ACME Thunderer Competition & Picture Request

The RFU have reached out with two requests – one a competition to get involved in to win a personalised ACME Thunderer, and another a request for images. Please see details below:

ACME Thunderer Selfie Competition
If your members would like to enter the ACME Thunderer Selfie Competition please ask them to post a selfie, featuring their whistle with the following text on their social media. ACME will select their 10 favourite photos at the end of April and those winners shall all receive a personalised, engraved ACME Thunderer.

“I nominate (tag a minimum of 2 MOs but the more the merrier) to take part in the @acme_whistles selfie competition to be in with a chance of winning a personalised ACME Thunderer. @acme_whistles @RFU_refs #BEPARTOFTHETEAM (tag referee society and rugby club/venue)”

A day in the life of a referee
We’d like to build a bank of images and video footage of referees enjoying themselves, we hope this can be used in marketing campaigns to showcase refereeing as an enjoyable pastime as well as humanising the referee’s role, this links in nicely with an RFU Discipline campaign aimed at stamping out abuse from our game. If your members have any suitable, high-resolution images we can use, with the photographer’s permission of course, then please invite them to send them to me (

NHS Mind Plan

Now that the days are getting darker and colder, have you got a plan for taking care of your mental wellbeing during the winter months?

Retake this refreshed Mind Plan quiz for a new and up-to date plan with simple tips and expert advice. Whether it’s winding down with our new ‘beditation’ video to improve your sleep, reframing your unhelpful thoughts or learning problem solving techniques, your personalised Mind Plan can help you to find what works for you.

For extra support with low mood, anxiety, stress or sleep problems, visit this website for tips and ideas to help. The little things you do can make a big difference.

(Items taken from NHS / Better Health – Every Mind Matters)

The Loughborough Challenge

The Loughborough Challenge launched on 1 November 2021 as an independently operated challenge open to anyone aged 25 to 54 who experiences issues of mental health or of mental / physical disability.

Inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for young people, it calls for achievements in each of learning, physical activity and social contribution.

It is operated by The Challenge Hub CIC which also hosts The “All in One” challenge for over-55s and “The Charities Challenge” framework for building community around a common purpose and for one-to-one programmes / social prescribing.

As an independent free-standing not-for-profit programme it:

  1. Offers a challenge which is exclusively for – and focussed on the needs of – those eligible and so is not part of a general fundraising initiative (although it may be used as such)
  2. Offers a ready-made infrastructure for small local charities to engage at no cost with a recognised and non-aligned national initiative
  3. Offers a framework open to all organisations – charitable or otherwise – for use in achieving their differing social outcomes (e.g. mental health support in the workplace)
  4. Offers a means for eligible persons to participate in a tailored challenge without first having to become a client or service user of any other organisation
  5. Brings with it membership of The Challenge Hub with its information, encouragement and potential for interaction.

Organisations may wish to mentor participants through the Challenge towards achievements not previously contemplated. We hope that those eligible to register will do so if only to share their past / present learning, physical activity and social contribution experiences to inform, encourage and inspire others.

The Challenge Hub is an Associate Member of Activity Alliance (English Federation of Disability Sport). It is endorsed by College of Medicine and by Public Health England. Its Patron is Dame Carol Black.

Enquiries please to or via The Challenge Hub’s website.    /

Global Law Trials

The new Global Law Trials went live on 1st August 2021. An in-depth look at the laws and the reasons behind them is available at the following here.

Please visit the link above and familiarise yourself with the new laws. We will be taking a good look at the trials and how we are going to manage them at the Development Day at the end of the month. 

If you would like to discuss any of the laws, old or new, ahead of the pre-season matches, please get in touch with Fish, Mike Mulroy, Ian Farrell or Godfrey Bancroft and we will happily go through them with you.