It has been busy opening few months to the start of the season for the inaugural NLD RFU Youth Council. Launched in September 2018, at Nottingham Rugby Club, the Council has been created and is supported by NLD Hon. Sec and RFU Council Member Tracy Edmundson, the NLD RFU CB Volunteer Group and professional RFU staff.
The programme provides a unique opportunity for our Youth Council members to develop their volunteering skills, creatively, in a positive and supportive environment. Their tenure as a Youth Council member will allow them to gain the experience of working across the constituent body in addition to NLD RFU being provided with youthful insight and energy to help address the modern-day challenges of developing the game. Newly elected NLD Youth Council Secretary James Kennett confirmed “The NLD Youth Council has been launched to give a voice to young people involved in rugby. Following a launch event at Nottingham Rugby Club the Council has directed its focus to retention in rugby for all, whether it be players, coaches, match officials or volunteers. This key issue is the largest barrier for the success of youth rugby throughout the region. The Youth Council hopes to provide a platform for the issues to be discussed and removed to allow more young people to enjoy rugby everywhere.”
During September and October Youth Council meetings took place to elect officers, confirm their key actions for supporting the game within the 14-24 age group and confirm their appointment to each of NLD’s sub-committee groups. Their appointments to the NLD sub-committee groups are of particular importance because they will each become an influential decision maker within focused groups of the CB including Game Development, Club Development, Women & Girls and Representative Rugby. Additionally, each Youth Council member will be mentored by the sub-committee group lead which will become a vital aspect of succession planning for the future of each group.
Tracy Edmundson commented “We have a fantastic group of passionate, knowledgeable and driven young people working to help move the game forward in NLD. We wish them all the very best for the 2018-19 season and beyond.”