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Coaching opportunity at Southwell RUFC

April 29th, 2019 by

Southwell RUFC are looking to recruit a senior teams coach for the forthcoming pre season and season. Interested parties please contact , in confidence, Rick Johnson on 07860637522 or by email at [email protected]  for more details or an informal discussion.

NLD Ladies Victorious in First Game of the Season!

April 29th, 2019 by

Congratulations to the NLD ladies who won their first game against Oxfordshire 37-24 yesterday!

It was a good competitive game, and a great start. We wish Oxfordshire all the best in the rest of the season.

The next game is home at Newark RFC on Sunday 5th May.

The ladies would appreciate as much support as possible. For more details, click here.

NLD Ladies take on Oxfordshire this weekend

April 26th, 2019 by

The NLD Ladies have their first fixture against Oxfordshire this Sunday with a 2.30pm KO at Oxford RFC (Hinksey Ln, Oxford OX2 0NA).

Congratulations to the following Ladies who have been successfully selected, the competition for a place in the team has been incredibly tight, which is a true testament to the Ladies and their Clubs.

We’d love to see you come down to support the ladies.

Holly Felton Ashfield 1
Midge Newsome (VC) West Bridgford 2
Leanne Reeves Ashfield 3
Sinead Gallagher West Bridgford 4
Alicia Jakeman Derby Vipers 5
Joanna Lumb West Bridgford 6
Phoebe Nicholls West Bridgford 7
Sarah Driver Mellish 8
Grace Stocks Lichfield Rugby Club 9
Kim Boultby (C) West Bridgford 10
Megan Stephens Derby Vipers 11
Sophie Todd West Bridgford 12
Clare Brown Lincoln 13
Jenna Bierton University of Derby 14
Alexandra Clack West Bridgford 15
Amelia Nicholson West Bridgford 16
Chira Roberts Derby Vipers 17
Lucy Payne Loughborough Lightning 18
Kathryn Turner Grimsby 19
Idil Abdi Derby Vipers 20
Katie Peggs Derby Vipers 21
Daisy Parker Nottingham Trent University 22
Amy Lakey Derby Vipers TR1
Eleanor Erskine Belper TR2
Harriet Furness Derby Vipers TR3


NLD Game Development Conference

April 25th, 2019 by
The NLD Game Development Conference which is taking place at Samworth Academy on 15th June is now online.
Paul Westgate and Nikki O’Donnell will be joining us to show how match officials and coaches can work together to devlop players.
The day will also include sessions on, ‘What is Mixed Ability Rugby?’ and What is the NLD Coaching Academy?’, plus a CMOD on Understanding the Game and the usual coffee and lunch. All for £15!

Spaces are limited, so to secure your place sign up now by clicking here!


April 24th, 2019 by
IMPORTANT NOTICE – NLD U17s v Staffs. U17s – Sunday 28 April 2019 – CHANGE OF ARRANGEMENTS
Players selected for the match against Staffs. U17s on Sunday at Chesterfield should be aware that the Kick-Off time has been changed to:
The match venue remains the same; Chesterfield Panthers ground, and players are asked to meet at the ground no later than 13:30.
As usual, if any players are unavailable or injured, please contact the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) as soon as possible.


April 23rd, 2019 by

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on Monday 20th May 2019 commencing at 7.30pm at Mansfield RUFC.

The following matter is the only item for consideration and approval:-

The approval of the Union’s financial accounts for the period ending 30th June 2018.

All member clubs are invited to send a representative with the authority to vote on behalf of the club to the meeting.

The EGM will be followed by the NLD Management Committee Meeting.

NLD U17s Training Squad Announcement

April 18th, 2019 by
After the training session on Monday evening, the Coaches met to put together two squads for the forthcoming games against Leics. and Staffs.
Consideration was given regarding player availability and the need to balance the squads so as to provide every player with ample opportunity and game time to persuade the Coaching team to include them in the final squad. Players are reminded that there is no hierarchy within the squads and some players will necessarily be involved over longer or shorter periods, depending on how many players need to be seen in each position.
The following players have been selected for the game against Leics. U17s:
Charlie Beecham
Tom Briddon
Isaac Burley
Noah Cadby
Ben Crowe
Sam Day
Jake Dunn
Reece Flowers-Lane
Ollie Gibbons
Luke Harrison
Sam Hawkins
Liam Hind
Jack Hinks
Finn Hope
Jack Houston
Aneirin Lewis
Josh Lieper
Max Loveridge
Joseph Moore
Joel Naylor
Jack Patrick
Eddie Pizzey
Daniel Stokes
Ciaran                       Wolverson

