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RFU Training Course Update

September 4th, 2018 by

The below list confirms all the RFU Training Courses that have been book within NLD thus far for the 2018-19 season.

The RFU Training Course Suite for 2018-19 can be found here. The Training Suite provides an in-depth description of each course.

To book onto a course please click here.

Course Date Start Additional Date Info
CPD Scrum Factory

Mansfield RFC

10/09/2018 10 Sept 2018  6.30pm – 9.30pm
Play It Safe

Long Eaton RFC

13/09/2018 13 Sept 2018  6.30pm – 9.30pm
Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union

Keyworth RFC

14/09/2018 14, 21, 28 Sept 2018  6.30pm – 9.30pm

each evening


Chellaston Academy

16/09/2018 16 Sept 2018  9am – 6pm
England Rugby Coaching Award

Outwood Academy

16/09/2018 16, 30 Sept, 14 Oct 2018  9am – 5pm

Melbourne RFC

24/09/2018 24 Sept 2018  7pm – 9.30pm
Quilter Kids First U7 Tag

Paviors RFC

26/09/2018 26 Sept 2018  7pm – 9.30pm
Play It Safe

Nottingham RFC

26/09/2018 26 Sept 2018  6.30pm – 9.30pm

Nottingham Corsairs RFC

29/09/2018 29 Sept 2018  9.30am – 12.00pm

Chesterfield Panthers RFC

01/10/2018 1 Oct 2018  6.30pm – 9pm
CPD Quilter Kids First U14

Newark RFC

02/10/2018 2 Oct 2018  7pm – 9.30pm

Kesteven RFC

03/10/2018 3 Oct 2018  6.30pm – 9pm

Market Rasen & Louth RFC

08/10/2018 8 Oct 2018  7pm – 9.30pm
Play It Safe

Kesteven RFC

09/10/2018 9 Oct 2018  6.30pm – 9.30pm

Scunthorpe RFC

14/10/2018 14 Oct 2018  9.30am – 5.30pm
England Rugby Refereeing Award

University of Nottingham

14/10/2018 14, 28 Oct 2018  9am – 5pm

Mansfield RFC

22/10/2018 22 Oct 2018  7pm – 10pm
CPD Coaching Gamechangers

Nottingham RFC

06/11/2018 6 Nov 2018 7pm – 10pm
CPD Principles of Defence

Kesteven RFC

07/11/2018 7 Nov 2018  6.30pm – 9pm
CPD Principles of Attack

Chesterfield Panthers RFC

12/11/2018 12 Nov 2018  6.30pm – 9.30pm

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…

First Aid 4 All Success!

January 11th, 2018 by

In partnership with the Area 4 Legacy Group, NLD RFU are delighted to announce the brand new ‘First Aid 4 All’ initiative has been a huge success since it’s launch in September.  This £10,000 investment offered the opportunity for EVERY team in NLD to access a FREE, comprehensive pitch side first aid kit to help to ensure that all of the 14,000 players within NLD have access to the best possible care at all times.

As we are all too aware First Aid is a hugely important part of our game and Player Welfare is at the heart of the RFU’s Core Values.  Over the last couple of seasons NLD have already invested heavily in First Aid & Medical Support in order to ensure there is the best possible care available for players in clubs and those playing in representative squads, but this was very much the next step to make sure the playing environment is as safe as possible.

NLD are working closely with the local RFU delivery team to ensure that there are appropriate training opportunities throughout the Three Counties for clubs to be able to utilise these First Aid kits correctly and there has also been significant funding on offer to clubs to help with the running of these.

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘Ensuring that there is appropriate first aid throughout rugby clubs in NLD is really high on our priorities and we are delighted that the Area 4 Legacy Group have been so supportive of this project.  In total a huge 524 first aid kits have been distributed to clubs within NLD’.

First Aid 4 Sport are also offering all NLD clubs a discounted rate on refill packs for their clubs.  Visit  

Pictured:  Above – Nottingham Moderns Minis Below – University of Nottingham Womens XV



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!!

First Aid Educator Recruitment 2017

February 10th, 2017 by

Following on from the success of the Emergency First Aid in Rugby Union (EFARU) course, England Rugby are looking for appropriately qualified and experienced individuals to extend our Educator workforce.

The England Rugby EFARU is a one day course suitable for anyone who has emergency first aid responsibilities within a club, school, college or university. For more information on the course please go to:

The EFARU course can only be delivered by England Rugby accredited educators with all the courses going through the booking and administration system. Unlike some other sports and organisations England Rugby run all their courses (i.e. coaching etc.) through one central centre rather than through external providers or local centres.

