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NLD Clubs Feature in November Touchline!

November 17th, 2014 by

NLD Clubs feature once again in this month’s edition of the RFU’s Touchline Magazine.

Tupton RFC were recently awarded a grant for £70 000 after they were chosen to become an RFU Lead up & Legacy centre ahead of the RWC next year.  Alongside significant other grants and funding this will see them build and develop a new clubhouse for its members and the local community.

Long Eaton RFC meanwhile are celebrating the opening of their new club facilities.  A £300 000 extension project has completely renovated their existing facilities; they are another club to enjoy some funding from the RFU’s Lead up & Legacy programme.

To view the full November edition of Touchline click here.

NLD ‘Spotlight On’…. NLD Volunteer Coordinators

November 13th, 2014 by

NLD ‘Spotlight On’…. NLD Volunteer Coordinators

NLD has three Constituent Body (CB) Volunteer Coordinators.  Their role is a little like that of a Club Volunteer Coordinator but on a larger scale.  We spoke to Rob, Dave & Ian to find out more about what they get up to.

Name: Rob Linthwaite
Telephone: 07854975590
Email: [email protected]
‘Home’ Club:  West Bridgford RFC
Rob LinthwaiteBio:  Rob started to play rugby at the age of 8 working his way up junior set up at Keyworth Rugby Club before moving to West Bridgford to join their Colts where he suffered a serious Injury that curtailed his playing career.

Instead of walking away from the game Rob took charge of the whistle and progressed through club matches to join the NLD Referees Society.   The First game he refereed was Melish 3rd XV v Market Rasen 3rd XV – a daunting task for a 17 year old!!  As his refereeing progressed Rob travelled the clubs of NLD extensively, it was then he was asked to take on the role of Nottinghamshire Volunteer Coordinator.

From the hard work he had been carrying out at a local level he was then asked to be part of the RFU National Youth Council as one of its founding members, later going onto Chair the Council.

In 2016 he will be stepping up as President of Nottinghamshire RFU at the tender age of just 26!!

Name:  Dave Searle
Telephone:  01472 429886 / 07792 876289
Email: [email protected]
‘Home’ Club:  Cleethorpes RFC
Dave SearleBio:  Dave started his playing career as at Grimsby RFC aged 6, he went onto represent Lincolnshire aged 14 and 15 before transferring to Market Rasen Colts.  At this time he was also playing and training with Nottingham Academy under ex England and Tigers player Paul Stone.  As a Senior player he returned to Grimsby RFC where alongside turning out for the First XV he became interested in Coaching.  Moving to Cleethorpes RFC Dave continued to get involved in Club Administration, turning his hand to roles including Social Secretary, Disciplinary and Coaching Coordinator.

After retiring from playing Dave became involved in coaching County Rugby and as an active member of the Lincolnshire RFU committee was put forward last year as senior Vice President of Lincolnshire at the tender age of 31.  Dave took on the role of Lincolnshire CBVC in early 2014 and is keen to establish himself within the role in the 2014-15 season.

Name:  Ian Thomas Roe
Telephone: 01332 551476 / 07789 998717
Email: [email protected]
‘Home’ Club: Derbyshire Constabulary RUFC
Ian RoeBio: Ian started his playing career at the tender age of 11, in 1966 at Bemrose Grammar School. When he joined the police he not only played for Derbyshire Constabulary but also Ilkeston RFC 1st XV. He continued playing for the police until the age of 48. He has been the club secretary for at least 30 years and continues to do so even though he has now retired.

Ian has been active with local rugby and with the constituent body. He was asked to be CVC for Derbyshire when the scheme was set up and has also taken part in the RFU Leadership Academy in 2008 and has since been a mentor. He is also a Vice-President for Derbyshire RFU.

A lot of people don’t really know what the role of NLD Club Volunteer Coordinator entails; tell us a little bit more about it?

Rob:  Being a CB Volunteer Coordinator is about engaging with the local clubs within our set areas and working with the club volunteers on recognising and rewarding the hard work they put into their clubs to ensure every week the game happens.

