|Community Game Update Read Online
|1. ACTION REQUIRED
RFU Council approves lowering of the tackle height across community rugby in England from 2023/24
To support player welfare, the RFU Council agreed on Monday 16th January to lower the height of the tackle across the community game(Adult & Age Grade) from 1st July 2023. Find out more information about the law change and what to expect, including training support in this piece.
Mandatory Player Registration 2023/24
From next season, all players, in all formats of the game (including non-contact), will be required to register to play rugby within RFU member clubs annually. More information on the benefits and next steps in this piece.
Age Grade Rugby Update & Actions
The new year signals the restart of Age Grade Rugby in clubs, schools and colleges. This article contains reminders and actions for a few key elements to get your rugby back underway for the second half of the season.
2. ACTION IF OF INTEREST
Rugby World Cup 2025 Impact Programme – Facility fund closes 31st January
Part of the Rugby World Cup 2025 impact programme is to help improve club facilities and the experience for female supporters and players. Clubs can apply for funds to support female toilet upgrades and sanitary packages before the deadline on the 31st.
Club Rugby Support Fund 2022/23
The Community Rugby Support Fund for 2022/23 is now live. As with last year, the purpose of this fund is to support voting member clubs, CBs and referee societies who are in greatest financial need. The claim window closes on 19th February.
Every Game Matters For A Chance To Play At Twickenham
As part of the RFU’s #PlayTogetherStayTogether campaign, every team participating in a men’s merit table/league or women’s national challenge league (including the Allianz Inner Warrior Series) now has the chance to play at Twickenham Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May, 2023. More details can be found in this piece.
Honda Volunteer of The Year Nominations Now Open
The Honda Volunteer of The Year Awards 2023 nominations are now open for the three categories; Game For All, Unsung Hero and Challenging Spirit. Nominate your amazing volunteers before Friday 24th February.
The National Rugby Survey
The National Rugby Survey 2023 will be live between 20 January until 17 February and will be shared via email and social media. The survey is targeted at anyone who has been involved with community rugby in the 2022/23 season in some way.
3. FOR AWARENESS
RFU Leagues & Papa Johns Community Cup update
Read information about potential changes to the end of the league season date after the exceptional weather conditions experienced so far this season, plus the latest on the Papa Johns Community Cup.
Submission Of Payment Of Player Declarations
Declarations of payment of players are due to be submitted between 1 March and 30 June 2023. Find out more in this piece.
Divisional U18s Programme returns in 2023
The RFU has confirmed the Divisional U18s programme – a culmination of matches played between the 28 Constituent Bodies – will return in 2023, providing a higher level of representative rugby and development opportunities for players, coaches and management.