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NLD U13 Festival Entries Open!

March 19th, 2018 by

Entries for the 2018 NLD U13 Festival are now invited.

Sunday 22nd April 2018 – Worksop College

As per the RFU Age Grade Competition Guidelines, the festivals will be in a friendly round robin format, medals will be presented to all of the players taking part.

Please find attached the entry form, which you will need to complete and send with a cheque for £35.00, made payable to NLD RFU Ltd and send to:

NLD U13 Entry Form 2018

Nicole Brown
Northgate Business Centre
38 Northgate
NG24 1EZ

The closing dates for entries is Friday 6th April 2018.

Please note that entries will not be accepted after this date and in the case of withdrawals clubs will not be reimbursed if the closing date has passed. If you are entering multiple teams then the second team will be placed on a waitlist until the closing date. On this date we will then accept as many second team entries as possible on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if in the meantime we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the NLD Office on 01636 640800 or [email protected].

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

Applications to join the RFU league structure for next season

March 5th, 2018 by

If there are any clubs who wish to join the RFU league structure for next season they should contact Dave Miller as soon as possible. Any applications will need to be approved by NLD and come on club headed notepaper signed by two committee member and include a list of the fixtures that the club has fulfilled over the last 18 months.

2018-19 NLD Age Grade Calendar Released

March 2nd, 2018 by

NLD are pleased to release the 2018-19 Age Grade Rugby Calendar which includes key dates for the Age Grade game next season.  The calendar has been produced in discussion with a number of key stakeholders throughout NLD including the Heads of Competitive Rugby, Education, Representative Rugby, Women & Girls as well as Tigers Academy.

The calendar sits fully within the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby framework and has been approved by the RFU for the coming season.

Please share this information within your clubs and institutions and encourage dialogue with each other in the next couple of months to get well ahead of any potential conflicts for next season.  The Calendar particularly aids planning for players who play in more than one environment.

Block or friendly fixtures can be played throughout any part of the season and the Calendar signals how player availability for these will be affected by other activities.

NLD Age Grade Rugby Playing Calendar 2018-19 – FINAL

Please also remember to share and promote the Age Grade Codes of Practice which support coaches and teachers with the application of regulation and delivering Age Grade Rugby –

If you have any queries regarding the calendar then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you.


NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

January 2nd, 2018 by

The NLD Senior Competitions Committee held a virtual meeting on Monday 11th December and the minutes are available to view here.

The next meeting will take place on Monday 22nd January 2018.

Would your club like to host an NLD Junior Finals or Sevens event in 2018?

December 12th, 2017 by

NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U13-16 Finals Days and Sevens Events during the 2017-18 season.  All of the details to host the events are attached and the tender document should be completed and returned to Nicole Brown by Friday 5th January 2018.

NLD U13-16 Finals & Sevens Host Tender

We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support.  Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee. 

NLD Junior Finals

U14 Finals        Sunday 11th February 2017 (8 Matches)
U15/16 Finals   Sunday 29th April 2017 (4 Matches)

NLD Junior Sevens

We are also looking for clubs to host NLD Sevens Events on the following dates:

U15                  Sunday 6th May 2017
U16                  Sunday 6th May 2017

NLD U13 Festival

We are looking for two clubs to host U13 Festivals on Sunday 22nd April in different parts of NLD.  Clubs involved in taking part will therefore have less distance to travel and we will be able to accept more entries.


NLD Senior Knockout Competition Update

December 4th, 2017 by

Here is an update of the outstanding matches and the dates they should be played (subject to further disruption by RFU matches and the weather). If any clubs want to mutually agree to play on 23rd December or arrange a midweek match please let Dave Miller know, or if there is another a free weekend opportunity, otherwise these dates will apply.


Derby V Glossop tbp 10/2/18
Paviors V Ilkeston tbp 10/2/18


West Bridgford V Southwell tbp 9/12/17 as league double header


Matlock V Stamford tbp 20/1/18
Casuals V West Bridgford / Southwell tbp 20/1/18


Ashfield V Grimsby tbp 10/2/18
East Retford V Long Eaton tbp 9/12/17


NLD Senior Knockout Competition Semi Final

October 17th, 2017 by

The draw for the SF of the NLD knockout competitions has been made and is given below. These matches are due to be played on 18th November. However, where clubs are still involved in the RFU knockout or have league matches on that date the NLD match will be deferred to the next available weekend (or to a midweek date if both clubs agree). There are also some QF matches due to be played on 11th so early notification of the results of those will help the SF go smoothly.

If clubs are unable to play on 18th they should confirm with Dave Miller as soon as possible.


Derby    v              Dronfield / Glossop
Paviors  v              Ilkeston


Matlock / Buxton             v              Stamford / Kesteven
Belper / Casuals               v              West Bridgford / Southwell


Chesterfield / Ashfield  v              Grimsby
Worksop / East Retford v              Mellish / Long Eaton 


Nottinghamians                              v              Leesbrook
Keyworth / North Hykeham        v              Gainsborough / Cleethorpes

Lincolnshire Merit League

October 3rd, 2017 by

A copy of the latest results & fixtures from the Lincolnshire Merit League are available to download here.

For any queries please contact Tony Smith who manages the League.

NLD U14 Shield Results – Round 1

September 28th, 2017 by

Following Round 1 of the NLD U14 Shield at the weekend the full results are available to view below.

Match 1 Boston 51 v Cleethorpes 0
Match 2 Kesteven 24 v Lincoln 0
Match 3 Ilkeston 27 v Ashfield 26
Match 4 Chesterfield 27 v  Glossop 7
Match 5 Gainsborough 24 v Long Eaton 0
Match 6 Moderns 24 v Matlock 12
Match 7 Stamford 36 v Sleaford 5
Match 8 Southwell 0 v Market Rasen 53

The draw for the next round of matches on 5th November has also been confirmed.

Match 9 Boston v Kesteven Match 13 Cleethorpes v Lincoln
Match 10 Ilkeston v Chesterfield Match 14 Ashfield v Glossop
Match 11 Gainsborough v Moderns Match 15 Long Eaton v Matlock
Match 12 Stamford v Market Rasen Match 16 Sleaford v Southwell

The first round of the NLD U14 Cup will also be played on 5th November.

Match 1 Ashbourne v Derby
Match 2 Keyworth v Mansfield
Match 3 Melbourne v Newark
Match 4 West Bridgford v Nottm Corsairs