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Category: Facilities & Funding

NatWest RugbyForce 2019 Launches

November 8th, 2018 by

NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2019 with clubs now invited to register online. This season, NatWest RugbyForce weekend will take place across 22 and 23 June 2019, and promises to be another great event bringing the rugby family and local communities together.


The programme offers a unique and carefully crafted programme for grassroots clubs across the country, including a wealth of advice and support to ensure that clubs can thrive as strong and sustainable businesses as well as on the pitch.


It has never been easier to access support from NatWest RugbyForce, and the rewards for registering include:


  • the opportunity for 425 clubs to receive support packages of £500, NatWest RugbyForce t-shirts and additional promotional materials
  • the opportunity for six further clubs to receive a grant of £3,000 and a legend visit
  • online toolkits
  • marketing and communication advice for clubs
  • exclusive NatWest RugbyForce offers


Registration to be a part of the NatWest RugbyForce 2019 weekend is open until 17th March 2019. To register your club, simply click here, before completing and submitting the provided form.


More information about the selection process and judging criteria can be found in the NatWest RugbyForce FAQs below.


Register Your Club




September 18th, 2018 by

As we move into the early stages of 2018-19 season we would like to make all clubs aware of funding opportunities to support growth and development.

Both the Club and Game Development groups have a number of funding support projects available to support your club.

Game Development Funding Opportunities

Facility Development Funding Opportunities

To apply for funding please complete the Expression of Interest PFR 18-19 Document and submit it to the NLD RFU Office

The Facilities Group and the Game Development Committee next meet on the 3rd December 2018. Therefore, prompt submission of your clubs expression of interest document is recommended.

In collaboration with the RFU Area Facilities Manager Pete Shaw, NLD RFU would like to gain a deeper understanding of your clubs development plans as part of their Rugby Club Facility Improvement Programme. On submission of your application for funding please include this short form, detailing what your facility development plans are for the future.

If you require any additional support with your application, please make contact with the NLD RFU Office or RFU Rugby Development Officers for NLD.

Managing Pitches

August 8th, 2018 by

Big Developments at Ashfield Rugby Club

June 4th, 2018 by

State of the Art Clubhouse to Bring Sport into the Heart of the Community

Tuesday 18th December 2018 is set to be the biggest day in the history of Ashfield RUFC. This is the projected opening day for the club’s first home of their own in the Ashfield District. And what a clubhouse it is going to be!

The new building is a two-storey construction, with a balcony viewing area overlooking the vast playing area which will include two full sized rugby pitches, a training area and a cricket square.

Ashfield RUFC was formed in 1997 when the Swans and Spartans came together to form one single club for Ashfield. Since that time, the club has moved its home around, with a brief stint at Moore Lane in Mansfield and at the Unwin Club in Sutton for the last 10 years. The new clubhouse, situated on Larwood Park, Kirkby, is the culmination of a project which has taken 17 years of hard work. On Thursday 24th May, the dream of their own clubhouse took a major step forward with the erection of the steel framework for the club.

Below:  Construction begins at Larwood Park

Delivering Rugby to the Community

Superbly situated on Larwood Park, behind the Fire station on Sutton Road in Kirkby in Ashfield, it is hoped that the construction will help to raise awareness of Ashfield RUFC and in turn provide the best facilities in the area for players, current and new, to enjoy a team sport which promotes the RFU Core Values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.

Ashfield RUFC runs teams for all age groups, from 5 years to seniors (Men’s and Women’s teams), and is actively recruiting players for all levels, both experienced and new to the game.

Vice Chairman David Owen says, “This is a very exciting time for Ashfield Rugby Club. The 1st XV has just had its most successful season, and the Ladies Team keeps going from strength to strength. Our teams at all age grades are enjoying a lot of success and are developing a fantastic family atmosphere at the club. With Ashfield School being right over the road from the new site, we hope that more and more youngsters, both boys and girls, will take this chance to come and try this wonderful sport with us. Summer camp sessions are being run on Sunday mornings from 1st July, and all are welcome.”

Below:  Aerial View of the new home of Ashfield RUFC on Larwood Park, Kirkby

Community Focus

Funding for the construction of the clubhouse has been supported by Westerman Homes, who are building the residential development on Larwood Park, by the RFU and Sport England. It is planned that the clubhouse will be more than simply a rugby club, but rather a centre for the whole community. Talks are already in place for a local cricket club to be included on the site and the clubhouse itself will be available for use during the day for community groups, such as parents and toddler groups, and other community-focussed activities. The large function room will also be available for both private and corporate events.

For further information, or if you are interested in training times and opportunities, please contact Becky Brewer on 07594 362924.

NLD Funding Available to Clubs!

April 16th, 2018 by

As we head towards the end of the 2018-19 season we still have some funding available for clubs to apply for!

There are funds available in a number of areas and we would welcome applications from clubs on the attached.  There is also the opportunity for clubs to apply for small grants up to a maximum of £1000, these should be applied for on the attached application form with further information given as to how the funds will be spent.

The deadline for clubs to apply is Wednesday 25th April 2018.

