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Indian Rugby Experience

September 11th, 2014 by

Three members of the Newark U17 squad marked finishing their GCSE exams in the summer by embarking on a rugby adventure in India.

While India is not renowned for its rugby prowess, the sport is played with passion and enthusiasm in clubs and schools across the country.  The players; Alex Scott, Callum Slack and Josh Hubbard plus Tom Swindell, from Rugby; went to Delhi to support the School Sports programme which is emerging there led by former RFU Council Member, Alex Murphy.  Before going, they underwent a Rugby Ready coaching and safety course; so that when they were in Delhi they could inspire Indian youngsters to play for the rugby club hosting them, Delhi Hurricanes.

While in Delhi, they coached in Government schools for children living on the streets, as well as organizing a Rugby Festival for Boys and Girls.  They donated much needed kit provided by Kings School, Grantham to support rugby in Delhi.


“It was humbling to see the happiness and enthusiasm of children, who in Western terms have very little, for playing the game” said Alex Scott.  “In one school we were cheered and sung to by hundreds of children, they were inspirational.”

After Delhi, they moved on to Kolkata, and played for Delhi Hurricanes in the All India Finals – a week long tournament.  They helped the Hurricanes reach their first ever final, beating holders Bombay Gymkhana in the semi final and losing to the Indian Army in the final.

“It was certainly challenging” said Josh Hubbard who scored the winning try in the semi-final.  “It was monsoon season, so the pitch was like a mudbath – but the temperature was in the high thirties, so the mud was hot – and so were we!”

Kolkata gave them more opportunities to help local children experience rugby, as they visited two educational foundations which work with street orphans.  The foundations give a fortunate few from the lowest rungs of society a good education using rugby as the learning vehicle.  Future Hope and Jungle Crows, the two foundations, are supported financially by the rugby family in the UK and, through rugby, are genuinely changing lives.  The boys helped in English lessons, and visited the site of a proposed new site for Future Hope.

Callum Slack said “To see the way in which these children make the best of everything – their optimism, their hunger for education, is really uplifting. ”

The boys were lucky enough to see the sights too, visiting the Taj Mahal amongst other places.  But the lasting impression on the boys was not of places, but of the richness of the culture and the people in India.

“We were in a rugby family while we were there” said Alex Scott “and once you are in a rugby family, you make the best of friends.  We are looking forward to Delhi Hurricanes visiting England to play in the near future, so we can see our friends again and return their hospitality”

All three are planning their next rugby trip to India already!

Anti Bullying Workshop

September 11th, 2014 by

There are still some places available on an Anti Bullying workshop that is being held in Ashfield on Thursday 18th September 2014. 

Anti Bullying Workshop FREE in Ashfield

Guidance for Clubs
18th September 2014 6-9 pm

Ashfield District Council Offices
Urban Road
Kirkby in Ashfield

Content includes:-

How to support young people who are targets, bullies, bystanders

How to create a positive club ethos which challenges bullying and sets agreed standards of behaviour
Policy and strategies
E-safety strategies for sports clubs including safeguarding staff and the use of social networks

To book your place on the course visit the via EventBrite website.

NLD U18’s Turn The Tables on Eastern Counties

September 11th, 2014 by


Sunday 07 September saw the first outing of the season for the  NLD U18’s squad against a strong Eastern Counties side who prevailed against NLD this time last year.

Both squads suffered late withdrawals following the round of school matches played the previous day, and kicked off with each side having 23 players available.


The early exchanges demonstrated that, despite this being the first match of the season, the NLD players were combining well both at the breakdown and with ball in hand.

In a fiercely contested first half, NLD emerged at half time with a 24-10 lead thanks to tries from Joe McMenamin (2) and Ben Usher (2) together with a couple of conversions.

Some excellent work in the loose resulting in the two forwards’ tries were reward for the hard work applied by the pack in retaining their own ball and for pressurising the opposition possession into conceding turnovers.

In contrast, the Winger’s tries demonstrated a pleasing ability by the backs to capitalise on the loose ball in broken play when possession was kicked away by Eastern Counties.

Intelligent running lines combined with good decision making and precise offloads provided Ben Usher with excellent opportunities, which he made the most of, despite still having much to do from 30 metres out.

Eastern Counties showed a willingness to run the ball from all areas of the pitch and, with fast and elusive runners, it was inevitable that they would keep the scoreboard turning over.

The second half gradually became more fragmented as fatigue began to show on the players, although this only provided the substantial crowd with more excitement as gaps began to appear for the more intelligent players to exploit.  NLDU18vEC2

That said, with fatigue comes a fall off in precision resulting in significantly more stoppages for technical infringements and a general deterioration in the game’s continuity.

It was a credit to both sides that the match remained close right to the end and Tom Winning’s two second half tries help seal the victory for the NLD despite a late rally from Eastern Counties, who scored the final try with the last play of the game.

Head Coach Nathan Smith voiced his satisfaction at a job well done and was keen to let the players know that they had put down a strong marker for when squad selection comes round for the Championship game against Leicestershire on September 24th.



NLD U13-19 Committee & U13-19 Competitions Committee

September 10th, 2014 by

NLD are delighted to confirm the appointments of Chairman for the NLD U13-19 Committee and the NLD U13-19 Competitions Committee.  Both roles were advertised over the summer and interviews and appointments have now taken place.

