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Electronic Match Card Course - Launceston

THE RFU will be extending electronic match cards (EMCs) to all levels of the men’s league game and to level six of the women’s game.

Last year EMCs were introduced for all men’s clubs at level eight and above and to the top levels of the women’s game.

To support clubs that have not experienced EMCs before, the RFU are hosting training at 12 venues around the country.

The training for Devon and Cornwall clubs will take place at Launceston on Tuesday, July 30.

The next nearest training session will be held at North Bristol on Thursday, August 4.

The sessions will be a 6:30pm meet for 7pm start and will last until around 9pm. 

Priority will be given to those from men’s level nine or below clubs and all women’s team. However, if there is space then they will try accommodate attendees from other clubs, whether they are new match card administrators or wish to have a refresher.

To sign up for a course, fill in the form here. Please be aware that there will not be a confirmation email upon completion. 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact 


30th July – Blaydon

30th July – Launceston

31st July – Wetherby

31st July – Salisbury

1st August – Wigan

1st August – North Bristol

6th August – Silhillians

6th August – Cambridge

7th July – Wellingborough

7th July – Tunbridge Wells

8th July – Newark

8th July - Twickenham



St. Ives RFC achieve RFU Club Accreditation

Peter James (President) and Denis Preece (Chairman) both represented the Cornwall RFU at St. Ives RFC last Saturday to present the club with their RFU Club Accreditation.

Peter and Denis are seen in the photograph making the presentation to St. Ives Chairman Andrew Baragwanath and Vice Chairman Phillip Alan.

To round off a fine day St. Ives enjoyed a good win in their final home league game winning 34-13 against Hornets.

Any club seeking to obtain RFU Club Accreditation, should in the first instance contact Cornwall RDO, Jonny Stephenson e-mail:



Perranporth RFC host visit from Twickenham Officials


(Back left: Jeremy Pollard, Steve Arthur, Nigel Melville, Alfie Martin, John Sumnall, Andy Cosslett, Ian Jones. Front left: Jackson McBlain, Ben Jones, Matthew Pollard)                                                                                                           


Far from the conference rooms and hospitality suites at Twickenham, RFU Chairman Andy Cosslett touched base with members of Perranporth Rugby Football Club on Wednesday 27 February 2019 as part of the RFU initiative in visiting RFU Constituent Bodies which included the Cornwall RFU. The Perranporth Club felt honoured as it was the only Club they were visiting while in Cornwall.

Joined by RFU interim CEO and ex-England scrum-half Nigel Melville, Cosslett met with club representatives of both youth and senior rugby, discussing opinions and ideas of the game over freshly-brewed tea and a pack of digestives.

The discussion of youth rugby in Cornwall took centre-stage through the course of the evening, with junior players Ben Jones, Jackson McBlain and Matthew Pollard being afforded the opportunity to have their say on the matter.

The three young club ambassadors form a small part of the club’s ‘Rugby Leader’ initiative, which sees members of older junior age groups drafted in weekly to assist the running of Friday night training sessions at the club. 

They were joined by Club Chairman Steve Arthur, Club Secretary John Sumnall, Ian Jones and Alfie Martin, who further discussed Cornish youth rugby development alongside women’s rugby and community interaction.



Liskeard-Looe Receive RFU Club Accreditation


At the very successful CRFU Clubs’ Conference on Sunday 29th October clubs were advised of the benefits of the Club Accreditation scheme that will help all club sections to become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places in which to play rugby. Unlike other accreditation schemes, this one provides a framework for a club to show what it is doing, how it does it, and where it can improve.

The RFU hopes that clubs will be both challenged by the process and enjoy it. It will allow clubs to exhibit all that is good about rugby in their adult sections, mini and youth, women and girls and touch rugby, while demonstrating that this is all achieved in a friendly, welcoming environment.

The Club Accreditation scheme is based upon the six Key Drivers identified as crucial to a strong club:

1.   Retaining & Developing Players

2.   Recruiting New Players

3.   Recruiting & Retaining High Quality Coaches, Volunteers & Referees

4.   Effective & Efficient Facilities

5.   Effective & Efficient Management and Governance

6.   Integration with the Local Community

Each of these Key Drivers, together with the Core Values of the game, is represented within the Club Accreditation scheme and together they represent the component parts of a strong, sustainable club.

The scheme is straightforward and designed to both recognise and assist a club to continually improve, while demonstrating a real commitment to providing all that’s best in rugby union.

Clubs which have completed the exercise report that the process itself is very rewarding and enjoyable. It is also the gateway to access funding and is likely to become a pre-requisite for RFU and CRFU assistance.

Club Accreditation will bring many advantages for your club, including the Sport England Clubmark for your mini and youth section. It will give your club credibility with local authorities and educational establishments and confer the status of the RFU brand to attract potential sponsors.

