News Archive

Rugby Safe

October 13th, 2020 by
  • In January there will be some information from the RFU regarding an update to the minimum standards required under Regulation 9 (Player Safety). Would all clubs please ensure that their RugbySafe details on GMS are up to date and correct so that we can be sure this information reaches the correct person. Should you have any questions regarding RugbySafe and Covid 19 the there is a new email address which should give you the answers. [email protected]
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  • First Aid update
  1. Courses are now running again
  2. Should a club wish to set up a course it will need to provide a Covid Safe environment for delivery. Deliverers will refuse to proceed if they deem it unsafe. The position regarding RFU staff organising these courses is still unclear. Should a club wish to run a course then they should contact me on [email protected] and I will try to find a deliverer.
  3. First Aiders requiring requalification are still allowed to provide cover with RFU insurance until they are able to update.

4 Please note that some of the requirements regarding cover at Age Grade rugby have been modified to read “per Age Group” rather than “per Team”.

  • “Headcase”

There is now one generic version which covers all, whether player ,coach, parent etc.

It is still available online and can be accessed through GMS. There is an “Open” version if you don’t have access to GMS.

  • “Activate”…Injury Prevention Programme is now available through a new online module.

Dave Andrews Acting Rugby Safe Lead for NLD

NLD Coaching Development

October 13th, 2020 by

The question arises “How do I develop my coaching now that Covid has shut down all RFU CPD and Award courses?”

There is still a lot of information available as long as you know where to look.  There are several places on You Tube where it may be worth looking. Try the videos available on “Keep Your Boots On”  “Kids First” or “ Gamechangers” which offer examples of good practice.

One platform that has recently come to my attention is “Inspiring Coaching” at which offers 1to1 mentoring and development. If you do nothing else take a look at the free video featuring Bryan Ashton, former Bath and England Head Coach and hosted by Paul Westgate, which covers Ashton’s growth as a coach and the development of his Coaching Philosophy. Other contributors include Kevin Bowring former Head of Elite Coach Development at the RFU and Stuart Lancaster former England Head Coach and current Leinster Rugby Head Coach.

Dave Andrews Head of Game Development for NLD.

Community Game Update October 2020

October 9th, 2020 by

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

We have provided an update on the organisation structure of the Rugby Development team and guidance in respect of running half term rugby activities during the pandemic.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and resources.

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here to find a previous edition

Organisation Chart


Supporting the rugby community

We are pleased to provide an update regarding the Rugby Development team. As a result of financial impact of Covid-19 we’ve had to reshape this team to ensure we use the resource we have available as effective and efficiently as possible. Click the link below view the team’s organisation chart. We will provide more detailed information on what this means for community rugby next week.

Running half term rugby camps and activities

Clubs wishing to run half term camps (or similar events) may do so, providing all appropriate guidance, safeguarding and approval requirements of Regulation 15 are followed. The Age Grade Codes of Practice (section 6) provides information on standard good practice for running camps. Due to Covid-19, additional social distancing and hygiene measures must be in place and all activities must remain within the Stage D guidelines of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.

Please note, the specific Stage D guidance overrides that of the ‘usual operating practice’ in the Codes of Practice & Regulation 15, e.g. maximum playing/training time is limited to 75 minutes, as per Stage D guidelines.

Organisers of half term camps (or similar events) should complete a specific risk assessment to consider any potential risk mitigations and additional requirements for the event to run safely.

The following should be included in the event/camp planning:

• Permitted contact activity (as per Stage D guidelines) should be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes per day.
• All group* rugby activity (including 15 minutes permitted contact) should be limited to a maximum of 75 minutes per day. *Group activity includes groups of two or more players.
• Individual skills and non-rugby/multi-sport activity is permitted (in addition to rugby activity) providing it meets with government/sport specific guidance and is risk assessed.
• Social distancing between sessions, measures should be taken to minimise players congregating/standing together.
• Regular equipment cleaning and personal hygiene breaks.
• Use of the facilities, changing rooms, food arrangements etc.
• Safe travel guidance (e.g. no car sharing).
• Approval from the relevant body as per Regulation 15.9.

