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Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards

September 1st, 2014 by

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available to not for profit organisations and registered charities based in areas where Tesco has stores.

Funding is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people. Projects that may receive support include the following:

  • Improving diets and encouraging healthy eating.
  • Involvement in sport and physical activity.
  • Education and training programmes.
  • Support to vulnerable and disengaged groups.
  • Learning programmes for young people with disabilities.
  • Local eco initiatives that contribute to global environmental impact, such as energy reduction, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation.

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2014 (midnight).

Tesco detail that the application form will take around 15 minutes to fill in online.

Further details can be found on Tesco’s Society web page.

Mansfield U15’s complete Tour de France inspired challenge!

September 1st, 2014 by

Mansfield Rugby Clubs U15’s squad set themselves a unique challenge to raise funds for a tour in the coming season. The aim was to cycle the entire distance of the Tour-de-France using exercise bikes in just 24 hours.

With 2277.5 miles the target, 6 bikes were ridden in 30 minute sessions, starting at noon Friday 25th July. 48 riders contributed to the mammoth effort that saw the challenge go right to the wire with the final half hour needing all the exhausted riders to clock up above average distances. After the incredible efforts of all involved the gruelling challenge was successfully completed with an amazing final total of 2283 miles.

mansfieldcycleThroughout the challenge, as in the real cycling event, a yellow jersey was awarded to the rider who clocked up the greatest distance in one half hour stint. After changing hands several times in the early stages, congratulations goes to Kyan Johnson who claimed the jersey 5 and a half hours into the challenge after achieving  14 miles(22km) and retained it for the remainder of the 24 hours. Throughout the event Kyan cycled for 4.5 hours and averaged an unbelievable 24 miles (39km) an hour.

Also, similar to the ‘aggressive rider’ prize in the real tour, a red jersey was awarded to Ross Laughton for his incredible efforts, particularly in the final stages, after riding for 5 hours and clocking up an impressive 88 miles (141km).

Through player sponsorship and the generous donations during the challenge, the event has raised a fantastic total of over £1500.

The club would like to say a massive thank you to all players, coaches, parents and friends who participated in or helped organise the event.  Thanks also go to Pure Gym and Body & Soul Gym for their kindness in providing the exercise bikes.

NLD Senior Competitions Draw

August 22nd, 2014 by

On Tuesday 8th July the NLD Senior Competitions Committee met and completed the draw for the 2014-15 season.  It is available to download below on the minutes from the meeting.  The Rules and Matchcards for the competition are also available.

NLD Senior Competitions Minutes 08-07-14 & 2014 Draw

NLD Knockout Rules 2014-15 v1

NLD Competition Match Card v1 Cup – Shield

NLD Competition Match Card v1 Plate – Vase

Updated U13-19 Competition Draws

August 27th, 2014 by

As always with the start of the season there are a couple of amendments to the NLD U13-19 Competition Draws due to teams coming into the Competitions late or withdrawing.

Below is the latest copy of the U13-19 Draws, please read it carefully to see if any of the changes affect your team.

NLD U13-19 Competition Draws v2

If you have any queries contact the NLD Office – [email protected].

O2 Touch Fit

August 11th, 2014 by

Over the next four weeks O2 Touch and England Rugby will be uploading exclusive fitness videos featuring fitness guru to the likes of Pro Green, Millie Mackintosh and England Rugby player James Haskell.

This series of videos will help you get O2 Touch Fit and are a great supplement to weekly touch rugby activity. Each workout session will take on a different focus, helping you work on your mobility, speed & strength, conditioning and power across the programme to help you take your performance to the next level.

O2 Touch Fit is a great way to get in shape and boost your social life. Each week starting Monday 28 July there will be posting a workout to improve your game. Join the challenge now by using #O2Touch on Twitter.

Welcome to O2 Touch Fit
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Workout 1 – Mobility
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Workout 2 – Speed & Strength

Workout 3 – Conditioning
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Workout 4 – Power
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NLD Women & Girls Meeting Minutes

August 26th, 2014 by

The last NLD Women & Girls Committee meeting was held on 30th July 2014.  A copy of the minutes from the meeting are available to view here.

BMW Coaching Event Success at Uni of Nottingham

August 19th, 2014 by

Last Friday the University of Nottingham hosted a national event for BMW bringing together an U16 players from every club in the UK affiliated to their local BMW dealer.


bmwevent1The England Rugby development team coached these players in the morning with 7 a side touch matches in the afternoon.

England Coaching Team, Stuart Lancaster, Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt and BMW Ambassador Ben Kay all attended offering playing advice to the players involved.


Coaching Opportunity – Central College Nottingham

August 19th, 2014 by

The Rugby Academy at Central College Nottingham is looking to recruit a part-time rugby coach for a September 2014 start.

