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Storm damaged pitches and facilities could be back in use sooner than expected thanks to a new emergency flood relief fund from Sport England.

 

The effects of Storms Ciara and Dennis are still being fully assessed but, in an attempt to rectify the damage as soon as possible, local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs.

 

For full details visit...

 

https://www.sportengland.org/news/victims-storm-ciara-helped-emergency-flood-relief-fund?fbclid=IwAR0uAce10WjKUtSWmpHyRfWBqJeZfu-tfYbwLXG-c3O2GcC8jOVdt2__t-8

 

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Community Game Update - February
Content:

1. Adult Male Future Competitions - Survey
2. What’s your World Cup story?
3. Encourage your members and the local community to watch Guinness Six Nations matches
4. Education and Age Grade Alignment Project (CBs only)
5. Important updates
6. Young members' survey
7. Don’t miss key deadlines
8. International Women’s Day – 8 March 2020
9. Forthcoming England and Twickenham fixtures
Welcome to the February 2020 Community Game Update. We hope you find the update useful, and if you have any feedback, queries or content that you would like to feature, please email Vee Montebello, RFU Senior Communications Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our communications to you are based on the data that is held in the Game Management System (GMS). To ensure you receive the communications that you want to from the RFU, please check the information held on this system is up to date and active. In addition, if you know of a colleague who should be receiving these updates, but isn’t, please help them to check their details on GMS.

This communication is only sent to the roles highlighted in the distribution list above.
 
   
 
 
Adult Male Future Competitions - Survey is live
Help shape the future of the adult male game by following the link below to take part in a survey which won’t take longer than 10 minutes, as well as finding information, data and insights to help you complete it. Please read the information on the page before starting the survey.

The deadline for responses is Wednesday 19 February and the survey is best completed using a desktop device.

For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your Council representative.
Take Survey
 
 
Tell your World Cup recruitment story & win a money-can't-buy opportunity
Many inspirational stories exist of our clubs using Rugby World Cup 2019 to recruit new and returning players. We’d love to share innovative ways rugby clubs did this and to hear about players of every age who experienced rugby afresh or for the first time and now play regularly.

It could be someone inspired to pull their boots back on at their local club, or a newbie who decided to give it a go and is now hooked.

Why did they start, what did the club do to engage them and what is making them come back week after week? We’d like to hear what makes their story really special.

Clubs with the most inspirational stories will win the opportunity to be involved in the guard of honour or mascots team at the Quilter Cup England XV v Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday 21 June, along with tickets for their club.

Sharing your player’s story couldn’t be easier; simply post your video or content on social media including Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #yourrugbystory email them to us using the button below.

Deadline for entries is Thursday 30 April and winners will be announced by Friday 15 May.

Terms and Conditions can be accessed here below.
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Terms & Conditions
 
 
Encourage your members and local community to watch the Guinness Six Nations
The Guinness Six Nations matches provide the ideal opportunity to invite your members and local community in to watch the action. Why not organise a Community Day around the England v Wales match on Saturday 7 March, or for ‘Super Saturday’ on Saturday 14 March?

To support clubs’ activities, we’ve produced a guide and some downloadable assets. Click below to download the guide and posters.
Guide
Posters
 
 
Education & Age Grade Alignment Project
The retention and transition of age grade players into adult rugby is a major priority for us all. However, we often see tensions between clubs, schools, colleges and universities which increased dialogue and collaboration at local level would address.

The Education & Age Grade Alignment Project is seeking to drive a stronger connection across Age Grade Rugby. Endorsed by the Community Game Board (CGB), Education & Age Grade Sub Committee (EAGSC) and a series of Age Grade county meetings, the aim is for county/regional bodies in education and clubs to jointly focus on the player’s journey; and then critically, models this to make this clear to local clubs and education institutions.

Please see the attached information with the full detail. We look forward to working with you on this important project.
More Information
 
 
Important Updates
 
 
 
Game Management System
We recognise the unforeseen challenges with GMS at the start of the 2019/20 season. To provide more comprehensive and user-friendly support to our game, we have now established a SteerCo. We have also expanded the Help Desk staff to answer your questions and provide practical support.

GMS is intended to be a wide-ranging database serving our community clubs, providing a range of meaningful statistics, information, contact details and much more, to inform and improve decision making at club and CB level.

