Centenary Kit: Final Reminder!

Just a final reminder that ALL orders for the special Centenary kit must be placed by midnight tonight, Friday 10th July, and for any additional items of kit ordered, payment must also be made by the same deadline!

In case you missed it the link is below


Message from RFU C.E.O. Bill Sweeney

A message to the rugby union community in England from Bill Sweeney, CEO RFU
My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19, both across the country but also within our own rugby union community.

As you will be aware the long-term financial challenges are significant for the whole economy. We like many rugby clubs rely on revenue from matches and events at Twickenham Stadium and we re-invest this revenue back into the game.

Our detailed scenario modelling shows there may be a short-term impact of £107 million in lost revenues and we also know there will be a much longer-term effect. We are projecting a 4-5 year recovery with cumulative revenue reductions of around 20%.

We are having to make difficult decisions on what we can continue to invest in as well as what is the right size and shape of our business for the future. To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139.

This will be a difficult process, but we will be consulting with colleagues in a fair way to completely remodel our business. This will mean we will need to work very differently in future however, the whole organisation will be focussed on our priorities which are:

• Supporting the community game and our member clubs – which are the life blood of our game.

• Maintaining our ability to compete and win in the performance arena.

• Delivering on our purpose of enriching lives, introducing more people and more diversity to rugby union while developing the sport for future generations.

The consultation process with colleagues will enable them to share their views and ideas on re-shaping the business ahead of any decisions being announced at the end of August.

We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.

Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future. We need to maintain our organisation for the long term, this is not a short-term cost reduction exercise, the RFU will still stand, but the impact of Covid19 will continue to affect us for many years to come.

These are difficult times for us all but despite the adversity, I have been truly heartened by the spirit of rugby – seeing everyone pull together to help their local community and those most in need.
Thank you for everything you are doing to reflect the best of our game and be assured we are committed to continue supporting you.

With regards,

Bill Sweeney

Development Squad 20-21 season

Applications are now being accepted for the NMSRFR Development Squad for the 2020/21 season, and will close on 19th July 2020. The development squad offers support, coaching and advice to referees who are prepared to make a commitment to developing their refereeing. The level you currently referee at is not important, it is only important that you wish to develop. The squad typically meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss skills and scenarios, and work through challenges they have faced in their own games. It is likely that some of these sessions will be online/via video call rather than in person for the coming season. Squad members have access to coaches and mentors from within the society, who will liaise with the grading/appointments team where relevant, to ensure appropriate opportunities are provided to progress. Members of the development squad should:

– have the ambition to referee three weeks out of every four (approximately), including the desire to go on exchange 

– be available for some Sunday Colts matches

– be available to prepare for and participate in squad discussion sessions, either in person or online – actively seek opportunities to develop themselves whether through working on fitness, watching other referees, or taking on additional appointments.

If you would like to register your interest in joining the Development Squad, please contact Neil Reid-Warrilow via email neil@pegasus-arenas.co.uk or calling him on 07970108849 for an informal chat.

Update 23 June: Webinar

This coming Thursday, 25th June, we start an exciting new project. Every Thursday for the next few weeks at 7pm we will be discussing different aspects of our game from refereeing, watching, coaching and Society development.

All are welcome to join the webinar whether you are active with the Society or a social member, its free!!

The first one will be on the role of the referee coach by Bru Brudenell. Bru is a very experienced coach who has quite recently transferred to our Society.

Most of the webinars will last for about an hour.

5 minutes before the start time click on the link button below

The link will be responded to automatically and you will be able to see other members as they join.

The host will guide you through any other issues.

Please be aware that the webinar will be recorded and be available to view later if you cannot join us on the night. If you do not want to be seen you can close the camera and this will be explained before the webinar starts. 

Update 19th june

Society Training and Registering for the web site

Society Training

No actual rugby but still a lot going on behind the scenes.

Commencing next Thursday, 25th June we will be delivering weekly webinars on various aspects of our game. We will start with the role of a referee coach.

The webinars will all start at 7pm and not last any longer than an hour, indeed, some will be less than that. All the presentations will be led by Society members and the topics will focus on us and our Society.

If there is anything you want discussed please just click on Leave a Comment at the top of the page and type in a brief description of what you want to see and hear about.

There will be a general circulation via WTF for those people who have not yet registered on this web site (see below) Details of how to log on to the webinar will be shown here on Wednesday’s each week.

Web Site. The Society preferred way of communicating with members is the web site. To make it easier for members Julian Edwards has introduced a registration factor. When you register you will be told when something new has been posted saving you having to check regularly.

To register, go onto the web page northmidsrefs.co.uk and navigate to the home page. Then scroll down and on the left you will see a place where to put your own email address. Complete that and then click on ‘Join NMSRFR Mailing list and that’s it.