Match details:
Date: Wednesday 24 April
Venue: Newark RFC
Kick-off: 19:30
Meet: 18:00
The following players have been selected for the game against Staffs. U17s:
Josh              Alton-Smith
Charlie          Beecham
Tom               Briddon
Isaac             Burley
Oscar            Clink
George         Coen
Ben               Crowe
Sam              Day
Taran            Elms
Liam             Gavin
Ben               Hart
Chris            Heslam
Callum         Heyes
Liam             Hind
Jack             Houston
Max              Loveridge
Ben              Manderfield
Joseph         Moore
Liam             Sheeran
William         Shennan
Harrison       Sheppard
Daniel          Stokes
Callum         Tweedie
James         Tweedie
Alex             Watt
Ciaran         Wolverson
Date: Sunday 28 April
Venue: TBC
Kick-off: TBC (either 14:30 or 17:00)
Meet: TBC (either 13:00 or 15:30)
Players are reminded to bring warm clothing for the periods when they are not involved.

U15/U16 Finals Day

April 11th, 2019 by
The NLD U15s and U16s Finals took place in Scunthorpe on Sunday 7th April. A huge thank you to Scunthorpe RFC for hosting a successful and enjoyable day, and to Bill & Maria for providing the photography.
Well done to all the teams who made it to the finals and congratulations to the winners.
U15 Cup Winners – Derby
U15 Shield Winners – Scunthorpe
U16 Cup Winners – Newark
U16 Shield Winners – Lincoln
All the photos from the day can be viewed at

Derbyshire Senior Men’s Full County Fixture v Staffordshire

April 9th, 2019 by

Derbyshire Seniors will take on the full Staffordshire County Championship side in a friendly at Buxton RUFC on Saturday 27th April, as they build up to their first game in the Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship, which commences the following week.

Playing Chairman Karl de Groot commented, “Derbyshire have a long standing fixture relationship with Staffordshire, which has seen both Counties contesting some tight games over recent years, so we are all looking forward to seeing another keenly contested game and renewing some old friendships.”

Kick off is at 3.00pm at the Rugby Club Ground, Sunnyfields, Buxton.

Community Game Update April 2019

April 9th, 2019 by

April 2019 Community Game Update contains important information on the following:

  • GMS data 2018-19 season – International Ticket Allocations Update
  • Half Game – a Regulation from 2019-20 season
  • RFU Funding and Payment of Players Reminder
  • Sign up for Inner Warrior Camps this May
  • Secure Trading Sevens Series – enter now
  • England Rugby Club Hub
  • RFU Level 3 Coaching Course
  • Growing the Female Game 2019 Conference

GMS data 2018-19 season – International Ticket Allocations Update

You will have seen in our March Community Game Update upcoming changes to international ticket allocations, which require community clubs’ action for the end of the season. Here is a summary of the new allocation process and the actions required to take to ensure each club receives the correct allocation.

  • Allocations to community clubs will now be based primarily on the number of 15-a-side matches their teams play. All 15-a-side matches (U14s to adult, both male and female) count towards a club’s overall total.
  • All matches must be recorded on the club’s GMS Team Management module in order for the RFU to calculate the correct ticket allocation.
  • The new allocation that a club will receive will be based on the cumulative number of matches played across the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
  • The ticket allocation will be reviewed and updated every two seasons after that.

The deadline for entering all 2018-2019 matches is Friday 17 May 2019. Using the 2018-19 data, the RFU will forecast and share the indicative number of international tickets community clubs and geographic Constituent Bodies (CBs) can expect to receive. The actual allocations will be finalised once the results from the 2019-20 season have been collected.

Apart from determining ticket allocations, inputting your club’s matches will provide the RFU with a clear view of the health of the game and inform a review of the 2018-19 season. If there are significant gaps in your GMS matches and teams data, please contact your RDO to provide a more accurate update.

For support on accessing GMS and other FAQs, please click here. If you require technical help, please contact the GMS Service Desk (0208 831 6651, Mon – Fri 9am until 5pm) or email [email protected].


