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12 CB Send Out - 12 February 2008

RFU Draw Society

Grand Draw

(sent on behalf of Peter Grace, Chairman CB & Club Development Sub-Committee)

You will, I am sure, remember that Gloucestershire RFU won the "Top Prize for Clubs raising the most money" in Grand draw 2006-7. However, the CB & Club Development Sub-Committee (which is the RFU committee responsible for the running of the Grand Draw) agreed that this was undesirable, since the Draw is really aimed at the clubs, although CB's are, of course, very welcome to take part and do well!

They also decided that, should a CB become the "Top Club" again, a Special Cash Prize of equivalent value to the Club's Prize would be awarded. For Grand Draw 2007-8 this will be £1,000. I trust those CB's who take part and wish to maximise their sales effort will be happy with this.  

Data Protection

A new document with advice for clubs on Data Protection (MS Word DOC 37 kB) has been prepared by the RFU legal department. 

Mini/Midi Festivals 

With Easter on the way, the Continuum Review Group would like to remind to all CBs that Continuum Regulations state that in any festival a team may not play in more than 5 matches. Failure to comply with this or any other regulation may invalidate the insurance cover provided by the RFU and give further sanctions determined by the RFU. 

Furthermore, CB's, County Schools Unions, Schools and Clubs are actually charged with policing the Continuum. Regulation 12 - Every School and Club providing Mini-Midi Rugby is responsible for its proper administration in accordance with the Rugby Continuum. The administration of Mini-Midi Rugby is overseen by Constituent Bodies and County Schools' Unions which are required to ensure that affiliated Schools and Clubs adhere to the RFU Continuum. You can view all Continuum Regulations. For any queries on this or any other regulatory matter please email Andrew Rogers, Regulations Manager at []. 

Water Charges

It has been brought to the notice of the RFU that the water Utility Companies have recently changed the method of calculating water charges, from one based upon the Business Rates to one based upon the surface area of the premises. This is likely to have a significant impact on the charges to a rugby club for their water charges, e.g. from circa £500 to £5,105. 

The RFU is building a lobbying campaign around this to seek some form of exemption for community social enterprises (rugby clubs) from these changes. To do so we need your help to obtain from clubs copies of their water bills as they arrive at the clubs so that we can use local evidence with OFWAT, MPs and the Government. Please can you ask clubs to send copies of their bills to Emma McClarkin, Government Relations Executive, Rugby House, Rugby Road, Twickenham, TW1 1DS as soon as they arrive. Nick Bunting will keep you updated on the progress of this campaign as we move forwards.

Presidents XV

There are just a few days left to make nominations for the prestigious RFU President's XV Recognition Awards. Anyone can nominate teams of rugby volunteers who have run a project in the past 12 months that made an outstanding contribution to the development of grassroots rugby. The winners and two runners up from each category will share a total of £10,000 to reinvest in the game. Complete the simple, one page, on-line nomination form at before 1 March 2008 to be in with a chance.

2008 Anti-Doping Resources 

The 2008 Anti-Doping Advice Card and 2008 Drug Information Database Card are now available for rugby clubs and players. While these two wallet size educational resources are tailored towards elite rugby players, they are a valuable general educational tool for aspiring youth rugby players as well as coaches and teachers involved in the wider game.

The cards can be easily put into a players wallet, kitbag or training diary and will answer any questions you may have on testing procedures, types of banned substances and how to check the status of medications players might want to take. If you would like to order some of these cards (free) or for further information please contact RFU Anti-Doping Officer, Gavin Dovey, on [].

Constitutional Advice 

Following an amendment suggested at the CB Treasurers Conference (regarding electronic notifications), the model advice for clubs regarding their legal status was revised and sent to HM Revenue and Customs and then the Financial Services Authority for approval.  

This means that it has taken longer than anticipated to produce the documents and send them to clubs.  It is likely to be the end of February before it is ready to go out. Discussions are taking place with the Legal Helpline provider, Associa, to offer clubs additional support. Further details will follow. 

RFU Ethos and Culture On Line Survey

Many of you will have seen the RFU's questionnaire on the ethos and culture of the game which is being widely distributed by Bob Rogers' Task Group. Please encourage all your clubs and their members to make their valuable contribution. It should take less than five minutes to complete.   

Staff Announcement

Rob Edmunds will be leaving the RFU on 14 March 2008 for a new role at Honda. We thank Rob for his contribution, especially his support for the CB Finance Sub-Committee, Treasurers' Conference and CB Treasurers.  

Tricia Lewis will be taking on the majority of Rob"s current responsibilities and a new Group Accountant is in the process of being recruited to take on the rest. Until then John Molson is also able to provide support. We wish Rob all the best in his new role.

Hampshire RFU Office

From 4-12 February the HRFU office will be closed as they are moving premises. The new address for correspondence is:

    Budden's Yard,
    Station Road,
    PO17 5JA.

The email address, phone number and website, remain the same.

Golden Oldies 

The 17th Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival will be staged in Edinburgh on 1-8 September 2008. Cornwall Cousin Jacks, If Onlys, Old Vulgarians and the The Full Monteys from England are just some of the 100 teams entered from all over the world. Clubs wanting to enter a team of rugby enthusiasts who are over the age of 35 years in a unique rugby festival with a vibrant and friendly party atmosphere should email or visit the Goldenoldies website for more information.

Emirates Airline London Sevens 24 & 25 May

The party event of Twickenham, the sevens is a weekend full of large rounds and oval balls.  16 international teams contest the only leg of the IRB World Sevens to be played in England.  Bring your fancy dress, bring your mates, and have a fun filled weekend of rugby.  Book now on the Ticketmaster website.



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