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07 CB Send Out - 4 July 2008

Rugby Landscape Consultation 

Until the end of July the RFU is running a survey on the competitions structure for rugby union in England. This the first time in over 20 years that the RFU will review English rugby's competition structure from national league to community level. The survey is your opportunity to take part in this review and have a say on how we can build a sustainable future for clubs and the game.

We would be very grateful for your time and effort in completing the online survey. After a full analysis of the replies, there will be a stakeholders" forum, following which recommendations will be drawn up and presented to the RFU Management Board and Council. Note: Guinness Premiership and National League 1 will NOT be impacted by the outcome of this survey.

CB Schools of Rugby

The Implementation Guide for CBs has been distributed to key CB personnel but it can also found under the Coach section of the RFU website. Also contained within these web pages are the following documents: Coaches Guide, Role Description for SoR Managers and Fitness advice for SoR players.

Sport England Lottery Consultation

(From Nick Bunting) 

Please take part in the public consultation on how Sport England distributes Lottery funding to support community sport. The consultation document and response form is available at

This consultation is very important to both Sport England and the RFU and it is your opportunity to influence the way Sport England distribute around £45 million a year of National Lottery funding which makes a real difference to the future of Rugby Union in England. As well as completing the consultation on behalf of your CB or Club, it would be greatly appreciated if you could cascade the document to your individual and club members. Doing so will help ensure that Sport England gain the views of as wide a sample of the Rugby Union community as possible. 

The consultation will run until Tuesday 16 September and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Can I also encourage you to pass on details of the consultation to any colleagues or associates who you think would be interested. We want to encourage as wide a participation as possible. If you require a hard copy of this consultation document or would like it to be translated into another language, Braille or large print, please call the consultation help line on 0845 850 8508 or e-mail

New Sport England Strategy

(from Nick Bunting) 

Sport England have now released their new strategy (PDF, 461kB) , this will be channelled through National Governing Bodies on a commissioning basis and will focus around 'Grow, Sustain and Excel’ of the 16+ age group; addressing the drop off in participation at this key age group. County Sports Partnerships will remain a key element in the delivery of the target for 1 million new participants by 2012 alongside National Governing Bodies.


Community Rugby will create nearly 4,000 youth volunteering opportunities over the next three years with the aid new funding from vRugby, the youth volunteering charity, and the Rugby Football Foundation. vRugby has committed £337,000 from its Match Fund, and the Rugby Football Foundation has matched this investment with training and support to create the vRugby programme. The programme is open to all RFU Seal of Approval Clubs with 203 projects each year.  We are seeking 30 young activators - each responsible for seven clubs – to coordinate the project. They will recruit, train and support volunteers aged from 16 to 25. 

Teams of young volunteers will run ‘bite size’ projects that benefit their clubs and the local community in one of four areas: playing (vRugbyFun), delivering healthy lifestyle messages (vRugbyLife), club mini-makeovers (vRugbyForce) and fundraising (vRugbyCash). If you know a suitable young volunteer for your area, please ask them to complete the application form by 8 August. A national training camp will take place on 25/26 September. 

CB Orientation Day

Does your CB have new volunteers for next season? Following very positive feedback from our last event, we are planning our next 'orientation day' for new CB volunteers. The event at Twickenham gives new officers/ deputies/ volunteers a chance to meet key members of staff and each other.

It is likely to take place in October. Due to increased demand more places will be on offer, but get your nominees in early so they don't miss out. Please send the names, roles and email addresses of potential attendees, plus any topics you want to see on the agenda to [].

Youth Structured Season 

statement (Word, 628kB) has been issued clarifying the position of CBs with regards to the implementation of the YSS.

Rugby Exhibitions 

The RFU Travelling Exhibition Unit and leisure rugby team will be clocking up many miles in July in support of major club, CB and public events:

5/6 July Danson Festival Danson Park, Bexleyheath
8/9/10 July Great Yorkshire Show Harrogate
12/13 July 02 Scrum on the Beach Bournemouth
19 July Middlesbrough Sports MELA Albert Park, Middlesbrough
25/26/27 July The CLA Game Fair Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
29/30/31 July New Forest Show New Park, Brockenhurst

Heineken Raises It’s Glass To Grass Roots Rugby 

A brand new social rugby tournament, the Heineken 10s, will kick off this autumn. It will be the first ever national club 10s tournament in England, with 16 different clubs nationwide hosting matches for over 3,500 amateur players. As part of the tournament, Heineken will also be investing further in grass roots rugby via a special Heineken legacy fund which will enable clubs to make improvements to their club houses. More information about the Heineken 10s can be found at and those interested in playing can register by emailing



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