Somerset County Rugby Football Union Limited Est. 1875

. . . Somerset RFU . . .

Forthcoming games and recent results
Date Home       Away
Venue & Notes KO
2019
May 5 Somerset  49 - 22  Cornwall  Gill Burns Women's Cup Div 2 Rd2  2.30pm 
May 4 Essex  27 - 24 Somerset  Bill Beautmont Cup Div 2 Rd1  3.15pm
May 12 Dorset & Wilts  5 - 56 Somerset  Gill Burns Women's Cup Div 2 Rd3  1.30pm
May 11 Surrey  46 - 24 Somerset  Bill Beautmont Cup Div 2 Rd2  3pm
May 18 Somerset  56 - 29 Sussex  Bill Beautmont Cup Div 2 Rd3  3pm
May 18/19     v      Gill Burns Women's Cup Div 2 S/F  
June 2 or 8     v      Bill Beautmont Cup Div 2 Final  
June 2 or 8     v      Gill Burns Women's Cup Div 2 Final  

Somerset RFU Coaching course subsidy 2019/20


Somerset RFU is happy to continue to support clubs with a coaching subsidy for courses attended during the 2019/2020 season.
The RFU provides an ever-increasing number of CPD courses, which all coaches should be encouraged to attend and this, combined with the Coaching qualification are the key tools for our volunteer coaches so we are keen to support clubs in developing their skills.
The need for pitch side first aid cover is paramount to the safety and well being of our players so once again we will continue to contribute funding towards this essential training
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So how do you claim

  • The subsidy payments will be paid from December 2019 for courses completed during the first half of the season.
  • Only courses that have actually occurred and during this current season can be claimed.
  • Each club will need to provide a single invoice for the total amount of subsidy they are claiming with details of the club account for the BACS payment
  • To support proof of attendance – copy of the receipt/register from the RFU will be required
  • Send invoice and proof of attendance to alison.bennett@somersetrfu.co.uk
Subsidy details
  • Coaching qualification – 33% of fee
  • C.P.D. courses 50% of cost
  • First Aid £20 per attendee
I look forward to receiving applications, please contact me if there are any questions prior to then

Alison Bennett
Chair Somerset CB Club Development

Somerset RFU Recruit and Retain 2019


I am happy to confirm that following the continued success of the recruit and retain funding, Somerset RFU is once again offering financial support to clubs who are undertaking projects aimed to recruit Club volunteers, new players or encourage players to return to the game. It is rewarding to hear of the projects that clubs have undertaken and feedback received supports the benefit of this funding to assist clubs. It is a simple process to apply for the funding and there is assistance available from your RDO or CRC if needed.

Projects this season are able to receive a maximum of £300 towards the costs involved. Successful projects last season included open days with a barbecue, leaflet drop, newspaper and radio advertising, community activity, summer touch rugby evening, adopt a colt day, summer fair, sponsored marathon rugby game.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from clubs that to date have not applied – you are in the minority! The goal is to have supported all Somerset clubs by the end of 2019/20 season. The application form and invoice templates have been circulated to all Club Secretaries but should you have any questions please contact alison.bennett@somersetrfu.co.uk.

Good luck with identifying different and fun ways of increasing your club membership and volunteers.

Alison Bennett
Chair Somerset CB Club Development

 

 

Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup Final 2018/19

Bath Ladies 48 - 5 North Petherton Ladies

Hornets RFC

Bath Ladies Barbarians retained the Webb Ellis Somerset County Rugby Football Union Women’s Cup for a third successive season in a repeat of the 2018 final with a 48-5 victory North Petherton Ladies.

In a repeat of last year’s final, Pethy suffered an early set back when fly-half Stacey Saunders was sent to the sinbin allowing Bath to score two converted tries while their opponents were a player down. Bath went into the break 33-5 ahead after two tries from Nicole Jones plus one each from Laura Mahoney, Nina Edwards and Hannah Stephens plus four conversions from Sarah Holloway. Pethy’s reply, three minutes before the break came through a try from Megan Kitchen. After a slow start to the second half Bath increased their lead with a try from Ellen Witt and two more from Player of the Match Edwards.

