This week’s headlines include:
1. Lockdown rugby activity – digital engagement & England player Q&A
2. #ShowYourShirt – last call
3. GMS help portal
4. Webinars and on-demand videos
5. Birkenhead Park RC raises £75,000 via crowdfunding appeal
6. Share your ideas
1. Lockdown Rugby Activity
We have this week launched our digital engagement guide. Clubs and CBs can use this to help keep players connected to their clubs and stay motivated during lockdown, so they are ready to play again when restrictions ease.
This digital toolkit has social media templates, images and editable posters.
Watch the video of the the rugby activity run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust last week, led by Nolli Waterman. This session is aimed at school children.
Live Q&A with an England international
On Monday 1 February we will be joined by a member of the England squad as they dial in from camp to answer any questions from your players about staying motivated during lockdown and what skills you can practice at home.
The 15-minute Q&A will form part of a series of chats with members of the Red Roses and England Men’s squads to help clubs keep players engaged in rugby while they can’t play.
The live session will start at 19:10. We have a limited number of places available at this first Q&A, so please book early via the link below. Please note, this session is dedicated to the community game, so players will need to include their club name to register.
England players we speak to during February will be confirmed on the day, so you can either post questions in the live chat function that evening, or send general questions in advance to ChrisDodd@rfu.com.
2. #ShowYourShirt – Last Call
We continue to recognise the community game and support from clubs, CBs and universities in our #ShowYourShirt Campaign during the Guinness Six Nations 2021. We’re looking to build on the 583 shirts that we received in the autumn, at our first 2021 Guinness Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday 6 February. Please send your shirt using the freepost label below by Friday 29 January.
We have also created a short video to share across your media channels if you would like, and you can find more information on it here.
3. GMS Help Portal
The Game Management System Help Portal is designed to make it easier for you to get the answers you need. The portal allows you to quickly find relevant help articles, supporting videos and announcements on product updates. If you require any assistance from the GMS Service Desk team, please use the “Submit A Help Request” option on the website below.
4. Webinars and on-demand videos
Despite rugby being on pause, we still have some fantastic webinars on-demand that you can catch up with by following the link below.
RFU Council Elections and the Role of Council
Thursday 28 January 7.30pm
Webinar and live Q&A to help CBs who are holding elections for RFU Council, as well as any individuals who want to stand in those elections and clubs that want to nominate a representative.
Thursday 4 February 7.30pm – 8.00pm
A pandemic proof fundraising option for rugby clubs. A live demo, advice on how to sign up and chance to ask the easyfundraising team questions.
Thursday 4 February
We are in the process of finalising our speakers for this but wanted to make everyone aware to book into their diaries with plenty of time. We will share the registration details in our CGU next week and across our social media channels before then.
6. Crowdfunding success at Birkenhead Park RC
Birkenhead Park, like the Rugby Football Union, is celebrating its 150th anniversary and has raised an impressive £74,319 via their Crowdfunding Appeal. The Club has been overwhelmed by the support for the appeal through 338 donations, not just from current members but also from many past players, friends of the club, local businesses and the community.
To get ideas on how your club might follow suit, read more below.
7. Share your ideas
We carry on highlighting the wonderful activities that our clubs and their teams are doing on our England Rugby channels. Please share your stories and videos with ChrisDodd@rfu.com or PatriciaMowbray@rfu.com.