The Principles of the CB

The role of a CB is defined as ‘facilitating the administration of the game

These activities are wide ranging and can be categorized within the three roles below:

• Secure the representation of clubs and schools on Council
• Discipline
• Safeguarding
• Local competition administration
• Annual review of club accounts
• Provide CB accounts to RFU
• Match approvals (age grade, tours and Sevens)

  • There are a number of tasks that a CB is best placed to deliver, supported by RFU staff, for example, but not restricted to

• Promote the Core Values of the game
• Planning, funding and reporting
• Arrange and deliver CB and Club development meetings
• Local volunteer reward and recognition programme
• Work with Referee Societies, Premiership and Championship clubs, Legacy
  Groups, other county NGBs and voluntary bodies
• CB Representative teams
• CB Development Squads
• Assist clubs to comply with any statutory obligations (e.g. incorporated status)

  • There are a number of tasks in which CBs Play a Part and which are usuallydelivered or supported by RFU staff and other specialists, for example but not, restricted to

• Development of rugby in clubs, schools, colleges & universities
• Player Safety information and support
• Development of club and CB volunteers for leadership roles
• Investment in Club Facilities
• Refereeing courses with Referee Societies
• Delivery of coaching courses
• Developing Player Programme (DPP)
• Delivery of technical information from RFU specialists
• Delivery of national programmes e.g. All Schools, NatWest RugbyForce

Assistance to perform these tasks is provided at a local level  through the Area Manager, Area
Training Manager, Area Facilities Managers and at national level, where technical expertise is required or national programmes are targeted locally (PFR, Leadership Academy etc.).

This includes, but is not restricted to the following:

• PFR planning – helping to balance national programmes with club needs

• Training & Education – developing a skilled workforce and strong leadership

• Technical – Player Safety, facilities, health & safety, Safeguarding, Legal and Tax matters

• Check & Challenge – performing the role of critical friend in decision making

• Communications – regular monthly communication updates and quarterly and annual meetings with senior staff and volunteers

• Conferences – annual or bi-annual national conferences for policy or operational matters

• Operational Guidance for CB Officers – simple ‘how to’ documents that provide information that CB Officers need to know about the activities the RFU expects them to undertake.

Additional information: 

Structure & Management of GRFU