News Archive

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!

RFU Game Management System

September 4th, 2014 by

The RFU Game Management System is now up and running a very successful and well attended training session was held at Ilkeston on Tuesday and another is scheduled at Lincoln today.

We appreciate that clubs are very much finding their feet with the new system so hopefully this email will go some way to answering some questions that have been raised.

U13-19 Competitions

The U13-19 Competitions are due to get underway on 7th September with the U17’s League kicking the season off.  We appreciate that with the new system it may not have been possible for clubs to have updated all of the information necessary at this early stage of the season.

Therefore we ask that all player information is updated by 30th September and photographs for all players are uploaded by 15th October at the latest.  This will hopefully offer you a little extra time to get used to the system before we start requesting team print outs and checking registrations.

Logging into the GMS

Each club is responsible for managing access to the GMS System.  The Club Honorary Secretary is able to assign roles as appropriate so should you require access please contact them in the first instance.

Club Secretaries – the role that enables Managers / Coaches to edit registration details and upload photographs is ‘Youth Registrar’.  This role allows blanket access to all age groups so please make sure your Team Managers know which age group they should be editing!

It will also be the clubs responsibility to manage the access privileges so if someone leaves a club then please make sure you remove their access accordingly.

Registering Players

This season as it is a new system moving over from Rugby First and the NLD Registration System we are not requesting players to be re-registered.  However all age groups need to ensure that their players are correctly listed, update their details and add a photograph for them.  In future seasons a new photograph will be required at U10/13/16 to re register your players.

All of the players that were on the Rugby First system have been transferred to the GMS so the majority of your players should be on the system.  However if any are missing or you have any new players please make sure they are added to the system and that they complete a copy of the RFU Youth Player Registration form (available to download from the link below).

Many clubs have their own Player Registration Form, this is absolutely fine but please make sure it contains all of the necessary data protection disclaimers and if in doubt look at the RFU form which includes all of this information.

Please remember that it is RFU Regulation that all youth players are registered on the GMS so it is really important that this is kept up to date.

If you require any assistance with the GMS there are some very helpful guides available from the system when you are logged in.  Alternatively you can contact the GMS Helpdesk whose details are available below.

[email protected]
0208 831 6651

Monday – Friday
09.00 – 13.00
14.00 – 17.00

We appreciate that the new GMS is going to involve a period of change and adjustment while we all get used to it but the system is really exciting for clubs and England Rugby have some really exciting plans with it for the future.

Many thanks for your continued help with the new system, hopefully the above will have resolved a few of your questions but if there is anything else then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the NLD Office – 01636 640800 / [email protected].

Rugby World Cup 2015

September 4th, 2014 by

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 just a little over a year away, attentions in NLD are turning to what is sure to be one of the best sporting events in the country’s history.

The tournament is set to produce record revenues, with the funds raised earmarked for investment in rugby’s future – including a number of initiatives in England and beyond.

Within NLD are we are looking to capture the excitement and anticipation of this brilliant tournament and we are now turning to clubs for their support and ideas in taking rugby to new heights.

Club Funding Opportunities

The RFU have set up regional Legacy Groups throughout England who will work closely with RFU management, RFU Constituent Bodies (CBs), and the England Rugby 2015 team to oversee the development and implementation of a robust activation and legacy plan.

The aim of the group over the last year has been to raise funds for the Area that is ear marked for legacy purposes.  Attentions are now turning to how this money should be spent and this offers a brilliant opportunity to clubs within NLD.

There is a large amount of money available – up to £250 000 throughout Area 4 so proportionally there is the opportunity for some £50 000 worth of funding to clubs within NLD!! But to get ANY share of this we need to have some good legacy projects proposed!!

While the application process for funding is still being decided we would like clubs to start thinking of ideas and projects that they would like to take further.  When the funding applications open in the next couple of months, we will then be able to submit a number of applications and maximise the opportunity for funding.

This is a great opportunity for your club to get involved in the 2015 RWC legacy so please take advantage of it.  A basic proposal should be emailed through to the NLD Office in the first instance – [email protected].  All ideas are welcome, below are a couple of suggestions that will perhaps give you a little inspiration!!

