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10 CB Send Out - 16 January 2009

International Tickets

Thank you to CBs for encouraging your clubs to update their participation data by the 4 January 2009 deadline. As you know this information will be used to award points for clubs International Ticket Allocation beginning with the Autumn Internationals. Processing the data is taking place now. RDOs will receive updated points reports shortly and have been asked to work with CBs to complete a desk review.

A letter for RDOs explaining the verification process in full, and the deadline to complete it, is being prepared by John Vale and will be copied to CB Honorary Secretaries due to the important nature of the content and the timescales. If you have any queries about the data, please contact [nickbunting@rfu.com] or [carolcooper@rfu.com].

RFF Awards

The December 2008 awards made by the Rugby Football Foundation.

Play On

Many thanks to CBs for your continuing efforts to retain players. A one page update has been sent to CB Play On Leaders. We are making significant progress towards our targets. For example there are 784 registered pathfinders, the number of teams playing in merit tables has increased, and CBs are running great events like the Southern Counties U19 Sevens hosted by Surrey Rugby and the Hertfordshire Christmas Under 23 Festival. It is really important to promote the Pathfinder network meetings so clubs can benefit from the exciting new information.

People & Places Planning

Following the CB Conference in October, CBs and RDMs are working jointly to organise Regional Implementation Conferences at which delegates will discuss the promotion of the core values of the game and how they will implement the Community Rugby priorities for the development of volunteering, refereeing, coaching and facilities based on whole club needs. It is a busy time of year, and the events scheduled tries to avoid club and international fixtures:

Sun 15 February Midlands East & West Warwick University
Sun 22 February London South Wrotham Hall Inn, Kent (TBC)
Sun 22 February North East Royal Marines, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sun 8 March South West Exeter Chiefs
Fri 13 March South HMS Temeraire (TBC)
Fri 20/Sat 21 March AM London North Jury's Inn, Heathrow
Sun 22 March North West TBC
Sun 29 March Yorkshire TBC

CB Training to Support Injured Players

The RFU Injured Players Foundation (RFU IPF) is up and running with the aim of supporting individuals who suffer a catastrophic injury while playing, training, coaching or refereeing rugby, as well as undertaking research and education aimed at injury prevention. The RFU IPF will continue the work already started with CBs to support those players who have been injured.

We have invited CB volunteers who act as a link between the charity and the players, to an informal training event to learn more about the role and meet charity staff & trustees. The event will take place at Sixways, the home of Worcester Warriors ahead of the England v Italy U20s match on Friday 6 February. It will start at 5pm and includes a buffet before the game. To nominate a CB volunteer for the role or register attendance at the event, please contact Dave Phillips ([davephillips@rfu.com], 07894 489716, 01942 670122) as there are a limited number of spaces available.

Changes to CRB Reports

The CRB reporting tool on RugbyFirst has been changed in preparation for the upcoming Vetting & Barring Scheme legislation. Previously it reported all individuals with CRB clearance in a club's 'membership list" and ‘pending members’ list.

The CRB report run by Club Webmasters and Club Welfare Officers will only now show individuals who hold a current RFU Enhanced CRB clearance and are in the main membership list for the club. This has caused some confusion as some clubs have gone from showing 100+ CRBs to showing less than 10. Please encourage club webmasters, registrars or Honorary Secretaries to process pending members regularly. For more information on any aspects of RFU Safeguarding programmes please visit the RUsafe website.

RFU/RFUW Integration Update

The integration of the RFUW with the RFU continues to develop, with the first joint submission to Sport England for Whole Sport Funding and the integration of RFUW activity into the RFU Strategic Plan.

The current stage of activity is the review of Rules and Regulations, together with HR and accounting issues. In addition, Paul Murphy from the RFU Management Board is now sitting on the RFUW Board as an observer. The target is to have everything in place for the appropriate AGM’s in 2010.

Incorporation under the Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) Model Rules

Please be aware that that the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has included a new question within the registration form for clubs/CB's wishing to register as an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), which asks 'Who is the sponsoring body?'. If clubs/CB's are using the RFU Model Rules then answer to that question is the RFU. Clubs/CB's that indicate the RFU is the sponsoring body will save money on the incorporation fee.

However the completed application form, along with a copy of the proposed Rules, together with what changes are being made from the RFU Model Rules registered with the FSA need to be sent to the RFU Legal Department for sign off. If clubs are using the model rules then current fee payable to the FSA is £40 if no changes from the Model Rules, £120 for 1-6 changes, £350 for 7-10 changes and £950 for 11 or more changes or if the club is not using the model rules. If you have any questions please contact [karenavleck@rfu.com].

Water charges

Brian Moore is campaigning against the dramatic increase in charges made by some water companies that threatens the well-being of clubs in England. The former England hooker and Daily Telegraph sports columnist was alerted to the hike in drainage charges by Penrith RFC after they saw their annual bill rise alarmingly. The Rugby Football Union is lobbying MPs and Government about the issue and is seeking to meet with Defra and the Treasury to make a case for Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) receiving an exemption. Meanwhile, Moore is urging members of clubs to read his piece in the Telegraph published in January and sign his petition.

Grand Draw 2008/9

The RFU Grand Draw, now in its fifth season, has generated over £1.4 million for participating clubs. So far the 2008/9 Draw has attracted more than 600 clubs and schools to participate. But there is room for many more and there is still time left. The Draw does not take place until 24 March and the initial deadline for ticket returns the end of February. Clubs receive 90 per cent of the ticket sales so a club selling just 500 tickets, (100 books) can generate £450 a great boost in these "credit crunch” times.

The sky is the limit, last year several clubs raised over £5,000 and the chance to win super club prizes for clubs raising over £120, as well as the 47 main Draw prizes, which have a top prize of £10,000, donated by 6 Nations Sponsor RBS. A reminder from you, encouraging your clubs to take part, will be a big help! For more information contact grand.draw@therfu.com or call 05601 692548.

Presidents XV

We have received 20 nominations from 13 CBs so far. With 45 prizes on offer, and just six weeks to go, please nominate teams of volunteers in your clubs and CB for this year's awards and be in with a chance of sharing £10,500 to reinvest in grassroots rugby.

Schools Newsletter

A hard copy of the 2009/10 Youth Structured Season and latest ERFSU Newsletter will be sent out to all 3,078 member schools with RFU Touchline this month.

 

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