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    Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 09:09
Gareth Dyer @pikedyer tweeting about proposed cuts to grassroots rugby from next season. Greed at the top means less & less at the bottom... shocking. I've tried to paste from twitter
https://t.co/jqe7DXpd2R?amp=1 don't know if it'll work tho. It's in RFU document business planning.
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16 April 2019
To Chairs, Honorary Secretaries and Honorary Treasurers of Constituent Bodies and Clubs
2019-20 Business Planning Communication
As you may be aware, the RFU is currently dealing with a challenging financial period and is having to make some reductions in investment across the professional game, in general overheads/cost of sales and in community rugby. While the community game investment for 2019-20 remains significant at close to £30m, the Community Game Board (CGB) has had to make some difficult decisions about where to invest.
In making these decisions the CGB has sought to minimise material impact on the majority of clubs. Frontline support has been prioritised and we have, wherever possible, suspended investment streams that can, where appropriate, be re-introduced easily at a later stage. We are confident that the impact of these reductions on the majority of our 1,250 member clubs are as minimal as possible with the overall investment continuing to offer significant support in sustaining and growing our game.
The RFU Board of Directors will formally sign off the 2019-20 Business Plan in May. The Board has considered the CGB proposals, which will form part of the business plan and has accepted the CGB recommendations. Recognising the importance of early communication to enable clubs, CBs and others to plan accordingly for next season, we wanted to alert clubs and CBs now to some changes in order to give as much early warning as possible.
Inevitably, there are many differing views across the game about which interventions, funding and programmes make the biggest difference - and most of these views are right and relevant in different areas. In addition, many of our current investment areas are tied to revenue streams (eg with commercial partners or from government sources) and so these are restricted funds which cannot easily be reduced. Following reductions in staffing last year, the decision has been made to sustain staffing at its current level and also to make no changes to club and catastrophic injury insurance.
The key reductions affecting clubs and CBs in 2019-20 are summarised as:
1. PFR funding to CBs. This will be reduced overall by c 10%. The seven highest funded CBs: Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, North Midlands, Surrey and Yorkshire will be subject to an 18% reduction. The next three (East Midlands, Middlesex and Notts, Lincs and Derbys) are capped at £80k, the next three (Cheshire, Eastern Counties & Somerset) are capped at £75k, with other geographic CBs remaining static. In addition, there will be an 18% reduction for all National CBs, except ERFSU (Schools) and RFRU (Referees), which will remain static.
2 Investment in facilities. The large grant Facilities Fund (currently £1m pa) will be suspended for 2019-20 and the small grants fund (currently distributed via the
Rugby Football Foundation) will be reduced by 50% from £500,000 to £250,000 for 2019/20.
3. Match officials at Level 3-5. The total funding available to support officiating at these levels will be reduced by c 35%. This will require changes to how match officials are recruited, developed, appointed and will necessitate increased charges to teams/clubs at these levels. More information on this will follow to affected clubs.
4. Travel funding. Total travel and accommodation funding for onshore and offshore league and cup travel for adult male and female teams will be reduced by c 33% (from £1.55m to £1.05m). CGB prioritised the preservation of current onshore travel funding levels to male clubs teams at Level 7 and below, and female teams at National Challenge 1 and below. Preservation of current funding levels to onshore clubs who travel to the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight for offshore matches, is also prioritised with some increased contributions required from offshore clubs. This means that the bulk of the reductions will be felt by men’s teams in Levels 3-6. More information on this will follow to affected clubs.
5. Community Game competition finals held at Twickenham. These will be reduced for next season. In season 2018-19, 15 finals across clubs, CBs, schools and students were held at the stadium. Rising costs of staging these events and a reduction in subsidy of c 66% mean that rationalisation is necessary. Work on options is underway.
6. County Championships. Participation funding for CBs in the County Championship will be reduced by 40%, resulting in a reduction per CB from £10k to £6k dependant on a CB entering all three competitions. Further proportionate reductions for those entering less than three will still apply.
7. Aspirational Teams. The funding for the current four aspirational teams (England Counties, England Counties U20s, England Counties U18s and England Students) has been reduced by 30%, resulting in the suspension of the England Students programme for 19/20.
8. Artificial Grass Pitches. The planned build of 10 outstanding pitches has been suspended for 2019/20. These clubs have been notified and it is hoped to re-commence the works in the near future.
In addition to the eight key areas highlighted above there are also reductions in operational budgets which will have a knock-on effect to clubs and CBs. This includes the removal of direct funding for specific initiatives to support female coaching/officiating and young match officials, updating content production for coaching/refereeing and removal of subsidies for schools and colleges to attend CPD. There will be no central funding to the Leadership Academy Programme Leadership Academy (this will remain open but will require CBs/clubs to fund the costs) and the Leadership in Union Programme will be taking a planned break in 2019-20.
Changes in how the training programme for coaches and match officials is operated will be implemented from 1st July 2019. We will no longer offer a regulated qualification as part of the England Rugby Coaching and Refereeing Awards (learners will be able to undertake an independent assessment with the qualification provider at their own expense). Course fees will also increase slightly.
We appreciate that this is not easy news to deliver. Last summer, we began a series of communications and discussions with the game, facilitated through the CGB and Council members, to give an early warning of the impending 2019-20 budget cuts, and ensure we consulted with the game as much as possible to work out the best way to implement the budget adjustments needed.
Work is in progress across the RFU to reduce our general overheads, cost of sales, and the Professional Rugby budget. This work will soon be completed and communicated through the 2019-20 business plan, which all RFU Council members will have full sight of. In advance, we hope that this briefing on the Community Game Programme for 2019-20 helps your club plan for the year ahead.
As ever, if you need more information, please contact RFU staff or your RFU Council member.
Best regards
Rob Briers – Chairman of Community Game Board
Steve Grainger – Rugby Development Director
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Originally posted by Loo fighters Loo fighters wrote:

