NLD Youth Council

NLD Youth Council

Youth rugby across the NLD makes up a significant percentage of all rugby played, so it is recognised as being critically important that young players have a voice in the management and development of rugby across the region.

The NLD Youth Council is known across the country as a great example of how young people be involved in the development and management of rugby.

Since the 2022-23 season the NLD Youth Council was rejuvenated to set up events and develop an online presence to support young players, officials and volunteers. They are a group of young volunteers aged (13 to 23) from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

In July 2023, the Youth Council elected Lottie Dack, as their Chairperson. the group continues to meet monthly. In December 2023, Lottie presented online to senior representatives from counties around the country and as a result 18 of them are planning to set up Youth Councils like ours.

The group organise playing opportunities to promote rugby for young people. Last season they ran an U12 festival for boys and girls and a tag festival in Spalding for local primary schools. For the last two seasons they have also established ColtsFest.

The group also seek to represent the views of young people and represent them at the NLDRFU Management Committee. They also invite key officials to their monthly meetings to discuss key issues.

The Youth Council can be contacted on email via : [email protected]

The NLD Youth Council Instagram account is: nld_youth_council

The NLD Youth Council is supported by the NLD Age Grade Team and the RFU Midlands Club Development Team.

What do the Youth Council do?

The Youth Council is part of the NLD governance structure, and has a number of responsibilities, including

  • One representative sits on the NLD Management Committee
  • Acting as a subcommittee for the NLD CB
  • Completing special projects on behalf of the NLD CB
  • Acting as a consultative body for NLD RFU and development of the game
  • Representing young people across the region at NLD CB level
  • Organising, hosting and accessing events and conferences for young people
  • Identifying and facilitating opportunities to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Helping the NLD RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission

Can I join the Youth Council?

The NLD Youth Council is always looking to build our network of volunteers we look for young (13-22 year old) people who are:

  • Actively involved in rugby in any way, whether it be as a Player, Coach, Referee or Volunteer
  • An inspiring ambassador for NLD RFU
  • Experienced within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
  • Able to display strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willing to learn and develop themselves
  • Able to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organisational skills
  • Able to work as part of a team and independently

If you would like to join the NLD Youth Council, please complete and submit the online application form.

Clubs seek to build on success of Young Representatives' Forum

In January, the NLD RFU Youth Council held the first Forum for Young Club Representatives. We were delighted by their insightful comments. The NLD Youth Council presented the results of the Forum to delegates at the NLD Conference in February. Many delegates committed to action points to help young people at their clubs.

Key points recognised were:

  1. Recruiting Young Representatives in clubs to seek the views of young people and represent the club at NLD Forums.
  2. Setting up structures to include young representatives in decision making processes.
  3. Giving young people equal access to facilities and resources.

The next NLD Youth Club Representatives Forum will be on Monday 15th April. The meeting will be held online.

New Club Representatives are welcome to register for the next Forum here.

We are asking all clubs, schools and colleges to nominate representatives, who can discuss youth rugby within their organisations, with us, and help us guide and improve their experience of rugby.

What we’re looking for:

One or two players from your youth systems (M&J and Colts) to speak to us about what they and their teammates think about youth rugby. We’d like them to be between 12 and 19, and we welcome both male and female players.


As a Constituent Body (CB), the NLDRFU has been focussing on Recruitment and Retention (R&R) of players, with the help of our Youth Council. We want to find out how we can help junior sections of clubs, to help clubs to grow and solidify their future. We believe we can best understand the relevant issues by seeking the opinion of the players and young match officials at those ages, which is why we’d like to speak to them.

What would they do?

Every 3 months, the NLD Youth Councillors would like to chat to them to find out what’s happening at their clubs, schools and colleges. We’d like them to have an idea of whether their organisations are gaining or losing youth players, and if they have heard why. Other questions we’re interested in include:

  • What do they want to see more of?
  • What didn’t they like about a game?
  • How can we help them enjoy the rugby they’re playing?
  • Is there anything clubs have done that they enjoy off the pitch?

How does it help the club, school or college?

As above, the role of the CB and the NLD Youth Council is to help clubs and nurture rugby at schools and colleges. Through our current Recruitment & Retention campaign, we are looking at ways of helping clubs bring in players of all ages to ensure rugby is played and can continue to be played. Involving the youth age groups in the management of rugby clubs in a small way, such as this initiative, can really help clubs grow. The project can also help the young people feel more integrated into the wider club. This one-club mentality helps solidify pathways into senior rugby, as well as strengthening women’s and girls’ sides. We would also encourage clubs to involve these Youth Representatives in their decision making and meetings, so you too can see the benefits of contribution from all involved in your club.

Contact us:

For more info, email: [email protected] 

You can also contact us via Instagram on: nld_youth_council