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03 CB Send Out - 17 July 2009

Community Rugby Toolkit 

We are pleased to announce that the 2009/10 budget approved by the RFU Council includes funding for CBs towards People & Places projects. The overall amount is less than in previous years due to the economic climate, but it will allow CBs to invest in projects that support the Community Rugby priorities outlined at Regional Implementation Conferences. Full details will follow shortly. 

Play On

The 2009 O2 Scrum on the Beach events are underway with O2 Pathfinders in attendance. This year, we have developed a new touch screen so players can locate their nearest clubs and make contact with the appropriate O2 Pathfinder, right there at this summer's events: 

4 July Clacton Beach, Essex 11:00 - 18:00
11 July Great Yarmouth 10:30 - 18:30
18 July Southport Rugby Club 10:00 - 17:30
25 July Boscombe Beach, Bournemouth 09:30 - 19:00
1 August Weymouth Beach, Dorset 10:00 - 18:30
8 August Tynemouth Longsands Beach, Newcastle 10:00 - 16:00
15 August Skegness Beach, Lincolnshire 10:00 - 17:00
28 August Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay 12:00 - 19:00
29-30 August Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay 12:00 - 22:00

Read the latest communication to O2 pathfinders.

Revised Policy on payment for goods and services for RFDL 

The RFU has recently reviewed its policy in respect of payment terms for goods and services that it provides. As a result of this review and in the light of the current economic climate, the policy has been changed for both the RFU and RFDL.

The new policy, as of 30 June 2009, is that all goods and services provided by the RFDL, with the exception of funding for CRCs, must be paid for in advance, either by cash, cheque or credit/debit card (all major credit cards except AMEX) where appropriate. The administration staff of each department will enforce this policy in the day-to-day management of course bookings and other goods and services and payment settlements.

3rd RFU Strategic Plan

To download sections of the new RFU Strategic Plan, go to the Strategic Plan section of the RFU website.


Over 100 bite-sized projects - from raising money to promoting rugby in schools, running festivals to revamping facilities - were run last year by young volunteers aged 16-25 and we are hoping to double that number this year. Year 2 has kicked off with the recruitment of 33 County Activators, many of whom attended a training weekend on 11/12 July. Check out the list of this year’s activators. 

CB Orientation Day 

We are delighted to confirm that the next 'orientation day' for new CB volunteers will take place on Tuesday 13 October 2009 in the Presidents Suite/Council Room/Members Lounge at Twickenham. A number of key note speakers are lined up with over 20 market stalls and an optional stadium tour. As the limited number of places are running out, please nominate new CB Volunteers by sending their details to [].  

Corporation Tax Guidance

Download the latest guidance for rugby clubs about Corporation Tax

Making a Planning Application - A guide for sports clubs 

The RFU has been working with Sport England to help produce a step by step guide to help sports clubs apply and obtain planning permission for new sports facilities.

The guide aims to help sports clubs better understand the planning application process, from the early consideration of options through to implementing the planning permission. More information is available in the Managing Rugby section of the RFU website. Hard copies can be obtained from Fran Thornber [] 02088 317985 or by calling Sport England on 08458 508508.

Injury surveillance: club participation 

The RFU is working with Bath University to research the types of injuries that occur in community rugby matches. We are looking for clubs competing at playing levels 3-9 to volunteer to help with this project. Participating clubs will receive:

  • a visit to explain how injury details will be collected from medical teams attending 1st XV matches.
  • a full report of their match injuries for the season, including how their clubs injury patterns compare with other clubs. 

If you know a club that would like to help develop future injury management strategies and make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of injury patterns within English Community rugby, please contact: Dr Simon Roberts on 01225 384531 [] or go to the University of Bath's School For Health web page for more information.

Middlesex Charity 7s Cashback for Clubs

Please would you be kind enough to pass on this event invitation to your clubs. They can have a fun day at a great occasion and raise funds too.

The 100 Greatest Moments are named 

Earlier this year, in association with O2, CBs, Council representatives, volunteers, ERSC members and RFU staff were asked to nominate their favourite Twickenham Stadium moment along which were to be incorporated into a list created with the World Rugby Museum. The most popular 100 moments have now been announced and encompass international matches (England and other), Rugby World Cups, club games, county games, sevens, women, Varsity, individual players, famous tries, major stadium developments, royalty and the military.



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