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10 CB Send Out - 16 April 2008

Issue 2. Updated 23 April 2008

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Ticketing and Contact Details

The updated letter from Francis Baron and accompanying information (Club Direct Debit Form, Example Yearbook Entry) has been sent to all clubs this week via the Resources Team. The letter is self explanatory but it does include the details of the people to contact if your clubs have queries or need support.

Play On Leadership  

Thank you to everyone who has been involved with organising Pathfinder Workshops and putting plans in place for the Play On campaign. Please add the role of Pathfinder to the RugbyFirst profile of your key CB volunteer (who may be an existing volunteer or a new recruit) so that we can provide your CB with the latest updates and information. If you have any queries or feedback, please contact [].

Play On Toolkit

Thank you to all the CBs who have submitted their Community Rugby Toolkit Action Plans and will be receiving their funding ahead of schedule. The deadline for applications has already been extended to 20 April 2008. If you have any questions please contact your RRDM or []. Copies of the Toolkit document and form are available from [].


The latest awards made by the Rugby Football Foundation.

Independent Safeguarding Authority legislation

The implementation of the ISA scheme (which will work in conjunction with the existing CRB system, checking an individual's suitability to work with young people) has been deferred until October 2009. The scheme will still be phased in over the following five years (ie until October 2014). The one-off ISA check will last a lifetime and the 'employer" (which includes RFU/CB/Clubs) informed of a change in "status” of an individual, ie a conviction. Volunteers' checks will still be free of charge.

The fee for non-volunteers will be a £64 one off payment. The Safeguarding team felt ready to start the process from next season, but this deferral will give all concerned more time to prepare. CB Welfare Managers will still be briefed at the June conference and will go back to their CBs to brief their local welfare teams. More information about the scheme is available on the RUSafe site located on RugbyFirst.


The Management Board have approved a new format to ensure we organise and deliver Community Rugby Conferences so they fulfil a role in the planning and delivery of the community game in the most appropriate and cost effective manner. The new approach will fit better with CB planning, allow greater 'bottom up" feedback and consistency of implementation. 

The CB Conference, scheduled for 10 & 11 October 2008, will remain the key planning event.  Regional Implementation Conferences will happen early in 2009. These will be led by Regional Delivery Teams in partnership with CBs.  Further details will be shared with CBs by Regional Rugby Development Managers. Specialist conferences and working meetings will continue to take place for the subject matter experts eg Welfare Managers, Coaches, Referees, etc.

Leisure Rugby Event Notification

(From Dan Brown) 

Leisure Rugby activities are far ranging, occur irregularly and are organised by many different types of organisations. As the governing body we have a responsibility to ensure that any rugby activity that is not 15 a side is well planned and delivered safely adhering to our guidelines. The RFU provides both playing and public liability insurance cover to our member clubs for no charge. 

The RFU may include, within its insurance cover, organisations who are not members of RFU i.e. Section 1 clubs nor members of a CB i.e. Section 3 clubs, who may run Leisure Rugby events from time to time. To obtain such cover, organisations running such events need to provide pre-notification of the event to the RFU and request 'insurance approval' for the event from the RFU. Such approval may be granted by the RFU for events where the organisers comply with the RFU"s requirements for event management and operation, it should not be assumed that such cover will automatically be granted. Where appropriate an administration fee may be levied.

To help establish an accurate picture of activity, provide insurance approval and to offer assistance where required, we wish to obtain details on all Leisure Rugby events that are run in England. Event organisers should download the event notification form, complete and email to at least six weeks before the event runs. The event can then also be promoted via the RFU website on the Leisure Rugby calendar of events. After the event we will require some participation information from each organiser (which will be provided with the confirmation email).

Young Leaders Camp 

We are pleased to announce that the RFU in partnership with English Gymnastics, UK Athletics and England Netball will be holding a pilot camp for young leaders. It will take place on 11-13 August 2008 at Bradfield College, Reading. 160 aspiring young leaders aged 16-19 will get together to improve their volunteering and leadership skills. CB's are encouraged to work with their Regional Development teams to identify 5 young people per region for this fantastic opportunity during which they will learn from other sports and take back ideas to benefit their local communities! For further details contact [].

