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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

2018-19 NLD Age Grade Calendar Released

March 2nd, 2018 by

NLD are pleased to release the 2018-19 Age Grade Rugby Calendar which includes key dates for the Age Grade game next season.  The calendar has been produced in discussion with a number of key stakeholders throughout NLD including the Heads of Competitive Rugby, Education, Representative Rugby, Women & Girls as well as Tigers Academy.

The calendar sits fully within the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby framework and has been approved by the RFU for the coming season.

Please share this information within your clubs and institutions and encourage dialogue with each other in the next couple of months to get well ahead of any potential conflicts for next season.  The Calendar particularly aids planning for players who play in more than one environment.

Block or friendly fixtures can be played throughout any part of the season and the Calendar signals how player availability for these will be affected by other activities.

NLD Age Grade Rugby Playing Calendar 2018-19 – FINAL

Please also remember to share and promote the Age Grade Codes of Practice which support coaches and teachers with the application of regulation and delivering Age Grade Rugby –

If you have any queries regarding the calendar then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you.


U13 DPP Nominations

December 12th, 2017 by

Leicester Tigers are now inviting nominations for U13’s in the Developing Player Programme.  Please see all details of the nomination process below, if you have not received the nomination forms then please email [email protected].

The closing date for nominations is 29th January 2018.

DPP Coaching Opportunities

July 11th, 2017 by

DPP Coaching Opportunities

March 3rd, 2017 by

The Leicester Tigers Developing Player Programme currently has some Coaching Opportunities available.  For more information and details on how to apply please click here.

Leicester Tigers DPP U13 Nominations

January 3rd, 2017 by


Nominations are now invited for the DPP U13 Programme being run by Leicester Tigers.

For more information and details please click here.  To nominate your players please click here.

DPP & EPDG Coaching Opportunities

July 6th, 2016 by

Leicester Tigers are currently looking to appoint coaches for both the Developing Player Programme & EPDG.

More information on all of the roles, including details of the application closing dates are available below.

EPDG Head Coach Job Description

EPDG Assistant Coach Job Description

DPP Head Coach Job Description

DPP Coach Job Description

Age Grade Rugby Roadshow – Watch Now!

March 3rd, 2016 by

Last night saw the RFU Age Grade Rugby Roadshow visit NLD as they visited Mansfield RFC.  The evening was a fantastic success with over 60 attendees from clubs throughout the region.  Mark Saltmarsh, Head of Education for the RFU, along with his team, offered a fantastic insight into the changes coming to Age Grade Rugby from the start of the 2016-17 season.

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘This is a really exciting time for age grade rugby and the evening was a great opportunity for clubs to learn more about the changes and ask any questions they may have.’

More information on all of the changes can be found by visiting the Age Grade Rugby website.  The roadshow continues over the coming weeks, for a full calendar of events, click here.

The meeting was also streamed live on the England Rugby YouTube page and people were able to tweet in their questions using #agegraderugby.  The meeting is now available to view at your leisure below.

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Leicester Tigers Academy Stakeholder Meeting

January 24th, 2016 by

Leicester Tigers Academy are holding a Stakeholder forum on Saturday 30th January at Oval Park.

The meeting will consist of a short presentation by Dave Wilks Academy Manager on the current Academy systems an plans for the future of the Academy.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and an informal discussion of any regional rugby matters before watching the Academy U18 game; Leicester Tigers V Newcastle, 12pm KO.

The meeting will start at 10.30 am the venue is Oval Park Training Ground, Wigston Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5QG.

Please feel free to circulate to other Stakeholders in the Academy System.

If you would like to attend please reply to [email protected] to confirm your place.

Leicester Tigers DPP U13 Nominations Invited

December 15th, 2015 by

Leicester Tigers would like to invite you to nominate boys in the U13 / Year 8 age group to be selected for our Regional Developing Player Programme (DPP).

The DPP is managed in partnership with the RFU and Staffordshire, NLD, Eastern Counties (Norfolk) and Leicestershire Constituent Bodies. The DPP provides high quality player development opportunities for players aged 12 to 16. The primary aim is to enhance the development of promising players across the region whilst clearly identifying players that are suitable for Leicester Tigers Academy.


They would like club and school coaches to carefully select up to 5 players for nomination. Players should show above average standards in their core skills of catch & pass, tackle and contact and / or have excellent game understanding and tactical awareness.

They also encourage you to nominate any players that have outstanding physical qualities or potential (speed, size, height, strength).

They expect a high level of commitment to the programme and want players who will thrive in a physically and mentally challenging environment.

If you feel you have more than 5 players that meet the nomination requirements please write to us at [email protected] with supporting information.

Please complete the online nomination form by December 31st 2015.

The nominations will be administered centrally and players will be invited to attend an assessment session at their local each centre in January.

Area – Centre Venue
Leicestershire 1 – Stoneygate Training Ground, Leicester
Leicestershire 2 – Hinckley RUFC
Derbyshire –  Mount St. Marys College
Lincolnshire – Market Rasen & Louth RFC
Nottinghamshire – Newark RFC
West Norfolk – West Norfolk RFC
East Norfolk – Easton College, Norwich
Staffordshire North – Longton RFC
Staffordshire South – Walsall RFC