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RFU Community Game Update
Written by - Chris Ings on 13/09/2017

Friday 8 September 2017


Welcome to the latest Community Game Update


Distribution List, Pre-Send Friday 8 September (AM):

Council Members and Board of Directors

CB Chairmen, CB Honorary Secretaries, Treasurers

Rugby Development


Distribution List, Send Out Friday 8 September (PM):

Club Chairmen, Honorary Secretaries and Treasurers


The latest Community Game Update includes information on the following:

·         Activate – Injury Prevention Exercise Programme now live

·         Focus Colleges

·         Try for Change Small Grants announced and Large Grants open

For Information


Activate – Injury Prevention Exercise Programme now live

Activate is an evidence-based injury prevention programme that has been developed following a number of research studies. The training and pre-match exercise programme focuses on balance, strength and agility in order to better prepare players for the physical demands of exercise and aims to mitigate potential injury risks. Activate can be integrated as part of the warm up element of any rugby session before training or matches.


More information and access to the free Activate online resources can be found here:


A free two hour practical session has been developed to equip coaches and teachers with the key components of the exercise programme so that they can deliver it as part of their existing rugby and PE sessions. Our research suggests that coaches/teachers who attended the face to face session were more competent and confident in delivering the programme effectively. Therefore it is highly recommended that coaches and teachers attend the face to face session prior to accessing the online resources.


To organise a free face-to-face session at your club or school please contact your local Rugby Development Officer/Community Rugby Coach.


Focus Colleges

Over the past three years, the RFU has delivered a range of targeted rugby programmes in over 200 colleges across England. This has further developed our understanding of how to maximise our impact in the Further Education Sector. The launch of Focus Colleges sees the RFU forming robust partnerships with a number of colleges across the country to drive the development of rugby union for male and female participants.


With insight from the RFU’s sector partners ECRFU (England Colleges Rugby Football Union) and AOC Sport (Association of Colleges) 21 colleges were selected to become Focus Colleges for the 2017-18 season.


Focus Colleges will partner with the RFU at an appropriate level for the institution, from participation to performance, with emphasis on increasing the player base and developing rugby in three main areas: 


·         Strength – Consolidating and continuing to develop rugby opportunities for college students

·         Transition– Improving the pipeline of players into clubs from colleges

·         Sustain – Improving player welfare, building capacity and improving the quality of coaches, referees and leaders in colleges

The RFU will provide support to Focus Colleges to assist them to deliver against pre-determined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) aligned to the three main areas above. The Focus College will receive funding over three years depending on the successful achievement against the KPIs.


List of Focus Colleges 2017.18:

1.       Berkshire College of Agriculture

2.      Birmingham Metropolitan College

3.      Blackpool College

4.      Brooksby Melton College

5.      Chichester College

6.      Craven College

7.      Dudley College

8.      Exeter College

9.      Gateshead College

10.   Hartlepool College

11.    Havant College

12.   Henley College Coventry

13.   Hereford College

14.   Hills Road Sixth Form College

15.   Joseph Chamberlain College

16.   Loughborough College

17.   Reaseheath College

18.   The Henley College

19.   Tresham College

20.  West Nottingham College

21.   Worcester College

Try for Change Small Grants awarded and Large Grants fund open

This week, England Rugby and Comic Relief announced the first Try for Change grants to be awarded. Click here to view.


Projects include the use of rugby in prisons to reduce reoffending, helping asylum seekers and refugees integrate into communities and improving the health and wellbeing of people in disadvantaged communities


Try for Change large grants round is now open for applications and so we would ask that you encourage any eligible projects and programmes in your areas to apply for funding.


Click here for more details.


The Try for Change small grants round is the first initiative in England Rugby’s partnership with Sport Relief. Aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups and grassroots rugby clubs in England, the grants offer projects up to £10,000 to support the valuable work they are doing to improve lives through rugby.

Over 40 organisations, including 17 rugby clubs, applied for a small grant, with 11 projects ultimately being awarded funding. The successful projects are located across England and use rugby and its core values as a tool to greatly improve and support the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged people.


Click here for the full list of projects displayed via an infographic.  


The eleven projects awarded small grants during this round of funding are:

·         Liverpool Tritons RUFC, Liverpool

·         Derby RUFC & Sporting Futures, Derby

·         Manchester Village Spartans RUFC, Manchester

·         Moseley Rugby Community Foundation, South Birmingham

·         White Gold Cornwall, Redruth

·         Plymouth Sports Charity, Plymouth

·         Northumbria Sport Foundation, Newcastle

·         Roots Project CIC, Bridlington

·         3 Pillars Project, London

·         Sporting Memories Foundation, Brighton (and across England)

·         Centre Spot CIC, North Birmingham 

Rugby Shorts

Click here to read the latest edition of Rugby Shorts.


Gemma Cobb

Communications Manager – Community Game