Weekly update from 


Ivan Torpey RFU & Hampshire RDO (New Forest, Greater Southampton & IOW) ivantorpey@rfu.com  Mobile 07764 960384 &


Kieran Spencer RFU & Hampshire RDO (North & South East).  kieranspencer@rfu.com  Mobile 07912541462


1. COACHING: Opportunities:The following clubs are looking to recruit coaches to either Head Up their Coaching structure or to add additional value to their environment:  

  • Portsmouth RFC:  Variety of Coaching positions available



2. 2017 Director of Rugby Course:  The Director of Rugby (DoR) course based in Lilleshall is still available to book via the RFU Online Course booking system at a cost of £600 including VAT.  Places are limited and the closing date for applications is 18th May 2017. The South course is now full.   There are 5 spaces left on the North course.

Workshop 1 – 10th & 11th July 2017

Workshop 2 – 2nd and 3rd October 2017

The North course (at Lilleshall National Sports Centre) booking URL link:



 3. Teacher Development Day 2017:

For this year’s events we have a fantastic programme for teachers that incorporate coaching, player safety and a CPD session that can be attributed to their coach licence.

8 Training days are being run across the country. 

We are delighted that Lord Wandsworth College  will be hosting one of the training days which will be held on Wednesday 21st June.  The day will run from 9.00am – 3.45pm

Teachers are able to book courses online by using the following linkhttps://englandrugby.typeform.com/to/pFEqpQ

I encourage your schools to book their places now!

For any queries please contact schools@therfu.com.


 4 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION: HRFU Volunteer Awards 2016/17

This year the Hampshire RFU Volunteers Recognition Awards will be for:

  • Unsung Hero
  • Administrator of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year

To submit a nomination please complete the attached nomination form with no more than 100 words stating reason for their nomination.

Deadline has just passed but I am sure citations will still be accepted on Tuesday 2nd May due to the BH; Please return your nominations to hampshirerugby@yahoo.co.uk



5. COACH RECOGNITION: HRFU Coach of the Year Nominations 2017 – deadline THIS SUNDAY!

Hampshire RFU Coach of the Year Awards will be awarded at the annual Coaching Conference at Oasis School on Sunday 9th July

This year Hampshire Rugby Union Coaching Committee is offering 2 Awards of which you can submit a nomination for each if you wish:

  • Senior Coach of the Year (Ebbs Memorial Trophy) 
  • Age Grade Coach of the Year  (U7s – U18s; inclusive of Tag, Touch, Sevens, Community, Inclusive programmes and other formats of rugby)

To nominate:



6. PLAYING: Southsea Nomads Charity 10’s – Saturday 19th August 2017

Please find attached information about the above playing opportunity that has proved an excellent event in recent years – all proceeds go to good causes and the timing makes an excellent lead in to pre-season friendlies.



7. Reminder: U8 to U9 Transition:

As we enter the final few weeks of the season, club coaches and school teachers may be looking at ‘what’s next’.  As a reminder current U8 players remain within this Age Grade until 1st of September 2017, and are not permitted to participate in contact rugby of any kind, under any circumstances.  Doing so would be a breach of RFU Regulations.

Through the Rules of Play there are less technically complex components to the U9 game in comparison to the continuum game, removing the need to practise contact at the end of the previous season.  Coaches and teachers should continue to focus on the skills Tag helps to develop (catching, passing, avoidance etc.), and should look to maintain this focus next year despite the introduction of the tackle.

Clubs and schools need to ensure coaches and teachers are suitably qualified – we now offer Age Grade specific courses for coaches who work with players aged 6-13. These courses combine the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First philosophy with the developing skills at each grade, and the U9 course specifically will help coaches to be ready to develop players tackle technique in a safe, appropriate and technically proficient way.

In addition to this, team managers/head coaches should make appropriate adjustments during the opening games of the new season for players that are not yet confident and competent to tackle safely, i.e. the use of the grab tackle only for some or all of the players they are working with.  This will ensure the wants and needs of all players are accommodated, supporting a players transition through the Age Grade player pathway


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