Melvyn Ashton will continue on in the role of U13-19 Competitions Chairman and will be assisted by Carol Badmin who will be Secretary for the Committee.  Both Melvyn & Carol are long standing supporters of NLD and have a huge amount of experience in the day to day running of the Competitions.   The full description of the NLD U13-19 Competitions Committee can be found here.

Chris Brookes has kindly agreed to take on the role of Chairman of the NLD U13-19 Committee, a group which will oversee all rugby at the Junior age groups.  Chris has a wealth of both Club and CB experience as Chairman of Long Eaton RFC and former Manager of the NLD U18 Squad.  The full description of the NLD U13-19 Committee can be found here.

NLD are very grateful to Chris, Carol & Melvyn for their continued support within the CB.

Nottingham Rugby Ticket Offer

September 10th, 2014 by

Nottingham vs Jersey – Finals Day, Sunday 21st September, KO 3pm

Nottingham Rugby is offering each mini & junior team within the NLD catchment FREE TICKETS to Nottingham vs Jersey on Sunday 21stSeptember (15.00 Kick Off). (This offer extends out to all of your club teams/age groups)

What you need to know

The tickets are free for up to 20 children (U16 & below) and 3 chaperones (Adults). Thereafter, tickets will be priced at the discounted rate of £10 per adult ticket and £2 per child with a cash back to the club of £2 per adult ticket sold. All tickets are for the Haydn Green Stand only.

Your team will have the opportunity to join the club parade around the pitch either before the match, or at half time (club flags and kit are encouraged).

Team photos will be taken by Nottingham Rugby’s official photographer and you will have the chance to meet the players.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer contact Sam Bignall on [email protected] or 0115 907 0070.

Nottingham Moderns RFC Golf Day

September 9th, 2014 by

Nottingham Moderns RFC will be hosting a Golf Day at ‘The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club’ on Friday 26th September.  For more information visit their website.

NMRFC Golf Day

Are you a HEADCASE?

September 9th, 2014 by

The RFU’s HEADCASE campaign is all about raising the profile of concussion and educating people about the steps they should take if they are concerned that a player has suffered from a concussion.

Take a look at the RFU’s website which has lots of help, advice and resources available to everyone involved in the game.  From Coaches, Parents, Players, Match Officials, Clubs & Schools this is an important section of information.

How about taking the HEADCASE quiz and see how much knowledge you have on the subject?

Remember – DON’T BE A HEADCASE!  Stop – Check for Concussion!

GBSport offers ‘Business Support for Sport’ Workshop

September 8th, 2014 by

GB Sport are running a TAX WORKSHOP in Nottingham in September which is aimed at club officials, coaches and anyone involved in the day to day running of a club or coaching programme.


Friday 19th September from 10am to 2pm at
West Bridgford Tennis Club
Little Bounds
Off Wilford Lane

The workshop will show you how to:

  • Pay coaches, casual staff, players and children, to comply with HMRC requirements
  • Ensure your self-employed workers don’t get re-classified as employees and land you with a big fine
  • Keep accurate and legible bookkeeping records (you can be fined for poor record-keeping)
  • Ensure that you set your club/business up in the right way to minimise liability
  • Claim the correct expenses (especially important for coaches)
  • Meet your ‘reasonable care’ obligations to ensure your insurance pays out if things go wrong.

Thousands of coaches, administrators and volunteers have already attended the GBSport workshops and they are approved/recommended by National Governing Bodies including the Lawn Tennis Association, British Cycling and British Gymnastics.

Places cost just £49 per person

For further details take a look at their website at or call them on 01952 201657.

Midlands U20’s Chairman of Selectors

September 8th, 2014 by

The Midlands Counties U20s Delivery Team is seeking to appoint a Chairman of Selectors to support the Divisional Team Manager and National Chairman of Selectors to identify a Midlands Divisional Squad by ensuring that a uniform player assessment & grading system is in place for inter-CB matches.

The post-holder will ensure the RFU’s objectives for the England Counties U20s programme are achieved by leading the implementation of a consistent player assessment & selection system at Divisional and CB levels in accordance with RFU policies on player assessment & selection.

The post-holder will also be responsible for liaising with Divisional personnel to ensure that all inter-CB matches are observed by duly appointed and recognised selectors who will monitor the assessment & selection process.

Applicants should demonstrate significant experience of coaching & selecting players at CB and/or Divisional levels and hold a minimum of a RFU / UKCC Level 2 Coaching Qualification or its recognised equivalent.

Applications in writing together with a Rugby CV should be sent to Lindsay Piper, Game Development, Rugby House, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 7BA or by email to [email protected].

Closing date for applications is 19th September 2014.
Interviews will be held approximately 2-3 weeks from this date

For further information and an informal discussion please contact:
Colin Major by email: [email protected]

View the full job advert and role description here.


Brand New Women & Girls Strategy

September 4th, 2014 by

The RFU have just released the brand new Women & Girls Strategy.  An extra 10 000 Women & Girls playing contact rugby by 2017 is the aim along with having 100 000 more females involved in all aspects of the game.

Check out the full strategy below and look out for the quote from NLD’s Honorary Secretary & RFU Council Member Tracy Edmundson!