News Archive

January Wellbeing Newsletter

January 15th, 2021 by

Click here for the January Mental Health and Wellbeing Newsletter.

Mitsubishi Motors Rugby Leadership Network

January 13th, 2021 by

The Mitsubishi Motors Rugby Leadership Network is an exciting and unique opportunity to acquire valuable skills as well as gain access to key RFU resources. To ensure our clubs are fit for the future and self-sustaining, we are looking for aspiring rugby leaders who can take their club to the next level.

We are looking for rugby leaders who:

  • Don’t want to stand still and watch from the side-lines
  • Want to create sustainable clubs that are fit for the future
  • Have the enthusiasm and openness for learning and supporting others to do the same

For further information on the Network and how to apply click here.

Rugby suspended

January 5th, 2021 by

As you will have seen the country has been put into lockdown with immediate effect. This means unfortunately that Rugby is suspended, including training. There is a review at the end of the month, however we suspect nothing will change until mid-February. All of our Clubs have been fantastic at supporting their members and each other through all these testing times, and I know this will continue Support each other and keep an eye out for anyone you think may be struggling, we are all here to help wherever we can. It’s good to talk.

We are here to support you. I you have any questions, any advice or general information you need, please get in touch. ​Please also keep a look out for emails from the RFU which will give you further information.

For and on behalf of NLD and RFU

Best regards

Mike and Chris

Daniel ‘Big Red’ Thompson

January 5th, 2021 by

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing, on Boxing Day, of Daniel ‘Big Red’ Thompson.

Daniel first visited Tupton as a Civil Engineer who laid the foundations for the clubhouse, and later returned as a parent and then Coach to the U13s, putting his heart and soul into bringing rugby to a whole host of young people.

He has been described as a “larger-than-life, genuinely decent bloke who will be greatly missed by all who knew him”.

Daniel leaves behind a wife, Nicola, son, Owen and daughter, Lily. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

Kick Start Balls

December 18th, 2020 by

Sign up to get free balls for your Mini & Junior sections !

The Sir Anthony Wharton Trust are looking to ‘kick-start’ support for Mini & Junior Rugby throughout the NLD, by distributing 20 size 3 and 4 balls to all clubs who have Mini & Junior sections. This exceptional initiative is in addition to the support grants the Trust regularly gives out and is to help the 40 plus NLD clubs with Minis and Juniors during these challenging times.

The Trustees intend to personally distribute more than 800 balls to Clubs in the New Year with collection available at 6 venues (2 in each County). Further details of collection venues will be available soon !

Delivery is to take place firstly, through Carlton Technologies of Chesterfield, who have generously agreed to support plans by stockholding the balls. MD Max Crampton who played Junior Rugby for Chesterfield and NLD, before a Senior career at Bakewell Mannerians said,
“It’s great to be able to support this effort by The Wharton Trust at this time. Any practical help for clubs to help kick-start the game going forward is a huge bonus.”

To ensure that you take advantage of this fantastic free offer please ensure that you contact the Trust with your up to date Club / Junior contact details (Name, email and mobile phone).

Please send your contact details to Trustee Dave Spencer, – email [email protected] or txt to 07891 865941.

‘* The Sir Anthony Wharton Rugby Union Football Trust is a Charitable Trust founded in 1983 to promote the playing and development of Rugby Union Football exclusively for the benefit of young people from age Under 19 down, in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
Over the past 10 years the Trust has granted nearly £60,000 to Junior Rugby in NLD.


Upcoming fixtures for 1st XV Clusters

December 9th, 2020 by

Details of recently formed clusters and their upcoming fixtures can be found here

*ZOOM MEETING* Return to Rugby – Cluster Under Tier Restrictions

December 4th, 2020 by

As you will be aware the Return to Rugby elation has been somewhat tempered by the Governments restrictions on travel between tiers etc.

This has created lots of questions and concerns.

Mike Waplington and Chris Brookes will be hosting a Zoom meeting at 6.00pm on Monday 7th December, to answer any questions (if they can), and to look getting the game going under these restrictions. What we need to do with the clusters/fixtures etc.

We hope to have a senior staff member from the RFU joining us too.


 Return to Rugby

Fixtures and Cluster (Under the Tier restrictions)


The meeting will be a maximum of 60 minutes, and we hope that we have at least one representative of each club, more are welcome though, it’s an open forum to get as many questions answered and issues resolved as possible.

Meeting link below. (you may also receive and email link)

Topic: Return to Rugby and Clusters

Time: Dec 7, 2020 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 771 7378 8193

Passcode: M9HhFW

Coronavirus update

December 3rd, 2020 by
We are pleased to be able to provide an update for you
From Wednesday 2 December, we will be advancing to Stage E on the Return to Rugby Roadmap. This means that clubs can resume 15-a-side contact rugby with adapted rules, briefly summarised below:
  • Clubs can resume adapted training for 15-a-side contact rugby again from Wednesday 2 December
  • Clubs can resume friendly fixtures from Friday 18 December – this is to allow players to prepare properly and safely, having not been training over the past month
  • Clubs can still play Ready4Rugby if they have matches coming up from 2 December to 18 December and beyond
  • There is no obligation to play adapted 15-a-side contact fixtures
Information on what is permitted within each tier system including return to play, facilities and travel can be found within our Helpdesk FAQs and Coronavirus Resources
Community Game Update

England Rugby Awards Webinars

November 28th, 2020 by

The England Rugby Awards, formerly known as L1/2, now have a different format. Please visit ER Coach-Referee Award 2020-21 for further information.

RFU advice is to book early.

Free RFU Kids First U11 Rugby webinar

November 18th, 2020 by

Please find below, the link to the England Rugby Kids First U11 Rugby, FREE on demand webinar.

The course will help coaches and referees to understand the rule progressions for their age group and give them some coaching and refereeing tips to help to provide a safer, more enjoyable experience for their players. 

Please be aware that depending on the stage of the Return to Rugby Roadmap we return to, some of these activities may not be permissible until we are playing the full version of the U11 rules again. 

Click here to get started.