Pictured above receiving the award are Mike Bratt (RDO), Peter James (CRFU President), Tony Knightsbridge (Liskeard-Looe) and Chris Jewels (CRFU).

For further details contact Cornwall’s RDO, Mike Bratt ( ). Your club will be required to undertake a simple self-review of activities. This can be done before you meet with the RDO or you can do this together. Since this is your accreditation, the RDO will simply “coach” you through the session, asking relevant questions and details to strengthen your review.

For a copy of the self-review form click on the link below.

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Volunteer Retention & Recognition

The Club Development Committee held an open meeting at Bodmin Rugby Club on Tuesday 28 February extending an invitation to all the appointed Club Volunteer Coordinators plus other Club members involved with volunteers or simply wishing to gain more knowledge of “what is on offer”..

The meeting was well attended and was extremely productive with foundations put in place to improve volunteer retention and recognition within Clubs.

Jill Loader, RFU Volunteer Engagement Manager, was present and outlined the RFU’s Volunteer Recognition programme whilst Richard Simeons, CRFU Volunteer Coordinator, provided information on the Volunteer Recognition Programme which he had set in motion over the past 18 months starting with the provision of 92 World Cup Match Tickets for games played at Sandy Park.  Additionally three Volunteers plus guests had been provided with Match Tickets at Twickenham for RBS 6 Nations matches in both 2016 and 2017 with three Volunteers plus guests having attended Old Mutual Wealth Matches at Twickenham last autumn.

The current package for match tickets at Twickenham includes assistance towards travel and hotel accommodation plus passes to the Constituent Bodies Club Room and hospitality in the West Fan Village courtesy of Mitsubishi.  In future years it is hope that one volunteer plus guest will be able to have access to the RFU Members Lounge for one of the Autumn Internationals and one of the RBS 6 Nations matches.

Nominations for the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series in the autumn plus the RBS 6 Nations matches in 2018 will be sought in June or July.

The Club Development Committee have recently organised a NVQ Level 2 Course in Spectator Safety with eight Club Members taking advantage of the opportunity which involved no cost to the Club or CRFU.

Nominations will shortly be sought from Clubs for a Volunteer {plus Guest] to attend the County Match at Camborne on Saturday 20 May.  Those invited will be offered match tickets plus pre-match hospitality.


Richard Simeons

Acting Chair,

Club Development Committee.


Is Your Club Planning A Development Project?

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Are you planning a project to develop your Club?

Do you need some support?

If yes, please complete the attached form to give the Cornwall RFU a better understanding and knowledge of your project, enabling it to offer the best possible help and assistance.


To ascertain which Committee may have the funding you require please refer to the table below. Once you have completed the attached form please select the appropriate person and send your project application to them.




May provide funding for:

Youth & Education

David Saunter.

All aspects of rugby under the age of 18 which include:

Coaching qualifications and coaching courses.

Referee qualifications and courses for parents and young players.

Player Development

Georgy Finn

Retaining and Developing players. Recruitment of players.

Encouraging players to return to the game, ages 18 – 24.

Game Development

Chris Hailey

Retention and development of referees and coaches.

Recruitment of referees and coaches.

Player safety. First Aid, Head Injuries, Pitchside Trauma etc.

Club Development

Richard Simeons (Acting)

For Facilities: David Martin

Club leadership and commercial management courses and development. Recruitment and development of volunteers.

All Club facilities including capital projects, repairs, renovations and pitches


John Sumnall

[email protected]

All CRFU expenditure and income.

CRFU Handbook




Chris Jewels

All CRFU Competitions with the exception of age related 5 - 18.

7s Festivals.

Beach Rugby.

Representative Rugby

Chris Lea

All CRFU Representative Rugby.

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Level 3 and 4 Rugby Coaching Course Applications

Applications are invited for the 2015 – 2016 UKCC Level 3 and Level 4 Coaching Rugby Union Course. 


Details for both courses attached.


Level 3:

Level 3 coaches will be Head Coach of a team or programme, with competitive (match) opportunities.

The closing date for Applications is Friday 20th March 2015. You will be informed as to the result of your application by Thursday, 30thApril 2015. If successful you will be required to complete your application, including payment, using the online course booking system.


Level 4:

The course is postgraduate in nature and it is intended that coaches on the course receive academic credit for achieving Level 4 in partnership with a Higher Education (HE) institution (subject to achieving the required standard of a prescribed supplementary module and paying the HE administration and management fee - amount to be confirmed).

Applications are invited from coaches who should note that:

  • All applicants must ensure they are available for all of the course dates
  • Applicants should complete and return the Expression of Interest form by Friday 9th January 2015
  • Expressions of Interest forms should be emailed to   and 

Expressions of Interest forms will be screened by the Selection Panel (Kevin Bowring, Dick Tilley, Dean Clark and Nick Scott), and places will be offered to successful candidates in February 2015


Further information is also available online at http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/coaches/ukcc-level-3-and-level-4/


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