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.
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.
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!
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.
For more information on the NLD Young Match Officials Programme please click here.
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.
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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.
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.
Great News! Young people within NLD 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 courses that will run during October that are specifically aimed at young people within NLD that will be FREE to attend!
Level 2 – Refereeing the 15 a side game
UPDATE – This course is now FULLY BOOKED. To go onto a waitlist or to hear about future courses please email [email protected].
Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th October
9.30am – 3.30pm
This course is ideal for young people who have either already completed the Level 1 course or who are fairly confident & feel ready to start refereeing the 15 a side game.
Level 1 – Refereeing Children in Rugby
Thursday 26th October
9.30am – 1.30pm
This course is a perfect introduction to refereeing rugby and will offer the skills & understanding to start developing your refereeing.
Places are limited and are available on a first come first served basis – to book click on the links above.
WHAT IS THE YOUNG MATCH OFFICIALS PROGRAMME?
- Fantastic opportunity to work with other young people in the sport and develop as an official
- Open to ALL Young People aged 14-21years
- Develop your Officiating skills through training and mentoring
- Grow your knowledge, experience & confidence as a player as well as an official
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
- Work towards and complete your Level 2 Referee Course
- 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 Nicole Brown – [email protected] / 01636 640800.
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.
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.
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!!
The NLD Referees Society hold training meetings throughout the year and these are open to any Coaches or Club Referees who would like to attend to further their knowledge of the management of the game on the pitch. You do not have to be a member of the Society to go along – all are welcome.
The central meetings are always held at the Saracens Head in Southwell and start at 7:30 pm, ending at 9:00 pm
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As the new season approaches and pre-season training comes to a close, there are plenty of things going on behind the scenes to get the season up and running. This isn’t only on a constituent body level, but also on a national scale.
One of these activities that was going on behind the scenes was recruitment for the RFU National Youth Council. The RFU National Youth Council is a voluntary consultative body, which is made up of 12 16-25 year olds from across the sport. The National Youth Council has been up and running since 2014 and in that time, it has developed the Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme. The council focuses on a variety of different projects and issues across the game such as:
- The retention and recruitment of young volunteers, players and referees within the game.
- Developing and leading the Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme.
- Being ambassadors for the RFU and the sport across a variety of events and conferences.
- Consulting and advising across the RFU on programmes and projects which have an impact on young people within the game.
Three new council members were added to the National Youth Council this September, these were Jazmin Wones (Norfolk), Michael Kirby (Buckinghamshire) and James Phillips (NLD).
James Phillips is currently the Young Match Officials Programme Lead within NLD, as well as being a referee for NLDRFURS. James has also conducted over 100 hours of volunteering on the Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme. James will sit on the RFU National Youth Council for 2 years, where he will look to shape the future of rugby for 14-25 year olds across the game. James said,
“I am very excited to be joining the National Youth Council at such an exciting time. England Rugby is at its best point for years and with an increase in women’s rugby of 215% over the last 4 years the game is growing more and more. Rugby has always been a passion of mine and it is a great honour to be able to work with NLD and the RFU to help improve and develop rugby for generations to come.”
If you are interested or want more information on the Young Match Officials Programme within NLD or about the Young Rugby Ambassadors programme then please get in touch with James on the following emails: [email protected] or [email protected]
The World Rugby Executive Committee has approved the addition of six law amendments to the programme of global law trials following positive trials in specific international competitions this year. They will debut in full from 1 August, 2017 in the northern hemisphere and from 1 January, 2018 in the south.
Click HERE for more information.
The amendments, which relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16), are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee as well as further promoting player welfare. They have been approved following extensive game data analysis as well as player, coach, match official and union feedback from the tournaments in which these six aspects of law were trialled.