CCDP Please find attached an update from Simon Winman about the Community Club Development Programme.
SportsMatch Please find attached a list of RFU projects awarded grants at the June SportsMatch panel
Recruitment Fund The first preliminary application to the Community Rugby Toolkit 2006/07 has been received. Discussions have been taking place around the country to create projects in preparation for the 1 August - 1 November 2006 application period. Extra copies of the toolkit and a booklet of ideas will be sent in hard copy early next month to CBs and Federated Referee Societies. If you have any queries, please contact a member of the development team or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rugby Football Foundation, which provides grants and loans to capital facility projects to clubs at level 5 and below, has launched an on-line application form. Previously applicant clubs had to complete application forms by hand and return by post. The new on-line application form for both the RFF Groundmatch Grant, up to �5000 grant, and the RFF Interest Free Loan Application Form, up to �100,000 interest free loan, will allow clubs to complete the forms electronically and make the application process more user friendly. To start an on-line application form go to: http://www.rfu.com/microsites/rff/index.cfm?fuseaction=download.home
Handbook Thank you to all those CBs that have already returned their Handbook details for the new season, we have already had a 70% return rate. This season we are combining the Green and Red Handbooks. Therefore we will be including the details of five key CB positions in the Handbook, with reference to the CB section of on the RFU Club Pages site (www.rfu.com/clubs). Please ensure that all CB Officer details are updated on Club Pages so that you receive the appropriate information and send outs. A step-by-step guide explaining how to change details and management positions on Club Pages can be found here
For those CBs that have yet to do so, please return your updated CB Officer and Clubs lists to mailto:email@example.com by Friday 30 June 2006 at the very latest. The ''Blue'' handbook will be the Youth Directory and will including details of CBRDP contacts.
Trafalgar Update A small group of experienced users from CBs and clubs throughout the country (Eastern Counties, Devon, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Kent, Middlesex) took part in a very valuable demonstration and feedback session of the Club Pages replacement "Rugby First" (part of project Trafalgar). Much has been documented regarding the improvements needed on the current club pages offering and we have used this experience to ensure that the new system offers a simple, friendly and above all useful tools for your organisations. Overall impressions were very positive and Rugby First is seen as a huge step in the right direction. The aim is to launch on 1 August 2006 with nationwide rollout and training strategy occurring over a 12 month period. Details will be publicised in due course.
Diary Date The Rugby Leaders Conference will take place on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April 2007. Once again the outcomes of the event will determine the invited audience from CBs and other parts of the game. Watch this space for further details.
Merit Table Support In preparation for the 2006/07 season, it is important that leagues for 2nd XV and below are positively supported by their relevant CB. In line with current regulations, the Merit Table application form has been amended to incorporate the signature of the relevant Constituent Body Honorary Secretary/Chairman. For a copy of the new Merit Table application form please contact James Winterbottom on 0870 143 2446 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum Conference The Museum of Rugby are hosting a one-day conference on Monday 25 September 2006, very kindly supported by Investec. The conference is entitled ''Afrikaners, Anglos and Springboks, 1906-2006'' and is timed to tie in with the centenary of the very first South African tour of the British Isles in 1906. Last year''s conference on the All Blacks was a very enjoyable and thought provoking day and there is an equally strong line-up of speakers this time, including former international players Tom Bedford, John Taylor and Stuart Barnes. For more details visit: www.rfu.com/microsites/museum/pdfs/sa_inside_leaflet.pdf and www.rfu.com/microsites/museum/pdfs/sa_outside_leaflet.pdf
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Nominations are being sought for The Queen"s Award for Voluntary Service 2007. The Award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of two or more volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community; improve the quality of life and opportunity for others; provide an outstanding service. Nomination forms are available to download from www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 30 September 2006. Last year''s winners included football and gymnastics clubs.
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