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.

Following the changes announced by the Government on Wednesday 9 September in relation to the ban on groups of more than six people meeting socially indoors and outdoors. Although social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday 14 September, the Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue. With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.

Please see our Clubhouse page for more information about Track and Trace and face-coverings.

 

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