The RFU encourages all schools to Join the Team to get the full array of membership benefits but schools do not have to be affiliated to get support from the RFU.
On a national basis, the RFU produces a termly Ezine of news and opportunities for schools to enhance their sporting and academic programmes. A simple e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can be added to the recipient list.
Locally the Rugby Development team works in partnership with schools and local agencies to bring rugby and school improvement programmes to schools. The network of RFU Rugby Development Officers (RDO) is just a phone call away. They can tell schools more about the programme; how the rugby network of clubs, staff and volunteers operates; and how schools can plug into the opportunities in their local area. Click on the following link to see a list of RDO and their contact details.
The Youth Sport Trust and Sport England are also key partners for rugby union in schools. Sport England helps fund the Community Rugby Coaches and through their County Sports Partnerships the RFU drive of targeted work with young people at Key Stage 4 and above.
The Youth Sport Trust at all levels is integral to the work the RFU does to provide tools, resources and training for school improvement. This partnership between RFU and YST has a positive impact on every area of the rugby union schools offer and the YST acknowledges the approach the RFU takes:
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chief Executive Youth Sport Trust, said: "The Youth Sport Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with the RFU. We are committed to increasing the number and quality of opportunities in sport for young people. We believe it has the power to change lives. We are impressed with the way the RFU is looking to develop rugby union in schools and to support the education and development of young people."
For all of the schools involved in the School Games and those with the new teacher release posts, the ties between the YST and RFU will be clear. Our joint network of high quality, well-supported and resourced people working in partnership is vital to help schools do what they need to do.
Click the following links for further information on the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England
Many schools have strong partnerships with the network of community rugby clubs; again you don’t need to be an ERFSU member to do this. The RFU has a toolkit to help schools and clubs to work together. Click the following link for more information on Club Links.