We appreciate your continued patience as we make gradual but significant improvements. We also ask that you ensure that all club officials’ correct contact details are on GMS so that you receive important communications from the CB and the RFU.
 
 
 
Payment of player declarations
The payment of players declaration is due to be submitted between Sunday 1 March and Tuesday 30 June 2020 and is mandatory for all clubs whose men’s first XV team play at Level 3 and below wishing to be eligible for RFU benefits. The declaration covers the period of Saturday 1 June 2019 – Sunday 31 May 2020. Further information will be communicated regarding how to submit the declaration shortly. The payment of players regulation can be found below (RFU Regulation 7). For any queries around payment of players, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
RFU Regulations
 
 
 
Half Game Regulation (15.12)
The Half Game Regulation applies for all Age Grade matches. The regulation, to support players and aid retentions, ensures that all players get at least half the available game time. “Available Playing Time” means the time allocated to the particular match by the RFU Regulations, and that any stoppages which may occur are not to be taken into account (i.e. if a match is 70 minutes long, the Available Playing Time is 70 minutes and the minimum playing time for each player to comply with the Half Game Regulation is 35 minutes). Click here for helpful FAQs regarding Half Game Regulations.
Half Game Regulations
 
 
 
County Championship Finals
We are pleased to advise that all the Gill Burns and Bill Beaumont County Championship Finals will take place at Twickenham on Saturday 30 May. More information to follow in due course.
 
 
 
Register for the England Rugby Sevens Series 2020
Registrations are now open for the England Rugby Sevens Series 2020 local qualifiers. All community clubs, social teams, and new and existing sevens teams are eligible to enter more than 37 local qualifying tournaments. The national final will take place at The Bay, Nottingham on Saturday 11 July. Click below to locate your qualifying tournament and sign up today.
Enter Now
 
 
 
Young club member survey to win England Rugby Store vouchers
We want 16 to 24-year-olds at all clubs to share their views on refereeing, whether involved in refereeing previously, or not. Everyone who completes our short survey will be entered into a prize draw to win either a £50 or £100 voucher for the England Rugby Store. To enter, please follow the link below to the survey and complete by Saturday 29 February.
Take Survey
T&Cs
 
 
Don’t forget these deadlines
NatWest RugbyForce 2020: applications by Sunday 15 March

Click here to register. Read the T&Cs that apply.

2020 Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards: Deadline Sunday 23 February

Click here to nominate your unsung hero and get them the recognition they deserve. Find out more here.

 
 
 
International Women's Day - Sunday 8 March
What are you doing to celebrate International Women’s day this year – perhaps arranging a women and girls’ tournament?

Your members might want to find out how they can get more involved in the female game or get more support in their current role? As the number of female players continues to grow, it is vital that the recruitment of coaches, referees and volunteers is continually encouraged. We are therefore hosting seven Regional Workshops from March to May to highlight how those interested in this area can get involved. Most of the workshops will take place alongside a Tyrrell’s Premier 15 match, so there’s the opportunity to enjoy an elite level female club match too. Your members can click here to find out where the events will be taking place and can check in on the England Rugby website from Monday 24 February onwards to book a place.

In addition, on 7 March Sport England are running a ‘This Girl Can’ initiative with ParkRun for local sports teams to participate in a Park Run as a group. Why not enter a team from your club? Discover more below.

England Women v Ireland Women has now sold out, but there are tickets available to watch England Women v Wales Women at The Twickenham Stoop - click below to buy. Club members wanting to enter a free draw to win four tickets for this match should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 28 February to have their names put in the draw. The winner of the tickets will be notified on Monday 2 March.
Buy Tickets
ParkRun
 
 
Key dates
February:

21 – England U20 Men v Ireland U20 Men (7.45pm) (Franklin Gardens, Northampton)
23 – England Women V Ireland Women (12.45pm) (Castle Park, Doncaster)
23 – England Men v Ireland Men (3pm)

March:

06 – England U20 Men v Wales U20 Men (7.45pm) (Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester)
07 – England Women v Wales Women (12.05pm) (Twickenham Stoop)
07 – England Men V Wales Men (4.45pm)
14 – Italy Men v England Men (4.45pm) (Stadio Olimpio)
15 - Italy Women v England Women (1.30pm) (Stadio Plebiscito, Padova)
15 – Italy U20 Men v England U20 Men (4.30pm) (Verona)

Please note that the times shown are in GMT.
 
