RFU COMMUNITY GAME UPDATES
22 December 2016
Welcome to the latest Community Game Update
Club Chairs and Secretaries
Business Rates Revaluation 2017
New Rateable Values will come into force on 1 April 2017. Please see the RFU briefing note on the 2017 rating revaluation for information HERE.
Checklist of actions for clubs
• Rateable Values will change from 1st April 2017 – clubs should be aware of this
• New Rateable Values are available at https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates
• From this page you can also estimate business rates liabilities taking account of reliefs
• Mandatory reliefs are available for CASC’s, Charities, and small businesses
• Small business relief will increase significantly from 1 April 2017
• Check and consider the new RV carefully before making any appeal
Club Secretaries and Treasurers and CB Secretaries and Treasurers
We are becoming aware that following VAT inspections by HMRC, many clubs believe they have been incorrectly assessed and are able to recover more than first assumed.
Typically this will relate to pitch and playing related expenditure such as drainage or pitch improvements and floodlighting.
In many cases the clubs are perfectly entitled to recover part or all of the VAT incurred on these works and as such the assessment made by HMRC can be challenged and overturned resulting in a repayment of the VAT to the club.
There is a time limit of 30 days from the date of the assessment within which a challenge should be made. However, where it can be demonstrated that the assessment is clearly incorrect HMRC will invariably waive this.
In order to ensure clubs are dealt with fairly and consistently by HMRC around the country we would like to invite any club who has been faced with a VAT assessment (or where a club has been told by HMRC that VAT cannot be recovered on such expenditure) in the last four years to seek a free of charge review from our VAT consultant Russell Moore.
Russell can be contacted on either 07710 329317 or via rugbyVAT@saffery.com
World Rugby’s new law application and sanctions to improve safety with head contact
World Rugby has announced new law application and sanctions which will come into effect across the game from January 3, 2017, concerning players making contact with opponents’ heads.
For more information and guidance on implementing the new law, application guidelines can be found at: http://laws.worldrugby.org/guidelines
World Rugby has also developed an educational video which will further explain the Law Application Guideline and can be found HERE.
The new measures come as a positive contribution to the game and support the research and work that the RFU does to ensure rugby is as safe as possible, with player welfare at the heart. As a result of these changes, World Rugby has announced amendments to the disciplinary process and regulations that all Unions are required to adopt from January 3.
NatWest RugbyForce 2017
NatWest RugbyForce launched on Wednesday 23 November 2017
Please find information below on NatWest RugbyForce 2017. Registration is now open online at: www.EnglandRugby.com/NatWestRugbyForce
The programme offers a unique and carefully crafted programme for grassroots clubs across the country, including a wealth of advice and support to ensure that clubs can thrive as strong and sustainable businesses away from just the on-pitch action.
This year’s new and improved programme will offer clubs that register by 5 February 2017 the following:
- Support packages of £500 awarded to 200 clubs who are selected to attend one of up to 35 NatWest RugbyForce workshops.
- Invitation for up to 70 clubs to raise funds via a crowdfunding programme with NatWest RugbyForce contributing up to £750 as a booster towards the project and campaign following a very successful pilot last year.
- 60 pitch maintenance packages to include a visit from the Twickenham Head Groundsman Keith Kent (or one of his team of pitch advisors) to help devise a pitch maintenance schedule for the weekend.
- Support packages of £2,000 to help put Keith’s report into practice over the NatWest RugbyForce weekend.
- Support collateral to help promote clubs’ NatWest RugbyForce weekend event – set to take place on 24th and 25th June 2017.
- The opportunity to access additional funding later on in the programme.
Clubs that don’t register by the February deadline will still have access to a NatWest RugbyForce support toolkit and are encouraged to participate in the NatWest RugbyForce weekend.
Coordinated Consultation of Representative and Aspirational Programmes
The Community Game Board (CGB) would like to thank all Constituent Bodies (CBs) and many others for their timely response to the above request for feedback over the last few months. A response was received from the vast majority of CBs and the feedback presented to CGB in January alongside other related information. This will now be taken into the business planning process and plans for 17/18 and beyond will be developed. Thanks again for your feedback at what we know was a busy time for CBs, and we look forward to further communication on this matter in due course.
