News Archive


June 20th, 2014 by

Following the successful Trials at both Trent College and Newark RFC, NLD are pleased to announce that this Season Under 17 Squad below.

Congratulations to those players selected, and commiserations to those who didn’t make the squad. Some of you we will hopefully see at next Seasons trials, others we hope you continue to enjoy and develop your Rugby and we hope to see you as part of the NLD U20 Squad in the future.


Addlesee Ben Kesteven The Priory Ruskin Academy
Allen Joshua Kesteven Carre’s Grammar School
Balsom Oliver Boston Boston High School
Bero Elliot Sleaford Carres Grammar
Bloodworth Edward Kesteven Kings School Grantham
Bowden Jake Lincoln
Butler Sam Stamford
Byworth Pierre Corsairs Friesland School
Caldwell Spencer Carres School Sleaford
Caplin Max Hullionians HKRFC College
Cawley Aaron Worksop College
Cole Edward Kesteven Kings School Grantham
Cox George Stamford Stamford School
Cranswick Sam Lincoln QEHS – Gainsborough
Crosby Tom Newark Worksop College
Davies Jacob Corsairs
Davison Oliver Corsairs
Dunbar Charlie Stamford School
Fieldhouse Greg Corsairs
Fletcher Philip Kesteven Kings Grammar Grantham
Freeman George Spalding Kirkstone House
Graham Harry Southwell Worksop College
Gundry Zach Melbourne Trent College
Henry Elliot W Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Hodson Max Ilkeston
Hopkins Matthew Matlock Lady Manners
Horner Tom Worksop College
Hubbard Joshua Newark King’s School Grantham
Kilford Ben Worksop College
King Robson Ilkeston
Lishman Lewis Paviors Dukeries Academy
Lunt Nat Bakewell Lady Manners
Mawhood Henry Corsairs Loughborough Grammar
McMenamin Joseph Corsairs Trent College
Mycroft Tom Derby
Payne Liam Jon Oakham School
Pirie Charlie Kesteven The Priory Ruskin Academy
Salt Daniel NRFC A’demy
Sawyer Ashley Sleaford St Georges
Scigala Ryan Carres School Sleaford
Simpcox Anthony Mansfield
Slack Callum Newark King’s School Grantham
Slack Connor Newark King’s School Grantham
Slack Jordan Newark King’s School Grantham
Stephenson Harry Melbourne St. Mary’s RC, Chesterfield
Usher Ben Newark The Priory Ruskin Academy
Wilson Jamie Derby Chellaston School
Winning Tom Paviors Worksop College

If you have any other queries please contact either Nicole Brown in the NLD Office – 01636 640800 / [email protected] or NLD U17/18 Manager Chris Brookes – 07999 494378 / [email protected].


June 20th, 2014 by

We are now inviting entries for the NLD U13-19 Competitions for the 2014-15 season.  Please see below a copy of the entry form and the updated competition rules.  There have been some changes to the rules so please make sure you read them carefully – by entering the competitions you agree to abide by them!!!

The closing date for entries is Monday 30th June so please ensure all of your entries are returned by this date along with the appropriate payments.  We will then be looking to complete the draw in mid July and this will be circulated to all entered teams as soon as it has been done.

Entries should be returned to Nicole Brown – [email protected].

If you have any queries please contact the NLD Office  on 01636 640800 or [email protected].


June 20th, 2014 by

Rugby clubs all over England rely on hard working volunteers to manage the smooth running of their clubs and provide playing opportunities for everyone through from U6 to Vets.  NLD is no different and we are always looking for ways to reduce the onus on club volunteers.

For the past 7 seasons NLD have successfully administered the NLD Player Registration System which has allowed us to manage Mini & Youth Player Registrations throughout the three counties.  However with the introduction of the new RFU Game Management System (GMS) NLD are pleased to announce some exciting changes!

