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01 CB Send Out - 18 December 2008

International Ticket Allocation

On 14 November 2008 the RFU Council agreed a new policy in regard to the allocation of International Tickets to Member Clubs at Level Three and below for the season 2009/2010. A letter (PDF 191kB) has been sent to clubs which outlines the details of the new policy.

Advice to clubs 

As discussed at the recent CB Treasurers' conference, CB Treasurers have been given a letter (MS Word DOC 48kB) to personalise and send to clubs in your CB regarding the impact of economic conditions on club finances.

Whole Sport Plan  

The RFU have received an initial offer from Sport England to fund our Whole Sport Plan. We do not yet know the funding breakdown, especially ringfenced funding and capital vs revenue spend. This will effect the timing of the spend and our existing commitments. Once we know the full breakdown, we will analyse the detail at the business planning meeting in mid January and let you know the full impact of the offer.


The latest awards made by the Rugby Football Foundation in September (MS Word DOC 326kB) and October 2008 (MS Word DOC 322kB).

Youth Structured Season 

The Youth Structured Season 2009/10 (PDF 1,084kB) is available to download. A hard copy of this resource will be distributed to clubs and schools with the January Touchline send-out.

2009 Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2009 Prohibited List which outlines the classes of substances and methods that are prohibited in sport, including rugby union. The new List will come into effect on 1 January 2009 and is available together with supporting documents on the Anti-doping page of the RFU website.  

A number of changes have been made to the List for next year so the RFU urges all clubs, teams, players and support personnel to view the List and re-check the status of any medications they may be taking by using the Drug Information Database ( For further information please contact Gavin Dovey, Anti-Doping Officer, on 020 8831 7441 or [].

Young Officials Development Officer (Voluntary Opportunity)

Thanks to external funding from v and the Youth Sport Trust, the RFU Referees Department is looking to recruit a Young Officials Development Officer.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Department to effectively administer the introduction and subsequent development of a Young Officials Award, to be introduced in early 2009.

Presidents XV 2009

This season’s President’s XV Recognition Awards have been launched by RFU President, Brian Williams. Over £10,000 is on offer to reward excellence and innovation in the grassroots game. Last season saw 161 entrants, with inner City missionaries, recruitment campaigners and experts in electronic communication among the 15 categories.

A new category for Young Volunteers, will recognise organisations that encourage 14-25 year-olds to get involved in rugby volunteering and develop their skills. The President’s XV awards are supported by Rugby World magazine. Editor Paul Morgan is part of a judging panel that includes England’s most capped player Jason Leonard. The 15 winners will pick up £500 each and 30 runners-up will collect £100 each, to invest in the grassroots game. Nominations can be made online here. For more information on the scheme email Carly Jackson at [].

Volunteer Recognition

The festive season is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to volunteers, and we have a number of schemes to help. For details, visit the Recognition area of our website, or contact Carly Jackson at [].

Recognition Review

There are many ways to value the efforts of volunteers for their vital contribution to grassroots rugby. We want to know your thoughts on the Community Rugby volunteer recognition schemes - what works, what doesn’t and any new ideas. To tell us what you think, please complete the short online survey which will be available until 5 January 2009. If you have any questions, or additional feedback, please contact Carly Jackson [].