Weekly update from: 

 Ivan Torpey RFU & Hampshire RDO (New Forest, Greater Southampton & IOW) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Mobile 07764 960384 &

Kieran Spencer RFU & Hampshire RDO (North & South East).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Mobile 07912541462


  1.            England Rugby Coaching / Referee Training Course Suite:

Comprehensive booklet outlining course descriptors for all coaching and referee course - click here for Booklet


  1.            Age Grade Codes of Practice – Are you in?:Special attention to all Teachers & Mini Midi / Youth Coaches

Please take time to read the Codes of Practice.  Click here, or go to the following link




Note: Delivery of the Codes ensures a focus on the wants and needs of the Age Grade player.  They ensure that every player, regardless of ability, maturity or size, develops not only their rugby skills, but wider personal and social skills, increasing their enjoyment and supporting their transition to the adult game. 


The Code provides support and guidance to coaches and teachers in:


  • Developing the whole player – to ensure holistic player development
  • Playing and training frequency – to address over and under playing and ensure a balanced rugby programme
  • Grouping of players – to ensure inclusivity and support individual player development
  • Playing out of age group – to enhance player development and confirm what is permitted in regulation
  • Out of season activity, camps and tours - clarifying regulation and requirements for camps and tours
  • Minimum standards for coaches and referees – detailing how coaches and referees can achieve best practice

The Codes of Practice are designed to create a more helpful and supportive tone between the RFU and those working hard across Age Grade Rugby.  They support the application of regulation and replace previous guidance documents and it is our intention that everyone who delivers the Age Grade game feels compelled to commit to them.


We want all Coaches and Teachers to commit to being ‘in’? Are you?


  1. Farnham RFC Minis Section on Tour – Can You Help:  

This is an extreme long shot but worth a try .... the Farnham Minis Section are touring Dorset on 17 / 18 March 2018 (based in Warmwell, near Weymouth). We have made contact with Dorset clubs who are happy to accommodate us for Saturday rugby, but none who can muster opposition for us to play on that day.

If any of you happen to be touring Dorset on the same weekend and are in a similar situation regarding Saturday rugby, please get in touch. RorieThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  1. England Rugby National Rugby Survey:  

Following the success of last year where we heard the views of over 20,000 individuals, the National Rugby Survey opens again. 




This National Survey is vital for England Rugby to gather insight from everyone involved in the game which helps to develop and review our game and our rugby offer.  This survey is open to everyone involved, or previously involved in the game, from players and lapsed players, to coaches, match officials, volunteers, spectators and parents.  This survey now includes the Age Grade player survey and will ask all respondents on their rugby interactions, motivation and views.


In the coming days you will see specific communications targeting the number of different groups involved in the game to encourage their completion as well as the survey link.  Please support the National Rugby Survey by completing this survey  to help develop our game as a result           


  1. Another plug for the  Aviva Community Fund:  

The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference to where you live. 

Please go to the following link for further information and applications:


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