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  • Visa rules KO

    Unprecedented changes in the visa rules have left several clubs unable to recruit much needed overseas talent. NICOLA APPLETON of Lewis Silkin LLP looks at the problem   In order to sponsor overseas players and coaches, clubs must now have a government issued ‘sponsorship licence’. Once licensed, a club may only sponsor players and coaches that meet requirements agreed between the UK Border Agency and the RFU/WRU/SRU. These criteria are supposed to be designed to ensure that only those play...

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  • Lighting Up - Valuable advice on floodlights

      Floodlights have become an essential part of a club’s facilities. LAURENCE GALE MSc of pitchcare.com offers some advice on installing a system     Having good facilities both off and on the field of play are an essential ingredient for success for every club from grassroots to elite level. It is important to have decent surfaces to play on and a customer orientated clubhouse/stadium environment to attract players, members and supporters. As a former player, one of the most important facil...

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  • Mark Evans - Harlequins RFC

    ... initial career path, he would probably be the head teacher of an inner city comprehensive or even a Labour MP instead of running one of the most famous rugby clubs in the world. The chief executive of Harlequins began his working life as a teacher while playing rugby for Saracens in the amateur era. After hanging up his boots, Mark took up coaching while applying for headships. However when the game went open, professional rugby offered a new career path. He took the plunge, becoming director o...

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  • Gary Hetherington - Chief Exec of Leeds Rugby

    ... to rugby union. When he was 16 he found himself playing union for the school on Saturday mornings and league for Castleford Under-17s on the afternoons. On Sunday mornings he’d be turning out for the Miners Arms open age rugby league team. At 18, while still at school, Gary signed professionally for Wakefield Trinity and played at hooker under an assumed name because at that time it was illegal for schoolboys to be playing first-team rugby. When he enrolled at High Melton Teaching Training Co...

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  • Peak Practice

    ... explodes a few myths     Whatever sport you play, you are likely to face a number of challenges in reaching peak performance, whether that be improving fitness, coping with the demands of travel to training and competition venues or avoiding injury and illness. But if you are serious about your sport, following a healthy, balanced and varied diet is essential and can impact on all of these factors. In the case of rugby, the goals of every player will differ, but will likely include the follow...

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  • Penalties set to rise for illegal workers

    SAMAR SHAMS, of the law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, outlines the major changes to immigration processes which could have an impact on clubs with overseas workers   The government is introducing major changes to immigration processes. New criminal and civil penalties apply to illegal working and recent changes to the process of sponsoring migrant workers have enhanced employers’ vulnerability to the new penalties. If your club has an employment contract with someone who is not authorised for the wo...

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  • Between the Lines

    ... grass surfaces and required some form of line marking. Some of the earliest marking materials used were wood shavings and dust. Eventually, they progressed to chalk and limestone materials that could be crushed into simple dry marking compounds and easily spread. Being white, the chalk and limestone materials reflected the light, thus enhancing the visibility of the lines. A further development saw these materials being mixed with water, which acted as a carrier enabling more efficient use of t...

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  • Get caught in the Web

    ... issue of NMA (New Media Age) magazine with a cup of tea. We like to call it ‘research time.’  In the past few months our beloved trade publications have been jam-packed with one theme - everyone wants a piece of the social networking phenomenon. While many marketing departments are probably wasting their time if they expect millions to join their Facebook or think people will rush to download their podcast, it is the sports industry which has had the most success in utilising Web 2.0. Web...

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  • Premiership profit

    ... Guinness Premiership are moving forward, according to sports accountant David Lemon     With a host of international players set to join European clubs following the Rugby World Cup, the domestic season promises to be one of the most exciting and high-profile for some time. As an accountant with a passion for rugby, and one lucky enough to be working closely with the sport – the Guinness Premiership in particular – I have a particular interest in the financial performance of clubs, and th...

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  • The Bosses - Back in the hot seat with Shaun McRae

    ... they have no influence on the players once they cross the whitewash, they are usually the first to be shown the door. Being sacked or made redundant can be devastating no matter what your profession, but when you’re the coach of a club in a high-profile sport it can make things even more traumatic. Shaun McRae knows just what it’s like. McRae is an Australian who came to prominence in this country when he was appointed coach to St Helens at the start of Super League in 1996. He achieved a l...

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