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We are seeking nominations from all North Midlands Clubs for their deserving younger charismatic members who are considered to be leaders or influential drivers within their age groups to experience and enjoy an inaugural outward-bound weekend organised in conjunction with the University of Worcester.
A schedule of the two arranged weekends and details of the relevant age groups are below for information as is a suggested ‘Kit List’. All food will be provided.
You are invited to forward the name of a Nominee (plus a designated reserve) with their contact details for each group together with a very brief attestation of the individuals contribution and worthiness to attend the weekend to Sarah Wild, North Midlands Administrative Assistant (email@example.com) by 30th April 2018. Please ensure nominees are fully aware of the dates and that they will also be committing to a very busy and competitive weekend, albeit very enjoyable and rewarding.
Both weekends are limited to 30 attendees at each.
For info: CBs & ClubsAs an RFU affiliated club, it is important that you keep the whole of the club as safe as possible and this applies as much off the pitch as well as on it. Your club will be visited by hundreds, if not thousands, of people each year and you have a duty to ensure that your premises, including your clubhouse, car park and grounds are safe.To help clubs to assess the risks within your premises, our insurance broker Howden has worked with the RFU to create an online risk assessment tool (printed versions now available also).Here you will find a number of simple, easy to manage risk assessments, each designed to help you through the process, with guidance on what risks you need to consider and how you can best manage them.Click here to start your risk assessments.For more information, please contact Alex Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
One week left to nominate in the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards
For action: CBs & Clubs
The Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards aim to identify and thank volunteers for their valuable and outstanding work across the game in clubs, referee societies, schools, colleges and universities. No matter what the role – on or off the pitch, behind the scenes or on the committee, the RFU and Mitsubishi Motors want you to nominate the volunteers who are doing a great job – day in, day out.
Don’t miss the opportunity. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 25th February. Click here to make a nomination.
For more information, please contact Amber Lewis (email@example.com).
An introduction to GMS for new users
For info: Clubs
If you’re looking to help your club for the first time with the Game Management System (GMS), here’s a little introduction on what the system is about, and the help and support available to you, as a user. All of this information can be found on the GMS Hub, with an easy to remember web address of www.englandrugby.com/gms.
Below are links that will take you straight to parts of the hub you may be most interested in. These are:
- To find out what GMS is, and discover what the system is about, click here.
- To discover what’s new in GMS, and to hear about how other clubs are using the system, click here.
- To access a wealth of training and support material, click here.
- To find out what’s upcoming, and what might be included in future system improvements, take a look here.
- To get started, and to login to the system, visit here.
In addition to the online support, we have a staffed helpdesk available to support you. To contact them, you can either email them on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them on 020 8831 665.
Global Law Trials – tell us what you think
For action: CBs & Clubs
A number of Global Law Trials have been introduced by World Rugby since the beginning of the season and applied to all games at all levels in England since 1 August 2017.
These Global Law Trials are designed to support player welfare and make the Laws simpler to play and watch. The 17 variations can be grouped around some key themes:
- Time – how the game is ended after a penalty kick
- Tackle/ruck – what the tackler must do and how a ruck can be formed
- Advantage – where multiple infringements have occurred giving the non-offending team the choice of which they feel is the most advantageous to them
- Touch, in goal and mark – putting the emphasis on where the ball is when it is played
The RFU is reviewing their effect and wants you to help shape the game of the future by responding to a survey, which also gives you the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to see England in a Quilter International this November. Please click here to provide your thoughts.
For more information, please contact Michael Patz (email@example.com).
RUGBY FOOTBALL FOUNDATION APPLICATION FORMS
Please find attached the new Rugby Football Foundation application forms. The forms have been streamlined to make the whole process less paper intensive for clubs. Clubs at level 5 and below can use the grant forms to make applications in the next funding window; the deadline for grant applications is 2nd March.The capital interest free loan programme is open year round and is open to clubs from level 3 and below. More details can be found on the website: www.rugbyfootballfoundation.org
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Bartram on 07841 156806 or email: TomBartram@RFU.com
- Grants FAQ – 2017
- Helping Hand application form 2018
- Loan Stage 1 application form 2018
- Groundmatch application form 2018
29th January 2018
Circulation : Hon Secretaries/Youth Rugby Officers of all North Midlands affiliated RFU member Clubs
25th January 2018
Re: New Law Book and Age-Grade Disciplinary Sanctions
As most of you are aware, on 1st January 2018 World Rugby introduced a new Law Book and updated discipline sanctions table.
