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CB Send Out - February 19, 2010

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

End of season date changes 

The Intermediate Cup, Senior Vase and Junior Vase finals at Twickenham Stadium have been pushed back a week due to the postponements caused by England's worst winter weather for 50 years. The finals have been moved from Saturday, May 8 to Saturday, May 15, while the RFU League Champions Cup finals for Levels 4 to 6 have been switched from Sunday, May 2 to Saturday, May 8, which will also see the National Under-20 Championship final. There are no changes to the County Championship dates. See attached for the full list of changes and the second half of the revised Structured Competitions Season (PDF 40kB).

Community Rugby development staff reorganisation

Thank you to everyone who has attended the consultation meetings that have been happening regionally throughout February.  The input of CBs, staff and external partners to the process has been excellent and all feedback received will be taken into consideration and a full report will be produced shortly after the last meeting. We will of course keep you updated as we move to a structure which will best deliver the strategic target of a new team for every club in England.

IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 

With tickets going on sale on March 22, the Women’s Rugby World Cup Update (PDF 124kB) gives details of the event (pools, matches, venues, ticket sales, broadcaster) and the legacy projects that will be used to grow the women’s game.  For additional information visit

First aid guidance and revised RFU Emergency First Aid Course 

Please find attached some guidance for clubs regarding the medical provision they should have in place for matches and training (PDF 54kB).  This is not new a regulation or set of standards, it simply helps clubs understand the requirements that have always been in place at all levels of the game. To support this we have also revised and re-launched the RFU Emergency First Aid course (PDF 65kB) – a comprehensive, nationally recognised qualification suitable for Rugby volunteers. includes this information, which will be promoted to clubs through Touchline articles, Ezines and presentations at regional club workshops.

RBS RugbyForce

RBS RugbyForce helps local rugby clubs use volunteer support to improve their facilities. Rugby clubs across the country can register to be part of the programme at with prizes and resources on offer to the first 100 entrants. Registration is open until Friday March 26. Clubs must explain in 500 words why their club needs improvement, demonstrating in particular how the club contributes to the local community.  Winning clubs will be informed by email within 11 days of the closing date and the volunteer weekend for activity to take place is June 5-6.

Club fundraising

Former England and Leicester Tigers captain Martin Corry is the brains behind a new initiative to help clubs benefit from a new insulation scheme with the Mark Group, the leading domestic installer of insulation and renewable energy solutions, who will donate £25 to a nominated club for every insulation product installed in member's homes.   For details and conditions visit

England Counties XV

England Counties XV is looking to appoint an Honorary Team Manager. Details of the role are available at
For further information and an informal discussion please contact Pam Cartwright, RFU International Tours & Sevens Manager on 020 8831 6636.  The closing date is Friday, February 26.

500th Mini and Youth Seal of Approval

Clevedon RFC from Somerset became the 500th club to attain Seal of Approval accreditation for their Mini & Youth set-up.  This takes the total of accredited clubs to 60% of the 831 clubs who have Mini & Youth sections nationwide. This compares to 40% of cricket clubs 21% of rugby league clubs and 20% of tennis clubs.  19 Whole Club Accreditations have been awarded, the most recent addition being Winlaton, the first club from County Durham to achieve the award.  Representatives of Caldy, Morpeth, Ashington Joint Welfare and Blyth will collected their awards from John Owen, President of the RFU at the England v Ireland international. 

Daily Mail RBS Schools Day 2010

The Daily Mail RBS Schools Competition culminates on March 31 at Twickenham Stadium. Finalists of the U18 and U15 Cup and Vase competitions compete in four back to back matches.  Teams that entered the 2009-10 competition are entitled to up to 50 free tickets per team via the form at
Lee Mears, Mathew Tait, Danny Cipriani and Jonny Wilkinson all earned their stripes in this competition so join us for a fantastic day of rugby and see potential stars of the future.  Tickets are on public sale at


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