Dave:  We also work with clubs throughout the CB to meet and develop the volunteer workforce.  Volunteers are the backbone of our clubs so if clubs are struggling in certain areas then we can target these to find appropriate help, hopefully to ensure the smooth running of all areas within a club.

Ian: It’s a link between local clubs and the CB/RFU to enable clubs to access the resources available to recognise and reward the role of the many volunteers that give considerable time to run and organise clubs.

There are some excellent rewards on offer for valued volunteers, tell us more about these and how clubs can take advantage of them. 

Rob:  Across the course of the year we offer a range of rewards from tickets to Twickenham to watch England to small sums of money for clubs to hold recruitment and reward nights.

Dave:  Don’t be afraid to put your volunteers forward – we need to know about them in order to help you reward them!  Speak to Rob, Ian or myself or touch base with your Rugby Development Officer or Nicole Brown in the NLD Office. 

Volunteers are the core workforce behind grassroots rugby, how can clubs engage and attract new volunteers?

Rob:  Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you as a club volunteer need assistance in your role or club speak with your club members and wider volunteer network asking them for help, as CBVC’s we can offer a range of tools to help engage and recruit new volunteers within your club and communities.

Ian: Each club is different; there is not a single method to recruiting volunteers that suits all. Some clubs are very good at recruiting; some clubs do not have to ‘recruit’ as the volunteers make themselves readily available. I am afraid though there are only clubs where ‘one person’ does all. These are the clubs that need help but are the clubs that do not ask we need to change that mind-set; we are here to help, JUST ASK!!

You have seen and rewarded some brilliant volunteer initiatives within clubs throughout NLD, do any in particular stick in your memory?

Rob:  The most memorable moment for me was the Value the Volunteer reward night we held at Nottingham Rugby Club in the 2009/2010 season.  We brought a range of volunteer from across Nottingham together to reward them with a three course meal with free wine and beer followed by VIP seating during the Nottingham Universities Varsity game.

Dave:  For me rewarding volunteers with tickets to watch England play at Twickenham for their hard work in and around their clubs is fantastic.  Who wouldn’t want to go watch England play!!

Ian:  I must agree with Rob,in the 2009/10 season we held a similar event at Derby Rugby Club with a meal and drinks for Valued Volunteers and their club coordinators, we had a great response from clubs but unfortunately the same enthusiasm from clubs has not been forthcoming for similar events that the CB has tried to arrange. Although this year we did provide several tables at the NLD Presidents Dinner which was a great evening.

The NLD President’s VII Awards were recently presented at the NLD Management Meeting, how do clubs get involved in this next year?

Rob/Dave/Ian:  All that clubs need to do is enter the RFU Presidents Awards via and we will receive all the applications put in from NLD clubs.  From there you will be in with a chance of receiving a £100 cheque and a commemorative Plaque for your club.

Finally what one piece of advice would each of you give to clubs within NLD?

Dave:  For me this one is easy – don’t be afraid to get in touch for help, advice or simply to put your volunteers forward.  We can’t help you if we don’t know that you need it!!!

Rob:  Say Thank you! As a club you are the back bone of the community game and the hard work which goes into the delivering rugby is carried out by thousands of volunteer’s week on week. As a CB we want to help you as clubs to say thank you.

Ian: Recognise who your volunteers are; each one is different. The way to reward can be a simple ‘Thank You’ or a visit to Twickenham but don’t ignore them. Remember we are all volunteers in it for the love of the game!!

Many thanks Rob, Dave & Ian for taking the time to talk to us!  Clubs don’t be afraid to get in touch with them – they need your help to ensure they can work effectively throughout the CB!

Who will the NLD Spotlight be on next?  Keep checking the website to find out!

Mansfield Girls Get Royal Recognition

November 12th, 2014 by

Mansfield Girls section has been expanding quickly over the last 12 months with 25 new girls signing up to play at the club.  This means they boast an exceptionally strong U13 set up with an exciting future ahead of them – something that has not escaped the notice of Prince Harry who is Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union.

