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NLD U17 Training Game

March 21st, 2018 by

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions the NLD U17 training match this evening has been postponed.

The team will announce updates dates shortly.

Community Game Update

March 19th, 2018 by

Limited places available at Rugby365 coaching masterclasses
For info: CBs & Clubs

There are a limited number of places left remaining at the RFU’s Rugby365 coaching and match official masterclasses. For your chance to learn from England Rugby’s experts (for £15 per coach), please see below, the list of courses that have availability (all events are 19.00-21.00):

Date Club // Specialism Coach Referee
Wednesday 21 March Billingham RFC // ‘Decision making in phase play’ Simon Middleton Ian
Book here
Friday 23 March Hornets RFC // ‘Play from scrum’ Neil
Book here
Tuesday 10 April Leciester Forest RFC // ‘Principles of defence’ Paul
Book here
Friday 13
Preston Grasshoppers RFC // ‘Play from lineout’ Steve Borthwick Professional
Match Official
Book here
Thursday 19 April Aylesbury RFC // ‘Principles of defence’ Paul
Craig Maxwell-Keys Book here

There are limited remaining places, and available on a first come first served basis, so please book at the earliest possibility to avoid disappointment. Coaches and match officials will have the chance to experience a practical masterclass as well as being actively involved in a Q&A.

RFU complete mid-season GMS release
For info: CBs & Clubs

The RFU has completed a mid-season GMS release, comprising a number of updates and enhancements to address feedback submitted by system users.

A summary of the key enhancements to GMS include:

  • New and improved membership purchase flow, making it easier for members to sign up and renew their club membership
  • Enhanced email templates, refreshing the look and feel of messages distributed from GMS
  • Upgrades to email functionality to assist delivery to mass audience and grouping recipients

This deployment also sees a number small bug fixes and user interface improvements.

Data Officers are reminded that they can submit GMS feedback and feature requests to the RFU via the ‘Feature Enhancement Request’ form that can be accessed by selecting the Feedback tile within GMS.

Any users that would like further details on any of the items included in the release can contact the GMS Helpdesk ([email protected] or 020 8831 6651).

Places still available for ‘The future of Girls CB rugby and player pathway’ roadshow
For action: CBs

Places are still available in ‘the future of Girls CB rugby and player pathway’ roadshow that was previously communicated to CB Honorary Secretaries within the Community Game Update on 2nd March.

As a reminder, the sessions will cover:

  • Introduction (10 minutes)
  • Headline overview of Women & Girls action plan and player pathway (10 minutes)
  • Delivery model and formats (25 minutes)
  • Opportunities (30 minutes)
  • Actions (30 minutes)
  • Final remarks (15 minutes)

There are spaces remaining at each of the following roadshow venues (please note all events will run from 6.30pm – 9.00pm, with the exception of Allianz Park, which will be 2.00pm – 5.00pm followed by Saracens Women v Harlequins Women):

Monday 19th March Fiveways Old Edwardians RFC
(North Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire)
Wednesday 21st March Taunton RFC
(Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset)
Wednesday 21st March Darlington Mowden Park RFC
(Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland)
Saturday 24th March Allianz Park
(Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex)
Monday 26th March Newbury RFC
(Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire)
Wednesday 28th March Old Reigatians RFC
(Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex)
Wednesday 28th March Kettering RFC (Eastern Counties, East Midlands, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire)
Monday 9th
Broughton Park RFC
(Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire)

To register for your place at a local event, please click here, enter your details in the available fields, and select the event you would like to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please contact Martin MacTaggart ([email protected]).

Information for clubs to register their April Warrior Camp
For action: CBs & Clubs

Following the success of our January Warrior Camps, we are pleased to inform you of how to register your April Warrior Camp!  In January a total of 3,000 women and girls took part, 1,000 of whom had never played before!  Warrior Camps are specifically designed to give women a chance to try rugby who never have before, so it’s great to see new women playing our sport and often going on to join up to their local club to play regularly.

The next phase of Warrior Camps will run from Friday 13th to Sunday 29th April 2018, with the first weekend coinciding with the sevens programme at the Commonwealth Games.  You can now register your event and start planning for April!

Click here to read more about the January Warrior Camps
Click here to read how a Warrior Camp created a whole new team!

What’s in it for your club?

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up to and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s Inner Warrior website including sign up options for people to register for your camp
  • Exposure within regional and national media as part of England Rugby’s nationwide communications campaign
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to your Warrior Camp club poster/flyer/social media banner. The Brand Centre also provides an event guide to help you plan and run your camp.

There will also be a number of opportunities within each area for clubs to receive additional resources and giveaways.

Things to consider if you are deciding whether to run a Warrior Camp:

  • What is the best date within the Warrior Camp window for you to run your camp?
  • Who can be on your event team to ensure it’s a successful event?
  • Who else within the club do you need to work with? (Committee? Sponsors? Groundsman? Catering?)
  • If new people join your club as a result of the Warrior Camp, do you have enough capacity to cater for their development?
  • Camps are often most successful if your current players bring friends / family / people they know to try rugby for the first time – can you get your players to each bring one new person?

How to register:

  • Agree date and time with the relevant people within your club, including your RDO / CRC
  • Simply click here to register your event. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event
  • Register by Wednesday 21st March. You will be informed by Friday 23rd March if your Warrior Camp has been approved.

