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Exciting Opportunities Within NLD To Support The Women And Girls Game

August 14th, 2018 by

Several positional opportunities have become available to support the Women and Girls (W&G) game both at club and CB level within NLD.

The W&G game within NLD moves from strength to strength and has been a key area of growth for the CB over the past several seasons. These roles will support the growth and sustainability of the game as NLD look to continually develop the offer in place for all Women and Girls across the CB.

The following roles are available for application. Please click on the below roles to access their descriptors:

NLD Head Coach: U15, U18, Senior (x1 postion for each age group)

NLD Assistant Coach: U15, U18, Senior

NLD Senior Ladies Team Manager

W&G’s Age Group Facilitator (responsible for the development of the girls club game Pitch Up and Play offer): U13, U15, U18 (x1 postion for each age group).

The NLD W& G programme starts in January/February and runs until April/May. Coaches are expected to comply with current RFU regulations and work as part of a team within NLD to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for players of all ages and to develop their playing skills and abilities. Our ethos is to encourage player development and not “win at all costs”.

Please take the time to complete this form in full giving a detailed account of previous coaching experience and qualifications. All applications will be considered on merit. For those applying for coaching roles, an ideal candidate will have experience of coaching within the relevant age group(s) and possess a current L2 RFU coaching qualification or higher. When completed, please return this application form via email to Luke Green.

Application Form

The deadline for applications is 1st September 2018 with interviews to be held at Mansfield RFC on Friday 14th September 2018.

Please note those applying for Head Coach positions will be expected to deliver coaching session as part of their interview process. Further details regarding this element of the interview process will be given if invited to interview.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview via email no later than 6th September 2018.

For more information on any of the roles or for an informal chat please contact Neil Clack on 07734 179339.


Sutton Bonington Students RFC Part-time Coach

May 21st, 2018 by

Sutton Bonington Students RFC is made up of students from the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington campus (LE12 5RD).  The club currently play in the NLD Security Plus Pennant League 1 which they have won 3 seasons in a row and have been entered into the NLD Senior Knockout Cup for next season. The club has always been run by students with the help of a part time coach who is now retiring.

The club is looking for an enthusiastic, qualified coach who is looking to build experience coaching younger players. The club is mostly made of 18-24 year olds with varying abilities and experience. The team trains Monday and Friday evenings as well as Wednesday afternoons, before playing on Saturdays.

Key responsibilities will be:

  • Continue to deliver and support our culture of development focused, supportive and challenging training that drives an attractive and fun style of Rugby.
  • Work with the captain and committee members to plan, deliver and analyse the clubs plan for the season.
  • Run training sessions on Monday evenings 7-8:30pm (if possible run Wednesday afternoon, 2-3pm, and Friday evening sessions, 5:30-6:30pm, also). Opportunity to coach the women’s side on Monday evenings after the men’s session.
  • If unable to attend Wednesday and Friday sessions then assist with a plan for these sessions liaising with the team captain.
  • Coach the team on match days – Saturday’s.
  • Be able to deliver personal, unit and team training sessions in line with our style of play.
  • Assist with player recruitment and retention.
  • Supporting and bringing through players who have never played senior rugby before into the 1st

What we offer:

  • Unique opportunity to coach an ambitious club made up of young fresh talent with a fantastic team spirit.
  • Great training facilities (access to 4G training pitch, fitness studio, gym and fantastically maintained pitch).
  • A young mouldable squad willing to learn.
  • A chance for a young or new coach to gain experience coaching senior rugby.

Expenses paid include travel and time for sessions run, session planning and match day fee.

How to apply:

Please email your CV to Sam Bennett at [email protected] or call on 07535707229

Potential coaches will be asked to run a session as part of the interview process.

Application deadline: 30th June 2018, applications may close early if the right candidate is found.

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 Game Development Conference – Applications Open!

April 11th, 2018 by

Bookings are now being taken for the 2018 NLD RFU Game Development Conference which will be held on Saturday 2nd June at Samworth Church Academy.

Russell ‘Rusty’ Earnshaw, England U18 Coach, will be the key speaker at this year’s NLD Game Development Conference.

