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September 18th, 2018 by

As we move into the early stages of 2018-19 season we would like to make all clubs aware of funding opportunities to support growth and development.

Both the Club and Game Development groups have a number of funding support projects available to support your club.

Game Development Funding Opportunities

Facility Development Funding Opportunities

To apply for funding please complete the Expression of Interest PFR 18-19 Document and submit it to the NLD RFU Office

The Facilities Group and the Game Development Committee next meet on the 3rd December 2018. Therefore, prompt submission of your clubs expression of interest document is recommended.

In collaboration with the RFU Area Facilities Manager Pete Shaw, NLD RFU would like to gain a deeper understanding of your clubs development plans as part of their Rugby Club Facility Improvement Programme. On submission of your application for funding please include this short form, detailing what your facility development plans are for the future.

If you require any additional support with your application, please make contact with the NLD RFU Office or RFU Rugby Development Officers for NLD.

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

NLD Game Development Conference – Applications Open!

April 11th, 2018 by

Bookings are now being taken for the 2018 NLD RFU Game Development Conference which will be held on Saturday 2nd June at Samworth Church Academy.

Russell ‘Rusty’ Earnshaw, England U18 Coach, will be the key speaker at this year’s NLD Game Development Conference.

The theme for the day will be ‘Game Zone / Skill Zone & developing core skills through games.’ In addition to Russell Earnshaw there will also be Skills Clinics delivered by some Professional Players as well as a CMOD.

NLD Head of Game Development Dave Andrews commented, ‘The conference has been growing year upon year and we are delighted that Russell will be joining us in 2018.  It promises to be an event not to be missed!’

Places for the Conference will be limited and are now open.  You can book your place for a discounted rate of £15 (to include lunch) by clicking here.

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 Game Development Conference 2018

February 27th, 2018 by

NLD are delighted to confirm that Russell ‘Rusty’ Earnshaw, England U18 Coach, will be the key speaker at this year’s NLD Game Development Conference.  The Conference, will be at held at Samworth Church Academy on Saturday 2nd June 2018.

The theme for the day will be ‘Game Zone / Skill Zone & developing core skills through games.’ In addition to Russell Earnshaw there will also be Skills Clinics delivered by some Professional Players as well as a CMOD for NLD Young Match Officials.

NLD Head of Game Development Dave Andrews commented, ‘The conference has been growing year upon year and we are delighted that Russell will be joining us in 2018.  It promises to be an event not to be missed!’

Places for the Conference will be limited and will open in April – be sure to save the date in your diary now!



NLD Young Match Officials Courses in February Half Term

January 8th, 2018 by

There are two upcoming NLD Young Match Officials Courses in NLD that are FREE for any Young Match Officials to attend.

The NLD RFU YMO programme provides qualification opportunities in partnership with the RFU, allowing for the development of skills, experience and knowledge.

Old Mutual Wealth Kid’s First Refereeing Children (Level 1)
This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes around 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

Thursday 15th February 2018 – Lincoln RFC  Book Here
Thursday 22nd February 2018 – Derby RFC   Book Here

For more information on the NLD Young Match Officials Programme please click here.


NLD Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator Meetings

January 2nd, 2018 by

We are pleased to be hosting NLD Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator meetings in 2018. These meetings are aimed specifically at helping you to work within your clubs and deliver a high quality and safe experience in rugby whether it be coaching, playing or volunteering.

We are running two events and you can pick the event that is most convenient for you.

Monday 22nd January 2018     Ilkeston RFC           6.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018   Lincoln RFC             6.30-9.30pm

There will be food available on arrival on the evening.

The meetings will be led by Darren Gourley (RFU Area Training Manager) and John Widdowson (RFU Area Match Official Development Officer), who will cover the following points:

  • Maximising the Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator Roles in YOURclub
  • Resources & support available
  • Networking opportunities with other local Club Coaching & Referee Coordinators

Please RSVP to Nicole Brown([email protected]) by Friday 12th January 2018.

Preferred Event (please delete as appropriate) Ilkeston / Lincoln
Dietary requirements

We hope that the evenings will be really helpful to clubs and offer you the support and tools that will help you to be as effective as possible within your club.

Upcoming Courses in NLD

January 2nd, 2018 by

Please see below the calendar of upcoming courses being run throughout NLD in January.

The direct links to the courses are available below or you can search for more through the England Rugby Online Course Booking Centre.

CPD Scrum Factory Grimsby RFC 8 Jan 2018
CPD Scrum Factory Castle Donington College 9 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Back Attack Long Eaton RFC 13 Jan 2018
Advanced CPD Game Planning Trent College 14 Jan 2018
Advanced CPD Performance Analysis Trent College 14 Jan 2018
ERRA University of Derby 14, 28 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Defence Market Rasen & Louth RFC 15 Jan 2018
Rugby Ready Stamford RFC 15 Jan 2018
CMOD Communication Management Saracens Head Hotel 16 Jan 2018
EFARU Nottingham Trent University 18 Jan 2018 CLOSED
Rugby Ready Matlock RFC 20 Jan 2018
ERRA Riseholme College 21 Jan & 4 Feb 2018
Play It Safe Newark RFC 22 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Lineout Stamford RFC 24 Jan 2018

NLD YMO Courses in October 2018

September 4th, 2018 by

Great News! Young people within NLD once again have the opportunity to become a part of the Young Match Officials Programme run by NLD RFU & the NLD Referees Society in partnership with England Rugby.

There will be two England Rugby Refereeing Award courses that will run during October 2018 that are specifically aimed at young people within NLD and are FREE to attend!


Priory Ruskin Academy Grantham Tue 23rd Oct 2018 & Thur 25th Oct 2018 (9:00-17:00 Both Days). Click here to book this course.

Samworth Church Academy Mansfield Tue 30th Oct 2018 & Thur 1st Nov 2018 (9:00-17:00 Both Days). Click here to book this course.


This course is ideal for young people who have either already completed the Level 1 (Quilter Kids First Refereeing Children or equivalent) or who are fairly confident & feel ready to start refereeing the 15 a side game. The England Rugby Refereeing Award is the entry point for those wishing to referee the 15 a side game, it provides referees with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively referee young players and adults and is an accredited L2 qualification. Prior to participating attendees must have completed the RFU online Headcase module and the World Rugby online Laws test.



  • Fantastic opportunity to work with other young people in the sport and develop as an official
  • Open to ALL Young People aged 14-24 years
  • Develop your Officiating skills through training and mentoring
  • Grow your knowledge, experience & confidence as a player as well as an official


  • Work towards and complete your England Rugby Refereeing Award
  • Officiate at a number of fixtures throughout the Season, supporting your club, school and RFU competitions
  • Young Match Officials Kit Package
  • Additional Rewards through Young Rugby Ambassador Programme
  • Monitor your progress in your Official RFU Log Book
  • Fantastic addition to any CV!

Any questions at all don’t hesitate to get in touch with Luke Green – [email protected] / 01636 640800.

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!!