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Category: Facilities & Funding

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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