Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club
A club for the whole community
Welcome Book for parents and carers 2019/2020
Welcome to Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club
Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club is a community rugby club with many senior players who turn out regularly for the club and we are always looking out for more!! The club was founded in 1934 by people with a passion to play rugby. Our strong membership of young, old and ex-players continue to play and support us with passion to this day. Our First XV currently plays in the very competitive Midlands 2 East South, one of the top 250 clubs in the country. The Second and Third XV also play in the RFU league structure in the Midlands division. We have a Senior and Junior Academy covering boys from under 13 to under 18. They play and train in a structured programme with RFU qualified coaches aiming to allow all the players to fulfil their potential and play at the highest level they can. These are our future first team players. Our mini section is one of the biggest in the East Midlands with over 200 players enjoying the game and learning the core rugby values every Sunday morning. From September 2019 we will be offering rugby to girls aged 5-14, fielding a Women’s team and providing women’s touch rugby every Tuesday. Playing rugby is fun, social and all members of the family can enjoy playing from our fledglings through to our senior sides. Rugby’s values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship are what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create. On behalf of the players and the club, I would like to welcome you to the Buzzard family and thank you for supporting your local rugby club. Kind Regards Lee Beaumont Club Chairman Leighton Buzzard RFC
How to contact us & how we contact you Club Address and Contact Number Wrights Meadow Leighton Road Stanbridge Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 9HR Tel: 01525 371322 Website and Email Website: www.buzzardrugby.co.uk Email: email@example.com Text message and Email Service It is very important that we have up to date details for you. Please ensure you put your most recent mobile telephone number and email address on your registration forms. Please remember to tell us if anything changes. We will send general emails containing information about the club to the email address to keep you informed about the club and its work. Communication All of the coaches use ‘app’ groups to contact parents, carers and players about fixtures and pass on last minute information for the groups they coach. Please ask the coach to add you to their group. Facebook Please follow the club on Facebook. We regularly post updates about training times, pre match meals which members can attend, open times for watching matches at the club and fun family fundraising events. Don’t forget to check in when you join us! Twitter To tweet about Leighton Buzzard rugby club use #feelthebuzz To follow us use @buzzardrugby Instagram Please follow us @buzzardrugby
Safeguarding Child Safety If you are a parent or carer please do not leave a child at the club for training or a fixture without arranging childcare with a friend. Although all of our coaches are DBS checked and highly trained they cannot be expected to care for a specific child while training a group. Social media Social media is fun and we are keen for people to share their experiences of rugby with their friends. However we ask that no one takes photos of children playing rugby and post them to social media without the express permission of their parent or carer. Dogs For the safety of all players, Leighton Buzzard RFC have a rule that means NO DOGS (except guide dogs) are allowed within the grounds of Wrights Meadow. The rule exists because of the risks of potential infection (Leptospirosis) spread through dog urine to players of all ages, particularly amongst the children. Please respect this rule. Safeguarding officers We have two safeguarding officers at the club who are able to deal with any concerns you may have. Alternatively please speak to your coach. Details for the coaches and safeguarding officers can be found on www.buzzardrugby.co.uk/teams/minisandjuniorcoaches Coaches All coaches are DBS checked and cleared. Our coaches undertake training throughout their time at the club to ensure they are fully trained in the techniques they are delivering. SEN, Medical Needs and Looked After Children We ask that you put these details on the registration form but cannot ensure the information provided will reach your coach immediately. Therefore please take time to let the coaches know any information that may affect the child while they are being coached.
Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club Kit
We have a rugby kit shop located in the main hall of the clubhouse. You are able to purchase kit directly from the club shop and online through our website. Buying LBRFC training kit is optional for the players. However, all profits from training kit go back in to the club to support its operation. Training Kit Rugby boots with studs LBRFC championship t shirt LBRFC playing shorts LBRFC tracksuit bottoms LBRFC training top – water and windproof LBRFC socks LBRFC beanie Match Kit Match kit is paid for by the club, mainly through sponsorship. If you know of a company or individual who would like the opportunity to sponsor a team please contact Pippa Bruckland – Commercial Manager or any another member of the committee. Kit rules Please make sure tops and bottoms don’t have zips and buttons that could cause unnecessary injuries to the players. Please ensure that from age 8 upwards players have a gum shield that fits them correctly for all training events and fixtures – these can be purchased in the club shop. All players should remove all jewellery before entering the pitches. Please ensure the player has access to a water bottle throughout training and a healthy snack to sustain them should they need it.
