Midlands Youth & Junior Steering Group Needs You

The newly formed Midlands Rugby League Youth & Junior Steering Group is looking for volunteers to join its committee and help drive the game forward in the region.

The steering group has been formed to breathe more life into the youth and junior game in the region and help clubs to run a co-ordinate a series of activities to encourage youngsters to take up the game of Rugby League.

At a meeting in January, the clubs co-opted David Butler to chair the group. David has been involved in the game in the Midlands since 2005 when he coached Sheffield Forgers U13s in the Midlands festivals and played for Sheffield Forgers in the inaugural Midlands Merit League. He has been involved in the student game for over 10 years as team manager of the Midlands Students representative time from 2008 to 2014 and currently in his fifth season of being team manager of the England Universities side.

Also at the January meeting, Alex Smith, a stalwart of the game at Telford Raiders was co-opted to be the groups’ treasurer. An accountant by trade, Alex has been involved with the Raiders as a player, coach, committee man and has been instrumental in the establishment of the club’s Primary Rugby League programme.

The  group’s aim is to be “beauracracy light” and to ensure that “many hands make light work” is looking for volunteers who can do a little to support the group without being overburdened. Therefore we are looking for people to fulfill the following roles:

  • Secretary – to take the minutes and actions from the meeting, to distribute information to clubs as and when required and deal with any enquries that come through the website.
  • Safeguarding Lead – to advise clubs on best practice in safeguarding, to sign off DBS applications for volunteers in the region and to ensure that the programme of activities are compliant and have robust safeguarding practices in place.
  • Social Media Lead – to manage the Midlands Rugby League Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts and ensure that a regular pattern of engaging social media raises the profile and image of the game in the region.

If you are interested and can lend an hour or so per week to help the Rugby League grow in the Midlands we would love to hear from you! Drop us a line via our contact page and we will be in touch!