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CB Send Out - October 5, 2009

There are eight items of importance that I would like to tell you about: 

Toolkit Funding 2009-10

Thank you to those of you who have submitted Toolkit Applications for 2009-10.  Your applications are being reviewed and funding will start being made available week commencing Monday 19 October.  You have been invited to purchase ‘This is Rugby’ branded collateral with your Toolkit Funding.  A leaflet containing visuals and costs will be sent to you during week commencing October 19.  Please note that any outstanding applications must be received by Bobbie Haynes at Twickenham by Monday, October 26.

This is Rugby

The Rugby Football Union and its partners have launched a national campaign called ‘This is Rugby’ to promote and protect the core values of the sport. The project is the first time a sport has set out to define its value system in formal terms. Full details are available in a news story on the This is Rugby launch.  

The exciting new website has arrived thanks to input from volunteers and staff.  It has a totally new design, enhanced features such as audio and video playback and has undergone comprehensive user group testing, to make it faster and easier to find things. The site also has a dynamic results service, extensive fixtures listings and a host of other services designed for the professional and amateur game as well as supporters.  There is improved accessibility to content through mobile devices and for people with disabilities.  The site provides a better online shop. A better club finder facility will help potential new participants discover all the fun to be had at their local club.  Please enjoy the new site and tell all your friends to take a look too.

Injury Reporting

With the season now in full swing we would like to remind clubs of their responsibility for reporting injuries to the RFU.  We ask that within 48 hours of the event a reportable injury event form (found at is returned for:-

  • An individual who sustains an injury which results in their being admitted to a hospital (this does not include those taken to an Accident or Emergency department and allowed home from there)
  • Deaths occurring during or within 6 hours of the game finishing

In the case of the most serious injuries this is especially important as it will enable the welfare process, which is delivered by the RFU Injured Players Foundation, to begin as soon as possible.  For more information on the RFU’s support to injured players, the welfare process and the work of the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) please visit the IPF website.

Ashton to Develop Coaches

Brian Ashton is linking up with the RFU's Community Coaching Department.  The former national coach has committed to supporting the delivery of the coach development programmes and enhancing new coaching resources.  The agreement will see Brian helping to create the national teachers' rugby development programme to be launched in 2010. He will also use his expertise to advance the RFU's community rugby coaches and develop the way the game is introduced and developed for players aged seven to 35.  Brian will travel throughout England supporting the coach development programmes of the RFU's eight regional Coach Development Officers. He will also work with the department to create a new coaching resource enhancing coaches' understanding of ways to make players and teams clearer decision-makers in attacking play. 

Announcement from Lancashire RFU

On Monday 28 September it was with deep regret that the sudden death of Brian Leigh was announced.  Brian was the Honorary Secretary of the County Union for almost twenty years, and became a Director of the newly incorporated company.

Grand Draw 2009/10

Pre-Registration for the Grand Draw 2009/10 is now open. With fundraising more difficult than ever there is no easier way to boost your efforts by taking part in the draw. So far it has helped 100s of clubs and schools throughout England raise over £1.76 million. The RFU Draw Society provides all the materials and a host of super prizes so there is no risk and no cost. Just sell the tickets and keep 90 per cent of the proceeds as a tax free donation from the Society.  Simply register to receive the Starter Kit and additional tickets in mid-October. The Draw organisers can be contacted on

Cash 4 Clubs (UK)

Sports club that are registered with their sport’s National Governing Body or local authority can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the Cash 4 Clubs grants scheme. Cash 4 Clubs gives grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of clubs. In 2008 over £30,000 was given out in grants to 30 community sports clubs across the UK. There are three tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000. Previous grants have been awarded to:

  • The Southampton Canoe club which received a grant of £1,000 towards purchasing junior paddles and safety equipment.
  • The Rugby Sea Cadets which received a grant of £1,000 to maintain and replace safety equipment.
  • Ipswich Basketball which received a grant of £1,000 to initiate a new women's team aimed at the 16+ league.  
Applications can be submitted at any time. More information is available on the Cash-4-Clubs website.  

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