Membership of the club Membership runs from September 1st for 1 year. You can pay by Direct Debit, cash, card or cheque Members Bar Discount – Use your membership card at the bar to access subsidized drink prices. Note: Min. spend at bar £10 on card Venue for hire – Members are able to hire the facilities at discounted rates. Please speak to Dave (Steward) or Eric (Food & Beverage secretary) in the clubhouse for more information. 100/200 Club - This is your chance to win up to £2,500 and help the Buzzards at the same time. Better odds than the national lottery. Please see our website for an application form. 10 % discount – Some of our sponsors offer 10% discount on their services. Please check our website for more details. £180
Mini and Junior Membership
Casual Membership Includes full use of club facilities, international ticket buying rights and voting rights Social playing Membership Includes full use of club facilities, no voting rights or international ticket buying rights Student (Under 19 in full time education) Includes full use of club facilities, voting rights and club insurance for playing, international ticket buying rights
(including Social playing membership for one parent) No voting rights or international ticket buying rights
Rugby Core Values Rugbyâ€™s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship underpin the game and define England Rugby.
Teamwork Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions. Respect Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration. Enjoyment Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family. Discipline Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global sport. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. Sportsmanship Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.
Mini and Junior Coaches and Staff Fledglings & Under 7 and 8s
Kevin Street Mini & Junior Chairman
Keith Thomas Coach
Matt Oâ€™Brien Coach
Gareth Goring Farrow
Jamie Stamp Coach
Philip Lutherburrow Coach
Tom Searle Coach
Chris Beer Coaching co-ordinator
Rich Long Coach
Dan Gothard Coach
Dan Allen Coach
Ed Page Coach
Harry Charter Coach
James Dyall Coach
Jonathan West Coach
Tom Mowbray Head Coach
Director of Rugby
Claire Long Safeguarding Officer
Carlene Street Deputy Safeguarding Officer
Volunteering Successful rugby clubs like Leighton Buzzard are more than just winning teams on the pitch. Players and coaches are vitally important, and so are the many other dedicated volunteers who work hard behind the scenes to help the club function. You don’t have to be a rugby expert to get involved. Whether you’re a current player, someone who has hung up their boots or a person who has never picked up the oval ball, you could be a valued rugby volunteer at the club. The club is always looking to increase its pool of volunteers; whether that is on a more enduring basis, or a more ad hoc when required occasional basis. If you feel you could contribute to the running and administration of the club, or have more practical hands on skills that the club could use then please speak with the club’s Volunteer Coordinator, or any other member of the committee.
Easy Fundraising LBRFC is part of easyfundraising.org.uk. Please visit www.buzzardrugby.co.uk and click the link shown below:
This will install a link so each time you purchase online a donation is made to LBRFC. There are over 3,600 retailers such as John Lewis, Sainsburys, Tesco, M&S, Clarks, eBay and ASOS available through the easy fundraising site. Every penny you spend can help LBRFC train another coach, buy more kit for players and provide better facilities.
Mini & Junior Membership Registration Form Player Information - Please print clearly on this form Player’s Full Name: Home Address (inc postcode):
Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY): RFU Number (if known): LBRFC Membership Card No (if known): School: **This information is confidential and will not be discussed unless necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the player. **Medical Conditions, SEN, Allergies?
**Is this child a ‘Looked after child’? **How do they refer to you? **Are you happy for this child to be photographed? **Do you consent to images being used on social media/marketing for LBRFC?
Parent/Carer Information Parent/carer Member Name: (will be assumed to be emergency contact) Parent/carer Member Date of Birth:
RFU Number (if known): LBRFC Membership Card No (if known): Second parent/carer Name: Home Phone: Mobile Phones numbers:
E-mail Address: By signing and using the card you accept the following terms and conditions: 1. Membership card is non-transferable. 2. Card transactions will only be available if membership is valid and fully paid up. 3. Card remains the property of Leighton Buzzard RFC. 4. Replacement of a lost card is subject to an administration fee of £5.
Signature of parent/carer: ___________________________________ Date: _________________
Payment Options: Cheque (payable to LBRFC Ltd)
£120 per annum
£120 per annum
£10.00 per month
£5.00 per month