After the match Somerset County Rugby Football Union President Mark Hawkes presented the medals to the match officials and both sets of players. Pethy skipper Gemma Thorne was presented with the runners-up Plate before Bath co-captains Sarah Holloway and Gemma Thorburn were presented with the Cup.

Congratulations also to Bath Ladies for being recently named the Women’s Team of the Year at the National Rugby Awards ceremony in the Rose Room at Twickenham.

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For a full report on the match together with more images see the Womens Cup page

NAT WEST RUGBYFORCE 2019

NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2019 and clubs are invited to register online. The programme offers a unique and carefully crafted programme for grassroots clubs across the country, including a wealth of advice and support, to ensure that clubs can thrive as strong and sustainable businesses away from the on-pitch action.

Register your club for NatWest RugbyForce 2019, by clicking here

For the attention of everyone playing and administrating rugby in Somerset

The purpose of representative rugby in Somerset is to provide further playing and development opportunities for players through representing their county . It is important to ensure that players find the experience rewarding while maintaining a balance between the demands of their education, other sports, participation in DPP or Academy programmes and minimising the disruption in club and school rugby.

Recent seasons have seen a number of changes to regulations and the delivery of representative programmes. It is the responsibility of those organising representative rugby to contribute to the discussions with competition organisers, schools, colleges and DPP staff to provide a comprehensive Calendar to submit to the RFU for approval in February each year.

Please download and read the guidance here, which provides clarity on the regulations, the key principles of the programmes and finance provided.

 

Half Game

The clearest message from young players is that they want to play alongside their friends as part of the team. That’s why from September 2018 England Rugby are asking all its Age Grade clubs, schools and colleges to make sure everyone in a match day squad gets to play at least half the game time available.

The half game rule is being introduced voluntarily in England and follows successful implementation in New Zealand and Wales and a trial in local club and school competitions in England last year. This voluntary year will help prepare for mandatory introduction from September 2019.

To see how you can use half game in your club, school or college, please see our top tips and FAQ’s below:

Top 10 tips poster

Frequently asked questions

Want to shout that you are using half game at your club, school or college? Please download any of the posters and social media footers below.

Posters

Poster 1 club  - Poster 2 -Poster 3 - Poster 4 schools

Editable poster 1 (club) - Editable poster 2 - Editable poster 3 - Editable poster 4 (school)

Images for social media

Social media post 1 - Social media post 2 (school) - Social media post 3 (club) - Social media post 4 - Social media post 5

Email footers

Email footer (GENERAL) - Email footer (club) - Email footer (school)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As the national governing body for rugby union in England and operator of Twickenham Stadium, we’re committed to protecting your personal data and handling it responsibly, fairly and transparently in order to safeguard all aspects of the game of rugby.

With the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into force on Friday 25 May 2018, we’ve updated our Privacy Notices to give our fans, players, volunteers and other participants more information about what we do with personal data and the rights you have as an individual in relation to the data we hold on you.

The following Privacy Notices available explain what data is used and why.

As the national governing body for rugby union in England and operator of Twickenham Stadium, we’re committed to protecting your personal data and handling it responsibly, fairly and transparently in order to safeguard all aspects of the game of rugby.

 

 

Women and girls rugby in Somerset

Women’s rugby at representative & development level is managed by Senior Rugby. The contact is Mark Hawkes ( mark.hawkes@somersetrfu.co.uk). Girl’s representative & development rugby at under 15 & U 18 level (the two recognised representative groups) are managed by age grade rugby. The contact for age grade is Jason Wheatley (jason.wheatley@somersetrfu.co.uk).

Our community rugby section supports all club rugby.

