The Norwegian Rugby Federation is spear headed by the board as its governing body. The board is elected at the AGM assembly and it is the highest body in the federation and they are in-charge of all proceedings.
The daily operations and functions are carried out by the General-Secretary and other administration of the NRF. The NRF’s duties/responsibilities include:
- Organise matches & competitions throughout the country.
- Supply education and training courses to help others.
- Offer Professional counselling and advice to clubs.
- Keep in constant contact with clubs to plan and offer various projects/activities.
- Push national team work and strive for the future talent development. (Players, Coaches and Referees).
- Be a service body and source of information for the members of the federation.
Norges Idrettsforbund is the Norwegian Sports Federation (NIF). Along with the Olympic and Paralympic committee, they are the top governing body responsible for all sport in Norway. Supplying 2, 191, 374 memberships between 11, 595 different sports organisations.
NIF’s vision is “Sports, fun for all”
NIF HAR SOM FORMAL
“NIF will work to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to participate in a sport that appeals to them and what they desire. As an organisation NIF want to be a positive influence for both the individuals and the societies around them, therefore creating unity and becoming a driving force in the community. The organisation’s work can be categorised in four sectors; Volunteers, Democracy, Loyalty and Equality. All sporting activities must be set out some basic values to be followed, such as Joy, Community, Health and Charity.”
NIF is headquartered in the Sports House at Ullevål Stadion.
NIF has 54 scout federations and 19 sport circles. There are 366 sport councils. (See organising map).
The clubs form the base of the organisation. Teams with one sport are called special sports teams, while teams with multiple groups of sports are called multi-sports teams.
Corporate sports teams recruit their members from workplaces and associations.
The clubs are chaired by a board who are voted in at the annual meeting. We have around 30 clubs/teams in our federation.
The most important task for the clubs is to:
- Set out the club’s (and its teams) goals.
- Manage the club.
- Provide a financial foundation for the club’s operations.
- Join other teams in league games, and arrange extra fixtures.
- Arrange for Referees, Coaches and Assistants for the matches etc.
- It is important to remember that these are the club’s (not just the boards) tasks.
- It is vital that there are diligent people at the club outside of the board to help out.
The sports circles are divided according to the country’s county boarders. Within this geographical frame, these circles are a common body for all sports. Their task is to promote cooperation between the circles and the individual sports teams/clubs, and between the sport’s organisational level, all other municipal bodies and players in the country responsible for sports and physical activity. Furthermore, the sports circles shall conduct guidance to sports teams in the county on economic, administritive organisational questions/issues.
The task of special circles is to manage the various sports in the counties. Among their most important tasks are providing educational measures and ensuring the practical implementation of matches, events and more in their sports.
Some National Sports Federations are working to merge several special circles into larger regions. The goal with this is first and foremost a more cost-effective operation.
As of today, The Norwegian Rugby Federation has two special circuits.
- Oslo Rugby Circle
- Hordaland Rugby Circle
The sports council consists of all the clubs/sports teams that are members of the NIF in the community. All communities with more than three clubs/sports clubs must in accordance with NIF’s legislation have a sports council.
Important tasks include, to communicate the clubs/sports teams’ construction needs to the community authorities. Then allocate the funds from the state grant scheme to local teams and associations.