Gareth Dyer @pikedyer tweeting about proposed cuts to grassroots rugby from next season. Greed at the top means less & less at the bottom... shocking. I've tried to paste from twitter
https://t.co/jqe7DXpd2R?amp=1 don't know if it'll work tho. It's in RFU document business planning.

The URL does work Loo Fighter...................what the RFU is doing is taking care of  the professional and elite game and themselves to the detriment of  Clubs at levels 3 to 7 who will bear the brunt of this because of

- very significantly reduced travel funding
- very significantly reduced funding for match officials (meaning the clubs will have to pay)
- suspension of 4g pitch programme
- reduction in grants

The RFU do not appear to care a jot about our game - only about themselves, the elite game and the professional game. It is just about as bad as Brexit!


Edited by Big Eddie - 17 Apr 2019 at 19:07
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Absolutely incredible!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Eddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 10:17
Given their financial plight the RFU have probably no choice about making cuts but the disgrace comes from being in this situation in the first place due to an ill conceived and ludicrous contract with the Premiership clubs...........

They need to make cuts so:

- cut RFU senior manager head count
- sell all the wine in the Twickenham cellars
- cut all jollies for CB reps/RFU Management
- cut every non contractual payment they make towards Professional Rugby
- sell Twickenham to CVC
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It will be interesting to see what the NCA do in response and how they can best support its clubs. It may be another restructuring of the leagues are afoot. Watch this space

All the best

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I understand from a good source that the RFU Council members were recently asked going forward to purchase the second of the two tickets allocated to them for every international match. They voted overwhelmingly to reject this proposal. Why propose-why not just tell them! Surely everyone should share in the reductions?
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Total disgrace and sums up what a bunch of amateurs run the RFU!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Joy of (Level) 7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 10:47
I don’t think the senior directorate at the RFU can see past the status of their national side. I guess those involved in negotiating the PRL ‘deal’ for the RFU were completely outmanoeuvred by competent operators on the other side of the table. However, it seems to me that the RFU’s desire to secure access to the players required by England clouded their judgement beyond the point of reason.

A real mess, yet the Twickenham experience must be preserved for those who crave it at the expense of the real game.
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Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

I understand from a good source that the RFU Council members were recently asked going forward to purchase the second of the two tickets allocated to them for every international match. They voted overwhelmingly to reject this proposal. Why propose-why not just tell them! Surely everyone should share in the reductions?


Of course they voted against it.

Turkeys & Christmas comes to mind.

Totally agree, they should just have been told that they would have to pay and reduce some of the largesse
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Lone Blazer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 11:38
I wrote this article six months ago and it is even more valid now
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Originally posted by The Joy of (Level) 7 The Joy of (Level) 7 wrote:

I don’t think the senior directorate at the RFU can see past the status of their national side. I guess those involved in negotiating the PRL ‘deal’ for the RFU were completely outmanoeuvred by competent operators on the other side of the table. However, it seems to me that the RFU’s desire to secure access to the players required by England clouded their judgement beyond the point of reason.

A real mess, yet the Twickenham experience must be preserved for those who crave it at the expense of the real game.