Injury Reporting

Following several calls regarding the reporting of injuries, please refer to the RFU web site on ‘Injury Reporting’ http://www.englandrugby.com/rugbysafe/injury-reporting

The RFU recommend that all clubs, schools and organisations that run rugby activity keep a record any incidents both on and off the pitch. On the pitch it is good practice to provide first aiders with a book in which to record incidents that required their attendance.

The information kept can help identify injury and incident trends and possible areas for improvement in the control of health and safety risks. It can also be used for reference in future risk assessments.

This record book is not the same as the statutory accident book required under the H&SAW Regulations, though the two can be combined.

Reportable Injury Events

These are defined as:

• An injury which results in the player being admitted to a hospital (this does not include those that attend an Accident or Emergency Department and are allowed home from there).

• Deaths which occur during or within 6 hours of a game finishing.

Clubs and schools are also required to report injuries in which artificial grass pitches or equipment such as sports goggles are involved.

Somerset Rugby  

"Aims and philosophy for Senior representative rugby teams"

Men’s County 1st XV :-

Selected from those eligible to represent the county at the highest level. Giving players who want the opportunity an environment which is special to play in with others and be the very best they can be whilst wearing the traditional "Hoops" of Somerset.

This team is selected by county selectors who invite players to attend training, development sessions, watch them at the clubs they represent and subsequently choose a "first team" that compete in the county championship.

Woman's County 1st XV :-

For developing and emerging female rugby players, this team is open to all who want to be the best they can be and have a desire to represent their County. Players who are eligible and attend county development days and training sessions will have the opportunity to be selected to represent this side.

A team that has no pressure other than that applied by the players themselves and one where all receive something new. A non RFU funded or pathway side. Players will however from this team have the opportunity to trial if selected at the RFU Senior Academy trials.

Men’s County Development XV :-

For developing and emerging rugby players

A team that is open to all who want to be the very best they can be and have a desire to represent their County. Players who are eligible and attend "county development days" and training sessions will have the opportunity to be selected to represent this side.

A team that has no pressure other than that applied by the players themselves and one where all receive something new. A non RFU funded side. A team that to date can say 14 of its players have gone on to play  County 1st XV rugby in the County Championship.

We are proud that this group of players all wore the county age grades shirts and all can be very very proud of their achievements in the past season.

We at the County look forward to discovering what the future holds for these gentlemen and ladies and those who are, and will be, proudly wearing their county's shirt at whatever level - better never stops!

Marlie Packer

Ollie Hayes

Freddy Burns

Nathan Catt

Kane Palma-Newport

Jack Cuthbert

Chris Cook

Olly Woodburn

Guy Mercer

Caryl Thomas

Danielle Waterman

Yann Thomas

Dave Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook

See our Community Rugby page for links to tackle coaching clips , which should be useful to your clubs and schools, along with a link to the new RFU training courses for 2018-19 . . . as well as important news and information on safeguarding for all local clubs

Age Grade Playing Calendar

The RFU Age Grade Playing Calendar provides a model that supports inclusivity of players, guards against over/underplaying and limits conflict, maintaining choice for players to play with their peer groups. Further information about the playing calendar can be found here.


Click here to download the guide

Somerset courses
In Touch

In Touch , the newsletter of the RFU SW Player Development Pathwayis available here

Social Media

Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay and everyone should understand its benefits and pitfalls. Somerset County Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) is keen to promote the safe, responsible use of this technology.

Together with making its members aware of the potential risks and to share best practice, SRFU has produced the following guidance which we believe will be of interest to experts and casual users alike.

SCRFU Social Media guidelines

Facility Improvement and Tax Newsletter - No 7
This England Rugby Newsletter provides community sports clubs with updates on the tax issues impacting facility improvement projects. Get it here
Somerset Rugbee The Movie

The RFUs Positional Skills Handbook is available here

The county now has an on line kit shop so you can order directly through Webb Ellis. Training wear,replica shirts etc.