The purpose of this change is to streamline the Laws of Rugby and to give a wider scope for acts of foul play to be dealt with effectively by Club, CB and National Discipline Panels when they occur. I attach a copy of the new Youth Rugby sanctions table, showing the old Law, the new Law and the updated sanctions for each offence.
This will assist all Clubs to ensure that they discipline their players correctly, using the right Law and the appropriate sanction.
This leads me to the second reason for my letter to you. As you know there are very few age- grade disciplinary incidents (in particular significant ones) whether in schools, colleges or clubs and, as a result, my workload is thankfully light. However, sometimes it is too light. Over the past few seasons, I have received fewer Red Card reports and these have always come from Society referees.
We are aware that it is increasingly difficult for the NMSRFR to appoint Society referees for junior club games. This means that many junior club games are refereed by club referees. A club referee has all of the powers of any rugby referee, including the power to send off a player for foul play. Where a club referee issues a red card it is important that they complete a sending off report (attached), which the club must send it to me within 48 hours.
Discipline is one of our core values. It is vital that we maintain the best standards of discipline in the game by ensuring that where foul play occurs, it is properly dealt with. Please ensure that your Junior Rugby officials and the referees that they appoint are aware of the important role that they play in keeping rugby safe and well-disciplined.
I wish you a safe and successful remainder of the season.
North Midlands Youth Disciplinary Secretary
Circulation : Hon Secretaries of all North Midlands affiliated RFU member Clubs
ALL NORTH MIDLANDS CLUBS ARE INVITED TO TENDER TO HOST THE NORTH MIDLANDS CUP FINALS (U14’S TO U16’S) ON SUNDAY 29TH APRIL 2018. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED LINK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Junior-Cup-Finals-29th-April-20181
FOR ANY FURTHER QUERIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO JOHN GRIFFITHS - firstname.lastname@example.org OR MOBILE 07736 244638.
Circulation : Hon Secretaries & Chairmen of all North Midlands affiliated RFU member Clubs & Domestic Unions
Please see link detailing the implementation proposals of the RFU’s Payment of Players project:- Club Memo re Payment of Players proposals Feedback from clubs is sought with a deadline of Jan 8th 2018, contact details are provided within the document. Clubs may also provide feedback via RFU Council members Steve Guy and/or Paul Kaminski.
It would be appreciated please if clubs could copy North Midlands administrator Sarah Wild with their responses email@example.com
Hon Secretary, North Midlands RFU Ltd.
North Midlands Colts Cup Entries 2017/2018
Clubs within North Midlands are invited to enter the above Competition for U19’s (must be U19’s as at 31st August 2017).
NM Clubs in the NM Colts League will be entered automatically unless they indicate to John Griffiths that they DO NOT wish to participate before 31st Dec 2017.
NM Clubs who are not part of NMCL may enter by indicating this wish to the Cup Administrator John Griffiths at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st Dec 2017. The entry fee for any such Clubs will be £35 to be paid to:
Account Name: North Midlands RFU (HSBC)
Sort Code: 40:20:27
Account Number: 31436279
(PLEASE REFERENCE COLTS CUP AND CLUB NAME)
Further enquiries may be sent to John Griffiths as above or on mobile Number: 07736 244638
Please find attached the North Midlands Rugby Football Union Limited 13th Financial Annual General Meeting Agenda and papers for the FAGM meeting to be held at Dudley Kingswinford RFC at 7.30pm on Monday 4th September 2017.
North Midlands Coaching Appointments
Please see the latest coaching appointments made for the North Midlands – NM U20’s / NM U18’s / NM U16’s / NM Women / NM Girls U18’s and NM Girls U15’s.
Many congratulations to everyone and I wish you every success. I look forward to catching up with you all during the season.
Chairman North Midlands RFU
Circulated to all Clubs, Committee Members, Life members
Please find attached the Calling Notice for the North Midlands Rugby Football Union Limited 13th Financial Annual General Meeting to be held at Dudley Kingswinford RFC at 7.30pm on Monday 4th September 2017. Also attached is the ‘Agenda’ and Minutes of the 12th Financial Annual General Meeting.
