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01 CB Send Out - 21 Aug 2009

RFU Financial Assistance & Insurance 

Letters from Nick Eastwood about 2009/10 Funding Support (including insurance) and RFU subscriptions are being sent to all clubs this week. Copies of these letters can accessed via these links:

Please would you remind clubs that the RFU Insurance policy does NOT cover Buildings and Contents. Marsh are able to help clubs seeking their own voluntary cover for their clubhouses. For property specific enquiries call 0800 783 2261 or For all other enquiries use the Marsh RFU Line on 01732 877647 or  

CB Orientation Day 

We are delighted that Rob Udwin, Chairman of the Community Game Board has agreed to be a key note speaker at the induction day for new CB Volunteers Tuesday 13 October 2009 in the Presidents Suite/Council Room/Members Lounge at Twickenham. This is a great opportunity to network with volunteers and staff at over 20 market stalls. Places are limited so please nominate new CB Volunteers by sending their details to [] by 9 September 2009. 

RWC 2010

With the Women's Rugby World Cup only 12 months away, the RFUW have recruited 12 volunteer Legacy Project Officers to plan and deliver projects across the country in the build up to the event, supported by Sport England"s Small Grants Fund. Projects at schools, clubs, colleges and in local open spaces, will raise awareness of the World Cup and contribute to the growth of the sport through four themes: More Volunteers, More Players, More Competition or More Sustainable Clubs. If you would like to take part in an event, as a venue, participant or volunteer, please contact [] 020 8831 7482 for more information and to be put in touch with your local LPO:

  • North East - Sade Hacking
  • North West - Sian Moore and Rachel Sullivan
  • Yorkshire - Rebecca Taylor
  • West Midlands - Daniel Poulton
  • East Midlands - Sarah McVeigh
  • South - Ali Wright
  • London North - Taylor Hammond
  • London South - Mel Liley
  • South West - Maggie Notman, Claire Wright and Julie Price

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer at the World Cup event, please visit the [Women's Rugby Section of the RFU website] for more information.  

Seal of Approval

Since April 2009, nine clubs have achieved Whole Club Seal of Approval accreditation. Congratulations go to Mansfield RFC (NLD) and Knutsford Rugby Club (Cheshire), the most recent recipients, who join Windsor (Berkshire), Fylde (Lancashire), Ilkley (Yorkshire), Frome (Somerset), North Dorset (Dorset & Wilts), Grasshoppers (Middlesex) and Sidcup (Kent). July saw Charlton Park(Kent), Brixham (Devon), Longton (Staffordshire), Wolverhampton (Staffordshire) and Nottingham Moderns (NLD) successfully achieve Mini & Youth Seal of Approval for the first time. Thank you to all the club & CB volunteers and to the Rugby Development Officers who will be helping another 46 clubs become Whole Club Seal of Approval accredited over the next few months. The table below shows the current numbers of Mini & Youth Seal of Approval in each CB. If you have any queries, please contact [] or [].

Constituent Body M&Y Sections M&Y SoA Percentage
Berkshire 10 8 80%
Buckinghamshire 13 13 100%
Cheshire 38 24 63%
Cornwall 22 11 50%
Cumbria 20 13 65%
Devon 30 12 40%
Dorset & Wilts 29 18 62%
Durham 25 16 64%
East Midlands 29 21 72%
Eastern Counties 34 16 47%
Essex 29 11 38%
Gloucestershire 52 13 25%
Hampshire 26 17 65%
Hertfordshire 20 17 85%
Kent 40 14 35%
Lancashire 46 32 70%
Leicestershire 18 14 78%
Middlesex 26 9 35%
North Midlands 41 28 68%
Northumberland 17 12 71%
NLD 35 24 69%
Oxfordshire 14 14 100%
Somerset 36 17 47%
Staffordshire 22 13 59%
Surrey 38 18 47%
Sussex 22 14 64%
Warwickshire 24 10 42%
Yorkshire 72 50 69%
TOTAL 827 479 58%

England Counties XV is looking to appoint a Backs Coach. This is an honorary appointment. For further information and an informal discussion please contact Pam Cartwright, RFU International Tours & Sevens Manager on 020 8831 6636. 

National U17s Competition

The RFU is looking for a volunteer to be the South West Divisional Organiser for this successful competition that helps keep players in the game at a vital age. For more information contact Billy Clark, Age Grade Competitions Manager on [] or 0208 831 6681. 

RFU Handbook and Yearbook 2009/10 

Copies of the new season's Handbook and Yearbook were despatched to clubs w/e 14 August and 10 copies were distributed to CB Honorary Secretaries. If you have not received your packages or hear of a club who has not had their copies please contact Jessica Mills [] or Aileen Smith []. 

Community Rugby Diary 2009-10  

Please note that we have not been able to produce a Community Rugby diary for this season due to budgetary restraints. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause your officers. 

This is Rugby

As you know CBs have been invited to purchase 'This is Rugby’ branded collateral with their toolkit funding. There has been a delay in signing off the identity guidelines which we expect to resolve in the next three weeks. We will then be able to provide CBs with details of the collateral that may be purchased. 

Veterans Rugby

The 1st Barcelona International Veterans Rugby Festival is taking place on 16/17 October 2009. 

Centenary Dinner 

A reminder that Council Members are entitled to 25% discount off packages for the Centenary Dinner being held in the Rose Suite in the south stand on Monday 2 November. Please email if you would like to book a place. 

Centenary Training Day 

Twickenham Stadium opened its doors on Wednesday 12 August for the first of the centenary events. Thousands of fans descended to take part in the family fun day, which culminated in an open training session at 2pm with the England senior and Saxons players, followed by a signing session. Injured soldiers from Headley Court also attended and were greeted by a standing ovation. 


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