RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap

RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap

The RFU issued further guidance on the 2nd June regarding a phased return to sport and recreation following updated advice from the Government on Sunday 31st May.   The RFU have issued their “Return to Rugby Roadmap” for Community Rugby which sets out a step by step approach to a phased re-opening for community based clubs.

This of course is welcome news to us all, we know that everyone is keen to resume as soon as possible, given the abrupt end to our 2019/2020 season!  However, we must all still be mindful that we can only take these steps when we, as a Club, are confident that it is safe to do so.

With that in mind we are now working on a detailed plan to see what steps we can introduce and how we do that safely.  This will be developed for the Club as a whole as there are many different variants that we have to take into account, we simply could not accommodate the usual numbers we would see at the club in normal times. However, we do plan to run a trial with the U16 and U17/18 teams in the coming weeks so that we can bed in our processes and look to see how we can rollout to further teams.   Anything we are able to introduce will be outside only as the clubhouse itself will continue to remain closed until guidance changes.  Access to toilets located in the changing rooms will be permitted.

As soon as we have more news about what we can do in the coming months we will of course let you know through our website and Facebook page, but in the meantime we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well.

Cancelled U11’s County Festival

Cancelled U11’s County Festival

It was a great honour for us to be hosting the County U11 Festival, but sadly with the severe flooding in Tewkesbury in February meant that we had to take a decision to cancel the event that was originally scheduled for March 8 and now with the Coronavirus 19 pandemic and the early closure of the 2019/2020 season this event which was scheduled for 26 April is now cancelled.    

RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap

Message from RFU Chief Executive

Message from RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney

My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community. In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning, the RFU is today announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.
When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.
I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.
We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.
The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.

We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. We are also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.

Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs – we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.
In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.
We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.
We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.
The implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs.

Our welfare advice before the start of next season will switch to offering guidance on how players at all levels can reboot and get match ready.
We will work closely with constituent bodies to support clubs, competition organisers and the wider rugby community in preparing to re-start rugby in what is likely to be a challenging environment.

In recent days we have all been inspired by the many stories across the rugby family working together to support those who are the most vulnerable in their community – this encapsulates the unique spirit of rugby. I am confident that this spirit and resilience during these tough times will ensure we will come through this together and emerge stronger.

Take care and stay safe,

Bill Sweeney



Following our statement on Saturday 14 March the RFU have today issued the statement below.  Tewkesbury RFC priority is to ensure the safety of all its players and staff and therefore we are informing you that we will be suspending all matches and training until 14 April.  We will of course continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as and when we have them.   If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us.
RFU Statement:  Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.  Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.   

Coronavirus 19 Tewkesbury Tigers Statement

Everyone is aware of the concerns about coronavirus 19 and we want to reassure all our children and parents that we are carefully monitoring the situation and will act on advice given by the government and GRFU. We have a busy weekend with matches as well as the Evesham Festival and whilst professional clubs and matches have cancelled matches currently there is no suspension at grass root level so at this time the club have deemed that there is no need to cancel any matches this weekend. Evesham Festival have contacted us and have told us that they have put in place additional hygiene stations. We would remind everyone to ensure they continually wash their hands, keep hydrated, use your own drinks bottle but if anyone feels unwell they should advise their coach by text or email and remain at home and follow government/NHS advice.
This is a fast moving issue where advice changes frequently, but we can assure you that our players and coaching staffs safety is our priority and we will continue to follow advice and act accordingly.
The Club will be issuing a club wide statement.
For more information visit NHS  
or the Governments website