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Managing the resources at your club can be a daunting task so the RFU has produced and commissioned some specialist guidance on the issues most important to the financial management of community rugby clubs.
The information here is designed to provide direction and allow you to manage your club effectively – saving money where possible and allowing attention to be focused on the most important thing: competition on the pitch.
An appropriate maintenance programme will enable your club to provide a higher quality pitch for your players. It will also create an increased pitch carrying capacity to enable more of them to play more often each week.
Rugby Groundsmen Connected (RGC) is the RFU’s easy access, two-way communication network between the RFU and rugby union groundsmen. It is the main communication channel for the RFU to provide information and advice to groundsmen and also has special offers and exclusive benefits for members. Everything the RFU does related to pitch maintenance will now come under the banner of Rugby Groundsmen Connected. Groundsmen Connected is for anybody that has any involvement in the upkeep of rugby pitches; complete novice to Premiership groundsmen. Anyone can register to join RGC at no cost. Registration is by email to email@example.com. Once signed up they will receive regular communications with advice, information and the opportunity to ask questions.
Oxfordshire's Rugby Clubs should be at the heart of the local community, offering sport and exercise opportunities to men, women, boys and girls at the same time as providing the great social environment and culture that rugby is renowned for across the globe.
As a member club of the RFU, you can avail of numerous resources and widespread support to assist you in promoting and growing your club in the community.
The RFU's 'Club Benefits Guide' outlines the ideas and support available to help your club deliver a quality rugby experience for all.
All rugby clubs need to continually recruit and retain players if they are to sustain or grow their playing numbers. Schemes for recruitment and retention should be actively created, ideally as part of a whole club development plan and should capitalise on interest generated by high profile rugby events such as the RBS 6 Nations and the Rugby World Cup.
As with funding, managing resources and navigating your way through the web of legislation on employees, volunteer expenses and VAT can likewise be a daunting task.
Your club may be looking to incorporate or need health and safety advice or maybe you need property or financial management help. Whatever your requirement, there are a number of resources and specialists who may be able to help you.