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CB Send Out, September 30, 2010

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

Planning, Funding and Reporting

Many thanks to all the CBs who have submitted their single plan for rugby in their geographic county in 2010-11. The plans will be reviewed by a panel set up by the PFR Task & Finish Group, chaired by Andrew Sarek, on October 4/5. Feedback will be shared with the CBs and at the Treasurers’ conference on December 3. This will enable CBs to make tweaks to their 2011-12 plans due to be submitted in January 2011.

CEO CB visits

John Steele will visit Constituent Bodies over the coming weeks as part of a nationwide programme of activity so here are the provisional dates and venues:

  • October 6 – Cornwall (Falmouth RFC)
  • October 7 – Somerset (Tor RFC)
  • October 8-10 – Dorset & Wiltshire (roadshow, Salisbury, Wimborne & Marlborough, North Dorset RFC)
  • October 14 – Yorkshire (Morley RFC)
  • October 15 – Cumbria (Venue TBC)
  • October 21 – Eastern Counties (Shelford RFC)
  • October 22-24 – Hertfordshire (roadshow, venues TBC)
  • Nov 3 – Kent (Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Maidstone)
  • Nov 4 – Bucks (Venue TBC)
  • Nov 16 – Oxfordshire (Gosford All Blacks RFC)

Women’s Rugby World Cup

From Claire Antcliffe, RFUW: Thank you for the response to the CB World Cup Legacy Event calendar that was sent out at the beginning of August ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The attached document shows the responses from CBs (PDF 303kB).  The first event was a huge success. Maggie Alphonsi attended a Sport Festival linked with Chesham Rugby Club. Although most of the players are back in full-time work or studying, we are still able to look into player appearances at events around the country so if interested please complete the attached form and return it to copying We cannot promise attendances at all events (especially if they are mid-week or on a Sunday when the girls will be playing) but there may be events we can support through player appearances.

CB Competition Flexibility

At the recent CB Conference it became clear that several CBs are unaware that they can vary the League Regulations at Levels 8 & Below to suit the demands of their teams. This can apply to the need for player registration, format of the competition and other regulatory matters. This authority to vary the regulations goes back to the Bob Rogers “Club Competition Review Group” and was reaffirmed as part of the Rugby Landscape project. The ability to be flexible is very important as we move into the recruitment and retention part of the Community Rugby Cycle. We would like to remind CB Competition organisers that, in liaison with the Divisional Organising Committees, they have the power to determine the right structures and formats that best support their clubs and grow the game in their CBs. For advice, guidance and models of good practice contact

Cash in on RFU Grand Draw

The launch of the RFU Grand Draw 2010/11 is upon us and we need your help to reach the magic £500,000 mark. Across England £475,000 worth of tickets were sold last season and with 90% - £428,000 - staying with the 712 clubs, schools, referee societies, constituent bodies and universities who sold the tickets, it brings the total raised for grassroots rugby over the six years of the draw to £2.2m. Eastern Counties shone with 28 out of their 53 clubs participating and Simon Winman, RFU Head of Funding & Facilities and Promoter of the Draw, said:  “If every CB could encourage just five more clubs to take part this time the £500,000 mark will be reached easily. Most CBs have websites and we hope they will use them and their county newsletters to explain the benefits of taking part this time as we’d really like to break that record.”

Touchline in your inbox

September’s Touchline newspaper sees new CEO John Steele putting rugby at the heart of everything at the RFU, the Women’s Rugby World Cup breaking all records, the chance to buy tickets for the England v Samoa Investec International, a rundown on the first year of the Community Game Board and much more.  You can download or view September's issue on or email to receive Touchline by email each month.


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