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05 CB Send Out - 15 August 2008

RFU Strategic Plan 

All participants are invited to have their say on the future direction and priorities for rugby union in England for the next 8 years using the online survey at [rfustrategicplan.com].

CB Conference 

The invitationprogramme and nomination form for this year's conference which takes place on 10 & 11 October have been sent to CB Honorary Secretaries separately. Please return your nomination forms to Erin Kirby before 15 September 2008. Please contact Erin on 020 8831 7470 or via email at [erinkirby@rfu.com], if you have logistical queries.

Insurance

Please find attached confirmation that your CB is insured for public and employers liability. Cover is as in previous years. If you have any queries regarding this policy, please contact our insurance brokers Marsh on 01732 877 647 or rfu.clubs@marsh.com.

CB IT Shopping List 

We are delighted to announce the re-launch of the CB IT shopping list. The phased roll out will provide sustainable ongoing support to CBs enabling them to plan their IT needs. The 27 page process (MS Word DOC 760KB), including the list and images of items that can be purchased, can be downloaded here. The CBs who are eligible to order equipment in the first phase will be contacted by the IT department in October to start the ordering process.

England Counties XV 

England Counties XV is looking to appoint a Forwards Coach and Assistant Team Manager. These are honorary appointments. Details of the roles are available on the RFU Careers webpage. For further information, and an informal discussion please contact Pam Cartwright, RFU International Tours & Sevens Manager on 020 8831 6636.

National U17s Competition 

The RFU is looking for a volunteer to be the South West Divisional Organiser for this successful competition that helps keep players in the game at a vital age group.  Details of the role and the application process can be found here. For more information contact Billy Clark, Age Grade Competitions Manager, RFU Tournaments & Competitions Department on [billyclark@rfu.com] or 0208 831 6681.

Artificial Grass Pitches

RFU Game Regulation 17 covering the use of Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs) has been amended for season 2008/09 to allow their use in RFU Competitions. AGPs can be used for RFU Competitions (including league competition) so long as the pitch conforms to IRB regulations and the RFU has granted permission for its use.

AGPs must be considered as a 'seamless' alternative to natural grass pitches and all fixtures should be honoured where arranged to be played on them. Normal insurance cover exists through Marsh for the use of the pitch, subject to the pitch meeting the requirements laid out within the RFU permission. Further information on Artificial Pitches is available on the Artificial Pitches page of the RFU website or from your Funding & Facilities Manager.

Copyright Consultation 

(From Nick Bunting)  

Changes to Copyright Laws which may affect sports clubs are under consultation. Currently sports clubs are required to purchase a Performing Right Society (PRS) licence if they use any audio-visual equipment but are exempt from the requirement to purchase a Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) licence. The current proposals are to introduce an exemption on the need to purchase a PRS licence for clubs with a turnover of less than £20,000 but remove the current exemption to purchase a PPL licence. 

The average cost of a PRS licence to a sports club is £369. It is estimated that a PPL licence will cost between £103 and £164. The RFU believes this is an unnecessary financial burden on sports clubs and is urging you and your members to respond to the consultation. Have your say before 31 October 2008.

Help is just a text away 

If your team is at away fixtures or on tour, a new service from NHS and Directgov helps you find the nearest Accident & Emergency ward, emergency dentist, GP or other health service. Wherever you are in the UK, simply text the relevant code (for example ‘a&e") to 64746 and the addresses, phone numbers and maps are sent direct to your mobile phone. Because the service is free, you’ll only be charged for a standard text. 

Staff Announcement Finance

Sandra Negreira has taken over as Club Accountant from Keith Campbell who has taken up a role as Management Accountant. If you have any club finance queries, please contact Sandra on 0208 831 6538 or [sandranegreira@rfu.com].

Staff Announcement Coaching 

Nevil Jeffrey has accepted the post of Coaching Resources Officer. Nevil will work closely with Stephen Hornsby both of whom will report to Gary Townsend, National Coaching Development Manager. Nevil and Stephen will be responsible for delivering a coaching resource strategy to support the development of high quality coaches throughout England.

This will include the development of a Rugby Union Coaches Association, which will provide a range of new benefits and services to coaches. We welcome Nevil’s appointment, and wish him well in this new and challenging role. Alan Hubbleday will replace Nevil as the Coach Development Officer for the South West. Alan has been seconded as a Coach Development Officer in the North West where he has made a significant contribution, and we wish him well in his new role.

Help for Heroes 

The Help for Heroes organisation is appealing for support to promote their unique fundraising rugby match at Twickenham on September 20. The Legends of rugby have agreed to play in a once in a life time match. We will see the great turn out in Help for Heroes shirts; Dallaglio, Johnson, Gibbs, Greenwood, Lomu, de Glanville, Evans and many more.

It will be a great day and, if we can fill HQ's 82,000 seats, we can make £1Million for H4H all of which will be used to aid wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Bryn Parry, the founder and chairman of the Help for Heroes charity, is calling for all to "spread the word, organise a group, buy a wristband, be creative, have some fun and help a hero."

 

 

 

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