Codes of Practice           Regulation 15


Test and Trace and handling of COVID-19 positive cases

Clubs are reminded of the need to have a Test & Trace system in place. You can find out more about NHS Test & Trace below, or read about Howdens Test and Trace here.

In the event of positive tests occuring within a club, including retrospective cases, each case should be registered via the Positive Test Notification Form, which can be accessed on the link below. This information is requested to allow us to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and ensure clubs have the appropriate support.

NHS Test and Trace

Notification Form

Local lockdown guidelines

Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities.

We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. In all cases, clubs must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.

This currently includes the following areas, however, clubs in each of the areas below need to be aware of the impact of any local restrictions applicable to their individual area. More information regarding the impact on each area is available in a detailed schedule via the link below.

Greater Manchester
Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen
Merseyside, Halton and Warrington
North East of England
West Midlands
West Yorkshire

Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the government’s website below.

We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information on the Government local lockdown updates.

Rule of 6       Local restrictions

Community rugby – current status

With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we continue at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap, which you can see below. RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines must be followed.

We have today announced that the Allianz Premier 15s season is starting under the Government’s Elite Sport Return to Play Guidance. Law variations have been approved, however, it is important to note that these law adaptations are applicable to the women’s elite game only.

We continue to work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport regarding a return to full contact community rugby.

Roadmap         Allianz Premier 15s


Understanding corporation tax for rugby clubs

This webinar, at 7pm on Thursday 15 October, will explore how corporation tax applies to rugby clubs. Including what income is taxable, what reliefs are available and how clubs can comply.



World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10th October

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October every year.

It is estimated that one in four people suffer from mental health issues each year. However, this year the numbers are believed to have increased substantially due to Covid-19.

The links between good physical health and mental health are well recognised. Physical activity such as playing rugby following Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap can be very beneficial for mental health and wellbeing, as well as bringing physical benefits.

When someone is experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change his or her life. Mind, one of the leading mental health charities in England and Wales, provides information and guidance for anyone involved in rugby who may be dealing with mental health problems and those supporting them.

Guidance for clubs and the rugby community on how they can support anyone suffering from mental health issues, and/or information for those who may be suffering themselves, is available on the Simplyhealth Rugby Safe webpages below or on the World Metal Health Day campaign page, which you can also find below.

Simply Health Page     World Mental Health Day

Rugby community doing great things

Today we’ve highlighted the fundraising efforts that are taking place at Chipping Sodbury RFC to support a former player who was injured in an accident, as well as the activities that took place last weekend to support the virtual London Marathon and the Injured Players Foundation.

In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting on clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game. Help us recognise your work by sharing your club and individual stories and videos with [email protected] or [email protected].

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.

Chipping Sodbury RFC      Recognition Programme

Nottingham Rugby Girls Camps

October 6th, 2020 by

Nottingham Rugby are really pleased to be able to host one of the first girls rugby camps with England Star Rachel Burford.  It will be an amazing day for any of the girls locally and something Rachel hopes will help support and shape the future of girls rugby.  Macesport (one of Nottingham Rugby’s ex-players and company who work with Nottingham Rugby ) are supporting this nationally and have provided some links below for use as appropriate to help get the message out to clubs, schools, etc locally.  Feel free to pass the info on and we hope to be able to further support the development of girls rugby in the future.

The website:

Camps can be found at:

Self Help Schemes

October 6th, 2020 by

Calling all clubs….

It has been a difficult and trying time for the whole country throughout the Covid pandemic to date, many businesses have suffered and many have had to radically change their operating model.

This has included community rugby clubs who have really suffered with no rugby, training or social events and rugby clubhouses forced to close their doors for a while.

Having said that, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many clubs have found alternative and innovative ways to continue to raise money and keep the club and rugby community together, through sponsored events, challenges or other fund-raising activities.

To that end, we would like to capture some information from those of you that have successfully implemented alternative fund raising initiatives as to what you have been doing, how it has helped and how we can share those ideas with other community rugby clubs who may be struggling but are not yet aware of some of the ways that they can support themselves through this difficult time.

