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Perranporth RFC host visit from Twickenham Officials

 

(Back left: Jeremy Pollard, Steve Arthur, Nigel Melville, Alfie Martin, John Sumnall, Andy Cosslett, Ian Jones. Front left: Jackson McBlain, Ben Jones, Matthew Pollard)                                                                                                           

            

Far from the conference rooms and hospitality suites at Twickenham, RFU Chairman Andy Cosslett touched base with members of Perranporth Rugby Football Club on Wednesday 27 February 2019 as part of the RFU initiative in visiting RFU Constituent Bodies which included the Cornwall RFU. The Perranporth Club felt honoured as it was the only Club they were visiting while in Cornwall.

Joined by RFU interim CEO and ex-England scrum-half Nigel Melville, Cosslett met with club representatives of both youth and senior rugby, discussing opinions and ideas of the game over freshly-brewed tea and a pack of digestives.

The discussion of youth rugby in Cornwall took centre-stage through the course of the evening, with junior players Ben Jones, Jackson McBlain and Matthew Pollard being afforded the opportunity to have their say on the matter.

The three young club ambassadors form a small part of the club’s ‘Rugby Leader’ initiative, which sees members of older junior age groups drafted in weekly to assist the running of Friday night training sessions at the club. 

They were joined by Club Chairman Steve Arthur, Club Secretary John Sumnall, Ian Jones and Alfie Martin, who further discussed Cornish youth rugby development alongside women’s rugby and community interaction.

 

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Alan Truscott feted at Twickenham

 

Camborne Rugby Club stalwart Alan Truscott was a deserved winner of the RFU President's Value the Volunteer Outstanding Contribution Award presented to him at the recent England v France game at Twickenham by coach Eddie Jones.

Truscott’s association with the Cherry & Whites has lasted more than 50 years during which time he has given sterling service as a player, coach and administrator.

He joined Camborne RFC aged 17 in 1963 and wore the famous jersey in over 200 1st XV games mostly at fly half until retiring at the age of 30.  Truscott then moved straight into coaching the ‘Town’ senior team from 1976 through their fantastic centenary year in 78 and on until 1981.  He then became a club selector and assisted with coaching for several years during the 80’s and early 90’s. For 6 years he was a Cornwall selector during which time the Black & Golds reached the county final at Twickenham on 2 occasions (1998/99) winning once.  Later he became Camborne’s Director of Rugby in 2006, then held the dual role of Chairman/Director of Rugby in 2008, continued as Chairman until 2013 and became Chairman for a second tenure in 2015 until standing down in 2017.  For his efforts and long service Truscott was made a Life Member of Camborne RFC in 2014 and awarded Camborne Town Council plaque for ‘dedicated voluntary work’ in 2016.

He commented ‘I was fortunate to be deeply involved as club coach in our centenary in 1978, as a selector in our 125th anniversary in 2003 and would hope to be involved in 2028 when Camborne RFC celebrates its 150th anniversary!’

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Coach Education - Positional Skills Clinics

Monday 26th February

You are invited to attend an evening with the Exeter Chiefs & Cornish Pirates players who will be leading positional skills clinics to our U14 & U15 DPP group. They will be looking at a variety of practices and technical input to benefit your players. The evening is open to all coaches so please confirm your attendance by emailing Rich Siveter on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd February.

Monday 26th Feb

Truro College Astro Pitch

6pm meet & register

Approx. 8pm finish

 

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Liskeard-Looe Receive RFU Club Accreditation

 

At the very successful CRFU Clubs’ Conference on Sunday 29th October clubs were advised of the benefits of the Club Accreditation scheme that will help all club sections to become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places in which to play rugby. Unlike other accreditation schemes, this one provides a framework for a club to show what it is doing, how it does it, and where it can improve.

The RFU hopes that clubs will be both challenged by the process and enjoy it. It will allow clubs to exhibit all that is good about rugby in their adult sections, mini and youth, women and girls and touch rugby, while demonstrating that this is all achieved in a friendly, welcoming environment.

The Club Accreditation scheme is based upon the six Key Drivers identified as crucial to a strong club:

1.   Retaining & Developing Players

2.   Recruiting New Players

3.   Recruiting & Retaining High Quality Coaches, Volunteers & Referees

4.   Effective & Efficient Facilities

5.   Effective & Efficient Management and Governance

6.   Integration with the Local Community

Each of these Key Drivers, together with the Core Values of the game, is represented within the Club Accreditation scheme and together they represent the component parts of a strong, sustainable club.

