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Area 4 Legacy Programme Fund


The Rugby World Cup 2015 will be played across England and Wales in September and October 2015. It will be the third largest sports event in the world with over 2 million tickets being sold, 17 venues that will entertain half a million international visitors, and 20 teams in action over 48 games. The organisers are planning for a Festival of Rugby that will take the attention of the Nation and to leave a lasting legacy for the game of Rugby.

Area Legacy Groups

Our aim is to provide additional funding beyond that of the RFU, local councils and charities that enables rugby to be better able to meet and sustain the expected additional demand of people wanting to play or be involved with rugby enthused by RWC 2015.

Regionally in 'Area 4' we have been tasked with co-ordinating our approach and helping deliver a lasting legacy from this major event. Area 4 covers the following areas and is chaired by Peter Wheeler.

Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire

Eastern Counties


East Midlands


Cambridge University

Thanks to the generous support Area 4 Legacy Partners to the 'IRB IMPACT - beyond 2015' brand, we are able to assist a number of initiatives to deliver a series of sustainable legacy rugby projects in our Area.

Details of the type of projects we are looking to support are detailed on Page 5 in Q8. An application form is also attached which must be completed. To help you decide if you are able to submit a bid, these guidance notes should help you understand what we are looking for. Your project can be delivered before, during, and / or after the tournament.

Applications from clubs, trusts, charities, schools, as well as sports and other organisations, should be sent to Nicole in the NLD office.

Applications will be assessed by a sub-group of the Area 4 Legacy Group using the criteria set out below. We would also expect our local Rugby Development Officers to have a view about the local priorities. The funds are of course limited and have to cover a wide geographic area across a wide range of strands over the next two years. We will be trying to ensure a fair geographic spread across the region and will therefore be looking in particular for projects that have good leverage, i.e. attracting funding from other sources to match the overall costs. We normally would expect our grant to cover 50% of the project costs but we would not want to discourage applications where this is not in place as we may be able to help with that. We will also be giving greater emphasis to projects which have a long term sustainable impact on rugby, although if one-off events can demonstrate a clear impact to the game we will consider them too.

Our priorities locally will be the legacy strands covering:

Investing in People

Returning players

All Schools

Touch Rugby

The Rugby World Cup gives us an opportunity to engage rugby with our nation and to create a lasting legacy

- Peter Wheeler


We would expect applications to be in the region of between £1,000 and £10,000 but we would not want to discourage applications of merit above £10,000. The nature of this funding is not to be necessarily restrictive and other amounts can be awarded over a number of years where warranted by the project and their outcomes.

Area 4 Legacy Grant Application Form

Below are some details of what we are looking for when you make an application.

Q1 Please provide a name that will make clear what the project is aiming to do, or a memorable name that sets out the delivery area and target group.

Q2 Please provide all details of the group or organisation making the application, including any charity registration, company and VAT numbers, where appropriate. Please make sure the name supplied will be the main point of contact for all future correspondence and enquiries. Please make clear who or what type of organisation the applicant is.

Q3 Please tell us what type of organisation you are. We are willing to fund a wide range of partners to meet our legacy objectives.

Q4 Please provide details of the place or geographical area the project will be delivered - not the office or main base for the provider. As we cover a large area (see the list for Area 4 above) we are committed to ensuring the projects we support reflect the wide area and differing communities we represent. We will be attempting to balance the delivery across the region. Please state if it will be a school, club, facility, or public space where the project will be delivered.

Q5 Please provide brief details of what the project will ACTUALLY do. Provide as much detail as possible in specific terms. We are looking for innovative projects that can deliver sustainable player pathways based on the priorities of the RFU Legacy strands. We set these out in more detail below.

Q6 Please provide details of the groups of people you are targeting with this project, how you will reach them, and why this will make a difference to these people. If you are targeting new groups please explain how you will be doing this.

Q7 Please quantify the number of people you anticipate who will benefit from the project funding in each target group. We will expect you to monitor the numbers attending and to verify these, so please be as accurate as you can at this stage.

Q8 Which Legacy strand will your project support and achieve? As a guide we have indicated those that we will prioritise in this list of overall strands:

Better Facilities Generally we will not be supporting capital facility projects, unless there is a clear and demonstrable need that can't be met from elsewhere, or where our contribution will leverage a much larger and iconic project.

Investing in People Certainly an area we will consider strongly. We will base our priorities on the needs assessed by the CBs in each area of the region. This will include coaching, players, officials, and volunteers. We know the game is based on the generous support of volunteers and we want to ensure the game of rugby is sustainable across the region.

More Schools Whilst the main responsibility for delivering the All Schools Programme remains centrally through the RFU, we will work with them and any local partners / projects where there is an overwhelming need that cannot be met through the current programme. We will be working very closely with the RFU on this strand to ensure there is no duplication or delivery outside their strategy.

Returning Players We will support innovative ways to attract players back into the game. We are looking for new ways or examples building on proven best practice of what works elsewhere.

Touch Rugby We do see Touch as a great way to engage people who have never played, who may be interested in returning to the game, etc. Again, we will work with the RFU and the O2 Touch programme to ensure there is no duplication but we will look to get Touch into areas not currently involved, and into new communities and hard to reach groups.

Other Nations This will not be a priority area for us. However, we will consider applications if this strand delivers sustainable pathways for the future of rugby and our contribution can demonstrate good leverage. Please speak to use before considering an application.

Cultural Engagement We know for many that engagement around the tournament will take many forms and the cultural programmes run by a series of partners will bring the RWC2015 to life for many communities. This will not be a priority area for the regional group, but again we will consider an application where there might be a strategic reason for us to do so, or where with minimal funding there would be greater leverage and a significant impact. The Festival of Rugby in Rugby Borough Council and the attention of the world on Webb Ellis and Rugby might be an example.

Q9 Please provide as much detailed information as you can at this stage, and break down as far as you can to include costs, for example hourly rates for coaching, costs of venue hire, transport, quotes for equipment, etc. The more details you can provide at an early stage will save time in assessing your application and provides the panel with a reassurance you have thought through the details and delivery of your programme.

As we have stated, we would generally support 50% of the cost of a project and would anticipate match funding would be found locally through the club, CB, sponsors, local legacy strands, local authorities, CSPs, etc. If this has already been secured, please let us have the details of the other funding partner. If it is still to be secured, please let us know of your plans to secure further funding or let us know if we can help.

Q10 Clearly the form should be signed by the relevant and responsible individuals in the club or organisation.


Thank you for reading through these guidelines and we look forward to receiving your application. For further information and for any advice contact

The money we have available is limited across two financial years and across a large and diverse geographical region, therefore we will be looking for projects that deliver great value for money with a significant and lasting impact. We are not looking to fund existing initiatives, however we will also not discourage applications from current projects. Ideally, our expectation is to support fresh, new projects which demonstrate a lasting legacy.

for funding existing initiatives but looking for fresh and new projects which demonstrate this is a new initiative and very much