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Electronic Match Card training

After a successful rollout to Level 8 of the Men’s game and its introduction into the women’s game, Electronic Match Cards (EMCs) will now be rolled out to Level 12 in the men’s game and Level 6 in the women’s game.

In support of this we will be running training sessions across the country to help teams become more confident using the system as MCAs.

The dates and locations for the training sessions are below.:

30th July – Blaydon & Launceston

31st July – Wetherby & Salisbury

1st August – Wigan & North Bristol

6th August – Silhillians & Cambridge

7th August – Wellingborough & Tunbridge Wells

8th August – Newark & Twickenham

All sessions will be a 6:30pm meet for 7pm start until around 9pm.

Priority will be given to those from a men’s level 9 or below team and all women’s team. However if there is space then we will accommodate attendees from other clubs, whether they are new MCAs or wish to have a refresher.

Signup Details: Please fill in the sign-up form here.

Please be aware that there will not be a confirmation email upon completion.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact competitions-development@rfu.com

 

2019-2020 Fixtures released

Fixtures for the 2019-2020 season have been posted to the nominated league contact of every team taking part in the competition. They can also be viewed here. The newsletter which accompanied them is available here.

Clubs now have a number of tasks

  • Confirm their nominated league contact - this should have been done by 1st July 2019. Go here.
  • Decide if they want to move or reverse any fixtures. This must be done by mutual consent with your opponents. Both clubs need to complete the online form here. (Please note the instructions at the top of that page if you are reversing the venues of games.)
  • If playing in leagues of 12 or less decide if you want to apply for a free weekend. The form (and details of what you can apply for) is here. Every weekend between the start of the season and the end of April (except one week at Christmas) is available for re-arranged matches - it is only a free weekend if you have successfully applied for it.

17 Jun 19

Season 2019-2020 Fixture update 2

We have this morning been informed we can start initial work on the fixtures for next season.

There are still some loose ends to be tied up but by making a start now we should be in a position to publish the fixtures in the next 14 days if all goes to plan.

The SW apologies for the ongoing delay, albeit outside our control.

05 Jun 19

Retirement for two SW Officials

The May meeting of the SW Competitons marked the retirement of two League Officials.

Shane Aldridge has been the SW Treasurer for seven years and has been responsible for distributing the sponsorship received from St Austell and Wadworth Breweries to clubs and constituent bodies as well as receiving payments from teams.  His successor will be John Constable who will take up his role on 1st July 2019.

Roy Mears has been a league secretary for five years in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.  He is standing down ue to other commitments but has helped shape the leagues to accomodate second and third teams at the lower levels.

Both received presentatations from League Chairman, Dave McAteer.

19 May 19

Cornwall winners - 2018-2019

The annual Cornwall Presentation Evening was held at St Austell Brewery on Friday 17th May - the home of sponsors Tribute.

The trophies were presented by Cornwall RFU President Peter James, Cornwall League Secretary Denis Preece and Philippa Skinner of St Austell Brewery.

Tribute Cornwall Two - St Agnes 

Tribute Cornwall One - Veor

Tribute Cornwall/Devon League - Penryn

There was also the Tribute You've Earned It award which is presented annually to a club who has battled through adversity and kept soldiering on despite not always getting the results on the pitch.  The 2018-19 winner is Redruth Albany.

19 May 19

Season 2019-2020 Fixture update

Owing to issues with level transfers into SW Premier and Southern Counties North it has not been possible to make a start on producing the fixtures for next season as early as we had hoped.

Until the level transfers have been resolved the SW is not able to confirm the make-up of almost all the leagues in the South West.

At the moment we do not have an estimate on when we will be able to start but will update this page with more information as soon as it becomes available.

16 May 19

Somerset Tribute Presentation Evening

Clubs and officials from across Somerset came to Weston-super-Mare RFC on Thursday 9th May 2019 to celebrate the successful league clubs within the county at the end of the 2018-2019 season.

The presentations were made by Marc Bishop of sponsors St Austell Brewery, brewers of Tribute and Somerset RFU President Mark Hawkes.

Tribute Western Counties North - Chew Valley

Tribute Somerset Premier - Wiveliscombe

Tribute Somerset One - Tor

Tribute Somerset Two South - Taunton III

Tribute Somerset Three South - Tor II

Midsomer Norton II won Tribute Somerset Two North while Clevedon II lifted Somerset Three North but were not present on the evening.

Tor celebrated a hat-trick of wins on the night by also receiving the Tribute "You've Earned It" award.  Their first team ended the season as they won promotion, the seconds were also promoted having only lost once. There have also been successes at mini and junior level.

10 May 19

2019-2020 League Structure

The draft struture for the SW Leagues for next season has been released and can be downloaded here.

Please note this has been drawn up in accordance with the applicable regulations or, in the case of some county leagues, following consulation with clubs.  Therefore, except in the case of any error or omission, is not subject to debate. 

Once the level transfers from the Midlands are agreed the structure can be finalised and work begin on producing the fixtures.  

It is our intention to have them available by the end of May at the latest. 

Updates will be posted on this website as the process proceeds.

07 May 19

SW Play-offs - Season 2018-19

The SW Playoffs will take place on Saturday 27th April at the venue of the first named club

Burnham on Sea v Bristol Saracens
Exeter Athletic v Newquay Hornets
Fairford v Bream
Frome v Buckingham
Launceston v Old Centralians
Midsomer Norton v Crediton
Westcliff v Barnstaple

13 Apr 19

SW Treasurer

SOUTH WEST COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE REQUIRE AN HONORARY TREASURER FOR SEASON 2019/20

The South West Competitions Committee have delegated by the RFU to run the English Clubs Championships and RFU Cups for clubs in the eight Counties that make up the South West Division, namely Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

The full Committee meets twice a year (November & May) at a central location and is responsible for the day to day operation of the 34 leagues, comprising of over 370 teams.

We are seeking an Honorary Treasurer to take over from the present incumbent from May 2019, having been mentored and shadowed into the role during the rest of this season.

Duties will include;
Prepare & present accounts and financial reports to full Committee
Keep accurate records of all transactions
Manage and monitor cash flow
Prepare and submit any statutory documents that are required
Deposit monies and issue receipts promptly
Keep the Committee informed of any trends or issues
Working with the SW Admin Office over the issue of fines and reminders
Distribution of Sponsorship Monies
Receiving and paying League Secretaries/Officers’ expenses

Ideally, the candidate will have;
Financial knowledge, covering all aspects of accounting
Be numerate and have good computer skills
Have previously held a similar position within a club/organisation

It is envisaged that the role would take 5-10 hours per week

If you are interested, please forward your CV together with a covering letter to;

Mr M. Gee BEM Co-Ordinating Secretary, Foxglove Cottage, Hasletown, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 3LU

Closing date Friday 22nd March 2019

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