NORTH MIDLANDS RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION LIMITED
RFU 24/7s regional final is at Worcester Sixways on the 1st July 2017
Social and Womens’ & Girls Teams needed
- No cost to enter social team
- Play on same pitches as professionals
- Fun light hearted event
- Great way to increase player involvement/interaction
- Goodies for teams entering
- Noon registration until 5pm ish
|With effect from 13th June the next 5 North Midlands Club teams to register with Ian Bletcher, RFU Area Player Development Officer, and turn up with a squad of 10 players for the event will receive a bonus for their Club of £100.00 from North Midlands RFU.|
To register contact Ian Bletcher on 07764 699642 or email@example.com
Annual General Meeting June 2017
Circulated to all Clubs, Committee Members, Life members
Please find attached the Calling Notice for the North Midlands RFU Annual General Meeting to be held at Dudley Kingswinford RFC at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th June 2017.
This is an important event in the North Midlands RFU calendar, providing an opportunity to elect the Officers of the Union, and propose changes to the current rules.
I have attached a copy of the rules for you information and your club’s future reference.
The Officer position subject of election at the AGM in June are as follows;
- Senior Vice President
- Junior Vice President
- Honorary Secretary
- Honorary Treasurer
- Constituent Body’s Representatives on the RFU Council
Additionally there will be an election for the following Management Committee posts (in addition to the Officers); – see Rule 13.8
- Playing Development Group Lead
- North Midlands Governance Lead
- Chair of Community Committee
- Chair of Welfare & Safeguarding
- A Past President
I do require signed nominations from members (see Rules 5 & 8 for definitions) not later than 31st May 2017 please. Further, the written consent of the nominee is also required.
I will publish an Agenda at least two weeks before the Annual General Meeting and will include full details of the business of the meeting
Funday Sunday May 24th
Edwardians Rugby Club are holding a Funday Sunday on 24th May starting at 1 pm.
Come for a brilliant day out with lots to do including fun and games, face painting, bouncy castles cartoon characters, candy floss & ice creams stands along with a BBQ and a Real Ale Bar and a Disco in the evening.
1 pm – Juniors Fun Fit session
2 pm – Mini and Junior fun and games including tag rugby, bulldog and tug of war
4 pm – Annual Malcolm Weller Memorial Veterans Tournament, 6/8 Team Knockout Tournament
7.45 pm – Edwardian FC vs Greater Birmingham XV
Annual General Meeting June 2015
The Annual General Meeting of the North Midlands Rugby Football Union is to be held on 24 June 2015.
Attached is a copy of the rules, which are being currently amended to include the new position of Chairman; this position is effective from the date of the AGM in June 2015
Please be alert to your opportunity to submit nominations; importantly any nomination must be sent in writing to reach me, The Honorary Secretary by the 31st of May.
I will be circulating a formal Calling Notice, and Agenda shortly.
New Referees Course
Peter Tolan has arranged the next referees course for 13th and 20th of September at Barker Butts RFC.
Please spread the word around the county and beyond. You cannot play without us so if you are injured , stopped playing or need a new challenge in the game then contact Peter for details
GREATER BIRMINGHAM GIRLS RUGBY
On Sunday 24th May from 10am, Birmingham Exiles RFC will host another fantastic rugby opportunity for girls aged 10-17 years at Old Damson Lane, B92 9ED.
This opportunity will consist of FUN, conditioned games, skills carousel, specialist coaching from guest coaches within the Women and Girls Player Pathway along with an opportunity to see some of the best young talent in England.
10am: Registration & Meet n Greet
10.30am: Conditioned Games & Skills Carousel
11.30am: Specialist Coaching
Midday: Lunch followed by an opportunity to watch the 3rd round of the Women’s National Academy matches featuring Midlands, South East, North, South West.
As some of you are aware, the aim is to give Girls Rugby within Greater Birmingham an opportunity to come together and form a team at Under 18, Under 15 and Under 13 playing as one, enabling the girls to enjoy playing competitive and fun rugby and also to develop their own skills.
This event will be the first of many to be planned within Greater Birmingham RFU to assist in the development of Girls Rugby.
If you are able to support this event as a player, supporting coach or a spectator then please email firstname.lastname@example.org we can cater for everyone.
