|Date of Issue:
15 November 2022
|In this week's Club Communications you'll find information on how to make a nomination for this season's Player Development Hub programme and an update on Youth and Schools Cup competitions. Plus, we have reminders on important operational matters including funding, transfer deadlines and upcoming courses.
|Player Development Hubs - nominations now open
Nominations are now open for this season's Player Development Hubs for U15 Boys, and U16 and U18 Girls.
The Player Development Hubs are a steppingstone for some players to progress onto representative and/or performance pathway programmes.
The programmes provide selected players with an opportunity to develop their skills through sessions delivered by qualified and experienced coaches who will follow a national syllabus aligned to the Scottish Rugby Blueprint.
Alongside the hub training sessions and festivals, coach and parent workshops will be delivered to support the player development process.
Girls U16 and U18
In line with Scottish Rugby's newly launched Women and Girls Strategy this season sees an enhanced player development pathway for both Girls U16 and U18 being introduced.
Nominated players will all be invited to an initial assessment day on Sunday 8 January 2023, with a selected group of players going on to play in the Regional Game Series through January/February. Players not selected for the Regional Game Series will be invited to attend the Player Development Hubs in March/April.
Both the Regional Game Series and Player Development Hub programmes provide identified girls with additional training and playing opportunities to complement their club/school activities.
Nominations will close Sunday 11 December 2022 - to nominate players, coaches and teachers should visit SCRUMS and click ‘PDH nomination’.
For more information on the nomination process and criteria click on the link below.
|Schools & Youth Cup Finals
|Scottish Rugby's National Youth and Schools Cup competitions are beginning to heat up as teams enter their quater-final and semi-final games. Find out more about who has qualified and who they will face via the links below.
|Reminder: Apply to Growth & Participation and Club Sustainability Fund
The Growth and Participation fund is a £500K package dedicated to supporting sustained growth and development of the community game, with a focus on inclusion and diversity.
Clubs and schools are now invited to apply for funding - up to £5,000 and £10,000 - to run a project during the 2023/24 season aligned to one of the sub-categories (Women and Girls’ rugby, Developing Environments and State School rugby).
The Club Sustainability Fund is also now open, with three sub-catergories of funding available to apply to offering levels of funding between £10,000, £50,000 and £250,000 to support clubs to upgrade their facilities and improve the quality, capacity and longevity of rugby participation.
Clubs are now invited to apply to any of the three strands of funding from these two streams of investment. More information can be found in the links below.
The Transfer Deadline Date, for players to be registered with clubs and still be automatically eligible to play in the Tennent’s Premiership, National Leagues, Regional League Division 1 and Tennent’s Women’s Premiership and National League matches, is 21 November 2022, as detailed in National Competition Rule Appendix 3.
Scottish Rugby recommends that all coaches implement the World Rugby ACTIVATE injury prevention programme with their team.
Evidence indicates that by implementing the programme over a prolonged period of time can help reduce soft tissue injuries by between 26-40% and 29-60% fewer concussions.
Click HERE to find out how to access this resource.
|Become a Match Official - courses across the East region
|If your playing days are nearing the end but you're keen to stay involved, why not complete one of our upcoming Introduction to Match Officiating Courses this month, and gain your qualification before the New Year!
21 November: 6pm – 9pm, Winchburgh Sport and Wellbeing Hub
27 November: 10am – 1pm, Selkirk RFC
Register via SCRUMS - log in and click 'Browse Courses'.
Officiating is a rewarding, exciting, and enjoyable way to stay involved in rugby.
After all - it's the same game, just a different shirt!
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|Reminder: Director of Rugby course
|We are now accepting applications for participants to take our Director of Rugby course, designed to support DoRs to become effective leaders within their club.
The key objectives for this course are to:
The course takes two days to complete and will be held at BT Murrayfield on 25 & 26 January 2023.
- Develop role clarity on an individual basis
- Share good practice examples and practical solutions to day-to-day challenges
- Help DoR’s create an action plan for their role
- Develop DoR’s understanding of key strategy priorities within Scottish Rugby, e.g., Women and Girls' rugby, inclusion and diversity.
Deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 November. Applicants will be notified in early December on the status of their application.
For more information and to submit an application to attend, log into SCRUMS and click 'Browse Courses'.
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