  • Does your club need a new TV to help bring in people from the local community to watch and be involved in sporting events?
  • What about some new post protectors – would your club benefit from these in the long term?
  • On a bigger scale how about starting a new tournament / festival throughout the summer for clubs throughout the country?  Think Bournemouth Sevens but perhaps not as big – at least to start with!

Ultimately there are lots of different ideas and opportunities but this is your clubs opportunity to get involved and use the RWC to help grow your club and our game for the future.  Don’t miss out!!

NLD 2015 RWC Legacy Group

NLD will also be setting up a 2015 RWC Legacy Group.  The group holds an exciting role as we countdown to the start of the tournament, they will be focussing on:

  • Helping clubs to submit funding applications to the Area 4 RWC Legacy Group.
  • Developing a programme of events within NLD ahead of the start of the RWC.  One of these events will be the famous ‘Web Ellis Cup’ visiting NLD during the trophy tour next summer!

We are looking for a small number of people to get involved in this committee and help make this one of the most exciting times for our clubs!  If you are interested, or know anyone that is, please get in touch with Nicole Brown on [email protected] by Friday 19th September.  The first meeting of the group will be taking place on Thursday 25th September at which a programme of meetings will be decided.

The RWC 2015 is a fantastic opportunity for grass roots rugby and clubs within NLD so let’s make sure we take advantage of it and leave a legacy! 

NLD U16 Nominations Invited

September 3rd, 2014 by

The NLD U16 Trial will be held on Monday 15th September and we are now inviting nominations from Clubs and Schools.  The NLD U16 programme is a brilliant opportunity for young players to represent NLD in the RFU County Championship and perhaps even go on to play for Midlands and England.

The squad will train on Monday evenings at Newark RFC and play in the following fixtures:

22/10/14          NLD U16’s      Warwickshire  RFU County Championship   Broadstreet RFC                     7.30pm
02/11/14          NLD U16’s      East Midlands RFU County Championship   Bromsgrove RFC                   1pm
16/11/14          NLD U16’s      TBC                 RFU County Championship   Leicester Grammar School    TBC

Please note that there is a maximum of two nominations from any club or school and in order for the nomination to be accepted the nomination must be completed in full.

The majority of the squad will be formed from players currently involved in DPP and the coaching teams are looking to identify any further players who are not involved in this programme.  It is worth keeping in mind that last season out of the 60+ players that attended this trial only 5 were selected.

Any player already involved in DPP at U16 does not need to be nominated for this trial. 

Nominations should be completed and returned to NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles no later than 5pm on Friday 12th September 2014, please send nominations via email – [email protected]

NLD U16 Player Nomination Form 2014

Are you looking to do a Coaching Course?

August 27th, 2014 by

There are a couple of coaching courses scheduled to take place at the early part of the season that have very low numbers and are at risk of being cancelled.  If you have any coaches interested in getting involved then can I recommend you consider the courses listed below.

14-Sep 19-Oct 23-Nov NLD Level 2 Carres GS Sleaford
21-Sep 28-Sep 12-Oct NLD Level 1 John Leggott Scunthorpe

These courses are both suffering from low numbers and should more attendees not book onto attend will struggle to run throughout September so if you are interested please book your place today.

Bookings for all of the courses can be done online via the link below.  Other courses scheduled to run within NLD are also listed here so take a look to see if there is anything that will suit you!

If you are looking to apply for funding for your coaching course then don’t forget you can apply to the Sir Anthony Wharton Trust, visit their website below for more information.

Four NLD Players Selected for Saints U19’s Against Leinster

September 1st, 2014 by

Four NLD players were selected to play in the Northampton Saints U19’s clash against Leinster on Friday.   George Cox (Stamford School), Charlie Dunbar (Stamford School), James Fish (Derby RFC) and Will Allman (Melbourne RFC) were all picked for the annual summer clash with the Irish side.

The match resulted in a narrow loss with Leinster holding on to record a narrow 25-22 victory over the home team.  It was great to see players who played their Mini & Junior rugby at clubs throughout NLD performing on the bigger stage.