From the 2014-15 season onwards clubs will only be required to register their Mini & Youth Players on the new GMS System and will no longer be required to register their players through the NLD Player Registration System.  This exciting development will mean that club volunteers will only have to register their Mini and Youth players with one system.  This is something that we have been looking to find a solution for over the last couple of years and with the introduction of the new GMS system we have the perfect opportunity!

The RFU Game Management System, which goes live on 1st August, will be replacing the current Rugby First System and will provide a registration base for all Mini & Youth Players.  The new GMS features a number of similar benefits that we have previously enjoyed with the NLD system and is something that promises to be an exciting development for rugby in general.

What Will Change? 

Registering Players

NLD Clubs will be required to register their Mini & Youth Players through the GMS System.  Clubs will have ability to give ‘super user’ access to someone within their organisation and this person will be able to arrange access for individual team managers.

You will still need to complete RFU Registration Forms for the players (which will be collated by individual clubs), this information will then need to uploaded onto the GMS and a photograph added for each player.

Once a player is registered onto the GMS they will remain there until they are transferred or deleted.  However you will still be required to update your players at U10/13/16 by adding an up to date photograph of each player.


Clubs will be able to transfer players through the GMS, you will also need to submit an NLD Transfer Form to the NLD Office.

NLD Competitions

For NLD Competitions we will still be able to monitor registrations for teams.  The NLD U13-19 Competition Rules have been updated to reflect the new GMS so please read them carefully to ensure you understand them fully.


The RFU will be offering dedicated GMS training to clubs at the start of September.  As a CB we are also looking at ways we can support clubs so there will plenty of the advice and assistance available with the change!

We are very excited about the introduction of the new RFU Game Management System and the impact it should have on reducing volunteer workload by only completing one registration system.

The RFU will be contacting clubs with more information on the new GMS over the next couple of weeks so you will hear more about the system then.

In the meantime we hope that you are all enjoying a nice summer ‘break’!!


June 20th, 2014 by

On Sunday 8th June 50 coaches from throughout NLD all attended the NLD Mini Coaching Conference at Samworth Academy in Mansfield.  The event was subsidised by the Sir Anthony Wharton Trust and NLD, the coaches in attendance had access to some excellent presentations, lunch, CPD choices and free equipment that they will be able to take back to use at their clubs.

The morning workshop was delivered by RFU National Coaching Manager Nick Scott who did a presentation on ‘turning the 8 year old player into the 28 year old player’.  Nick focussed on the recently introduced New Rules of Play and coaching within these parameters.

After lunch the coaches split into two groups for the CPD section, choosing between Continuity in Attack and Goal Setting for Children.

The coaches delivering each CPD session were also impressed with the enthusiasm of the coaches throughout the day.

‘There were some very receptive and forward thinking coaches in attendance’’ said RFU Community Rugby Coach Calvin Beech who delivered one of the CPD sessions.

NLD will be looking to host another Coaching Conference next year that will incorporate Junior coaches as well as Mini Coaches, details to follow in due course.



June 23rd, 2014 by

NLD are pleased to welcome applications for Coaching & Management positions in the Women & Girls Representative age groups.   Our objectives are to develop individual players confidence and skills and positively promote the playing of rugby by Women and Girls across all age groups throughout NLD.

All coaching/management appointments are for 2 years and are conditional of holding a RFU DBS certificate.  Experience in Women’s & Girl’s rugby at CB, club or school would be desirable, though not essential.

Please find attached more details of the opportunities available and job descriptions.  Should you wish to discuss any of the roles in more detail please feel free to contact NLD Head of Game Development Dan Sutton – 07702 301440 /[email protected].

Applicants should complete and return the attached volunteer application form to [email protected] by Monday 30th June 2014

U13-19 Committee & U13-19 Competitions Committee

June 20th, 2014 by

Following on from the restructure of the NLD Board of Directors last year NLD are now looking to provide more clarify and transparency into how the CB is run.  Clear committee descriptions have been put together and over the next couple of years NLD will be looking to open up all of the committees within the CB to applications.  This is not to say that those people currently fulfilling positions on committees cannot reapply but it also gives others a clear opportunity to get involved.

