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Opposing front rows prepare to do battle during a rugby match

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There can sometimes be great rivalries between clubs in close proximity to each other.  However, there are also now many examples of where clubs cluster together to combine and maximise their resources and therefore ultimately to recruit and retain more players to the game as a whole.

These partnerships can take the form of informal agreements to share such things as playing facilities or transport.  Many are now formal arrangements that include local agreements on issues such as:

  • Coach, referee and volunteer education and development
  • Coordinated player recruitment plans
  • Joint publicity at local events e.g. county shows
  • Coordinated facility development plans e.g. new rubber crumb pitch
  • Joint funding of a Community Rugby Coach to work in local schools, colleges and universities
  • Player pools to combine ‘spare’ players to create a team
  • Setting up club referee groups to referee lower teams

The joint planning and delivery of rugby development in an area allows clubs to achieve much more than they could on their own.  For more details and examples of cluster development plans please contact your local Rugby Development Officer (RDO) [add link]