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04 CB Send Out - 19 September 2007

RFF Awards

Please find attached the latest awards made by the Rugby Football Foundation 

Welfare Managers Workshop

(from Nic Scott)

The Child Protection Department hold two workshops a year for all CB Welfare Managers (CBWM). During these workshops the CBWMs are updated on any changes to RFU/W policies and procedures in relation to child protection, receive training on relevant subjects as well as interact with their colleagues in other CBs.

The next workshop will be held on 10 & 11 November at Bath RFC. As you will appreciate it is important that each CB is represented at this event to ensure the CB is up to date with their child protection policies and procedures. Whilst many have already replied, it would be greatly appreciated if you could check with/encourage your CBWM to attend the workshop, and if this is not possible, identify a replacement.

For those CBs who do not have a CBWM in post please would you be kind enough to identify someone to attend to represent your CB. All correspondence should be directed to the Child Protection Executive Ann Hutchins ([]). Thank you for all your help and support.

Office Equipment Grants

The RFU Office Equipment Grant Scheme has been expanded by £2,500 per CB. This means that even if you had previously reached your limit, you can now apply for further funding. All applications should be routed through Rob Edmunds [] and will be put before the CB Finance Sub-Committee for approval. 2007/08 meeting dates are: 

  • 6 September
  • 8 November
  • 3 January
  • 6 March
  • 1 May

Go Play Rugby

We've teamed up with UCAS to try and create the longest ever continuous pass of a rugby ball. The idea is simple - video yourself receiving a pass from your right and passing it on to the left. We''ll join up all the clips so you can see who has passed you the ball and who you pass it to. It could be one of your best mates, a random person, or maybe Johnny Wilkinson.

There's a prize of two tickets for the 2008 Six Nations at Twickenham for the most inventive pass! Visit the Yougofurther website and get your CB, clubs, colleges, schools, sponsors, local businesses and everyone else involved too!


Term has kicked off with a bang! GoPlayRugby resources have been distributed to 106 Universities and 37 Colleges to help recruit players during Freshers Fairs and the Rugby World Cup. All Universities have been sent a template to create formal Club Links. Regional representatives of the Students RFU are working with RDOs and RRDMs to support toolkit funded regional events. 

Please encourage your clubs stay involved with this vital source of 16-30 year olds by strengthening student activity from development planning workshops to front row clinics. If you would like any further information, please contact [].

Making the World Cup work for the Game

The RFU have commissioned a special website to support the England team and encourage people to participate in rugby. Visitors can access Go Play Rugby, the latest coaching and refereeing courses, and the great reasons and ways to volunteer. 

As well as daily interviews with England players and coaches, the Gillette Rugby Podcast gives England fans access to exclusive behind the scenes interviews to help them keep up to date with the latest news from inside the England camp, as well as the low down on everything else making the headlines throughout the 2007 tournament. Visit the site today, and please promote the unique content so fans make their first choice and the whole game will benefit!


Just a reminder of several upcoming events:

  • 5/6 October 2007-CB Conference: Open to 3 representatives per CB (including council members
  • 11 October 2007-CB Orientation Day: Open to new CB officers/administrators/volunteers
  • 17/18 October 2007-International Coaching Conference: Open to the game
  • 10/11 November 2007 CB Welfare Managers Workshop - Open to CB Welfare Managers
  • 7 December 2007  CB Treasurers Conference  Open to CB Treasurers
  • 19/20 January 2008  Rugby Leaders Conference  To be announced
  • Announcements

    Tom Brewis is the new Competitions Administrator has taken over from Simon Bond. Tom is looking after the fixtures database and helping with the administration of league and cup competitions together with anti-doping administration. His extension is 6501. Megan Higham joins as Competitions Assistant with specific responsibility for the U18s elements of the Daily Mail competition.

    Megan''s appointment completes the transfer of the Daily Mail function from Castlecroft to Twickenham. Her extension is 6778. After eight enjoyable years at the RFU James Winterbottom has left to accept a new challenge away from Rugby Union. The vacancy for an Age Grade Competitions Manager has been advertised.

    The Gartmore Challenge

    Barbarians v South Africa  Sebastien Chabal, Matt Giteau, Chris Latham, Jerry Collins, Sitiveni Sivivatu and James Hook will all take to the field for the famous Barbarians invitational side at Twickenham on Saturday 1 December (3pm kick off) against South Africa.
  • Jason Robinson will also be making his farewell appearance at the home of England Rugby, having announced his retirement from the game after the World Cup. Hotly tipped as one of the favourite to win the Rugby World Cup, the Springboks will come for the clash with an equally impressive line up including Habana, Montgomery, Burger and de Villiers.  

    Touchline Dates

    Patricia Mowbray has issued the following dates for those of you wishing to include photos and articles in Touchline:

    Copy deadline

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    24 September 2007

    12 October 2007

    22 October 2007

    9 November 2007

    19 November 2007

    7 December 2007

    3 January 2008

    18 January 2008

    28 January 2008

    15 February 2008

    25 February 2008

    14 March 2008

    25 March 2008

    11 April 2008

    21 April 2008

    9 May 2008

    27 May 2008

    13 June 2008

    23 June 2008

    11 July 2008

    21 July 2008

    8 August 2008

    26 August 2008

    12 September 2008

    22 September 2008

    10 October 2008

    27 October 2008

    14 November 2008

    24 November 2008

    12 December 2008


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