The scheme is straightforward and designed to both recognise and assist a club to continually improve, while demonstrating a real commitment to providing all that’s best in rugby union.

Clubs which have completed the exercise report that the process itself is very rewarding and enjoyable. It is also the gateway to access funding and is likely to become a pre-requisite for RFU and CRFU assistance.

Club Accreditation will bring many advantages for your club, including the Sport England Clubmark for your mini and youth section. It will give your club credibility with local authorities and educational establishments and confer the status of the RFU brand to attract potential sponsors.

Pictured above receiving the award are Mike Bratt (RDO), Peter James (CRFU President), Tony Knightsbridge (Liskeard-Looe) and Chris Jewels (CRFU).

For further details contact Cornwall’s RDO, Mike Bratt ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Your club will be required to undertake a simple self-review of activities. This can be done before you meet with the RDO or you can do this together. Since this is your accreditation, the RDO will simply “coach” you through the session, asking relevant questions and details to strengthen your review.

For a copy of the self-review form click on the link below.

 
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Cornwall Training Plan for 2017-18

 

The CRFU Game Development Committee is pleased to announce the programme for the coming season.

Please click on the link below for details. Please note that all applications should be made on line at http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search/

For further details please contact the Committee Chair, Chris Hailey, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Rugby Development Officer, Jonny Stephenson, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The CRFU is keen to encourage and support members of our clubs who wish to improve their skill levels to help to grow and develop the game in Cornwall. Many clubs provide financial support to their members when they undertake First Aid, Coaching or Referee training. In addition, members of clubs affiliated to the CRFU who attend approved First Aid, Coaching or Referee courses may be entitled to a contribution of 50% towards the cost of the course from the CRFU.

Please click on the link below to download an application form to claim reimbursement when you have attended an approved course.

 
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Volunteer Retention & Recognition

The Club Development Committee held an open meeting at Bodmin Rugby Club on Tuesday 28 February extending an invitation to all the appointed Club Volunteer Coordinators plus other Club members involved with volunteers or simply wishing to gain more knowledge of “what is on offer”..

The meeting was well attended and was extremely productive with foundations put in place to improve volunteer retention and recognition within Clubs.

Jill Loader, RFU Volunteer Engagement Manager, was present and outlined the RFU’s Volunteer Recognition programme whilst Richard Simeons, CRFU Volunteer Coordinator, provided information on the Volunteer Recognition Programme which he had set in motion over the past 18 months starting with the provision of 92 World Cup Match Tickets for games played at Sandy Park.  Additionally three Volunteers plus guests had been provided with Match Tickets at Twickenham for RBS 6 Nations matches in both 2016 and 2017 with three Volunteers plus guests having attended Old Mutual Wealth Matches at Twickenham last autumn.

The current package for match tickets at Twickenham includes assistance towards travel and hotel accommodation plus passes to the Constituent Bodies Club Room and hospitality in the West Fan Village courtesy of Mitsubishi.  In future years it is hope that one volunteer plus guest will be able to have access to the RFU Members Lounge for one of the Autumn Internationals and one of the RBS 6 Nations matches.

Nominations for the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series in the autumn plus the RBS 6 Nations matches in 2018 will be sought in June or July.

The Club Development Committee have recently organised a NVQ Level 2 Course in Spectator Safety with eight Club Members taking advantage of the opportunity which involved no cost to the Club or CRFU.

Nominations will shortly be sought from Clubs for a Volunteer {plus Guest] to attend the County Match at Camborne on Saturday 20 May.  Those invited will be offered match tickets plus pre-match hospitality.

 

Richard Simeons

Acting Chair,

Club Development Committee.

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Club Referee Awards

The CRFU was delighted to welcome a new crop of referees at the February Cornwall Clubs’ Forum. The healthy development of our game depends on expanding our pool of referees so our President, Peter James, was pleased to congratulate the new club referees above when he presented them with their “Club Referee” shirts and certificates.

 

Pictured (left to right) are: Savanna Crocker, Johnathan Plummer, Ashley Gilder, Richard Edyvean & Josh Durant.