What happens next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!
  • Think about what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go. How and where are you going to promote your event?
  • Once your event has been accepted as a Warrior Camp, shout about it on social media using our brand assets to ensure as many people across your local community are aware that it is happening.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the rugby family! For more information, please contact Clare Cooper ([email protected]).

Referee societies attain RFU voting membership
For info: CBs & Clubs

The RFU are pleased to announce that at the Governance Standing Committee meeting held on 7th March 2018, the Rugby Football Union accepted the applications of the below referee societies with immediate effect:

  • Berkshire Referees Society
  • Durham County Referees Society
  • Northumberland Referees Society

This now affords the three societies membership status as per RFU Regulation 3.1 (a), voting members which are clubs or societies that are in membership of the RFU and therefore entitled to the privileges of membership of the RFU set out in the RFU’s rules.

This is part of implementing the recommendations of the Match Officials Blueprint and brings the number with voting membership to 26 of the 37 referee societies.

For more information, please contact Michael Patz ([email protected] or 07710 381814) or your respective Match Official Development Officer (MODO).

Codes of Practice – are you in?
For info: CBs & Clubs

The RFU are delighted to announce that there are now 1,500 coaches and teachers who have downloaded and committed to following the Age Grade Codes of Practice. The codes, which have been recently updated following the changes to out of season activity, support clubs and schools in their application of regulation and support their delivery of Age Grade Rugby. The Codes and supporting videos can be found at

For more information on how clubs and schools can commit to the codes of practice, please contact Chris Sigsworth ([email protected]).

RFU setup VAT helpline to assist clubs
For info: CBs & Clubs

Several clubs have recently asked when should VAT not be charged on clubhouse hire? The rules are quite straight forward. VAT should only be charged where the club is also providing a service such as the bar or catering for a birthday or wedding party so that the letting is for facilities. Where however the club is merely providing room hire, for example for a meeting or fitness class, the hire charge is exempt from VAT unless the club has ‘opted to tax’ the clubhouse.

This is an important distinction and particularly so when a club is considering building or refurbishing an existing building as the receipt of exempt income is likely to cause a restriction on the level of VAT which can be recovered on the cost of the works.

Any club which is unsure over this position or is considering refurbishing or rebuilding its clubhouse should take advantage of 30 minutes free VAT advice by using the RFU Clubs VAT helpline. Please contact Russell Moore ([email protected] or 07710 329317).

Set your saving goal with EnglandRugbyDeals
For info: CBs & Clubs

EnglandRugbyDeals can help clubs save money on overheads, utilities and consumables, with ready made deals available to help cut down on a club’s costs. Deals cover areas including print, washroom services, janitorial, waste, medical supplies, travel and telecoms. EnglandRugbyDeals can arrange visits to clubs to discuss cost-saving, with the opportunity for the club to participate in a saving analysis. This exercise has proven to be very worthwhile for many, with 122 clubs taking part so far.

If you would like to arrange a visit for your club or you would like more information, please contact [email protected]  or ring 01283 711551. Please click here to view our FAQ document, for further information

To use our deals or to arrange a visit you must be a member. If you would like to join EnglandRugbyDeals please email [email protected].

Once clubs are members they will be able to join our 2% Booker Rebate scheme and enjoy a 5% discount from Screwfix, a retailer of trade tools.

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 U17 Training Cancelled

March 19th, 2018 by

Once again the weather has interfered with plans for the next NLD U17 training session as this evening is now cancelled.  The coaching team are looking to see how they are able to revise the dates and will issue a notice shortly.


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 U20 Match Postponed

March 18th, 2018 by

Due to the weather conditions the NLD U20 match against Buckinghamshire due to to take place this afternoon (Sunday) has been postponed.

We will confirm the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

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

NLD Women’s Training – Cancelled

March 13th, 2018 by

Due to water logged pitches this evenings (Tuesday) NLD Women’s Training has been cancelled.

We will be adding some additional training dates to the calendar and will post these once known.

In the meantime fingers crossed it stops raining soon!


NLD U17 Training

March 12th, 2018 by

Due to water logged pitches and a forecast for rain during today, the decision has been taken to CANCEL this evening’s NLD U17’s session at Newark.

The next session is scheduled for Monday 19 March followed by inter-squad matches on Wednesday 21 March. Following that session, the Squad numbers will be reduced prior to focusing on training for the games against Leicestershire on March 28 and East Midlands on 08 April.

RFU Offer GDPR Toolkit

March 9th, 2018 by

Data laws are changing. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a reshaping of the data protection landscape. In simple terms, GDPR will help protect the personal data of those involved in rugby by requiring better governance and transparency. Organisations holding personal data, including constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs, will need to give more information to people about what they do with those people’s data, why, and for how long.

The RFU is pleased to provide guidance and resources via a toolkit, to help constituent bodies, referee societies and clubs work towards GDPR compliance, ahead of the Regulation coming in to force. The toolkit provides an overview of the Regulation, what it means for rugby, and some practical steps you can take to help prepare. It also contains some template policies and procedures you can put in place. It can be viewed and/or downloaded from

Further support is available via the RFU’s Legal Helpline on 0330 303 1877. Please note, the RFU itself is not able to give specific legal advice to clubs, referee societies, or constituent bodies.