National Rugby Awards - Club Survey

We are sending this survey to our National Rugby Awards database with the aim of assessing accurately the health of the game at community level, as experienced by you, the people at the heart of it. Rugby has undergone a transformation since the professional era was instituted in 1995 – and not only at the highest level. We want to know how it is affecting the clubs beneath the elite.

Please be honest as far as possible. The input of anyone who has known your club for 30 years or more would be valuable. All answers will remain anonymous and will help to inform a book being written by sportswriter Michael Aylwin and former Harlequins chief executive, Mark Evans, on the state of rugby in the 21st century. The sooner you can complete the survey the better.

Many thanks in advance.

What level of the national leagues does your club play in?

How many different senior (excluding vets) teams will play more than five times a season?

How many different senior (excluding vets) teams would hope to play on a weekly basis?

At what time would you expect the last drink to be served in your clubhouse on a typical Saturday evening after a first XV home game?

How serious is your training?

How many different senior (excluding vets) teams played more than five times a season in the mid-90s?

How many different senior (excluding vets) teams would hope to play on a weekly basis in the mid-90s?

How many times a season do your senior women’s team play ?

How many times a season did your senior women’s team play in the mid-90s ?

At what time would you have expected the last drink to be served in your clubhouse on a typical Saturday evening after a first XV home game in the mid-90s?

How serious was your training in the mid-90s?

How much forensic analysis goes into your matchday preparation?

Do you pay players or offer benefits in kind?

Are you happy with your position in the league system?

How important to you is playing in a league?

How much of a hindrance to putting a team together is time spent away?

How much of a concern are injuries?

Do you feel part of one continuum that starts at the top with the elite game?

What has had the biggest impact on your club in the past 30 years?

If you selected "Other" in previous question, please specify below:

As honestly as you can, putting aside any rose-tinted spectacles, nostalgia and/or instinct to celebrate your club today, how would you assess the health of your club now compared to in the mid-90s?

If there is anything else you would like to say about the current condition of your club and the climate of the community game in general, please do so here: