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Category: Facilities & Funding

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.

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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. 

Calling All Groundsmen!

March 30th, 2017 by

On Wednesday 12th April Twickenham Groundsman Keith Kent will visit Southwell RFC to deliver a Pitch Maintenance Evening that is open to ALL NLD clubs.

The evening has been arranged by the NLD Facilities Group to provide news ideas, gain answers, speak with industry partners, observe practical demonstrations and identify funding avenues.

This promises to be a great evening before the off-season is upon us and you start to implement your out of season remedial work, so why not join an evening to gain some additional advice from the presenters and fellow groundsmen across Notts, Lincs & Derbys.

To book a place contact [email protected].

North Hykeham Awarded Club Accreditation

March 29th, 2017 by

North Hykeham RUFC, in Lincolnshire are really proud to have been awarded ‘RFU Accredited Club’ status. After many years of on and off-field progress this recognises the efforts of all involved and opens the door for further opportunities to develop Rugby at the Club and surrounding Schools.

The Presentation was made at the Club’s annual ‘Presidents Day’, presented to Club Chairman, Andy Rush (pictures by ParkRey photography) by NLD Chairman David Chamberlin. The day saw Hykeham’s fledgling Juniors take on Newark, followed by the showpiece fixture, with the Presidents XV running out 24-17 winners of the ‘Thomas Memorial Salver’ against the club’s 1st XV, with President’s players taken from across local clubs.

Calling Club Groundsmen!

January 25th, 2017 by

On Wednesday 12th April Twickenham Groundsman Keith Kent will visit Southwell RFC to deliver a Pitch Maintenance Evening that is open to ALL NLD clubs.

The evening has been arranged by the NLD Facilities Group to provide news ideas, gain answers, speak with industry partners, observe practical demonstrations and identify funding avenues.

This promises to be a great evening before the off-season is upon us and you start to implement your out of season remedial work, so why not join an evening to gain some additional advice from the presenters and fellow groundsmen across Notts, Lincs & Derbys.

To book a place contact [email protected].

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FREE NLD CLUB ENERGY SAVING EVENING

January 4th, 2017 by

On Wednesday 22nd February NLD are delighted to invite representatives from all NLD Clubs to attend a FREE Rugby Club Energy Saving Evening.  Led by RFU Sustainability Manager Dru Morgan alongside industry experts the interactive evening will share best practice and offer practical solutions to help your club reduce their energy bills!

The evening is FREE to attend, places can be booked by emailing [email protected].

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NLD Club Development Workshops

April 26th, 2016 by

In the coming months, NLD RFU and the local RFU Staff are running a number of Club support workshops across NLD to support you as we move towards the end of this season and start to prepare for next year. We’d like to encourage clubs to send along a number of members of the committee or volunteers so that they can share the learning on the night and have some good discussion around the topics discussed.

Date Title Venue Time Clubs Notes
Monday 23rd May GMS/Club Needs Workshop Nottingham    Moderns RFC 6.30pm – 9.30pm All NLD Clubs Register with Nicole at [email protected] by Friday 13th May.
Tuesday 24th May GMS/Club Needs Workshop Lincoln RFC 6.30pm – 9.30pm All NLD Clubs
Wednesday 25th May GMS/Club Needs Workshop Chesterfield    Panthers RFC 6.30pm – 9.30pm All NLD Clubs
Wednesday 8th June Club Development    Workshop – TBC TBC 7.00pm – 9.30pm All NLD Clubs The subject and location of these workshops will be dictated by the outcomes of the GMS/Club Needs session and follow-up action planning. The sessions will be designed to allow the sharing of best practice and discussion between Clubs to support each other. Registration will be by emailing Nicole at [email protected] once the subjects and venues are confirmed. Please save the dates.
Monday 13th June Club Development    Workshop – TBC TBC 7.00pm – 9.30pm All NLD Clubs

 

GMS/Club Needs Workshop

This workshop is designed to support Clubs in using GMS (alongside the current data “Spring Clean” project which we hope you’re all going ahead with), training new users, troubleshooting and getting Clubs to a point where they can use GMS to identify Club needs, and areas requiring action or support. It’s ideal for a Club’s Honorary Secretary, Membership Secretary, Registrar, Club Coaching Coordinator, Club Referee Coordinator and Mini and Junior Chairperson. Book onto this by emailing Nicole at the NLD Office on [email protected] by Friday 13th May with your Name, Club and Role. Please bring with you a laptop or tablet device so you can access and use GMS during the workshop.

Club Development Workshops – TBC

These workshops will be designed based on the feedback from Clubs during and after the GMS/Club Needs Workshops and based on Club Accreditation actions to provide support to Clubs around specific needs in (hopefully) convenient geographical areas. The events will take on a “Communities of Practice” style with models of good practice shared and discussed creating an opportunity for Clubs to support Clubs with guidance from RFU staff.

Food will be provided at each of the workshops and members of the NLD board will be looking to attend them to gather Club needs and facilitate some discussion to aid them in writing their PFR plan for the 2016-17 season, ensuring that it is focused on the needs of Clubs within NLD.

Many Thanks

Scott, Gareth and Matt
NLD Rugby Development Officers

North Hykeham Awarded Sport England Funding

April 4th, 2016 by

North Hykeham RUFC have been successful in the first part of a two phase funding application to Sport England. The entire project is to increase and improve floodlighting at their Memorial Field ground and subsequently increase player recruitment, retention & performance, the applications were written by former Club Captain, Andy Rush whilst he is ‘having a season away from Club duties’!

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Part 1 is to fund High Specifciation mobile floodlighting for the Club’s training area and 2nd pitch, allowing for rotational use and increased lighting coverage, in addition to the existing stantions. The application to Sport England’s ‘small grants scheme’ was successful and 100%  of the grant was awarded, £10,000. Part 2 is a £64,000 application to Sport England’s ‘Inspired facilities fund’ for permanent full pitch floodlighting on the Club’s main pitch. This application is through to the final phase of assessment and an outcome is expected soon. Both of these applications have been well supported by the Club’s main sponsors, M Gladwin Electrical & Software Europe, the Memorial PFA and The RFU; and are alongside the RFU’s Satellite Junior Rugby initiative between the Club and Robert Pattinson Academy.

“The Club has set itself some very challenging targets for player recruitment, particularly players aged 14-25 and the success of these funding applications are crucial to the Club fulfilling its ambitions. The £10,000 award alone is so significant for a small club like North Hykeham, to give some perspective that figure is equal to our entire Subscription turnover for 5 years! Regardless of the success of the bids financially, the process of these applications is so rigorous its given the Club a good Audit of where we are and where we need to improve our operations and provision to provide a better Rugby Union offer in North Hykeham”.

NLD Volunteers Rewarded with RWC Tickets!

September 18th, 2015 by

NLD are delighted to have been able to allocate over 110 tickets to deserving volunteers throughout clubs and schools in the Three Counties with tickets to Rugby World Cup matches.

With the tickets presented to NLD by the Area 4 Legacy Group, this fantastic initiative has given NLD the opportunity to show appreciation to just a few of the selfless volunteers who work at the grassroots of the game.

With the much awaited Rugby World Cup now upon us, and along with it the perfect opportunity for clubs to engage with the local community, those who work so very hard within clubs are looking forward to a busy period of rugby activity.

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented, ‘There are so many people within our clubs and schools that work tirelessly to promote the game and give people the opportunity to get involved.  The next couple of months are massive for rugby and we hope that those volunteers we have been able to reward will love being a part of history.’

NLD are always looking for volunteers who go above and beyond in their clubs, schools and the local community for recognition opportunities.  If you would like to make a nomination please email Nicole Brown [email protected].

NLD Club on prime time TV!

September 4th, 2015 by

The inspirational achievements of Chesterfield Panthers RFC will be seen by millions of people as it takes centre stage on ITV throughout the World Cup.

The club has been selected to feature in a short film because of the difference it makes with National Lottery funding.  This will be broadcast before programmes throughout September as part of a new National Lottery advertising campaign.

The first broadcast was on ITV on Tuesday 8th September at 7:20, immediately before the England v Switzerland Football international.


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