More information, a role descriptor and the online expression of interest form can be found at: Anyone interested in joining the workforce should ensure they have completed the online expression of interest form by FRIDAY 17th February 2017.

They will be recruiting on a geographical need basis with all successful individuals being required to attend a 2 day training event on Wednesday 10th May and Thursday 11th May 2017. This training provides an introduction to the England Rugby workforce and covers the specifics of the EFARU course.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Brown (Player Welfare Manager) on [email protected] or 07590 890872.

First Aid Educator – Role Descriptor

Workforce Criteria for the L2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work Quali…

N-Pro Headgear – Important Notice

November 16th, 2016 by

Some of you may be aware of a new headgear product called N-Pro which has just launched and has received some media coverage.

We have been advised that the head guard currently does not meet World Rugby specifications and is being evaluated by the developers. Until this process is complete, World Rugby has requested that the headgear is not worn in any rugby match and this information is communicated to any players who may wish to wear the product.

The England Rugby RugbySafe online Essential Guides and FAQs provide useful information and guidelines on a number of player welfare issues including the use of head guards and other protective equipment.  For more information, click HERE.

Don’t be a HEADCASE is the RFUs concussion awareness programme. For key information and guidance on concussion, click HERE  

For any queries regarding the above, please email [email protected].

NLD Game Development Conference

June 15th, 2016 by

Last Saturday, June 11th, the first Game Development Conference took place at Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield. This has replaced what used to be known as the Coaching Conference with the aim of being more inclusive and drawing in Match Officials , Volunteers, Coaches and Medical support as integral parts of the “Rugby Family”.

NLD Head of Game Development, Dave Andrews said, “I was really pleased that we had over 70 people attend, particularly as the weather forecast was unpromising and Australia v England was on the TV.”


Among the guest speakers were Darren Gourley the RFU Area Training Manager, John Widdowson the RFU Midlands Match Official Development Officer, Paul Carrol the NLD Referee Society Chairman, and Marcus Caton a highly respected and successful locally based Referee who entertained and informed us with tales from his journey from a small town in Australia to refereeing at Twickenham.

Simon Worsnop, the RFU National Fitness Manager, skilfully aided by local CRC Calvin Beech, then entertainingly delivered the new CPD “ Managing Contact” which he himself had written for the RFU.  It emphasised the importance of “specificity” in designing games to develop “Fitness” and demonstrated games, drills and exercises which could be delivered with this in mind.

Feedback on the day has been positive and appreciative and planning has already begun for next year’s conference.

Special thanks must go to those players from the NLD U17/18 squad who turned up and took part in the delivery of some of the more strenuous activities, thus enabling some of the attendees to wake up on Sunday morning and be able to get out of bed without additional help!

NLD Game Development Committee Minutes

May 24th, 2016 by

The NLD Game Development Committee last met on 4th May at Nottingham Moderns RFC. A copy of the minutes from the meeting are available to view here.

RFU First Aid Educator Opportunity

February 10th, 2016 by

The RFU are now looking to recruit First Aid Educators to join their training workforce to deliver the new RFU Emergency First Aid in Rugby course which will be launched this summer.  Information of the required qualifications and experience can be found on the role descriptor.

All applications should be made by completing the specific application form and sending it to [email protected]. The closing date is Tuesday 23rd February.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Brown (Player Welfare Manager) [email protected] 07590 890872.

For more information click here.

Immediate Care in Sport Level 2 – Funding Opportunity

January 7th, 2016 by

The RFU have announced the calendar of Immediate Care in Sport Level 2 courses that will be running in Spring 2016.

ICIS Course Programme 15-16

These courses may be of interest to any medical professionals working within your clubs – Physios / Doctors etc so please do pass the information on to them.

NLD RFU has a limited amount of funding available for people who wish to attend the course and gain the qualification.

We are looking for committed professionals to work as part of the NLD team providing cover to representative squads and at finals and events that we run throughout the season.  These are paid events and in return for a commitment to NLD then funding would be available to the right applicants.  Ideally these professionals will already work within a club in NLD and therefore the qualification will be of massive benefit to them as well.

For more information interested parties should contact Nicole Brown in the first instance to discuss further.

The RFU have tightened up on guidance to the level of medical cover clubs should have for matches / events / festivals etc.  This is something we are investing in within NLD to ensure we are able to provide the best possible care at NLD events and this care will filter down into clubs as well.

For more information on the RFU Guidance please see the link below.

RFU Medical Guidance