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09 CB Send Out - 17 May 2007

The Way Forward

Have your say on the future of the Game in England via the special website at Consultation has begun on The Way Forward project to review the current structure of elite rugby in England. The Way Forward is intended to be an informed and open process to establish the best way forward for the professional game with the objective of finding a lasting solution to the current issues.

Please make your views known via the on-line questionnaire or write to the Way Forward Project, Office of the Chief Executive, RFU, Rugby House, Rugby Road, Twickenham, TW1 1DS or have your say at a roadshow. Seven roadshows have already taken place, with two remaining:

  • Tuesday 22 May 2007 Belgrave RFC, Belgrave Pastures, Thurcaston Road, Abbey Lane, Leicester LE4 2RG.
  • Thursday 24 May 2007 Plymouth Albion RFC, The Brickfields Recreation Ground, Madden Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 4NE.

RFF Awards

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


Thanks to the hard work of your CB Campaign Teams, more than 21 of the planned 45 launches to clubs have taken place with over 749 people attending representing over 330 clubs. There has been a very positive reaction to the adult player recruitment campaign. 26 CBs have registered their CB Campaign Teams.

The table at the end of this email shows the number of clubs with campaign teams recorded in RugbyFirst. These individuals will be sent their login to the site for clubs once they have agreed an action plan with their RDO and CB campaign team. They will be able to access video clips, models of good practice and see details of the campaign. 

Clubs are being asked to submit their action plans by the end of May. This will enable us to target our local media purchasing based on the clubs actively committed to the campaign. If there are any questions about the campaign, please contact Andy Lees, [ ] or

Presidents XV Awards

The first RFU awards to recognise teams of volunteers have been made. 26 rugby clubs and one CB have been chosen for awards by the Presidential panel:

Category Winners Runners Up
1.Youth Rugby Jersey Castle Cary & Perranporth
2. School Links Bolton Colchester & Witham
3. More Than A Game Caldy Dorking
4. Girl Power Cockermouth Darlington Mowden Park & Welwyn Warriers
5. More Referees University of Bristol Handsworth
6. More Coaches Windsor Northolt
7. More Volunteers Cockermouth Not Awarded
8. Veterans Eastern Counties RFU Windsor
9. Social Inclusion Not Awarded Not Awarded
10. Community Aretians Aspatria & Knutsford
11. Better Facilities Chelmsford Clee Hill & Peterborough
12. Modernisation Letchworth Garden City Northolt & Windsor
13. Fundraising Event Not Awarded Not Awarded
14. Fundraising Venture Bridlington Not Awarded
15. Enjoyment Mansfield Market Harborough & Ryde

CB Consultants

We are delighted that some new faces have joined the team of CB Consultants. Attached is the up-to-date list showing which consultant will be offering support to your CB. Our aim is to contact each CB to ideally arrange a visit with CB Management Committee in May/June. Please take advantage of the support offered to help you with your annual planning.

We are keen to share your innovations and feedback about RDP, Age Grade rugby, coach, volunteer and referee development, club development, facilities, and any other ''hot topics'' you have.

Equity Consultation

The five page Equity Action Plan 2007-08 is now available. Please would you encourage as many people as possible to answer the eight questions on the attached document. It should only take ten minutes and your feedback helps us to comply with the Sport England Equity Standards. If you have any queries, please contact Phil Clarke[] or Angela Barnett[]

Coach Licensing Scheme

Following the consultation process around the country and via the web-site, the final policy proposals have been approved by the Community Rugby Standing Committee and are due to be presented to Council later this year. Subject to approval, the scheme will begin to be implemented early in 2008. Final recommendations and feedback may be found on the Coach Licensing Scheme page in the Taking Part section of the RFU website. 

Schools of Rugby Coach Development

Officers are working with Academies and Constituent Bodies to identify and train coaches to be involved in the Schools of Rugby Programme. A coaching resource manual and DVD are in production, and will be distributed by CDOs at the training events to run from June onwards.

Coaching Teachers

The Coach Development Officers are running 16 Development days across the country for teachers. The events featuring guest coaching presenters aim to support the development of the game through high quality delivery in schools. Details can be found at the Teacher Training page, in the Managing Rugby section of the RFU website. 

Coach Development

Gary Henderson has been appointed to the position of Acting Head of Coach Development following internal interviews held last week. He reports directly to Andrew Scoular, Director, Community Rugby. We wish Gary every success in this role.

RugbyFirst Rob Mackmurdie, Head of IT, has announced that Paul Chorley has accepted the role of RugbyFirst Project Manager within the IT department. Paul has been closely involved with RugbyFirst for the last 18 months and has built up an excellent relationship with both the development team and the external suppliers. Paul joins the team at an exciting and challenging time and we wish him every success in the role. To allow for on-going web projects, Paul officially takes over the reins on 11 June 2007.

Summer Sevens

SummerSevens is expanding its leagues throughout London and the South East for a second season of fast-moving and high-scoring rugby. For more details visit

Barclays Churchill Cup CB Discount

For the first time in 81 years the New Zealand Maori will be playing at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 2 June as part of the Barclays Churchill Cup. The Maori last played at Twickenham in 1926 and are the current Barclays Churchill Cup champions. The tournament is normally staged in North America and is contested by the Maori, England Saxons, Scotland A, Ireland A, USA and Canada.

This is the last chance for all six teams to impress and earn selection for the Rugby World Cup in September. Make sure you are there to watch their final audition. Get premium tickets for the Barclays Churchill Cup Finals Day on Saturday 2 June for the special discount price of just £30. This offer to save £5 on every ticket you buy is only open to Constituent Body Volunteers. To make a group booking call Barry Aherne in the Ticket Office on 020 8831 6602. Remember to quote CB Volunteers.


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