Mansfield Action twitterDarren Sayer whose daughter Elysia plays at the club wrote to the rugby loving royal to praise the dedication and commitment of the club in their efforts over the last couple of years.   Prince Harry responded with a letter supporting the clubs efforts in developing the Girls game.

Pete Haskell, who runs the girls section said, “To receive a letter from HRH Prince Harry about the development and progress of Mansfield RFC’s Girls Section over the past two seasons is a great boost for all the players, coaches and parents involved and only encourages us to continue our hard work for the future.  We look forward to getting more girls involved with rugby within our section of the club”.

NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

November 12th, 2014 by

The last NLD Senior Competitions Meeting was held on Monday 3rd November at The Fox Inn, Kelham.  A copy of the minutes are now available to view here..

NLD U16 Squad to Face Staffs Announced

November 11th, 2014 by

The NLD U16 squad selected to face Staffordshire at Leicester Grammar School on Sunday, kick off 1pm, has been announced.

Players should confirm their availability with NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles as soon as possible and meet on Sunday at 11:30-11:45 at Leicester Grammar School, London Road. Great Glen, Leicester. LE8 9FL.

Players should dress for the pre match warm up and bring a shirt and tie for the post match meal.

The NLD U16 coaching and management team would like to thank all the squad and parents for their participation in this seasons CB programme and wish all the best of luck for their future rugby careers.

Jake Hickling West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Corey Lewis Spalding Spalding Grammar
Joe Heyes Newark N / A
William Boot Sheffield Tigers Meadowhead School
Thomas Osborne Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Reuban Pritchard Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Jack Dickinson Nottingham Corsairs Trent College
Sam Pace Market Rasen & Louth Caister Grammar School
Andrew Brown Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Elliot Adamson Market Rasen & Louth Pocklington School
Liam McStay Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
James Martin Newark Carres Grammar
Emmet McDonnell Nottingham Corsairs N / A
Oli Burns Nottingham Corsairs N / A
James Peachey N / A Stamford School
Edward James Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
Harkaren Singh Sandhu Market Rasen & Louth St Bedes High School
Lewis Himsworth Newark St Georges Academy Sleaford
Alex Hanham Lincoln RFC Priory Academy LSST
Alex Morris Newark Worksop College
James Thomas Spalding N / A
Christopher Hardy Newark King’s School Grantham
Mark Hendy Spalding QEGS Horncastle

NLD Girls Training

November 11th, 2014 by

The NLD U15 & U18 Girls Squad have added an additional training date to the calendar ahead of their final fixture against East Midlands & Leicestershire on 30th November.

Training will take place on Sunday 23rd November at Lincoln RFC, 1pm – 4pm.

Kit Taylor

November 10th, 2014 by

It is with great sadness that we learn that Kit Taylor of Ilkeston RFC passed away yesterday afternoon.  A true gentleman, always willing and ready to help, Kit was a true stalwart of the club and will be greatly missed by all.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

The funeral will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20th November at St Mary’s Church in Ilkeston Market Place, there will then be a private crematorium for family and close friends but all are welcome to attend Ilkeston RFC for a celebration of Kit’s life.

NLD U16 Training

November 10th, 2014 by

The final NLD U16 squad training session will take place at Newark RFC this evening.

The squad prepare to play their final game of the season on Sunday against Staffordshire at Leicester Grammar School, kick off 1pm.

Successful Boston College Rugby Session

November 7th, 2014 by

Boston College LeadershipEarlier this week Lincolnshire Community Rugby Coach Nathan Smith attended Boston College to deliver a touch rugby session to some of the students.  It is part of a programme between the RFU and Boston College that not only focusses on rugby but also on Leadership & Coaching skills.  With one of the biggest target areas in youth rugby the 16-24 age bracket this was a great opportunity to engage young people within the game.