If you have any queries or require any additional support in completing your application please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Rugby Development Officer.

Expression of Interest PFR April v1

PFR Club Information 2017-18 April v1

Jeff Mapp Wins RFU Award

April 11th, 2018 by

Jeff Mapp, who is the Rugby Union Coordinator at the University of Nottingham has been named as the winner of the University Staff Member of the Year at the Student’s Rugby Football Union Awards.

Jeff will be presented with his award at the ceremony on 11th April and will be invited to watch the Student’s Finals taking place from the Royal Box.

Jeff has been a long serving member of the Rugby community within NLD and is also the NLD Head of Club Development.  His varied roles at both the University & NLD see him inspiring young people to continue to play the game through further education while also developing club facilities for the future.  Jeff is also a key member of Nottingham Moderns RFC and Nottinghamshire RFU.

Congratulations Jeff!

Nottingham Moderns Launch New Treatment Centre!

April 5th, 2018 by

As a result of two years fund raising and grants from NLD RFU and the RFU totalling £3000, Nottingham Moderns in conjunction with Body  Affinity who speciale in sports massage, have opened a new medical facility which provides a sports massage service as well appropriate first aid care for players at all levels of the club.

The equipment including a hydraulic sports massage table and a defibrillator was provided by Lincoln based company Firstaid4sport at a reduced cost and the club would like to acknowledge their support.

A number of Club volunteers were involved in the re configuring of the internal structure decorating and floor laying and the club would like to thank them for their support as well.

The room went from this….

To this…

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

March 19th, 2018 by

We all know that club facilities are in hot demand and as a club expands and grows there are often challenges in juggling a busy schedule.

This was the case recently at KestevenRFC who have enjoyed excellent growth and development around the Women & Girls game. On speaking with Lincolnshire RDO, Gareth Short, the club got in touch with Spalding RFC who have recently moved to a new ground.

Spalding had acquired some portable changing facilities from the London Olympic Games and had one of these which was not fulfilling its full potential as it was being used only for storage.

On discussion with Spalding, Kesteven RFC purchased the spare changing facility at a reasonable cost which enabled them much more flexibility to service the growth of the game at the club.

Spalding RFC were only too happy to assist a neighbouring club and used the funds to purchase a shipping container to replace their storage.

The two clubs have gone on to develop a strong relationship and have been sharing good practise including a recent visit from Spalding to Kesteven to look at the new finance system put in place by the club.

This is a fantastic example of clubs working together for the greater good of the game, as we say, teamwork makes the dream work!

NLD Funding Opportunties

September 19th, 2017 by

We are pleased to now invite applications from clubs to access NLD funding for the 2017-18 season.

As some of you may be aware the NLD PFR (Planning, Funding & Reporting) Plan outlines the CB’s budget for each season.  The budget itself is split down into various key areas covering the RFU’s Key Drivers and is available to view in full here.

We are now inviting clubs to submit applications for access to the funding that is available to bid for, all of the details of which are available on the attached information sheet.

Expression of Interest PFR v1

PFR Club Information 2017-18 v1

Please encourage your club to apply for funding by completing the attached application form and returning it to me (with all of the accompanying signatures) but Monday 9th October at the latest.  Applications can be either emailed or posted to NLD RFU, Northgate Business Centre, 38 Northgate, Newark, Notts, NG24 1EZ.

Applications will be considered by each of the budget holders and the relevant committees and decisions will be made as quickly as possible.

If you have any queries regarding the process please do not hesitate to get in touch with either your local Rugby Development Officer, Jeff Mapp or Nicole Brown.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your club to access the funding to develop grassroots rugby within NLD – please make sure you take advantage of it!!

Work Begins at Derby RFC on AGP

August 29th, 2017 by

Work is now underway on five new Rugby 365 England Rugby Artificial Grass Pitches set for completion by next season in Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Durham, West Midlands and Yorkshire.

Derby RFC have been selected as one of the host clubs alongside Billingham RUFC, Keighley RUFC, Shelford RFC and Stourbridge RFC and follow on from completion of the first three AGPs in Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Lancashire at the end of last year.

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘We are delighted that there will be an AGP in NLD and it promises to offer a huge number of playing opportunities in the local area.  It is an exciting time for rugby within NLD’.

England Rugby’s investment in AGPs is part of their Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy of delivering over £50m over four years into the development of 100 AGPs across England.

In four months of on-season usage since the first three Rugby 365 pitches opened in January, they have hosted over 250 matches and more than 30 festivals of rugby with a combined footfall of 20,000 players enjoying the experience.

The RFU expects the creation of additional AGPs will generate over 16,000 participants playing at least once every two weeks, with 58,000 players introduced to rugby for the first time each year.

Alongside the Rugby 365 programme, the RFU is investing £10m over four years into partner organisations to part-fund 40 Rugby Share pitches on community sites.

The University of Hull and University of Gloucester are due for completion by next season and will offer even greater access to rugby across their respective communities through multi-sport AGP playing surfaces.

For more information on the RFU’s Rugby 365 AGP programme, click here.