Thu 01 Aug 2019 21:52

THE GREENTIDE (2019 - issue 31)


What’s on at North Dorset Rugby Club.

Friday – Aug 2nd

Touch Rugby at 7pm.


Pre-Season Friendly fixtures:

Friday 16th August.

A date for your diary, when a combined 1st & 2nd XV host promoted Sherborne for a pre-season trial fixture.

As Sherborne will be playing in South West 1 East next season, it will be their only visit to Slaughtergate, so pop along and see this encounter. ko will be at 7.30pm.

Friday 30th August.

We host Blandford when again in a combined 1st & 2nd XV trial fixture. Ko 7.30pm.

Saturday 7th September.

1st and 2nd XV away to Andover.


Recruitment, Retention and Transition (RRaT) Programme.

(An RFU/Dorset & Wilts/North Dorset Rugby Club joint project)


A joint RFU and Dorset & Wilts programme is starting on how to sustain local rugby via their Recruitment, Retention and Transition (RRaT) programme, which will run for the next 4 years.

We at North Dorset Rugby club are pleased to have been invited to join this programme, (one of only 4 or 5 Dorset & Wilts clubs to be invited), as Recruitment, Retention and Transition from youth to colts & colts into Seniors is a major concern to the Board and you, our members and players.

Chris Burton, our RFU Rugby Development Officer, gave a RRaT presentation to our General Operating Committee meeting recently and stated:-

The issue of available adult male playing numbers is one that concerns us all and is one which is multi-faceted in its causes and mitigations. Many of these can be addressed through initiatives such as evening fixtures, re-scheduled fixtures, joint teams, changes in competition structures and through thinking differently. Additionally, one specific area that can be addressed is the low number of U18 male players that are transitioned from youth to adult rugby. It is these numbers that the RRaTprogramme is intended to increase.

In general, male player numbers decline through the later teenage years. The reasons for this have been subject of considerable research which all indicates that this decline can be stemmed and even reversed with the application of the appropriate strategies, interventions and effort. Achieving the desired outcome will be dependent on several core success factors and, whilst these will of course be clearly negotiated with any participating club, they will all necessitate a large degree of commitment from the clubs and members concerned.”

So in broad summary, the objective of the programme is to create a whole club philosophy and environment that is committed to recruiting, retaining and transitioning junior players from U12 through to adult rugby. The foci for intervention, and timescale of activity, will clearly differ from club to club but a brief insight into proposed programme club activities can be found below.

Potential RRaT programme club interventions:


·         Negotiation of programme with club and members

·         Update and accuracy of GMS/use of GMS as a management tool

·         Workshops/presentations to club to inform regarding youth research, recruitment, retention and transition

·         Communication strategies

·         Facility reviews

·         Identification of key club personnel, training/mentoring if required

·         Club alignment activities

·         Club wide coach development/mentoring

·         Review of playing opportunities

·         Development/strengthening of club-school links

·         Development of YRAs and youth extra-playing club involvement

·         Development of transition strategies

·         Any other activity deemed relevant and appropriate.


From these I hope you will get some realisation of the scope of RRaT Programme and the commitment that we are asking from participating clubs.

The financial implications to North Dorset Rugby Club will be minimal, as the RFU & Dorset & Wilts are funding this programme.



North Dorset Rugby Club

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