|Inclusion and Diversity survey For the past three years we have asked people involved in the community game in some capacity to take part in our inclusion and diversity survey. This piece of research has helped shape and inform our work in this area and is key to supporting the RFU with its strategic objective: to drive rugby union in England to better reflect the diversity of society.
Your views and experience are crucial to us being able to reflect in our plans the reality in community rugby and build towards an inclusive experience for all. We are interested in feedback from everyone within community rugby, regardless of background, demographic, or role. Without a true reflection of those participating at all levels of the game, the insights gathered will be ineffectual in shaping I&D objectives over the coming years. We would greatly appreciate you taking time to complete this survey and sharing with anyone in your rugby network.
|We’re keen to update you on the progress being made as part of the RFU’s commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in rugby union.
Please feel free to share this information more widely if you wish. We will also send an update to clubs after CBs have had time to familiarise themselves with the plans.
The RFU has been focussing on four key areas of the game:
1. Game Leadership – volunteer leaders within clubs, Constituent Bodies (CBs) and Council.
2. Game Play – players, coaches, match officials and club volunteers
3. Fans, Followers and Partners
4. Employees and Board
Further background on each area can be found here.
Over the next year, we will provide regular updates in each of the four work streams. In this communication, we begin by focussing on an area in which you play such an integral role and look at how we can support you in this capacity.
Game Leadership – supporting volunteer leaders at clubs, CBs and Council.
Below you can find:
• An overview of plans that will be delivered by the RFU Council D&I Implementation Working Group. The attachment includes a progress report on each of the 10 recommendations approved by RFU Council that this group will focus on implementing.
• The information is available in both a PDF and more interactive format via the buttons below.
• A shareable jpeg visual that summarises the four key D&I workstreams is here.
Key areas include:
• A training programme to be initiated for Council and all Constituent Bodies to support with diversity awareness.
• Guidance to be provided by the RFU to Constituent Bodies and clubs to support inclusive practices and showcase best practice. A best practice recruitment tool kit to be shared to attract a diverse range of candidates for each appointment; supporting Constituent Bodies to attract and retain a more diverse pool of people.
Have you confirmed your CB D&I Lead yet? Our D&I lead in Cornwall is Steve Murley
We’re organising plans and communications for the 2021/22 season to support D&I Leads, kicking off with a workshop on Monday 23 August.
We know some CBs are midway through their recruitment process. However, if you need further assistance, or if you are ready to nominate your D&I lead, please contact your Council Member or MarissaLowe@RFU.com Read Update Interactive Format
CRFU Chairman Dave Saunter took the opportunity from relaxed COVID rules to meet new Diversity and Inclusion Chairman Steve Murley at St.Austell RFC.
Saunts explained. ‘The CFRU advertised for the role and following an interview process appointed Steve last year, but due to Covid rules have been unable to welcome him in person’. Said Saunts ‘We are not only proud to be the first county in the country to have a Diversity & Inclusion Chairman appointed, but really happy at the calibre of our new Chairman. Steve is a top guy and known in Cornish rugby for his hard work and fairness.’ Saunts added ‘Steve is a great addition to the CRFU management board and we’re all looking forward to working with him’.
Good Luck Steve.
Steve Murley (St Austell RFC) has been appointed to the position of Diversity & Inclusivity Lead with the CRFU. He brings a wealth of experience within the world of Cornish Rugby, and comes across as being very enthusiastic about what is sure to be a difficult but rewarding role.
It is believed that Steve’s appointment to this important role is the first by a CB within the RFU.
We wish him every success.
Steve’s contact details can be found in the Contacts section of the CRFU website