Primary Community Development

The rugby community and clubs provide safe, fun, friendly activity for children and adults beyond the school gates into the local community.

The RFU ensures that the accredited clubs you send your pupils to are committed to safety, provide a secure and well maintained environment and are supported by quality personnel. To find your nearest club try our clubfinder search.

The RFU has local staff network to help you set up an effective and sustainable link. Providing such links from the primary school stage of the Rugby Journey into rugby clubs ensures your school engages and integrates with the wider community. This creates pathways sustainable beyond curriculum hours and encouragement for your pupils into lifelong involvement in a safe, healthy and fun game.

Schools Membership

The England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU) is the schools arm of the Rugby Football Union and the organisation to which schools affiliate. Currently there are around 3,000 member schools ranging from traditional rugby playing secondary schools to brand new primary schools starting out on their rugby union programmes. By becoming a member of the ERFSU you also become a member of your local County Schools Union (CSU).

Joining the ERSFU Team is a great way to develop rugby in your school. There are numerous benefits which support the growth of rugby, including the schools newsletter & Touchline magazine, free contact rugby insurance, entrance into national competitions, inspiring trips to the home of rugby at Twickenham and the chance to purchase England international tickets. Contact the Schools Development Team for information on how to join.

Sainsburys Schools Games

The Sainsbury's School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event and rugby union is proud to be part of all levels of the games.

Rugby Union is a good fit for the School Games at primary schools:

  • Level 1 is a great opportunity for schools to play inter-form or house matches in various formats. It doesn’t have to be contact 15-a-side either; the Kids First Rugby Competition and Games guide provides a suggested format for a fun, inclusive Level 1 intra school festival.
  • Level 2 is all about players representing their school regularly against other schools. This continues to be the bedrock of schools rugby union with young people having the chance to test their skills against players of similar standard. Inter-school rugby is where the values of teamwork, respect, discipline and sportsmanship really start to affect lives. For primary schools the Kids First Rugby Competition and Games guide provides a suggested format for a fun, inclusive Level 2 festival.