For more information about the event then please contact email@example.com or call 07779054770.
Community Game update 12th May 2015
Shrewsbury RFC – coaching vacancy
Notice of interest are invited for the position of COACH / PLAYER COACH at Shrewsbury Rugby Union Football Club.
The club have consolidated their position in Midlands 2 (North West) this year having gained promotion in the previous
season and are ambitious to seek continual improvement and promotion.
Persons interested in the position are, in the first instance, invited to submit a brief resume of qualifications and experience
to the club secretary at (BENS email address)
Structured season 2015-16 update
Please find attached the amended Midlands Structured Season for 2015-2016. This amendment has been necessary following the RFU Council’s decision on Friday to delay the implementation of the new structure for the leagues for a further twelve months to allow for further consultation with clubs. Whereas play offs were not necessary leading to the change in structure of the leagues they are now required in order to maintain the present structure.
Please discard the Midlands Structured Season for 2015-2016 (30-03-15) sent earlier and use the one sent today which is dated 20-04-15 in the bottom right hand corner. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Community Game update re Adult Competition review -update 17.4.2015
Community update no.11, 17th April 2015
RWC 2015 ticketing and coaching opportunities for clubs
Please see opportunities available for your club, and it’s members to attend some of the RWC 2015 matches, and a coaching opportunity. Details are on the flyers below. England Rugby Travel are advertising via North Midlands RFU and whilst we are happy to advertise the opportunities, any contact should be direct to Jack Royle, on 0844 788 4083, and not via this Constituent Body.
2015-2016 Structured season – supplied by Midland Leagues Organising Committee
For details of your playing weekends,and cup match schedules please click on spreadsheet
Kids First presentation notes
Kids First —- Attached are the PowerPoint presentation notes of the event held at Bromsgrove RFC on 28.2.2015
Community Game update 9.3.32015 – Adult Competition Review supplement
Please read attached as it will give you a steer regarding latest developments, and what ithey may mean to your club
Ground maintenance advice
Ground maintenance is always a problem. Tom Bartram. our Area Facilities Manager wishes to advise of opportunities for groundsmen to engage with RFU and groundsman. Please read FAQ doc. below.
Club Census – March 2015
Clubs need to be alert to weeks commencing 16 and 23rd March 2015 regarding information they need to collate. please read letter
RFU Competitions Review, supplementary update 6.2.2015
RFU Community Game update no. 8
This was circulated to all clubs by England Rugby on 26.1.2015
Further update 12.12.2014
Letter from The President 12.12.2014 informing of the promotion of our Birmingham RDO, Chris Sigsworth and the changes that will be brought about following his departure.
Latest update 12.12.2014
RFU Community update no.7, and referred to Rugby Shorts, NatWest Rugby Force 2015 “Get Behind England” order form
Latest update 6.12.2014
Here is a reward opportunity for any North Midlands RFU club who develops a recruiting and playing initiative
Latest updates 23.11.2014
RFU Community update no.6 and Rugby Workforce 2015
Latest update 13/11/2014
Community Game update supplement Adult Game review 13/11/2014
Latest update 11/11/14.
Details of wheelchair rugby, taster session on Sunday, 16/11/14.
Please see flyer see flyer
Latest update 10.11.2014
England Rugby Community Game update no.5
This document will have been circulated to Secretaries today; there are several items relevant to the CB Treasurer and Club Treasurer. There is some guidance on CASC, some correspondence to read, also items on safeguarding and age grade rugby.
Latest Update 18.9.2014
Vacancy for Chair of North Midlands Rugby Development Partnership
Please see see details
Latest Update 12/09/2014
For the attention of all North Midlands Clubs’ Hon Secs and Youth Rugby Officers
Latest Update – 12/09/2014
The RFU is upgrading its course booking system and this means that online course booking will not be available between the 18th – 31st July 2014. You can still make a booking by following these steps:Upgrade in ProgressLatest Update New Under 16 Rules
- Find the course you wish to attend from our course calendar
- Telephone our course administration team on 0113 8127437. You will be asked to provide your Name, Postcode, DOB, email & phone details and have your debit / credit card ready. You will also be asked to provide an emergency contact name & number.
- If you wish to book a course not on this list, this can be done using the usual Online process when the system becomes live again on 4 August.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.