Club Volunteer Coordinator Workshops 

Many thanks to the seven CBs who have already run, or are scheduled to run, the new CVC training workshop, and in particular East Midlands who (through Alex Hadley, RDO Northamptonshire) staged the first event! The practical session is designed for new or existing Club Volunteer Coordinators looking for ideas to help them succeed.

Modules include information on recruiting new volunteers, working with young volunteers, rewarding volunteers and working with volunteers outside of rugby. Delegates will share ideas and good practice with other clubs and take away some of the resources available to help them recruit and reward their volunteers. For details please contact your local Rugby Development Officer.

End of Season Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Coordinators (recorded on RugbyFirst) in clubs, CBs and Referee Federations were sent volunteer recognition certificates earlier this month. With the season drawing to a close, if you have volunteers that you would like to acknowledge, the recognition area of our newly re-launched volunteer webpage ( details all our recognition schemes and the downloadable forms needed to nominate your volunteers. For more information on any of our schemes, contact [].

Presidents XV

The 15 winners for 2008 are each being presented with their £500 cheque and trophy by one of the Presidential Panel at an end-of-season event. CB representatives are being invited along when we have the full details from the club. We ask that the relevant Council Member present the 30 runners-up with their £100 cheque and a trophy. Last season, runners up were typically presented their trophies at County end-of-season dinners or AGMs as it was a great way to recognise the clubs in front of their peers. If you have any comments or questions about the awards, please contact [].

  • 1 Seal of Approval Club of the Year: Paviors RFC. Runners-up: North Dorset RFC, Peterborough RFC
  • 2 Club-School Links: Mitcham Bulls. Runners-up: Malton & Norton RFC, Upper Eden RFC
  • 3 Schools Development: Stoke Newington School. Runners-up: Chellaston School, Goffs School
  • 4 More Than A Game: West Suffolk College. Runners-up: Eastern Counties RFU, University of Nottingham
  • 5 Girl Power: Derby RFC. Runners-up: Minety RFC, Sheffield Ladies RFC
  • 6 More Referees: Ealing RFC. Runners-up: Lichfield RFC, Newcastle University RRS
  • 7 More Coaches: Kidderminster Carolians RFC Runners-up: Northumberland RFU, West Suffolk College
  • 8 More Volunteers: Malton & Norton RFC. Runners-up: Kidderminster Carolians RFC, Millwall RFC
  • 9 Veterans: Cockermouth RFC. Runners-up: Derby RFC, Shrewsbury RFC
  • 10 Social Inclusion: Hackney Bulls. Runners-up: Bolton RFC, Camp Hill RFC
  • 11 Community: Stonehouse Sharks (Devonport HSOB). Runners-up: Grasshoppers RFC, Jersey RFC
  • 12 Better Facilities: Barnsley RFC. Runners-up: Hullensians RFC, Thorney RFC
  • 13 Technology: Oakmeadians RFC. Runners-up: Harlow RFC, Royston RFC
  • 14 Fundraising: Ilkley RFC. Runners-up: Lymm RFC, The Tor RFC
  • 15 Go Play Rugby: Furness RFC. Runners-up: Haringey RFC, Kesteven RFC

Staff Announcement 

From 1 March 2008, Tom Cleary has a new role as Community Rugby Administrator for CB and Club development. He will cover club development areas such as Seal of Approval, CASC and Whole Club Development and accreditation as well as continuing to support the volunteer team. He can be contacted on [] or 0208 831 7992.

The Gartmore Challenge  England v Barbarians 

England face the mighty Barbarians in their final home match of the season at Twickenham on Sunday 1 June. Big names including Lawrence Dallaglio, Schalk Burger and Sebastien Chabal have been invited to play for the Barbarians and this will be our last chance to see England in action before they head off to New Zealand on tour. Tickets are on sale now from just £25 for adults and £10 for juniors on the Ticketmaster website


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