News Archive


October 10th, 2014 by

This Saturday will see the club’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd XVs all play AT HOME together for the first time since the late 70s/early 80s. 50+ players will play for the club, where there is a regular training attendance in excess of 40.

In 2006 the 1st XV suffered a record loss of 0- 109 to Ashby and at the end of that season withdrew from the RFU leagues. In 2010 with only a scratch side of 13 players it was rock bottom for the club, they went to Newark and duly lost heavily to their 4ths.

However today they stand on much firmer ground with the 1st XV returning to the league in 2012; the 2nd XV (resurrected in 2012 after a 6 year absence) competing successfully in the Notts Pennant; and a 3rd XV, the first since the early 1990’s, playing in the Lincolnshire Merit League.

As they celebrate their Golden Jubilee it is a very fitting mark of their progress. The next aims are on-field achievement by all sides,  promotion for 1sts and 2nds, consolidation for the 3rd XV and the restoration of a youth set up to ensure the long term future of the club.

The turnaround has come about largely through the engagement of an enthusiastic group of young players led by club captain Andy Rush, and team captains’ Jamie Smith, Ben Curtis and Darryl Smith; supported by a committee which successfully blends enthusiastic spirit with the wisdom and advice of some of the club’s long serving/long suffering elder statesmen.

The club’s progress has been an extraordinary credit to them over the last few years and we are sure that they will continue this good progress.

Level 2 Coaching Course @ Uni of Nottingham

October 8th, 2014 by

There is a Level 2 Coaching Course scheduled to be held at the University of Nottingham later this month and in November.  There are still places available so make sure you don’t miss out!!

Nottingham Uni Level 2

NLD U12 Entries Open

October 7th, 2014 by

This year’s NLD U12 festivals will be taking place throughout November as qualifiers for the Finals which will be held in March 2015.

NLD U12 Lincolnshire   –    Market Rasen RFC   –   Sunday 2nd November 2014
NLD U12 Derbyshire    –   Ilkeston RFC    –    Sunday 16th November 2014
NLD U12 Nottinghamshire  –  Nottingham Corsairs RFC   –   Sunday 16th November 2014

NLD U12 Finals   –    Nottingham Corsairs RFC   –  Sunday 22nd March 2015

Entries are now open so please complete and return the entry form either via return email or to the address below by Wednesday 22nd October 2014.

24 Cartergate
NG24 1UB

All entries must be paid for in full by the closing date.

Lincolnshire Merit League Results

September 22nd, 2014 by

The latest Results Table from the Lincolnshire Merit League is available to view below.

Lincoln 3990037756950050
Market Rasen 39900283109930048
North Hykeham 394(6)12219139472136
Gainsborough 29603233159450134
Skegness 293(4)23160215461130
Kesteven 393(4)05162251531125

NLD U15 Girls Squad Selected

October 7th, 2014 by

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected into the NLD U15’s Girls Squad for this season:

Name Club
Bess Heath Ashfield RFC
Beth Leivers Ashfield RFC
Brianny Leivers Ashfield RFC
Courtney Reid Ashfield RFC
Elodie Fleet Ashfield RFC
Grace Stocks Ashfield RFC
Holly Felton Ashfield RFC
Laura Elliot Ashfield RFC
Lucy Payne Ashfield RFC
Megan Warsop Ashfield RFC
Olivia Palmer Ashfield RFC
Tanya Whyler Ashfield RFC
Ella Delaney Melbourne RFC
Alexandra Clack Newark RFC
Alice Smith Newark RFC
Georgia Staines Newark RFC
Hannah Sharp Newark RFC
Jessica Weaver Newark RFC
Kate Davis-Bavin Newark RFC
Madeline Crofts Newark RFC
Victoria Lyon Newark RFC
Sophie Hill Newark RFC
Emma Tunstall Paviors RFC
Genna Nesham Sleaford RFC
Molly Thorton Sleaford RFC

The squad will kick off their 2014 matches this Sunday with a festival at Lutterworth RFC during which they will take on East Midlands, North Midlands, Leicestershire & Staffordshire.

Congratulations to all of the girls on their selection!

Medical Personnel in Rugby – ICIS Course!!

