| Tuesday 6 December
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1. ACTION REQUIRED
The deadline for your 2022 Club Safeguarding Audit is 31 December
A reminder to all clubs who offer age grade activity, you must complete the Safeguarding Audit by 31 December 2022. You can find further information on how to conduct the audit in this section.
2. ACTION IF OF INTEREST
Rugby World Cup 2025 Impact Programme – Facility fund
Part of the Rugby World Cup 2025 impact programme is to help improve club facilities and the experience for female supporters and players. From today, 6 December 2022, clubs can apply for funds to support toilet upgrades and sanitary packages. More information is in this piece.
Tackling energy use in rugby clubs and using Artificial Grass Pitch (AGPs)
As energy prices rise and impact clubs across the country, we share some tips on reducing these costs. These include using AGPs, which could help save on the club’s electricity bills by reducing your floodlight usage and wear on pitches. Discover how you can book a local 365 AGP in this section.
3. FOR AWARENESS
Age Grade affiliations reach over 150,000 players, incentives and GMS support trainers
Age grade affiliation has reached over 150,000 players in the 2022/2023 season. In this article, Farnham RUFC and Hackney RFC share their experiences of how affiliation has worked for them. Also, a reminder of our incentives for age grade affiliation and GMS support trainers for clubs.
Ways to support retention of players from age grade to adult rugby
Hear from Surrey and Cheshire Constituent Bodies and clubs who have been running U21/U23 competitions to retain university players who might otherwise be lost from the game.
Developing female match officials #Inspire
50 inspiring female referees lined up at England v Japan as part of the new Inspire campaign to attract more female match officials to the sport. This section discusses how you can get involved and more about the programme.
Off-field support services for clubs
A reminder of the off-field services for clubs, including guidance in legal and tax matters, licensing and VAT support. Many of these are free for clubs, so if you need help, read this article.