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Covid 19 Support Grants

As a CB we know that clubs are likely to be struggling during the ongoing situation, so we have put together a working group to look at granting available funds derived from both CB reserves and RFU LRP funding, to help where we can.

We need you to complete the application spreadsheet (click here for the spreadsheet) and return it to the County Secretary no later than Wednesday April 8th 2020, though this is not a guarantee that any club to be granted monies. Once the applications have been received, they will be reviewed on a case by case basis and the decision on a grant award communicated to each club that has applied.

The review will include, but will not be limited to, reviewing the last set of submitted accounts from the club. Please apply for a grant only if you really need it, we must ensure that monies go where most needed. We also expect that all clubs will be considering applications for Government assistance where it is available (we can assist if needed) and contacting suppliers to arrange longer payment terms if possible.

As a CB we believe we can trust all clubs awarded grants to use the money wisely, as is expected of any business practicing good governance, nevertheless we may require evidence of where funds have been used.

In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding this or have any questions that we may able to help with, or at least steer you in the right direction, please get in contact with us.

Please Note: The Local Funding, including the additional funding allocated to CBs by the RFU, and any matched CB reserves cannot be used to award grants to clubs that are not eligible for RFU benefits under regulation 7 (Payment of Players).

Gareth Chew
County Secretary
Somerset RFU

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Message from RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney

My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community.

In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning, the RFU is today announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.

When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.

I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.

We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.

The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.

Welfare

We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. We are also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.

Implications

Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs - we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.

In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.

We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.

We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.

The implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs.

Reboot

Our welfare advice before the start of next season will switch to offering guidance on how players at all levels can reboot and get match ready.

We will work closely with constituent bodies to support clubs, competition organisers and the wider rugby community in preparing to re-start rugby in what is likely to be a challenging environment.

In recent days we have all been inspired by the many stories across the rugby family working together to support those who are the most vulnerable in their community – this encapsulates the unique spirit of rugby. I am confident that this spirit and resilience during these tough times will ensure we will come through this together and emerge stronger.

Take care and stay safe,

Bill Sweeney

RFU Suspends All Rugby

Following government advice today, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.

The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.

Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.

Gareth Chew                          
County Secretary
Somerset RFU

Important update - Coronavirus

The government has announced (12th March) that there is no change at the moment to sporting events. Given this, league games will continue to be played as usual, unless a club has made different arrangements as relevant to their own circumstances.

Should this position change, we will notify league organisers and will provide an update on the England Rugby website – click here

We do appreciate that there is some concern about games taking place at this point in time so it is a club’s call if they want to cancel games, etc.

There have been a number of general enquiries regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our guidance at this time is for clubs to follow the Government’s advice to inform any decisions as it is updated on a regular basis.

The following information may also be useful:

It would be helpful if you could also let your local RDO know if you are aware of anyone at your club testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus

There have been a number of queries about whether we are putting out any information for clubs on the Coronavirus.

As a Union we will not be giving advice or guidance as the latest information is available via the Government website and is updated daily. It is important that clubs use the government’s guidance to inform their knowledge, available here

As tour season is approaching we advise clubs to monitor the situation via the Government website at their overseas proposed tour destination. Click here

The following information may also be helpful for clubs.

It is up to individual clubs to decide internally if or how or what they communicate to their members.

Regards
Somerset RFU

Somerset RFU Recruit and Retain 2019/20


Following the continued success of the recruit and retain funding, Somerset RFU is inviting clubs to complete a second application for financial support for projects aimed to recruit Club volunteers, new players or encourage players to return to the game. This second project application for clubs will be able to receive a maximum of £300 towards the costs involved.

I have attached the templates that need to be completed fully (see below), but please contact your RDO or CRC if you would like assistance in completing the form and good luck with identifying different and fun ways of increasing your club membership and volunteers! Clubs will need to ensure that there is a review of the effectiveness of the first grant included with their application as detailed on the project application form.

Click here for the Project Template and here for the Invoice Template

If I can be of any further assistance please e-mail alison.bennett@somersetrfu.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.

Alison Bennett
Chair Somerset CB Club Development

Cross border fixtures

Dear Clubs

There has been a recent update to RFU Regulation 10 which includes an amendment to the approval process for ‘cross border fixtures’ for all senior and age grade teams. The new process for approval derives from a World Rugby regulation that requires a full record of such matches is maintained by the Union/CB when permission is given and that World Rugby can request those details. The good news is the amendment reduces the level of admin for all involved.

To support our clubs and to comply, Somerset RFU have created a form that must be completed by each club wishing to receive advanced approval for their teams to play cross border fixtures throughout the respective forthcoming season - click here for the form. The completed form must be submitted to me (gareth.chew@somersetrfu.co.uk) before 1st September each season, an annual reminder will be sent out in July.

Once approval has been granted the club will be required to submit the following detail, also to me, for all cross boarder matches before 10th May each season:

  • RFU (Somerset) Club
  • Date of Match
  • Venue (Home or Away)
  • Name of Club and which Union it is from (invariably it will be a Scottish (SRU) or Welsh (WRU) club
  • Details of teams involved (1st XV men, 2nd XV Women, U16s boys etc)
  • Result

Please note if fixtures include an overnight stay either the night before or after a game this is classed as a ‘tour’ which involves a separate application process which can be found on the County's safeguarding webpage - Click here

As we are already half way into this season we will take applications now for the remainder but match information will still need to be submitted before the 10th May 2020.

I will send this back out during July as a reminder.

Gareth Chew
County Secretary
Somrset RFU

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.