The England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU) is the schools arm of the Rugby Football Union and the organisation to which schools affiliate. Currently there are around 3,000 member schools ranging from traditional rugby playing secondary schools to brand new schools of all kinds starting out on their rugby union programmes.
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The ERFSU is the national organisation who specifically looks after the interest of the schools game. Being a national CB they receive two seats on the RFU council so have a direct route into the decision making process.
Joining the ERSFU Team is a great way to develop rugby in your school. There are numerous benefits which support the growth of rugby, including the schools newsletter & Touchline magazine, free contact insurance, schools own website, entrance into the Daily Mail RBS competitions, inspiring trips to the home of rugby at Twickenham and the chance to purchase international tickets.
For a list of the full benefits and information on how to join, read the RFU Join the Team document (PDF 1.3MB) - membership can benefit both boys and girls teams.
To become a member of the ERSFU your school must affiliate with the local County Schools Union. For further information contact the Schools Development Team.
Magazine and E-zine
Schools Rugby is the termly newsletter that is sent out to all member schools. It is written specially for schools by the schools development team, ERFSU and RFU Publication editor. It contains information on schools programmes, advice on guidance and ways to enhance Rugby Union in your school. It can be found in the centre pages of the touchline magazine in September, January, March and is available to download.
Schools Rugby Ezine is in addition to the schools rugby magazine and you also receive a membership ezine detailing any additional benefits and promotional offers that are available throughout the season. This is delivered straight to your inbox at the start of each term.
Taking Your School on a Rugby Tour
A school tour is an exciting way to build the team spirit and identity of a group of players. It provides a rare opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better and to establish a common style and purpose, as well as making friendships at home and abroad which can last a lifetime. The RFU has a dedicated tours area on the website for general advice, checklists and information, and there are specific guidelines for schools.
Please be aware that schools need to have permission to tour overseas. It is necessary to complete a Permission to Tour Form and return to the schools department. This should be completed and returned along with an itinerary, fixture information and insurance details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Schools should apply for permission to tour a minimum of one month in advance of the tour. Once the form is returned the endorsement of your County School Union (CSU) and the Overseas Union you are visiting will be sought, and a letter granting permission to tour from the ERFSU will be issued.
Through the ERFSU there is support available to help you planning and organising event. Advice on planning an event document. For larger scale events of where there are more than 12 teams involved from across multiply counties you will need to apply for permission from the ERFSU. This is simple process and is to ensure that your event fits within the regulations.To apply for event permission download the document and send to the Schools Department.