donation, stating:

‘This vital equipment will enhance our club’s safety and protection of players, supporters and members along with the hundreds of others that use the park around the clubhouse. For some time, we have discussed the urgent need to hold a defibrillator on our premises, we are indebted to Abbott Risk Consulting Ltd for their generous donation, and their commitment to support sporting communities like ours.’

Derbyshire U20’s v Warwickshire U20’s

January 6th, 2015 by

Derbyshire U20’s will take on Warwickshire U20’s at Long Eaton RFC on Monday 12th January, kick off 7.30pm.

15) Dan Ryde – Ashbourne
14) William Nash – Ashbourne
13) Alex Edwards – Derby University
12) George Richardson – Glossop
11) Ryan Sircar – Buxton
10) Adam Holland – Derby University
9) Seb Cooke Bakewell
8) Jake Brass – Glossop
7) Mike Allen – Ashbourne
6) Adam Pearce – Bakewell
5) Dan Hay – Derby University (capt)
4) James Blakey – Tupton
3) Ben Somerton – Hope Valley
2) Blake Downings – Buxton
1) James Edger – Derby University


16) Ben Sharp – Glossop
17) Tom Anderson – Derby University
18) Josh Reece – Derby University
19) Matt Keeley – Hope Valley
20) George Wood – Glossop
21) Jake Boak – Hope Valley