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Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Rugby Union Safety Association (RUSA) was held at Northampton Rugby Club in January 2005, after Ian Edwards and Melvyn Payne (Northampton Saints) had written to all Premier Rugby Club Safety Officers and Stadium Managers to gauge the interest into forging links between clubs and the possibility of forming such an organisation

RUSA Launched

RUSA was launched on Tuesday 7th June 2005 at Twickenham when the rules and constitution were formally adopted and the association's first committee elected.

London Meeting

On 5th July 2005, Committee Members met with the SIA in London to challenge their proposal to introduce the registration of all stewards, under the SIA Regulations. Having fought off these proposals, stating that stewards were "Safety", these were later made exempt from registration.

First AGM

Wednesday 22nd March 2006 saw the first AGM of the association held at Headingley Leeds. The AGM saw two changes in the committee with Kevin Fisher (Plymouth Albion) and Stuart Kennedy (Exeter) replacing Steve Ball and Clive Doyle

Ian Edwards stands down

On Wednesday 21st March 2007 Ian Edwards stood down as Chairman of the association at the AGM hosted by London Wasps. In recognition of his exemplary service Ian was awarded the position of Honorary President, David Culling was elected as Chairman and Kevin Fisher took on the position of Treasurer.

Minimum Standards Document

After much campaigning by RUSA and after discussions with PRL the 08/09 Minimum Standards Document for all Premier Rugby Clubs included the requirement for Safety Officers and Deputy Safety Officers to be qualified or to be signed up and working towards the Safety Officer NVQ Level 4 Qualification by the start of the 08/09 season.

Rules Change

In 2009 the introduction of the Championship saw a change of RUSA rules, extending its potential membership to include Premier Rugby, Championship League and National League One Rugby Union grounds, and UKnational stadiums where professional rugby union is played.

Website Revamped

2012 website server moved and revamped

Working with Industry

During 2010 and 2011, RUSA have continued to work with all organisations within our industry, including RFU, PRL, SKY, ESPN and Heineken/Amlin Challenge competitions. These continued links have assisted RUSA to continue being the vocal point for all its members. RUSA also elected a new Chairman, Shaun Roberts, Worcester Warriors. New Committee members were also brought in take RUSA to the next stage.

Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup 2015,whilst not considered a success on the field by the host nation, was a success off in terms of organisation and safety. The majority of stadia were football grounds consequently organisers, managers, staff and fans had to be trained and prepared for cultural, legal and management changes in football club stadia staging rugby union matches. RUSA is happy that its members contribution in the planning and execution of the event was appreciated and recognised. This was demonstrated by a thank you invitation for our Chairman, on members behalf, to Buckingham Place alongside other organising bodies and individuals

10 Years in the making

RUSA commemorated its 10th year at the Gloucester AGM 2015. At its inception RUSA was established as Premiership clubs 'get together'. Since then RUSA has developed as an association to work together to help and support one another across the rugby family during times when the sporting industry continues to provide us with daily challenges. In this regard RUSA is now recognised by safety partners and stakeholders including Premier Rugby, RFU, WRB, SGSA, as an important element. We strive to increase our networking and our constituent clubs include premier, championship and national league 1.We are also pleased to welcome our Welsh and Scottish safety colleagues.

Website Revamped

Following an upgrade to the RUSA website with a brief to encourage members to engage on the website more easily and to be more friendly with mobile devices RUSA website for 2016 launched.

Regional Meetings

At the 2016 AGM it was agreed that the rule re regional meetings was to change viz: There will be a minimum of three meetings per year. One of the three meetings will be held in March and will be designated the Annual General Meeting of the Association. There will be also a minimum of two further committee meetings, which the chairman may designate as open to all members full and /or affiliated. There will be a northern, southern, midlands rep on the committee.

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The inaugural meeting of the Rugby Union Safety Association (RUSA) was held at Northampton Rugby Club in January 2005, after Ian Edwards and Melvyn Payne (Northampton Saints) had written to all Premier Rugby Club Safety Officers and Stadium Managers to gauge the interest into forging links between clubs and the possibility of forming such an organisation. The meeting proved to be extremely positive and as a result a steering group consisting of Ian Edwards, David Culling (Newcastle Falcons) and Shaun Roberts (Worcester Warriors) was formed and set the task of defining the objectives of the association and producing a draft constitution. The need to include both Safety Officers and Stadium Managers from National League One was also identified.

RUSA was launched on Tuesday 7th June 2005 at Twickenham when the rules and constitution were formally adopted and the association's first committee elected.

The first committee consisted of

Chairman Ian Edwards Northampton Saints 
Secretary Shaun Roberts Worcester Warriors
Treasurer David Culling Newcastle Falcons
Committee Steve Ball Leeds
  Clive Doyle London Irish
  Richard Stanford London Wasps

On 5th July 2005, Committee Members met with the SIA in London to challenge their proposal to introduce the registration of all stewards, under the SIA Regulations. Having fought off these proposals, stating that stewards were "Safety", these were later made exempt from registration.

Wednesday 22nd March 2006 saw the first AGM of the association held at Headingley Leeds. The AGM saw two changes in the committee with Kevin Fisher (Plymouth Albion) and Stuart Kennedy (Exeter) replacing Steve Ball and Clive Doyle

On Wednesday 21st March 2007 Ian Edwards stood down as Chairman of the association at the AGM hosted by London Wasps. In recognition of his exemplary service Ian was awarded the position of Honorary President, David Culling was elected as Chairman and Kevin Fisher took on the position of Treasurer.

After much campaigning by RUSA and after discussions with PRL the 08/09 Minimum Standards Document for all Premier Rugby Clubs included the requirement for Safety Officers and Deputy Safety Officers to be qualified or to be signed up and working towards the Safety Officer NVQ Level 4 Qualification by the start of the 08/09 season.

In 2009 the introduction of the Championship saw a change of RUSA rules, extending its potential membership to include Premier Rugby, Championship League and National League One Rugby Union grounds, and UKnational stadiums where professional rugby union is played. 2009 also saw the launch of RUSA's own website.

During 2010 and 2011, RUSA have continued to work with all organisations within our industry, including RFU, PRL, SKY, ESPN and Heineken/Amlin Challenge competitions. These continued links have assisted RUSA to continue being the vocal point for all its members. RUSA also elected a new Chairman, Shaun Roberts, Worcester Warriors. New Committee members were also brought in take RUSA to the next stage.

Website Redesign RUSA are now re-designing their website, which will be launched at their AGM in March 2012 and continue to increase awareness of their presence in Rugby Union