Playing Community Rugby
- Playing Community Rugby with friends and colleagues should be an enjoyable and rewarding opportunity. The most successful community clubs are those that are best administered. This work takes time and effort, most likely from more than one volunteer. The Rugby Officer (RO) is pivotal to this.
- The standards that the RO set reflect directly upon the individual, unit and the ARU when dealing with RFU or civilian constituent bodies or clubs. The RO is responsible to their Commanding Officer for the constitution of the club standards of play, administration and discipline of players and spectators both during play and at other unit rugby gatherings.
- The RO must ensure that their team is affiliated to the RFU via the ARU and Insured. Once affiliated, all teams (Development, Ladies, Masters etc.) are covered including occasional teams such as 7s or Sub Unit sides.
- If a unit trains or plays without insurance the RO and their Commanding Officer risk civil action for culpable negligence if a player is seriously injured or dies. Additionally, teams should not use Army training facilities or pitches and will not be able to obtain match officials through the ARU Referees Society or any other.
- ROs are duty bound to ensure that a risk assessment is carried out and recorded prior to all rugby events in compliance with the Army Duty Holding FRAGO.
- Any ROs seeking information should either contact their appropriate Chairman (Premiership and Championship or Garrison) or the ARU Secretary. Their details can be found on the Community Rugby Homepage.
Rugby Officer Useful Links
- ARU Community Rugby Homepage https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/game-admin/community-rugby/
- Affiliation and Insurance https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/aru-info/working-with-us/affiliation/
- Health and Safety (including Risk Assessments and Match Safety Checklists) https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/game-admin/health-safety/
- ARU Policy https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/aru-info/working-with-us/policy/
- Referee Booking https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/aru-info/working-with-us/book-a-ref/
- Discipline https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/game-admin/governance-discipline/
- Touring Instructions https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/aru-info/about-us/overseas-touring/
- Competitions https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/competition/
- Coaching https://www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/game-admin/coaching/