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05 CB Send Out - 17 August 2007

Go Play Rugby

709 rugby clubs are taking part in the adult player recruitment campaign. All regions have hit their targets for the number of clubs actively participating. Over 2,400 volunteers have signed up as part of a campaign team for their club but we need more! Well done to Buckinghamshire, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire, East Midlands, Eastern Counties, Kent, Staffordshire and Sussex.

All these counties have 100% of their priority clubs with campaign teams registered on RugbyFirst. We have asked the remaining CB Campaign teams to ensure participating clubs have registered campaign teams. The information is vital so that potential players to get in touch with the club via the website and the text service 64411. 

Will Greenwood and Rob Andrew headed up the media launch and over 200 radio, TV and online media stations ran interviews about Go Play Rugby. The next major phase of the media campaign sees the launch of the cinema advert from 17 August to run with the Bourne Ultimatum. If you have any queries about this update, please contact []

Schools of Rugby

An information pack has been sent to all CBRDP Chairmen with full details of the operation, implementation and funding of the Schools of Rugby. A letter will go to CB Honorary Secretaries, Honorary Treasurers and Council Members detailing the funding arrangements and payment for the SoR which will be due in September.

CB Conference

Full details and an application form for this event will be sent to CB Honorary Secretaries in the next two weeks.

RFU Yearbook & Handbook 2007/08

Each club will receive one copy of each of the Yearbook and RFU Handbook, which are being sent direct to the Club Secretary listed in RugbyFirst. CB Secretaries will receive 10 copies of each book. All books are due to arrive with clubs and CBs before 22 August.

A form to order additional copies will be included in the packages distributed. If you have any queries regarding these publications please email [] or telephone 0208 831 6762

RFU Insurance 2007/08

Please note in the last send-out a letter was attached to notify you of the recent Insurance mailing to clubs. This intentionally did not include the attachments that had been sent to clubs that were mentioned in the letter.

Club Questionnaire

Due to the transition to RugbyFirst, the 2007/08 club questionnaire has not been launched yet. A team including CB representatives are working on the new format which will ask clubs to validate a snapshot of the data already held in RugbyFirst plus answer a few additional questions.

This will make it easier for clubs to complete. The intention is to fully test and pilot the questionnaire. In the mean time, we are encouraging clubs to keep their RugbyFirst profile pages and player, coach, referee, and volunteer details up to date.

Non-Society Referee Education Evenings

Over the course of the coming season, the Referee Development Team will be hosting a series of Referee Education Evenings. Aimed at non-Society referees and lasting approximately 2 hours. The majority of the sessions will focus on either “refereeing the scrum” or “refereeing the tackle” and will be based on modules being undertaken by Society referees as part of their own continuous development.

Candidates will apply for an event via Lindsay Piper at Twickenham, in the same way as they would for an ELRA course. They will receive the appropriate documentation on the evening and a Certificate of Attendance following the event. Please note that the Referee Education Evenings are open to ANY non-Society referee, irrespective of whether he or she has undertaken a formal refereeing qualification. For further details, please contact the relevant Referee Development Officer (RefDO).


Please note that, with effect from 1 September, referees wishing to undertake the FULL mini-midi module will be able to do so as part of the Entry Level Referee Award (ELRA). Candidates choosing this option will receive the full range of mini-midi documentation, along with the associated distance learning guidance, at the same time as receiving their ELRA pre-course work.

They will then be expected to work through the mini-midi documentation between Stages 1 and 2 of the ELRA, before undertaking the mini-midi exam at Stage 2. The cost to candidates opting to undertake the mini-midi module in this way will be £50. For further details, please contact the relevant Referee Development Officer (RefDO).

Coaching Announcement

Gavin Williams has been appointed to Coach Development Officer for the Southern Region. He will replace Gary Townsend who recently took up his appointment as National Coaching Development Manager. We congratulate Gavin on his appointment and wish him well for the future.



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