Essex County Rugby Football Union.

“More Players, Playing More Often”

Our Purpose: Working with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to administer the game of rugby for the development of our club’s, players, coaches referees and volunteers across all ages and genders to enable them to fulfil their full potential”

What we do
• We deliver support on behalf of the RFU for, Safeguarding, Discipline, Competitions, Accounts and Tours, Diversity and Inclusion.
• Through the local Rugby Plan, we promote the Core Values, Volunteer recognition and reward, and Development pathways.

Our Vision: Is to increase participation rates in rugby union across the County in sustainable clubs. By ensuring, good governance in our clubs, a focus on club development, a diverse and nclusive rugby community with effective engagement, and the development of players, coaches, match officials and volunteers.

Our Responsibilities.

As a Constituent Body (“CB”) of the RFU we are responsible for the the governance and development of the game of rugby rnion in the county of Essex and the East London Boroughs.

We support every local club to be sustainable and be a great place at which club members and the local community can play and enjoy the game of Rugby

We represent the RFU with a local voice.

Working alongside the RFU regional delivery team will offers support and guidance in the following areas:

  • Discipline
  • Coach development.
  • Playing development
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Club finance and funding.
  • Representative rugby and schools of rugby
  • Facility development

As a CB, Essex Clubs elect an RFU Council Representative who represents the Essex Clubs on the RFU Council. The Council Member is required to reflect the views of the County at Council meetings and also pass feedback to the Clubs on the plans of the Council.

As a CB, we fulfil a number of vital roles in order to help develop rugby across the County, we will.

  • work closely with the RFU local RFU’s regional delivery personnel to help promote and develop the game of rugby union within our memberCclubs.
  • provide the RFU with local knowledge of our club needs and act as a communication link between the Clubs and the RFU.
  • annually monitor club accounts and promote the use of the game-wide management system (GMS).
  • plan, agree and implement a strategy for rugby development of all players within the CB and coordinate an annual player development programme.
  • Ensure opportunities to play representative rugby through teams who compete in the County Championship, national Under-20 Championship, and at Under 18 level and below.
  • organise county leagues, manage county cup competitions and merit tables for club teams and manage leagues, merit tables or festivals for young players at U18 and below.
  • establish coach, referee, and volunteer development programmes to increase the number of volunteers with skills and commitment to administer the game at club level.
  • Manage the delegated disciplinary powers to act in relation to infringement of any law of the game by players below National League level or for any conduct prejudicial to the game or for infringement of most RFU or IRB regulations.

Please see chart below which shows the 3 key streams of activity delivered by the CB.

Stream 1. Where the CB carry out the core  regulatory duties assigned to the CB by the RFU.

Stream 2  Where the CB  supported by the RFU  work together to deliver key targetted prograns.

Stream 3  Where the CB  fully manage thier own direct programs.