How were the phase one clubs selected?
They were randomly selected by the RFU from the list of clubs that have received the Club Accreditation Award and have Mini/Junior sections. Every Constituent Body (CB) has at least two clubs in phase one of the programme.
Which other clubs from our area are involved in phase one?
Over 250 clubs across England have been invited to take part in phase one of the programme, with at least two clubs from each Constituent Body. Information on the selected clubs from your CB should be available from the CB and RFU Rugby Development Officer.
Young Rugby Ambassador selection and registration
We are not sure how to select the YRAs, do you have any ideas?
There is no prescribed process for selecting the YRAs but you could use a number of approaches. These could include:
- A simple application and interview process
- Nomination by other club members or self-nomination of club members
- An election amongst club members or specific sections of the club
- Inviting suitable young people to be part of the programme.
It is important to select YRAs who fulfil the criteria and are able to undertake the roles identified in the job description.
We don’t think that we can get four YRAs; can we still be involved in we can only find two?
We would much prefer you to identify four if at all possible, however, if you are only able to nominate two who are deemed to be suitable, please email YRA2015@rfu.com, and we will allocate the additional places to other clubs in phase one.
What if we would like to nominate more than four YRAs?
As above, we would much prefer you to identify four if at all possible. However, if you have more than four who you would like to nominate, please nominate four through the online system and email YRA2015@rfu.com to request additional places at the conference. We will inform you if additional places are available by email. Please do not arrive at the conference with more than four YRAs unless this has been approved by the RFU.
We don’t have a women/girls section in our club, are we still expected to nominate at least one girl?
Yes, it is an important part of the programme. You can nominate girls/young women from any part of the club.
We want to nominate an YRA who does not fit the age criteria, can we do that?
For welfare and child protection reasons, the YRAs cannot be under 16 years old. If you would like to nominate someone over 20 to be a YRA, please send this request through to YRA2015@rfu.com and this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What if we miss the registration deadline?
The deadline is set to allow us to administer the programme and the conferences effectively and will enable us to get everything ready in time. If you miss this deadline, we are likely to invite another club to take your place. However, you can email YRA2015@rfu.com and we will see whether we can accommodate your request.
Do the YRAs have to be rugby players?
No, as long they are club members, they are eligible to be a Young Rugby Ambassador.
Some of our YRAs may be away at college or university, does this matter?
No, as long as they are able to undertake the YRA role at their club, it does not matter where they are based.
We want to select some young people to be the mentors, this means that they might be younger than the YRAs, does that matter?
Not at all, as long as you feel they have the skills required to be an effective mentor.
Young Rugby Ambassador conferences
Why are the conferences scheduled for the 31 October 31, 2013?
October 31, 2013 is exactly two years to go to the Rugby World Cup 2015 final and we think that this is great date to launch the programme. It is also during half-term week for the vast majority of schools and colleges across the country so it should be a good day for the young people to attend. We have also avoided the weekend so that we don’t interrupt the YRAs' or mentors' involvement in matches as players, officials, volunteers or spectators.
We have identified a couple of mentors but they are not able to attend the conference, can someone else go on their behalf?
Yes, as long as they are prepared to fully brief the mentors back at their club.
Can our Young Rugby Ambassadors attend the conference if we can’t find an adult mentor to go with them?
We would prefer the YRAs and adult mentors attend the conference together but if this is not possible the YRAs can attend on their own. However, it is vital that the adult mentors obtain the information and resources from the conference and meet with the YRAs as soon as possible after the event to agree how they are going to work together.
The conference venue selected for us is really difficult to get to, can we change it?
We have tried to select the conference venue that best suits your clubs location in terms of transport links and capacity of selected venues. In some cases, this has been quite challenging and if you feel that there may be an alternate venue that suits you better please email YRA2015@rfu.com and we will try and accommodate your request.
Will the RFU pay for the costs of attending the conference?
Sorry no, we hope that the club will support the travel costs to the conference. The conference itself and all the associated resources are free to the YRA and mentors.
What will happen after the YRA conferences?
The YRAs and mentors will receive a monthly e-newsletter from the RFU and RWC 2015. They will also be set three challenges each year to encourage their engagement with the programme. These challenges will have some great incentives and rewards linked to them and can be accessed by sharing examples of the work they have done. Great films and RWC 2015/England rugby resources will also be available for the YRAs to download so that they have the latest information at their fingertips.
What “freebies” will the YRAs and mentors get?
We hope to provide a branded polo shirt for the YRAs and mentors. They will also receive a range of resources that contains all the information they will need to undertake their role.
Will we get priority access to England and/or RWC 2015 tickets?
Unfortunately not. As I am sure you appreciate, tickets for international games and RWC 2015 are often very difficult to access. Hence, we are not in a position to access tickets for games although we hope that some other fantastic opportunities will be offered to YRAs and their mentors.
What if some of our YRAs drop out of the programme halfway through?
We accept that some YRAs and mentors will drop out of the programme, but we hope with the club's support and the information and benefits they gain through being a YRA you may be able to retain them in the programme. If YRAs still drop out of the programme and you want to replace them, as long as you are prepared to brief and support them locally, just email their details to YRA2015@rfu.com and we will update the database.
Will the YRA work/voluntary hours be accredited?
Not officially no, although being an YRA will be great for the young person’s CV or personal statement. It may be possible for the volunteer hours to be used to support other programmes they are involved in locally.