 

Paul Sullivan, Thys De Beer, Paul Martin & Jamie Shrosbree also completed the Club Referees course and will receive their shirts and certificates at the next meeting.

 

 
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Refereeing & Coaching Courses

Please see below a list of upcoming Coaching and Refereeing courses that are all available to be booked online at:-

http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/courses/search

 

Course

Venue

Date(s)

Times

Refereeing 15 a side – L2

Penryn

12.03.17 & 19.03.17 (2 days)

09:00 to 17:00

Rugby Ready

Camborne

03.04.17

18:00 to 21:00

Rugby Ready

Bodmin

05.04.17

18:00 to 21:00

Scrum Factory

Camborne

24.04.17

18:00 to 21:00

Scrum Factory

Bodmin

26.04.17

18:00 to 21:00

Coaching 15 a side – L2

Penryn

07.05.17 & 14.05.17 & 28.05.17 (3 days)

09:00 to 17:00

Coaching Children – L1

Newquay Tretherras

21.05.17 & 27.05.17 & 11.06.17 (3 days)

09:00 to 17:00

Coaching 15 a side – L2

Launceston

11.06.17 & 18.06.17 & 02.07.17 (3 days)

09:00 to 17:00

 

Also, please see below a short description of each of the courses along with a list of the pre requisites prior to booking:-

                  

Course Title

Course Descriptor

Rugby Ready:

20% Classroom delivery and interactive tasks 80% Practical

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: £5                             

Min. Age: 14

The World Rugby (IRB) Rugby Ready programme was launched to educate, aid and support players, coaches, match officials on the importance of sufficient preparation for training and playing in order for rugby to be played and enjoyed while reducing the risk of serious injury.

Scrum Factory:

30% Classroom delivery and interactive tasks 70% Practical

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: £5                              

Min. Age: 14

The Scrum Factory aims to increase the number of players able to play in the scrum, particularly the front row. The course is designed to help coaches, match officials and players to understand individual and collective techniques, as well as position specific conditioning. Meaningful sessions can be delivered regardless of numbers attending training and with minimal equipment and expense to the club or school.

UKCC Level 1 -

Introducing Children to Rugby Union:

30% Classroom delivery and interactive tasks 70% Practical

Assessment via Competency sign off

Home study tasks of 6hrs minimum

Duration: 3 Days

Cost: £115

Min. Age: 16

Entry point for coaches of children [U7 to U13]

Provides those working with children with the knowledge, skills and attributes essential to developing children’s social, personal, physical and mental skills through the technical and tactical aspects of the game of Rugby Union.

Mandatory Pre-course Tasks:

1. Attend face to face World Rugby, Rugby Ready

2. Complete World Rugby, online Rugby Ready

3. Complete ‘New Rules of Play’ laws test

Before applying for this course:

Must have attended Rugby Ready course

UKCC Level 2 -

Coaching the 15-a-side game:

30% Classroom delivery and interactive tasks 70% Practical

Assessment via Competency sign off

Home study tasks of 6hrs minimum

Duration: 3 Days

Cost: £115

Min. Age: 18

Entry point for coaches of the 15-a-side Game

Provides coaches with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively coach young players or adults in the 15-a-side game. Develops coaching skills and the technical & tactical aspects of defence and attack together with unit skills and developing play from set piece.

Mandatory Pre-course Tasks:

1. Attend face to face World Rugby, Rugby Ready

2. Complete Scrum Factory Course

3. Complete World Rugby, Laws Test

Before applying for this course:

Must have attended Rugby Ready (or hold UKCC Level 1 Coaching Rugby Union Award) and Scrum Factory course

Refereeing the 15-a-side game:

40% Classroom delivery and Interactive tasks 60% Practical

Assessment via Competency sign off

Home study tasks of 6 hrs minimum

Duration: 2 Days

Cost: £50

Min. Age: 14

For new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game

By the end of the course the delegates will have:-

Developed their refereeing goals and understand the principles of play

Understood how to plan and prepare to referee

Understood how to referee players of different ages and experience

The ability to be able to referee rugby union matches

The ability to analyse their own performance and feedback from others and improve performance as a referee

Mandatory Pre-course Tasks:

1. Complete World Rugby online Rugby Ready course

2. Complete World Rugby online Laws test

 

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