   
 
 
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WEEKLY UPDATE: Please circulate coaching opportunity far and wide:

 

  1. Club Survey Results:Click here for summary results from the club survey circulated in December. A big thank you to all who participated the results will help Hampshire RFU shape the 2020-21 Local Rugby Plan

 

  1. Hampshire Rugby Referees - YMO Club guidance:  Click here for some important information regarding clubs hosting Young Match Officials.

 

  1. January Youth Forum Minutes: http://hampshirerugby.com/media/PDFLibrary/Forms-Minutes/Youth%20Forum%20Minutes.pdf

 

  1. Award Courses:  Find below dates and web links for forth coming England Rugby Coaching / Referee Award Courses:  Note:  The ERCA (Coaching Award) & ERRA (Referee Award) courses at Oasis School are in jeopardy of cancellation due to low numbers.  Please sign up quickly if you are available:

 

 

Award Courses 2019 - 2020

 Venue

Dates 

 Web Link

 

Hants

ERCA

HMS Collingwood

(1/2 Term)

Feb 17th

19th

21st

https://bit.ly/390orVR

Hants

ERRA

Oasis

Feb 29th

Mar 1st

 

https://bit.ly/2Sozyl5

Hants

ERCA

Oasis

Feb 29th

Mar 1st

8th

https://bit.ly/2GO9zhq

Hants

ERRA (Army)

Aldershot Stadium

Mar 23rd

24th

 

https://bit.ly/3924IW2

Hants

ERCA

Oasis

May 9th

10th

17th

https://bit.ly/2OkP3Jo

Hants

ERCA

HMS Temeraire

Jun 6th

7th

13th

https://bit.ly/3b5c9gU

Hants

ERRA

Alton RFC (KS tbc)

Jun 13th

14th

 

https://bit.ly/2GLzWo7

Hants

ERCA

LWC

Jun 21st

28th

July 4th

https://bit.ly/31iGyUj

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The Sports Minister, Nigel Adams MP, recently visited Selby RUFC, one of his constituency rugby clubs.
The 14-year-old wrote a letter about the lack of girls' rugby at Blenheim High School as part of a GCSE mock exam last term, and after sharing it with her class, Chloe decided to share it with the headteacher of the school, and in doing so inadvertently kick-started a rugby campaign.
 
 
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A government scheme to help in the Syrian refugee crisis allows local groups to play a role in resettling families.

With the need for food bank support constantly escalating, rugby clubs are helping out.
 
 
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Rosa Malone is looking for men to come and join and short-term sea shanty choir which will sing to raise money for the charity CALM.

 

She would like the members of Hampshire Rugby Football Union, as an invitation to come and join us for a few weeks, should they be interested.

 

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BASh Choir- Beer And Shanties Choir- to Sing for 'CALM'

 

Local choir director Rosa Malone will be leading a unique six-week singing project in preparation for a performance at the end of March in support of 'CALM' Campaign Against Living Miserably. CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK the cause of eighteen deaths a day.

 

Rosa, who was raised in Petersfield and studied at Trinity College of Music, has been directing choirs, in Greece, including the Lefkas Shanty Men, for six years. She specialises in making choral singing fun, inspirational and open to all people, regardless of their experience.  In addition to regular choir practices, Rosa runs singing retreats in the Greek Islands, holds online singing tutorials and regular workshops.

 

Rosa is putting together the BASh Choir- Beer And Shanties Choir- for blokes. The aim is to get guys together once a week for a couple of drinks and a few hearty songs. All of the music can be learned by ear, meaning that the group will be open to anyone, regardless of experience.

 

She said, "I love sea shanties. It’s very evocative music but the songs are also so accessible and easy to pick up. There is such a rich maritime tradition in the area, with so many people having links to the Navy or sailing that it seemed like the perfect place to set up a one-off sea shanty choir. I hope that as a unique, short-term project without long-term commitment, this will be something a little bit different that guys could do with their mates, brothers or dads and it’s all for an excellent cause. It'll be a great way to meet lots of likeminded people, sharing the community experience, whilst improving your voice with a pint in hand!”

 

The six-week course will be held at Portchester Sailing Club, every Thursday, 7:30-9pm. Rosa will also be running a free taster session for people to come and see what it’s all about on 20/2/20. The fee for the whole project will be £40.

 

Information for booking and further details can be found at www.vocallibre.com and @VocalLibre on Facebook and Instagram

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