Yorkshire RFU has two Representatives who are elected by the Clubs in the County to sit on the RFU Council. They also participate in Sub-Committees of the RFU which report to the Community Game Board. Keep checking back on a monthly basis as your Reps keep you up to date with relevant matters from the RFU.

August 2019


The next meeting of RFU Council is on Friday, 13th September. Community Game Board met on 29th August.


RFU Strategy Refresh – with Bill Sweeney taking over as the new CEO of the RFU he is taking the opportunity to look at the overall strategy of the RFU with a view to publishing a review of the Strategy when the RWC comes to an end in November. A small group of Board Members and Council Members, along with Staff Representatives have formed a working group and the next stage of the process is a number of meetings with Council as a whole to consider the RFUs Strategy over the next five years. The first of these meetings took place on the morning prior to the England v Wales game on Sunday, 11th August. We will ensure that details of the new Strategic Plan are distributed when finalised.

RWC 2019 – We are sure that clubs are gearing up for the Rugby World Cup. With the time difference between ourselves and Japan it means that most games will take place reasonably early in the morning but we hope that clubs will find ways of attracting new members into their club. Most of all we hope that you all enjoy the tournament.

Working Groups – as we approach the start of the new season it is worth mentioning three working groups that have been established at the RFU, all of which will report back to Community Game Board and Governance Sub-Committee before making reports to RFU Council.
·         Travel Funding -  the RFU has, since the inception of leagues, made a contribution towards travel costs to fulfil these fixtures. It should be noted that it is the only Governing Body in England that does this but, within current financial restraints it was felt that it was time to review how travel is funded. The Working Group, of which Jim Chapman is a member, has finished it’s initial review of how travel is funded and made a report to the last Community Game Board (CGB). Whilst recommending that travel funding continues it would like to examine different ways that clubs are awarded funding. More details will be brought to the next meeting of CGB with a view to implementation in season 2020/21
·         Level Transfers – this has always been a vexed question whereby clubs are moved to maintain league sizes and it has worked both for and against a club’s interests. Ray Kelly (Acklam RUFC and Yorkshire RFU) is part of this working group that aims to review level transfers. The findings of the group will be reported to Governance Sub-Committee before going forward to Council
·         Competitions Review – increasingly lower XV rugby and a change in individual’s lifestyle is impacting the league structure and the RFU has decided to review the whole competitions landscape concentrating firstly on male rugby, although the remit may well expand to include the women’s game as well.  The review group is chaired by RFU Board Member Stephen Pearson (Oxford University), and Jim Chapman (in his role as Chair of Competitions Development) is also a member of the group.  The Working Group will have its first meeting during September and will then report to CGB.

Investment Games – this is the term used to identify the finals of various competitions (e.g. RFU Senior and Junior Vase). Traditionally these games have been held at Twickenham but it costs a lot to open Twickenham as traffic controls, stewarding etc. are required both by the Stadium and Local Authority. The RFU Cups (Intermediate, Senior and Junior Vase) will remain at Twickenham along with the County Championship Finals (including U20s). The School’s Cup Finals will also be held at Twickenham.  Other finals will be moved to Premiership grounds around the country.

Future Blog – Jim Chapman is due to take a five week vacation to visit relations in the USA and, therefore, this blog will be suspended until November (i.e. no edition at the end of September or October).  Ted will, of course, be available to answer any queries that you may have.




Activities in August (Jim Chapman)

Date

03
YRFU Committee Day & Committee Meeting (Wetherby RUFC)
11
RFU Council & Board Meeting ref. Strategic Plan (Twickenham)
England v Wales (Twickenham)
24
Meeting ref. Broadcast Strategy (Twickenham)
England v Ireland (Twickenham)
29
Community Game Board (Twickenham)



Activities in August (Ted Atkinson)

Date

01
Interviews for England U18 Counties Coach (Ripon RUFC)
03
YRFU Committee Meeting (Wetherby RUFC)
07
Conference ref. Yorkshire Academy (Phone)
13
England Counties “Wash Up” Meeting (Harrogate)
28
Interview for England Counties Head Coach


Ted Atkinson & Jim Chapman
August 2019

July 2019


The next meeting of RFU Council is on Friday, 13th September. Community Game Board meets on 29th August.

This has been a quiet month with both Jim & Ted taking the opportunity to have a well earned break !! August promises to be a busier month.

RFU Strategy Refresh – with Bill Sweeney taking over as the new CEO of the RFU he is taking the opportunity to look at the overall strategy of the RFU with a view to publishing a review of the Strategy when the RWC comes to and end in November. A small group of Board Members and Council Members, along with Staff Representatives have formed a working group and the next stage of the process is a number of meetings with Council as a whole to consider the RFUs Strategy over the next five years. The first of these meetings will take place on the morning prior to the England v Wales game on Sunday, 11th August. We will ensure that details of the new Strategic Plan are distributed when finalised.

RFU Website – some of you will be aware that this has undergone a re-vamp designed to bring it “up to date”.  Inevitably, there will some parts of the website that will not function as previously and, if you find an instance of this then please accept our apologies but we hope you will be patient as things are updated. If you do find a problem then please let us know and we can report it to the IT Team at Twickenham

Rugby World Cup Warm Up Games – as you will be aware England have a number of Warm Up Games planned prior to their departure for Japan. If you have missed them, then the dates are :

11/08/19 – England v Wales (Twickenham 14:00)
17/08/19 – Wales v England (Cardiff 14:25)
24/08/19 – England v Ireland (Twickenham 15:00)
06/09/19 – England v Italy (Newcastle 19:45)

We hope that you have all got your tickets for the game in Newcastle!!  Your Council Reps are always trying to get games staged in the North of England and it really helps if we can go to Twickenham and say “Look at the crowd numbers”. It has also been announced that this year’s “Value the Volunteer” will be hosted at this match.  The County’s most Valued Volunteer will be invited to the match with a lunch planned for the team’s hotel, pre-match dinner, complimentary seats and overnight accommodation. As soon as we know who the volunteer will be, we’ll let you know.



Activities in July (Jim Chapman)

Date

01
YRFU Annual General Meeting (Morley RFC)
02
Travel Funding Working Group (Twickenham)
03
England Colleges RFU – Board Meeting (Twickenham)
10
Mental Health in Sport (Aireborough RUFC)
30
Travel Funding Working Group (Conference Call)



Activities in June (Ted Atkinson)

Ted is currently enjoying some well earned rest and recuperation following recent ill health. He will be unavailable for most of July


Ted Atkinson & Jim Chapman
July 2019