The theme for the day will be ‘Game Zone / Skill Zone & developing core skills through games.’ In addition to Russell Earnshaw there will also be Skills Clinics delivered by some Professional Players as well as a CMOD.

NLD Head of Game Development Dave Andrews commented, ‘The conference has been growing year upon year and we are delighted that Russell will be joining us in 2018.  It promises to be an event not to be missed!’

Places for the Conference will be limited and are now open.  You can book your place for a discounted rate of £15 (to include lunch) by clicking here.

Mansfield RUFC U15 Girls Seek Lead Coach

April 3rd, 2018 by

Mansfield RUFC are looking for an experienced coach to join a motivated and forward thinking U15 Girls team.

Ideally they would be qualified to a Level 2 standard or working towards Level 2.

The U15 Girls squad boasts numerus coaching assistants, NLD players and are currently the Area 4 Cup Winners and are in this seasons current U15 National semi-finals.

The coaching team require an individual who is focused on continuing this squads rapid development and continue working with a group of players who are committed and want to play Rugby at a higher level.

Please contact Nick Hughes on 07794 991485 for further information or see the attached job application form for further details.

NLD RFU Launch Youth Council!

March 14th, 2018 by

NLD RFU are delighted to announce the launch of the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 season and beyond!  Mirroring the RFU National Youth Council this is a fantastic opportunity for young people, who are passionate about rugby, to get involved in shaping the way NLD RFU supports the 16-24 age group.

What is the NLD Youth Council? 

We are looking to appoint a group of young people to form the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons (two year term of office).  The successful applicants will be between 16-24 years of age and be passionate about developing the game within NLD while learning lots of new skills to develop both personally and professionally.

You can read the job description in full by clicking here.

What will you get out of becoming a member of the NLD Youth Council?

  • Acting as a consultative body for NLD RFU and development of the game
  • Access to events and conferences
  • Opportunity for learning and development
  • Increased leadership, communication, teamwork and decision making skills
  • Being a part of NLD RFU and working with NLD RFU colleagues
  • Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Help the NLD RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
  • CV building

Who are we looking for:

  • Actively involved in rugby in any way, whether it be as a Player, Coach, Referee or Volunteer
  • An inspiring ambassador for NLD RFU
  • Experience within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and develop yourself
  • Ability to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to travel independently (or have transport to meetings & events within the NLD RFU area)

How do you apply?

Applications are now open to all young people from within aged 16-24 years of age!  You can apply by completing the application form, click here.

If you have a particular interest in certain roles on the Youth Council then you are able to indicate this on your application form as well.

Please note that in order to be considered you must be available to attend the Recruitment Day on Saturday 30th June 2018.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2018.

If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.

Supporting Documentation:

Terms of Reference
Role Description
Code of Conduct

NLD Game Development Conference 2018

February 27th, 2018 by

NLD are delighted to confirm that Russell ‘Rusty’ Earnshaw, England U18 Coach, will be the key speaker at this year’s NLD Game Development Conference.  The Conference, will be at held at Samworth Church Academy on Saturday 2nd June 2018.

The theme for the day will be ‘Game Zone / Skill Zone & developing core skills through games.’ In addition to Russell Earnshaw there will also be Skills Clinics delivered by some Professional Players as well as a CMOD for NLD Young Match Officials.

NLD Head of Game Development Dave Andrews commented, ‘The conference has been growing year upon year and we are delighted that Russell will be joining us in 2018.  It promises to be an event not to be missed!’

Places for the Conference will be limited and will open in April – be sure to save the date in your diary now!



Lincolnshire Volunteers Take a Trip to Twickenham

February 27th, 2018 by

School teachers and club coaches from Market Rasen and Sleaford were invited guests of Community Rugby Coaches Nathan Smith and David Cotton-Betteridge to Twickenham on Friday 16th February to watch England train in a rare open session at Twickenham stadium. Over 10,000 spectators attended the session which ran from 09:45 to 11:45. The team from Lincolnshire were treated on arrival with World Cup winning legend Jonny Wilkinson sharing his kicking expertise with the current goal kickers Owen Farrell and George Ford. The remaining squad players were all busy with their individual preparations before a very thorough and intense warm up period started shortly after 10:00am. Several clubs in Lincolnshire have now taken part in the Activate workshop and it was great for those present to see international players replicating this initiative.

