Latest RFU Community Game Update
RUWSF ASSET IMPROVEMENT LOAN UPDATE
We aim to open applications for the Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Asset Improvement Loan programme on Tuesday, April 13, subject to government approval.
Download the prospectus for further information about categories available. Next week an application form will be published on the loans page below, alongside full details of the eligibility criteria and process.
Whilst incorporated clubs are eligible, we are still in discussions with government about eligibility for unincorporated clubs. Should it not be possible for them to access these funds we are likely to accept applications from unincorporated clubs who a) are prepared to incorporate within six months of receiving a loan agreement in principle and b) who are not prepared/able to incorporate but for whom we will look, with no guarantee of success, to explore other routes for loans.
Loans of between £20,000 and £150,000, in three buckets (small, medium and large), will be available for facility projects that will help clubs to survive, diversify revenue, reduce operating costs and protect and grow their membership.
All are subject to a two per cent interest rate over an eight-year repayment period. The small and medium loan include a two-year payment holiday, the large loan includes a four-year payment holiday.
RETURN TO PLAY - OFF-FIELD CHANGES FROM MONDAY, APRIL 12 – GOVERNMENT STEP 2
Ahead of reaching Step 2 on the government roadmap on Monday, we will update our Helpdesk FAQs in line with government guidance that will come into effect from Monday, April 12. This will be completed by Saturday, April 10.
Please read this latest guidance which will include an update on spectators, hospitality and takeaways.
RETURN TO PLAY - RUGBY UPDATE
It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying being back on the pitch last week and over the Easter weekend. As planned, we are preparing to move to Stage D2 on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap from Monday, April 26.
You can watch a 10 minute video guide for Stage D1 and D2 detailing the activity permitted on field for players and coaches.
Additionally, the on demand Return to Rugby Stage D: Coaches Q&A is below.
RFU AGE GRADE SUMMER ACTIVITY FRAMEWORK
We are publishing the RFU Age Grade Summer Activity Framework on our Return to Rugby Page today, Friday, April 9.
The framework and guidance will be followed by a Q&A session on Monday 12 April at 7pm. Please register on the link below if you would like to attend.
We also plan to host #AskAgeGrade sessions on Twitter on the following dates: Monday, April 19; Monday, May 3; Monday, May 17; Monday, May 31.
RFU ADULT MEN'S AND WOMEN’S COMPETITIONS 2021/22
We are preparing for the competitive season to start as expected in September 2021, subject to the continued progress along the government and Return to Rugby roadmaps. In light of the exceptional circumstances of the last 12 months, we want to give clubs clarity on the next steps regarding season 2021/22:
9 April - 25 April
Competition Entry Survey Open To Women’s Game
9 April – 6 May
DOCs and CBs finalise clubs' position in leagues for 21/22 season
26 April - 6 May
Women’s Provisional Leagues Construction/Internal Feedback
1 May at the latest
Men’s Level 3 and 4 Fixtures published
7 May - 21 May
Women’s Provisional League Structure Feedback window
24 - 28 May
Women’s Provisional Structure Amendments (To be agreed by RFU Governance)
31 May – 11 June
Women’s Fixture Creation
1 June at latest
Men’s Fixture Publication
15 June at latest
Women's Fixture Publication
The reason for releasing the fixtures at different dates for different sections of the game are as follows:
• There is a requirement at the higher levels of the men’s game to book for national travel as soon as possible.
• Women’s fixtures being slightly later than the men’s due additional steps required. E.g. Provisional League Structure Feedback window to finalise the league structures.
Please note that Structured Seasons have now been shared with Divisional Organising Committees. For any clubs wanting information, please contact your local Divisional Organising Committee
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
As many of you will be aware, an independent review is underway of the County Championship across both the men’s and women’s senior competition and the U20s men’s competition, with an aim of making recommendations to the Community Game Board on the future and format of the competition.
Please keep an eye out for a survey that will be circulated this Monday, April 12, to players, coaches, CBs and Clubs.
We are keen to hear from as many people as possible to understand your views and to collate feedback that will help to inform the group recommendations.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you have further questions.
The letter below from Dr Tim Miller, chair of the County Championship Working Group, provides further background on the review process and is being shared with CBs. It is accompanied by the Excel template referred to in the note.
NOMINATE YOUR MITSUBISHI MOTORS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Remember you have until Sunday, May 2 to submit your nominees for the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards 2021.
This season there are three national award categories:
• Resilience in Rugby Award
• Beyond Rugby Award
• Diversity & Inclusion Award
These awards have been created to recognise the exceptional work that volunteers have put in to keep their local communities as well as their rugby clubs going.
You can find out more about how to nominate by using the link below.
WATCH THE RED ROSES AND VIDEOS ON DEMAND
Watch the Red Roses in action
Following England’s convincing win over Scotland in their 2021 Women’s Six Nations opener, you can watch the Red Roses take on Italy this Saturday, April 10, live on BBC iPlayer, with kick off at 2pm (BST).
You can also catch up with some of the Red Roses stars on O2 Inside Line.
Summer return to rugby Q&A – Monday, April 12 7-8pm
Join us to discuss the plans for rugby activity this summer.
If you have any questions for the panel, you can either submit them in advance, after registering, or ask on the evening.
Mental Wellbeing – Keeping The Rugby Community Healthy - Wednesday 28th April - 7pm
As a follow up to our Player Mental Health Webinar, we will welcome RugbySafe Leads to a discussion about mental wellbeing, creating kinder cultures and spotting the signs of mental wellbeing issues in your clubs. We are joined again by, David Beeney, and former England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley. With the help of our trusted healthcare partner Simplyhealth we are putting player welfare at the heart of the game to keep the rugby community healthy.