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You Belong


Nelson Rugby Football Club (NRFC) is New Zealand’s Oldest Rugby Football Club and as such hold a special place as a steward of New Zealand’s National game. Sometimes however it is not just about the rugby….

‘You Belong’ is a recruitment and retention strategy that promotes contribution and volunteering as core principles of the Nelson Rugby Football Club.

  • You don’t just sponsor you belong
  • You don’t just play you belong
  • You don’t just join you belong

‘You Belong’ advances that people are attracted to an organisation where people are ‘in it’ for the right reasons.

Members are expected to be adhere to the NRFC rules/ code of conduct and actively promote a club culture of supporting and developing people safely. NRFC strives to do the right thing ethically for its members and treat each member with respect and dignity no matter who they are and where they come from.

People respect and feel safe in organisations that evidence this in their policies, procedures and behaviour. You Belong promotes these values as key points for retaining and recruiting members.

‘You Belong' is promoted throughout NRFC promotions and media, Members are inducted into various roles in NRFC and are introduced to the ‘You Belong’ principles.

Officers of the club are responsible for non-playing members and volunteers and Coaches and managers for players.

A key tenet of ‘You Belong’ is when a member(s) is  injured/ sick their families are offered support as much as possible through facilities and pastoral care and a genuine sense of ‘community spirit’.  This ‘spirit’ embodies the principles of ‘You Belong’.


Acknowledgements to our brother club Poneke Rugby Football Club.