The NLD Senior Competitions Committee has already been advertised and we now turning our attentions to the Junior rugby.  We are therefore now inviting applications for the roles of Chairman and Secretary of the below committees.

  • NLD U13-19 Committee
  • NLD U13-19 Competitions Committee

Please find attached a copy of the full description for each of the committees, interested parties should apply in writing to [email protected] by Friday 4th July 2014.

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dan Sutton, NLD Head of Game Development, [email protected].


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June 20th, 2014 by

Keyworth RFC currently run 2 senior teams, the 1st XV play in Midlands 4 East and the 2nd XV play in the Security Plus Pennant Group 5.

They are seeking to appoint a coach, currently qualified at Level 2, but also looking to develop their coaching skills as well as develop a mixture of playing talents and abilities into successful playing sides, in a competitive yet friendly playing environment.

The appointment is for coaching of the senior sides only and funding will be available for the right candidate to progress their coaching career in association with the Club.

Ideally you’ll need to be:

  • Approachable and good with people
  • Confident and good at communicating
  • Knowledgeable about the game
  • Committed to fair play
  • Enthusiastic and willing to progress through the RFU Coaching Award scheme
  • Well-organised and a good timekeeper

What you’ll do:

  • Plan and run safe, effective training sessions
  • Retain players and work with relevant volunteers to recruit players
  • Build team spirit and encourage participation
  • Develop individuals’ skill, confidence and fitness
  • Be part of the team selection and set the game tactics
  • Promote fair play, team standards and codes of conduct
  • Mentor senior players who wish to or are undertaking coaching courses

To discuss the role in more detail please contact Cavan Kieran on 07710 442090



June 20th, 2014 by

Following the successful delivery and review of the 2013-14 season of the ‘Leicester Tigers Developing Player Programme’, 2014-15 will see the programme expand to be delivered at nine centres across the Leicester Tigers region. The programme provides a clear and structured package of quality coaching for new and existing players between the ages of 13 and 16. As a result of the review and expansion of the programme Leicester Tigers in partnership with the RFU are looking to recruit highly dedicated and motivated coaches with the skills and attributes required to meet the needs of young players in this crucial period of their lives.

The programme is an evolution of the existing CB ‘Schools of Rugby’ and the well-established Leicester Tigers ‘Elite Player Development Group’ programme; it will seek to provide a consistent, high quality experience to encourage lifelong participation in the sport and enable those with talent to be clearly identified and find their ideal pathway, whether that is into professional rugby or lifelong participation at a level appropriate to them within their Constituent Body (CB).

If any of the qualities below sound like you then we would like to hear from you:

  • Drive and a passionate commitment to developing young players’ abilities and enhancing their lives.
  • A dedication to excellence in everything that you do.
  • A ‘go the extra mile’ attitude in your preparation and follow up.
  • The capacity to establish clear goals, create long terms development programmes based on those goals and systematically guide players towards their achievement.

If you would like to become a part of the development of the next generation of English rugby talent then please send your coaching CV and a covering letter/email to Matt Williams (Academy Development Coach at Leicester Tigers) at [email protected]

For more information or an informal chat please contact your Area Player Development Officer. [email protected] / 07912541852



June 20th, 2014 by

On Friday 1st August NLD will be hosting a Girls Player Development Camp aimed at Girls in the U13, U15 and U18 age groups.  (Please note that the age groups are taken as of the forthcoming 2014-15 season).  The camp, which will be held at Worksop College, will be run by RFU Professional Coaches and NLD Representative Coaches!

All Girls are welcome to attend and will receive a T Shirt, Ball & Lunch.  Places are limited and are just £15 per player so book today to ensure you don’t miss out!

Application forms should be returned to: Nicole Brown, NLD RFU, 24 Cartergate, Newark, Notts, NG24 1UB by Monday 30th June 2014.