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Annual CB orientation day hailed as inspiring

16 October 2009

  • CB Orientation Day considered as a success as 44 volunteers and administrators attend
  • Networking and latest details on community rugby enjoyed by delegates

Delegates at the CB Orientation Day at Twickenham on October 13

Photo: RFU Archive

The 2009 CB Orientation Day held on October 13 at Twickenham Stadium was the best attended to date, with 44 volunteers and administrators from 22 constituent bodies attending in the West Stand's Council Room, President's Room and Members' Lounge.

Most of the delegates were new to their roles in the last 12 months, and all the participants were able to learn about the organisation of the RFU and the support available to them, and to meet and swap ideas with counterparts from other CBs.

There were keynote presentations - see below for download details - from speakers Andrew Scoular (overview of Community Rugby), Chris Rawlings (Safeguarding and ISA Legislation), Jo Hawley (RFUW, RWC 2010 and Integration), Richard Glynne-Jones (This is Rugby) and Carole Thelwall-Jones (Strategic Plan).

The day also included a selection of informal stalls at which a wide range of RFU staff from 18 departments described their roles and offered information, ideas and advice.
Carole Thelwall-Jones, RFU CB Volunteer Manager, said: "Meeting the new volunteers who are stepping up to take roles in Constituent Bodies is always worthwhile.

"They have already done great things for rugby, and are keen to do even more, and we really appreciate them giving their time to attend the event.

"We're sure that their volunteering will be easier and more enjoyable and successful through the things they learned and the contacts they made at this CB Orientation Day."

Among the positive feedback from delegates, Nick Rich, Cornwall's Press Officer, described the day as "inspiring" and said that "no better venue would be possible”.

Devon's honorary secretary Treve Mitchell also said: "The day was very worthwhile. Discussions during the market stalls session were very useful and a personal contact is very important."

Simon Lord, who manages Eastern Counties' Under 18 and U17 teams, commented: "As well as the main presentations it was great to meet & network with fellow CB volunteers. It was all put together very professionally and I would encourage others to attend in the future."

The five 2009 RFU CB Orientation Day keynote presentations can be downloaded for your reference from