Latest RFU Community Game update

27 Oct 2020 19:47 | Devon RFU

Return4Rugby advice

Below we have tips and guidance for training. However, as we start to see matches take place there continues to be a real need to keep players safe. Any foul play incidents resulting in a red card will still involve the club adhering to the normal disciplinary process, including letting their CB know and arranging a club disciplinary hearing.

We have some ideas and tips for those delivering rugby in education and the age grade game, including some session plans and guidance on how to enthuse, support and stretch your players.


Sport England Return to Play Fund

Sport England have launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations, including rugby clubs, who have been impacted by restrictions. This will be split into three strands, Small Grants, Community Asset Funds and Active Together. You can find out if your club is eligible for support via the link below.


Revised local lockdown restrictions

We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. In all cases, clubs must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.

Clubs can check what local restrictions are in place in their area.

Tier 1 - Medium:

Current nationwide rules will apply to areas in this tier. With regards to sporting activities in tier 1, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of six is followed.

Tier 2 – High:

In tier 2, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with, or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Tier 3 – Very High:

Sporting activities in tier 3 are the same as tier 2 areas, although additional measures agreed with local authorities could include the closing of venues such as leisure centres and gyms, while ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity.

With Covid-19 rates rising, keeping players, coaches and support staff safe is vital. Our Club Hub offers PPE to support the game. Find out how to register and see the product guide.

We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information about what you need to know about the Government’s local Covid-19 alert levels.


Test and trace and handling of Covid-19 positive tests

Clubs are reminded of the need to have a Test & Trace system in place. You can find out more about NHS Test & Trace below, or read about Howdens Test and Trace here.

In the event of positive tests occuring within a club, including retrospective cases, each case should be registered via the Positive Test Notification Form, which can be accessed on the link below. This information is requested to allow us to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and to ensure that clubs have the appropriate support.


Webinars and Podcasts

Watch Sarah Hunter with Irwin Mitchell's Mentoring Club below, as well as the lastest episode of the England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line.

You can see all our previous Coaching, Refereeing, and Club webinars online.