If you are willing to share details of your initiative or good news story, please could you reply to the NLD Office at: [email protected]

Your reply should contain:

  • What was the initiative (brief summary).
  • How many people were involved (club members or maybe wider community).
  • What was the outcome and impact (could be financial/club spirit/team bonding/etc).
  • A contact name or number if other clubs would like to get in touch for further information or to plan their own activity.

Many thanks for your continuing support.

Our thanks to Rhuari Pike for his help in assisting us to pull this information together for the benefit of all clubs within the 3 Counties.

Chris Brookes – New Council Member for NLD RFU

October 1st, 2020 by
Following the recent election process to find a successor to Tracy Edmundson as one of our representatives on the RFU Council, we congratulate Chris Brookes on his election. His was the only valid nomination received so he was elected unopposed and is appointed through to 31 July 2023 in accordance with RFU Rules.
As previously advised, there will be a further opportunity later in the season (during February) for anyone interested in the role to stand for election effective from 1 August 2021 to replace me when I stand down after 10 years at the end of the season.
As the future structure of rugby management within NLD evolves over the next couple of months, further detail on how Chris and I will work together amongst our clubs will be advised but both are available for any contact that clubs wish to make. In the meantime, the following is a brief rugby and personal bio from Chris.

Hi for those of you that don’t know me, I am Chris Brookes. I am immensely proud and honoured to be representing you and our Clubs on the RFU Council. It is no doubt going to be huge challenge to promote the community game over the coming months and years.

I have been involved in Rugby all my life, playing for Nottingham as a Colt, and moving to my hometown Club Long Eaton at 19. I played for the Club for 25 years, including County Rugby and NLD. During my playing Career and post retirement I have always been involved in the management, development, and administrative side of the game. As well as Chairing and being development manager at Long Eaton for the last 10 years, I managed the County Teams, and Midlands Under 20’s before being promoted to Manage the England Counties Under 20 Team for the last four years. I have a particular passion for aspirational pathways, retention of youth players into the adult game, as supporting our Clubs.

I am married to Jackie, with three adult sons, and three foster children. As a family we have fostered for over 20 years, and in the last 10 years we have been full time therapeutic carers for Nottinghamshire County Council Fostering Futures program.

If you have anything you want to discuss or any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07999 494378, my personal email is [email protected]

*Vacancy* NLD Head of Representative Rugby

September 28th, 2020 by

An exciting vacancy has arisen at NLD RFU, as the NLD Head of Representative Rugby.

Full details of the role requirements can be viewed here: NLD-Head-of-Representative-Rugby-1 (2)

All applicants for this post should submit their rugby CV along with a covering letter detailing why they would like to take up the position, to [email protected] before 31st October 2020.


The Erewash Touch Challenge

September 25th, 2020 by

Long Eaton and Ilkeston are hosting the R4R Touch Challenge tournaments through October for Seniors and Colts.

They are looking for two clubs to join them on each day.

Ideally entrants will be able to bring enough players for two teams.

Long Eaton and Ilkeston have confirmed that both Clubs are fully Covid secure and fully risk assessed.

Tournaments will start at 2.00pm and finish approx. 5.30pm.

Any clubs that want to join or have any questions, please message Chris Brookes, or call 07999 494378. Allocation will be on first come first served basis.


Saturday 3rd October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 10th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 17th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 24th October @ Ilkeston


Saturday 3rd October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 10th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 17th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 24th October @ Long Eaton

NLD Representative on RFU Council

September 4th, 2020 by

It is with regret that Tracy Edmundson has stepped down from her role as one of NLDs’ Representatives on the RFU Council. As a CB we now need to hold an election to find a replacement.

All clubs were emailed earlier in the week with the nomination forms and role description for the position. Nominations are invited before 25th September.

Mike Waplington is happy for anyone interested in the role to contact him on 07917 182201 to discuss it further.

Dr. David Murphy

August 28th, 2020 by

It is with much regret that we learn of the passing of Dr. David Murphy, ex Stamford Rugby captain and President, and Honorary Life Member of NLD since 2006. He was a former Orthopaedic Surgeon and RAF Group Captain and father to Andrew and Jonathon. His grandsons John and Ben still play regularly for Stamford. Dr. Murphy was a very well known and respected player and a friend to many throughout the local world and will be greatly missed.