The D&WRFU and the RFU’s Commitment to Player Welfare
Clubs are requested to ensure that they appoint a club member to undertake within their club the role of RugbySafe Lead. This can either be if already appointed your First Aid Co-ordinator or a separate indvidual. Clubs may if they wish appoint a lead for each of their sections (i.e. Men, women and Mini/Youth). Once appointed club GMS roles are to be updated to reflect the appointment holder(s). To assit in chosing a suitble incumbent we have also included the Club RugbySafe Lead Role Descriptor template.
RugbySafe website: http://www.englandrugby.com/rugbysafe/
Essential Guides / FAQs: http://www.englandrugby.com/rugbysafe/guides-and-faqs/
Community Heartbeat Trust: https://www.communityheartbeat.org.uk/rugby-clubs-schools
Reportable Injuries: http://www.englandrugby.com/news/injury-reporting-1319893/
RugbySafe is RFU’s overarching player safety and wellbeing programme to support clubs, schools, colleges, universities and participants at all levels of the game. It has five different strands all of which contribute and provide input to how the game should be played and managed to ensure that rugby is as safe as possible. A downloadable booklet provides an overview and further information on the RugbySafe programme.
Values & Culture
Education & Development
RugbySafe Advice Line
The RFU health advice line provides information on player health and welfare where related to rugby and is suitable for coaches, players and parents. Enquires can be made online or by telephone:
Email: email@example.com – Tel: 0870 143 2421
The advice line is not a substitute for one-to-one advice from a healthcare professional, and with regards to a player's match fitness, the advice of the player's general practitioner (or a medical specialist) should always be sought in the first instance.
Relevant RFU regulations, such as those concerning concussion, should also be followed. The RFU also provides information through this website regarding specific drugs and anti-doping issues.
Any advice provided in relation to specific injuries, illnesses or disabilities is only general advice and it should not be used as a substitute for the individual advice patients receive when they consult their own doctor.
Six new Age Grade Codes of Practice Videos
The RFU Education Department team have put together six new Age Grade Codes of Practice Videos to support our work – please share them with our schools & clubs
The can now be found as part of the playlist below.
RFU new Age Grade Codes of Practice Video 1 – Codes of Practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o43TN38nHfg&list=PLcSP18b0KfWPGW-pGiFb6_ACHud2wO325&index=13
RFU new Age Grade Codes of Practice Video 2 – Player centred approach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRsA4AvkbIE&list=PLcSP18b0KfWPGW-pGiFb6_ACHud2wO325&index=14
RFU new Age Grade Codes of Practice Video 3 - Overplaying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNAdF2GPG4w&list=PLcSP18b0KfWPGW-pGiFb6_ACHud2wO325&index=15
RFU new Age Grade Codes of Practice Video 4 - Grouping of players https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGKRH2OFsj4&list=PLcSP18b0KfWPGW-pGiFb6_ACHud2wO325&index=16
RFU new Age Grade Codes of Practice Video 5 – Min standards for coaches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuFzqfueejI&index=17&list=PLcSP18b0KfWPGW-pGiFb6_ACHud2wO325
RFU new Age Grade Codes of Practice Video 6: Combining age groups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODOorTeTUo0&index=18&list=PLcSP18b0KfWPGW-pGiFb6_ACHud2wO325