SSE National and Divisional Leagues
Managed by the National Clubs Association (NCA), the SSE National Leagues represent the 3rd and 4th tier of rugby in England, compromising of three divisions; SSE National League 1, SSE National League 2 North and SSE National League 2 South.
Each division includes 16 semi-professional teams that together cover the length and breadth of England, from Redruth to Westoe, Fylde to Southend.
SSE National League 1
- 30 league games; 15 home, 15 away
- Top finishing club promoted to RFU Championship
- Bottom three clubs relegated to SSE National League 2 North or South (depending on region)
SSE National League 2 North & South
- Top finishing club promoted to SSE National League 1
- 2nd placed clubs compete in promotional play-offs
Bottom three clubs relegated from each division; SSE National League 2 North relegated to National League 3 Midlands/North, SSE National League 2 South relegated to Nat 3 South West/London.
Managed by the RFU's Divisional Organising Committees, the SSE Divisional Leagues cover levels 5-12 of rugby in England. Between them the four divisions (North, Midlands, London & South East and the South West) provide leagues covering all four corners of the country and over 1000 clubs.
Each division is headed by a National League 3 with the Midlands and North leagues leading to promotion into SSE National League 2 North, and the South West and London & SE divisions feeding into SSE National League 2 South. Below this level the leagues are split into area or CB based to limit travel and encourage participation.
SSE: Official Sponsors of the RFU National and Divisional Leagues
Leading energy company, SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy), was named as an Official Community Partner of the Rugby Football Union in July 2011. The three year partnership will see SSE invest significantly to support community rugby in England and take on the title sponsorship of the National and Divisional Leagues.
Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director for the RFU, commented: "We're delighted to see SSE join the RFU family. The success of rugby in England depends on the longevity of success at community level to support growth through to the elite game. With SSE backing the National and Divisional League, club rugby in England has received a further boost."
For further information on SSE's sponsorship of the Community Rugby Coaches, please click here.
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