October 7th, 2014 by

While catastrophic injuries are not common in rugby, it is essential that when they do occur, the medical teams responsible are appropriately prepared and trained for such an incident. The Rugby Football Union/Premier Rugby Immediate Care in Sport Course (ICIS) is now available to CBs and Clubs.

This one day course is a rugby union specific course that will address the immediate care training needs of health care professionals working within rugby.

Places can be booked at


NLD President’s VII Awards

October 7th, 2014 by

Following on from the 2014 RFU President XV Awards, NLD wanted to recognise those clubs who had submitted nominations but not been successful for all of the great work that they have been doing.

On Monday 29th September NLD President Phil Cass presented each of the clubs with a Plaque to celebrate this achievement along with a cheque for £100.

Lincoln RFC received an award for ‘Better Facilities’ their Secretary Carol Badmin said ‘We are delighted to have received this in recognition of all of the hard work that has gone into the club by the members.  It has been humbling to see so much time and effort given to the new facility and we are really looking forward to the future of the club’.

Awards were presented to:

Long Eaton RFC – Club Management
Lincoln RFC – Better Facilities
Rolls Royce RFC – Club Management
West Bridgford RFC – Club Management
Nottinghamshire RFU – Beyond Rugby
Kesteven RFC – Club Management

NLD would like to congratulate all of the clubs on this excellent achievement – keep up the great work!

CB Roadshow   

December 22nd, 2014 by

The RFU’s CB Roadshow will be coming to our area on 15th January 2015.  The Workshop will be held at Doncaster RFC, 7-9pm, and is open to all clubs / members who would like to attend.

This is the perfect opportunity for clubs to informally meet Steve Grainger, Head of Rugby Development and Malcolm Wharton, Chair of the Community Game Board, who will both be present on the evening along with members of the CRM / Digital team.

There is also a roadshow at Coalville RFC on 18th March 2015, this will include a member of the ER2015 team who will be available to answer your questions as well.

So put the dates in your diary now – all are welcome and these are great opportunities for you to ask any questions you may have.

If you would like to attend please email Nicole Brown – [email protected].

RFU Helps Students Try Touch Rugby

October 7th, 2014 by

Students from across the College took part in a touch rugby tournament with England Rugby’s Delivery Team at the College’s Clifton centre earlier this week.

RFU Rugby Development Officer Andrew Highton and Community Rugby Coach Calvin Beech led the event, which was designed to introduce touch rugby (a modified version of the game where tackles are replaced by touches), encourage sports participation among students and promote the College’s Rugby Academy.


Pictured L-R: Andrew Highton (RFU Rugby Development Officer for Nottinghamshire), Roy Reece (Head Coach, Central College Rugby Academy), Glen Read (Central College Sport Academy Manager).

Andrew said: “Colleges have a key role to play in getting young people into the sport. We’ve found Central College to be very pro-active, running the Rugby Academy and raising the profile of the sport, and the variations of it, through sessions like this.

“In England, the popularity of touch rugby has grown rapidly as it’s good fun – and good exercise – in its own right. It’s also a great introduction to 15-a-side rugby, making the sport more accessible initially, with the Academy then developing young players who want to train and progress their skills to a higher level. We’re very happy to be here supporting the work being done by Central to encourage more young people into the game.”

Sport Academy Manager for Central College, Glen Read, said:

“The Rugby Academy allows both experienced players and newcomers to get together and play, developing their skills while enjoying the sessions. Students will take part in training sessions which run twice a week, and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the coaches in the Academy.

“The input from England Rugby makes sure our students are getting the best experience of the game they can and maximises their opportunities to progress in the sport.”

West Car Park Hospitality for Volunteers  – QBE Matches

October 7th, 2014 by

Once again the RFU will be running the West Car Park Hospitality for volunteers for each of the 4 of the QBE matches taking place in November. The cut-off date for nominations from clubs is Friday 24th October, but please don’t delay in requesting your volunteers places as all 4 matches tend to fill up very quickly.

Places are limited to 4 per club for the series and as in previous years they would like to welcome volunteers that have not yet attended one of these events. Should you have any questions please contact Paula Hanson on [email protected].