The behaviour at the RFU is as bad as the behaviour of the politicians deciding Brexit. 
Craven, self serving, incompetent, patronising and a disgrace
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Eddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 11:52
Originally posted by The Lone Blazer The Lone Blazer wrote:

I wrote this article six months ago and it is even more valid now

Well written and thought provoking article re the council members but I would like to add another spin on it. The council members keep the RFU's Senior Management in extremely well paid jobs. This disgraceful symbiotic relationship is part of the reason why the game is in the mess it is in.

The RFU has been a self serving disgrace for years..............nothing will change. I am contemptuous of nearly everything about the RFU.
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I am contemptuous of nearly everything about the RFU.

The only comment I would make about that sentence BE is that contains one word too many!!!

The make-up of next year's National Leagues will not be clear for a couple of weeks but it is not inconceivable that my club will end up owing the RFU support!!!

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Can't believe that the grassroots community clubs are being effectively abandoned in terms of funding in order to cover for the sheer incompetence of the RFU and the greed at levels 1 & 2.
Why is incompetence always disguised as having 'difficult decisions' to make?
How can early warning of such sweeping unecessary measures assist the Clubs at levels 3 and below?
How can this be called a 'Community Game Plan' when the plan is to rob the Community Clubs of deserved support?
Clearly, the Community Game Board is not fit for purpose and the board members should resign.

The community clubs should be protected at the expense of the clubs that simply throw money at one team and provide nothing to the community.
Each club should recieve a score which is based on what the Club provides i.e. league status, how many senior sides, ladies sides, mini junior age grade teams, fully inclusive rugby, facilities, pitches, community initiatives etc etc. The funding received should be dependant on that total score and not simply dependant on your clubs league status or be equal to all clubs within a league.
The RFU is moving some way towards this with the allocation of International tickets now being dependant on the number of 15 a side matches a club has at U14 to adult, men's & ladies. The total 15 a side matches played will count towards the number of Int. Tickets a club receives.
This is a start but no where near enough.

I hope someone at the RFU reads this forum but I doubt they will care.

Edited by Sid James - 17 Apr 2019 at 15:41
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I couldn't agree more Sid and congratulations on Hull Ionians promotion............I just hope Caldy can hang in there so we can have another great day out at your place
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No mention of the £25000 England players
match fee being reduced then
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2019 at 16:10
Originally posted by tulip tulip wrote:

No mention of the £25000 England players
match fee being reduced then


Think that was missed from the announcement - how about a results based payment

                  Starters.             Replacements if they play

Win.            £20k.                  £10k
Draw.          £12k.                  £6k
Lose.           £5k.                   £2k

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Originally posted by Sid James Sid James wrote:

Can't believe that the grassroots community clubs are being effectively abandoned in terms of funding in order to cover for the sheer incompetence of the RFU and the greed at levels 1 & 2.
Why is incompetence always disguised as having 'difficult decisions' to make?
How can early warning of such sweeping unecessary measures assist the Clubs at levels 3 and below?
How can this be called a 'Community Game Plan' when the plan is to rob the Community Clubs of deserved support?
Clearly, the Community Game Board is not fit for purpose and the board members should resign.

The community clubs should be protected at the expense of the clubs that simply throw money at one team and provide nothing to the community.
Each club should recieve a score which is based on what the Club provides i.e. league status, how many senior sides, ladies sides, mini junior age grade teams, fully inclusive rugby, facilities, pitches, community initiatives etc etc. The funding received should be dependant on that total score and not simply dependant on your clubs league status or be equal to all clubs within a league.
The RFU is moving some way towards this with the allocation of International tickets now being dependant on the number of 15 a side matches a club has at U14 to adult, men's & ladies. The total 15 a side matches played will count towards the number of Int. Tickets a club receives.
This is a start but no where near enough.

I hope someone at the RFU reads this forum but I doubt they will care.

100% totally agree but would add YMO / Ref development in to your scoring system - we cant play matches without officials and some clubs are far better than others at steering people into officiating either in addition to playing or as an alternative

Notice that is another program being shelved in this funding cut - what matters more to Rugby 15 x £5 lv1 reffing children courses, one £75 Lv2 reffing course or 3 x £25 bottles of Port
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I am convinced that eventually all the RFU will want is an England team to play at Twickenham with a bit of underlying aspiration to rejuvenate player stocks. The rest of the game really doesn't seem important to them which is crazy given that it is them who pay the money to watch. Rugby is in a difficult period and risks losing its very core.
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