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05 CB Send Out - 15 May 2009

RFU Yearbook and RFU Handbook 2009/10

Clubs from the Premiership down to Level 6 are in the process of being sent their existing RFU Yearbook entry and detail held on RugbyFirst for updates to be made. Clubs from Level 7-12 should, as usual, go direct to RugbyFirst to make updates to their club information. Information held on RugbyFirst will be used for club entries in the Yearbook, an essential tool for rugby clubs throughout the season. CB Secretaries will at the end of this month be receiving a RugbyFirst data download of their five key CB roles that are printed in the RFU Handbook.

As last year, CBs should update their contacts on RugbyFirst as that is where the information for each CB will be taken from. Regular reminders will be sent up to the deadline in June, but why not start checking and amending your club details now. For further information on updating roles in RugbyFirst, go to the Rugby First website. For technical assistance contact the RugbyFirst helpdesk on, 0870 999 2003. The Helpdesk is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1100-1500 and 1600-1930.

Funding streams

Please click to view a memorandum which sets out the parameters and information with regards to the Sport England Small Grants Scheme, Awards for All and Sportsmatch. If you have need further assistance please make contact with your Funding and Facilities Manager and/or Rugby Development Officer.

Sport England Rural Communities Fund

Please click to view the recently launched Sport England Rural Communities Fund which aims to address barriers to create new sporting opportunities for participation and/or sustain current participation in sport in rural communities. The fund can support capital and revenue projects but is looking for coordinated applications with significant impact. Please make contact with the Funding and Facilities Manager and/or Rugby Development Officer if you require further assistance and information.

RugbyFirst Update

Since 2006 RugbyFirst has been the administration tool for the whole of Rugby in England. As well as managing centralised tasks such as competitions, qualifications, and CRB checks, all Clubs and CBs can access RugbyFirst to register players, manage and communicate with their membership, add club roles, design webpages, pick teams, view fixtures etc. 

The RugbyFirst team has been working with CB representative to enhance the appearance of the websites on RugbyFirst. Each club or CB can now design headers, amend colours and change menu layout to create a unique appearance.

Training documents and video guides can be found on the new RugbyFirst Webmasters site (the header tool and will give you an idea of what can be done using the new tool). Your feedback would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to along with any support questions you may have.

CB Orientation Day 

Does your CB have new volunteers for next season? Following very positive feedback from our last event, we are beginning planning for our next 'orientation day' for new CB volunteers. It is likely to take place in October 2009. Places will be limited so get your nominees in early by sending their details to []. 

World Cup Volunteers

The Women's Rugby World Cup is less than 18 months away. Anyone interested in a voluntary role at this once in a lifetime event should complete the Expression of Interest form. Everyone registered will be contacted towards the end of 2009 to gather more information and assign roles that will benefit the volunteer, the RFUW and the event.

As part of the legacy programme, local projects will happen in the build up to the World Cup. Keep checking the website for information about what's happening near you. If you have any questions about volunteering for the World Cup, or the legacy programme, please email or call 02088 317996. 

Channel Islands Health Insurance

Please be aware that from 1 April 2009 the reciprocal health arrangements which used to exist between the British mainland and the Channel Islands ceased. This means that all British visitors will have to pay for treatment if they become ill while visiting the islands.

The Department of Health confirmed that travellers to the Channel Islands are not covered by the European Health Card (Ehic). It is recommended that travellers take out personal travel insurance. Please would you be kind enough to make Clubs aware of this where relevant.

Leisure Rugby 

Please tell us your Leisure Rugby plans by completing the attached Leisure Rugby event form. Our aim is to support a programme that keeps new and existing players engaged throughout the close-season in Tag, Touch, Sevens and Beach Rugby. This year the centrepiece of the Community Rugby's Play On campaign will again be high-profile O2 Scrum on the Beach events.

With record crowds booking tickets, please pass the attached Leisure Rugby event flyer for the IRB 7s at Twickenham on to your contacts, teams and clubs so they don't miss out!



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