Throughout the warm up period we were given a running commentary on England’s week including feedback on an intense couple of days training against Georgia. As the players left the field to hydrate and prepare for their main session the crowd were treated to Head Coach Eddie Jones taking 5 minutes to explain the format for the session as well as feeding back on why the players had warmed up in a specific way. Eddie explained in detail that the session would focus heavily on kick chase into defence and would last for exactly 40 minutes at an intensity higher than game pace.

As the words of Jerusalem rang out around the stadium the England squad re took the field, already split into teams and ready for what was certainly a frantic 40 minutes of activity. The players never stopped once as they covered every inch of the Twickenham turf, running, tackling, sprinting, kicking and replicating moves that they believe will see them undefeated throughout the current 6 Nations. For the second time in the day we met another World Cup winning legend as former back rower Richard Hill took to the mike explaining what the players and coaches were trying to achieve and the attention to detail was incredible. The training was refereed by world renowned ref Wayne Barnes and each player wore GPS trackers that Hill explained would be reviewed intently by the fitness experts attached to the squad. Whilst the warm up was done with England match balls from Gilbert the game was played with Scottish match balls ahead of England’s visit to Edinburgh.

Towards the end of the session the forwards and backs split after their 40 minutes and were joined in the stadium by His Royal Highness Prince Harry who spent time with Wilkinson and Hill before meeting a group of under privileged players who’d been invited to join some of the injured squad members. We didn’t join the massive queues for autographs but enjoyed listening to players being interviewed before eating lunch in the Twickenham Marriot Hotel and returning to Lincolnshire tired but full of new ideas.

Nathan Smith commented ‘ Our thanks to Mike, Tracy and NLD in general for their very kind donation of lunch and to Gareth Short for supplying our guests with a goody bag each.’


NLD Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator Meetings

January 2nd, 2018 by

We are pleased to be hosting NLD Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator meetings in 2018. These meetings are aimed specifically at helping you to work within your clubs and deliver a high quality and safe experience in rugby whether it be coaching, playing or volunteering.

We are running two events and you can pick the event that is most convenient for you.

Monday 22nd January 2018     Ilkeston RFC           6.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018   Lincoln RFC             6.30-9.30pm

There will be food available on arrival on the evening.

The meetings will be led by Darren Gourley (RFU Area Training Manager) and John Widdowson (RFU Area Match Official Development Officer), who will cover the following points:

  • Maximising the Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator Roles in YOURclub
  • Resources & support available
  • Networking opportunities with other local Club Coaching & Referee Coordinators

Please RSVP to Nicole Brown([email protected]) by Friday 12th January 2018.

Preferred Event (please delete as appropriate) Ilkeston / Lincoln
Dietary requirements

We hope that the evenings will be really helpful to clubs and offer you the support and tools that will help you to be as effective as possible within your club.

Upcoming Courses in NLD

January 2nd, 2018 by

Please see below the calendar of upcoming courses being run throughout NLD in January.

The direct links to the courses are available below or you can search for more through the England Rugby Online Course Booking Centre.

CPD Scrum Factory Grimsby RFC 8 Jan 2018
CPD Scrum Factory Castle Donington College 9 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Back Attack Long Eaton RFC 13 Jan 2018
Advanced CPD Game Planning Trent College 14 Jan 2018
Advanced CPD Performance Analysis Trent College 14 Jan 2018
ERRA University of Derby 14, 28 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Defence Market Rasen & Louth RFC 15 Jan 2018
Rugby Ready Stamford RFC 15 Jan 2018
CMOD Communication Management Saracens Head Hotel 16 Jan 2018
EFARU Nottingham Trent University 18 Jan 2018 CLOSED
Rugby Ready Matlock RFC 20 Jan 2018
ERRA Riseholme College 21 Jan & 4 Feb 2018
Play It Safe Newark RFC 22 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Lineout Stamford RFC 24 Jan 2018