The successful candidate will be required to deliver one/two coaching sessions per week and to manage the Central College Nottingham team which plays in the British Colleges Sport league on Wednesday afternoons.

The rate of pay is £18 per hour for coaching and £8.80 for travel to away fixtures. Travel to away fixtures is provided by the college. The post will be offered on the successful completion of a DBS check.

This post would be suitable for someone with experience of working in an education setting or for a coach that is looking to develop their skills.

The college is able to offer some flexibility in terms of the coaching sessions that the successful candidate will undertake. Ideally the coach would train the squad on a Monday and/or Tuesday between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. The college would be willing to accept applications from coaches that can only fulfil one of these sessions.

The role would be during term time and it is anticipated that there will be circa six competitive fixtures for the team on Wednesdays with the possibility of arranging other matches as required. Training and matches will be split between Central’s Clifton site and Gresham playing fields.

The ideal candidate would be at least a level 2 RFU qualified coach with associated first aid qualifications.


Ability to create and lead a squad of players, some of whom will be relative new comers to the sport

High level communication skills

Ability to provide training and match day experiences to a level which will inspire and motivate that students to continue playing rugby

For an informal conversation about this role please contact Glen Read (Sport Academy Manager) on 0115 9146 457.

To apply for this position send a CV to Glen Read at [email protected]

West Bridgford RFC Donate Kit to Uganda

August 19th, 2014 by

West Bridgford’s Mike Powell, arranged last season for old West Bridgford RFC kit to be shipped to a club who have very few resources.

entebbemongers1Mike’s brother is currently working with Entebbe Mongers RFC in Entebbe, Uganda, and while he has some very talented and keen young players many of them do not have the basic essentials to enable them to play the game.  Old shirts, shorts, rugby balls and boots are all in short supply and any that are made available are put to extremely good use.

Mike’s brother said ‘The kit that you gave me has been brilliant.  My total available resources amount to 2 balls, a scrum machine and padding for the posts on match days.

All my tackle bags are broken and my rugby balls are burst as they don’t last long here due to the pitch and atmospheric conditions.

Second hand boots and rugby shirts / shorts are priority. At least 50% of the team turn up for training with old T Shirts and inadequate footwear. The old strip you gave me has been brilliant as you see from the photos I have sent.entebbemongers2

I coach a 12 year old (who only looks about 9) called Bukke who has a wicked pass on both hands and a sidestep Barry John could only have dreamt of, but he’s nothing more than a street kid dressed in rags and bare feet. His mate Edgar drop kicks from 30 metres without boots and also has great hand skills.’

It is great to see the West Bridgford hoops being put to good use in other less fortunate countries.

NLD have also recently made a donation of kit with some playing shirts being en route to India.  If your club has any spare playing items that you would like to donate get in touch with Mike Powell and he will be able to arrange this for you.

NLD’s Graeme Gunn Brings Home the Medals!

August 18th, 2014 by

NLD U20’s Manager Graeme Gunn from West Bridgford has just returned from the British Transplant Games (BTG) in Bolton with 4 medals! He received a liver transplant 15 months ago and this is his first BTG.

graemegunnmedal“Graeme said he was over the moon with his medals – Bronze in Tennis, Squash and Badminton and Silver for Table Tennis. He said “It was really inspiring to compete with so many amazing people who have been through the same as I have. This really was a competition to celebrate the gift of life for all these athletes.”

The British Transplant Games encourages those who have received a transplant to lead active and healthy lives while showcasing the benefits of transplantation. The aim of the charity Transplant Sport (TS) who organize the BTG, is to raise awareness of the need for more people to sign on to the NHS Organ Donor Register. In the UK, 10,000 people are waiting for a life saving transplant, and 3 die each day waiting.

Over 700 athletes from 55 transplant units across the UK who have all received a life saving organ transplant took part. Aged from 2 to 82 they competed in 20 different sports including archery, athletics, golf, squash, snooker, tennis, cycling and swimming. Competition was fierce, but the athletes have already won the race for life – winning a medal is simply a bonus!

Selection for Team Great Britain will take place after these games, and the successful athletes will compete at the World Transplant Games in Argentina next year.

1200 supporters turned up to cheer on the athletes over 4 days at the Westfield Health British Transplant Games. The event is managed by Montgomery Leisure Services (MLS), in partnership with the charity Transplant Sport UK (TS).

Chair of Transplant Sport (TS), Andy Eddy, himself a liver transplant recipient, says ’These are truly the friendly Games, demonstrating the success of transplantation, the joy of being alive and the opportunity to give thanks to the Donor families. We encourage everyone to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their families, without which, none of us athletes would be here to compete to the best of our abilities’

To find out more about the Westfield Health British Transplant Games please visit