Half Game – a Regulation from 2019-20 season

Half Game will become a regulation in all Age Grade Rugby across clubs, schools, colleges, representative pathways and Academy activities from next season. This will ensure that all players in a match-day squad play at least half a game.

Young players were the driving force for the introduction of Half Game, while University of Essex research shows that players who regularly play half a game or more report more enjoyment, self-esteem and rugby-playing competence. They are also six times more likely to enjoy our game than those who don’t.

Regular information will be available to help everyone to prepare for the 2019-20 season. At this stage, we are asking competition organisers to ensure that their regulations for next season support Half Game and all involved in the Age Grade game to both spread the word and prepare for implementation.

Further information can be found here.

RFU Funding and Payment of Players Reminder

Clubs at Level 3 and below are reminded that to receive RFU funding (including travel and the supplemental pot distribution) they need to submit Payment of Player declarations before Sunday 30 June. This underpins the new Payment of Player regulations set out in RFU Regulation 7. Please find link to how to submit the declaration via GMS here.

Sign up for Inner Warrior Camps this May

We’re delighted to confirm the next wave of the hugely successful Inner Warrior campaign will run from 10 to 26 May. The campaign has already succeeded in getting more women involved in rugby, many never having had a chance to pick up a rugby ball before.

Registration for your club to run a Warrior Camp is now open and the deadline for registrations is Monday 15 April.

Watch this video from Alban Barnes, Head of Girls Rugby at Fullerians RFC, on how they maximised their Warrior Camps’ benefit. Fullerians hosted their first Warrior Camp to kick off their women’s section in January 2017. That evening 28 women took part and since then, it’s gone from strength to strength. They continued using Warrior Camps to boost numbers and reach new people, as well as developing partnerships with nearby schools, local colleges and the County Sport Partnership.

Any questions about Warrior Camps or the Inner Warrior campaign can be sent to [email protected] and make sure your club has signed up to host a camp here.

Secure Trading Sevens Series – enter now

The local qualifiers for the Secure Trading Sevens Series, England’s premier competition for community men’s and women’s sevens teams, kick off in April.

Have you entered your team yet? The more local qualifiers you enter and do well at, the better chance you have of being one of the top teams invited to the National Finals at the end of June.

To find out more about the competition and to enter in local qualifiers, click here.


England Rugby Club Hub

The England Rugby Club Hub will launch this month, replacing the England Rugby Deals service, providing the rugby community with access to the RFU’s partner and supplier offers.

This transactional platform enables clubs to purchase products needed to play and host rugby. This custom-designed system, with improved functionality and user experience, provides a simple, efficient method for purchasing club essentials from our partners and approved suppliers.

To access the Club Hub website, please click here for registration guidance. FAQs are available here, while any specific questions can be answered by contacting [email protected].


RFU Level 3 Coaching Course

Demand has been so high for the RFU Level 3 coaching course that, although we enrolled a record number of coaches and a 25% increase for 2019/20, some coaches missed out. The course involves year long mentoring support for each coach in their own coaching environment so numbers enrolled is dependent on the number of qualified mentors available. Based on this year’s demand we will be working to grow this further next year.

Entry requirements were changed to have a greater impact on player experience and retention. With open access, places were allocated on a first come/first served basis. However, coaches from across all parts of the game are still required to demonstrate the same standards as previously to successfully complete the course.

Through the 2019/20 season we will be providing around 2,500 courses nationwide, tens of thousands of hours of mentoring support, outstanding digital content and further growing our eLearning offer. Premiership Rugby clubs are offered thousands of places on club specific coach development courses and via the England Rugby Coaches Association there will be additional coach development opportunities.


Growing the Female Game 2019 Conference

Please join us at the Tyrrells Premier 15s final for the RFU Growing the Female Game Conference – a chance to inspire, influence and gain insight on the female game.

Focusing on the RFU Women and Girls Action Plan, we will hear from volunteers and experts from across the game. Workshops will be split across themes including playing, coaching, refereeing and team management, all aimed at clubs and teams at every level.

To book your free place at the conference and for more information on the programme agenda, please click below. Places are limited to three people per club so we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

We then look forward to welcoming all delegates to the Tyrrells Premier 15s final, with tickets available below.

Book Your Place

Final Tickets