Club Secretaries, Chairs and Treasurers
EnglandRugbyDeals (ERD) is run by the RFU in conjunction with Independent Buyers Ltd, a buying consortium who has negotiated competitive discounts for clubs. Membership gives clubs access to deals and offers on products and services rugby clubs use from hospitality, printing, utilities, maintenance and club facilities. Members get access to a website with all the exclusive deals and contact details of all suppliers: www.englandrugbydeals.com.
Club Visits: As part of the membership, ERD can offer to visit rugby clubs to give advice on our deals and discuss how to save money. ERD have visited over 80 clubs already, with many engaging in our deals where savings have been identified. On a visit we will scan invoices and then our expert buyers will complete a savings analysis. This is for like for like comparisons and will identify which categories savings can be made. The results are reported back to the club so they can make best use of all the potential savings.
Clubs interested in a visit from ERD please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01283 711551.
Club Honorary Secretaries
Club Insurers Perkins Slade attendance at Constituent Body clubs meetings
In order to explain and help promote the insurance cover arranged for clubs via the RFU’s new insurance broker and the increased emphasis on risk management, Perkins Slade is happy to attend relevant CB clubs meetings. They can discuss the insurance covers, claims and risk management facilities directly with your club representatives and answer any queries they may have.
Where appropriate, please make contact direct with Andy Goulbourne from Perkins Slade email@example.com 0121 698 8057 or call Dave Stubley to discuss further.
See attached the latest edition of Rugby Shorts. For more grassroots rugby stories on EnglandRugby.com, click HERE.
If you have a grassroots news story for EnglandRugby.com, please email JoeOgden@rfu.com with details and he will endeavour to include over the coming weeks.
6 December 2016
Welcome to the latest Community Game Update
Age Grade Rugby from the 2017-18 Season
- RFU Council endorses timetable for full Age Grade Rugby transition in 2017-18
- National Age Grade Playing Calendar released for 2017-18
- Competition and Rep Rugby Organisers in CBs, CSUs and Academies to localise National Calendar for their area together
- New National advisory group to listen to the views of Age Grade clubs.
RFU Council today endorsed the timetable to fully implement changes to Age Grade Rugby from the 2017-18 season.
The changes, introduced from September 2016, are for all rugby played at Under 18 and younger. Based on four years of research, the wants and needs of all young people are at the heart of the Age Grade changes. They are designed to help more young people enjoy the game for longer and into their adult years.
So far this season, full compliance with the changes to the game and its regulations is developing. For the remainder of the 2016-17 season, proactive support will be given to those in genuine transition towards the new regulations and those resisting the change, as with any of the Union’s Regulations, could face disciplinary action.
For the 2017-18 season onwards, full transition to the Age Grade changes and regulations will be the drive. This will ensure that across the country the Age Grade game is player-centred, development-driven and competition-supported.
The 2017/18 Age Grade Playing Calendar has been released. Organisers in CBs, CSUs and Academies will now work together to insert local competition, representative rugby and pathway activity by the start of February 2017. After this is signed off by the RFU, they will promote their local calendar and facilitate dialogue between clubs, schools, colleges, Academies and Representative rugby personnel to agree a balanced playing programme for all young players.
Council also backed the introduction early in 2017 of a national advisory group to represent the views of the Age Grade game in clubs. This will provide a channel from our clubs and Constituent Bodies to help shape the future of Age Grade rugby alongside education institutions.
Safeguarding in rugby
The RFU is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children in rugby.
We have worked closely with the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) within the NSPCC to develop robust policy and procedures to safeguard children, achieving the CPSU's National Advanced Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport. Working closely with all England’s rugby clubs and statutory agencies, the RFU prioritises the safeguarding of children in the sport. Any allegation, suspicion of harm, or concern, is taken seriously and responded to swiftly, fairly and appropriately.
Any person involved in rugby union must report all safeguarding concerns of which they become aware to the RFU Safeguarding Team
Details on reporting an incident can be found here.
More details on safeguarding have been distributed to Club Safeguarding Officers and CB Safeguarding Managers.
If you receive any media enquiries on safeguarding issues please do feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com in the RFU communications team who are happy to offer any support or advice.