Lincolnshire Rugby Development Officer Gareth Short said ‘It is always good to work with colleges and deliver coaching sessions to the students.  The atmosphere is always really enjoyable and hopefully we can encourage players to get involved in the sport outside of college hours as well.’

Boston In Touch Rugby


NLD U16’s Lose Out in Tough Encounter Against East Mids

November 6th, 2014 by

NLD U16s v East Midlands U16s Report

Super Sunday 1 Sunday 02nd November 2014 Bromsgrove RFC

East MidlandsU16s 26 – 12 NLD U16s

Sunday saw the first of this season Super Sundays as the NLD U16 squad travelled to take on East Midlands in a repeat of last season’s corresponding fixture.

12 months ago, NLD were taught a hard lesson against a quality East Mids side and were under no illusion of the task ahead.  NLD started with a bang as they tore into East Mids from the kick off.  Great work by Mcstay and Martin on the left with Brown in support and quick rucking from the forwards gave fly half Elliot Adamson room on the East Mids 22.  Flanker Reuban Pritchard found himself on the right wing and Adamson put full faith in him and executed a pin point cross field kick which Pritchard fielded magnificently for the opening try, and a dramatic start which shell shocked their opponents.  Adamson was successful with the tricky conversion and NLD were good value for their 7 point lead.

East Mids came straight back at NLD, and after some initial resistance were able to manufacture a try of their own following a penalty offence scored wide out.  The conversion was missed and NLD were still 5-7 up.  East Mids were content to keep the ball in the forward trying to starve NLD’s lively side of easy ball to play with.  When they did get possession NLD showed they had elusive runners through Mcstay, Martin and in particular Andy Brown who was creating havoc from full back.

The next try owed much to the skill and pace of 2 young men in particular.  A dropped ball by East Mids was scooped up by Liam Mcstay, who showed great footwork and pace to go round his man, he traded passes with Brown but was scragged just when it looked like he was free.  Brown was up in support to take the offload and beat the covering defence to the try at the corner for an outstanding effort.  Adamson was just off target with the difficult extras.

Again East Mids came back and using their big forwards again were able to rumble through NLD for a second try before half time.  This time the conversion was good and the sides were locked at 12-12 at half time.

Changes were made at half time so the Midlands selectors were able to see all the squad players for the required amount of time.  The changes unsettled both teams and the first period of the second half was somewhat of a stale mate with neither side really gaining the upper hand.  The coaches were pleased that the NLD lads were still keeping to the patterns and playing sensible rugby when required.  Eventually both Martin and Brown were able to make clean breaks, but neither were able to complete the scoring pass and chances went by.

Going into the final 10 minutes it looked like the draw was the most likely result, but NLD lost Martin when he followed up his own kick and collided with another player, and then Adamson who rolled his ankle making a tackle.  This left the NLD backline a little disorganised and East Mids were able to take advantage of the situation to score 2 late tries which were both converted.

NLD scarcely deserved to lose the game, in which they had shown some outstanding attacking play and ferocious defence when required.  East Midlands are a quality side and so the NLD players should be proud of the standard of rugby they played causing East Midlands to come from behind.  Certainly more positives were gained from this performance, and it gives the coaches something to build on for their last game.

Early reports suggest that both James Martin and Elliot Adamson will be fit to take their places in the final match should they be selected.

Next the squad move on to play Staffordshire at Leicester Grammar School in Super Sunday 2 on Sunday November 16th.


Jake Hickling, Corey Lewis, Edward James, William Boot, Alex Hanham, Reuban Pritchard, Jack Dickinson, Tom Walton, James Thomas, Elliot Adamson, Liam McStay, James Martin, James Peachey, Mark Hendy, Andrew Brown, Joe Heyes, Harkaren Singh-Sandhu, Lewis Himsworth, Sam Pace, Thomas Osborne, Mason Coulam, Matthew Law, Alex Morris, Charlie Livesey

Report:  Ian Charles, NLD U16 Manager