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The RFU has announced a national roadmap to support a return to community rugby activity. This roadmap consists of six stages, Stage A relating to individual training with one other person, moving through to Stage F when there can be a return to competitive matches against other teams. We are currently at Stage B following the government’s announcement of 28 May.

 

An infographic and more detailed guidance has been produced to clarify the six stages of the roadmap. The infographic is on the link below and you can click on it to read the detailed guidance.

 

Timescales to allow progression between stages will be carefully managed and will be determined by medical and government advice. Regular updates will be issued by the RFU, along with detailed guidance, as each progression takes place.

 

Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer at the RFU, comments:

“A great amount of work has been undertaken since rugby was suspended in March to align the various stages of social distancing announced by the government with our decision making focused on the best interests of players, volunteers and clubs.

“When considering the roadmap for a return to community rugby, we were aware that some clubs wanted to get back quicker than others as a major concern of clubs is to retain their players and preserve their revenue streams. We also recognise that other sports may return quicker in England and that rugby may return quicker in other countries. However, we will stay focused on what is right for rugby in England. Whilst we are keen to have rugby being played and members returning to their clubs, we need to be cautious and will therefore only move from one stage to another when guidance and advice says that it is safe to do so.

“There are many implications of a staged return to play, including the impact on the competitive programme, rugby activity in clubs, schools, colleges and universities and also the use of club houses and indoor facilities. We remain committed to addressing these challenges in the run up to the 20/21 season.”

 

The roadmap focuses on a return to community rugby activity and not the reopening of clubhouses. As these are indoor spaces, they will be subject to separate government advice and guidance. In parallel, the RFU will continue to develop advice and guidance on when and how clubhouses may reopen. The current position is that clubs are able to open indoor facilities only to allow access through the building to pitches, access to toilets and a facility (should appropriate licenses be held) for the serving of takeaway food and drinks.

 

Detailed guidance on this link...

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/return-to-community-rugby-roadmap

 

Click here for the Return to rugby detail - PDF

Return to Rugby Infographic 

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Distribution list: Tuesday 2 June

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the twenty-first edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

The rugby activity guidelines issued on Friday have now been updated to reflect the phased return to sport and recreation guidance issued by the government on Sunday 31 May.

We’ve also made the last call for registrations for the Adult Male Competition future structure webinar sessions that start tomorrow, have provided an update on the webinars and podcasts that are taking place this week, including the most recent one from Eddie Jones, and have provided information on the RFU virtual AGM which is taking place on Friday 12 June 2020.

We are aware that some players are feeling challenged in the current environment so we’ve provided information on how to provide mental health support to those in need at this difficult time.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU headlines
Update on the impact of current government guidance on rugby clubs
The government issued further guidance regarding a phased return to sport and recreation on Sunday 31 May - click here to read. This includes more detailed information regarding the use of equipment, including balls, and the training of multiple groups. Accordingly, we have updated our guidelines.

Equipment sharing, including balls, is permitted, although should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practice must be in place at all times.

Two or more groups of six may train provided they are kept separate. RFU guidance is that there should be no more than four groups per full pitch and social distancing and strict hygiene measures must be observed.

Parents/carers observing a training session at a distant from a safeguarding perspective is permitted without them being part of the participating group.

While multiple small groups can engage in training at the same site, clubs must risk assess this properly and ensure that safe and adequate distancing between groups is strictly observed.

People should avoid mixing with too many others from outside their household in a short space of time and care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection.

As physical contact with anyone outside the same household is currently not permitted, the playing of any games remains suspended.

Click here to access the latest infographic.

There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their outdoor facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to reopen, it should remain closed. Indoor facilities such as clubhouses should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance. Click here to access a guide which has been prepared in respect of reopening a facility.
Rugby community doing great things
Marking Volunteers’ Week, Eddie Jones has praised all the rugby volunteers across nationwide. During the coronavirus pandemic, with volunteers helping communities to cope, this week-long celebration of our volunteers even more meaningful. Every grassroots rugby club is at the heart of its local community and many are helping more than ever during the coronavirus crisis. Click here to read.

Olney RFC has become the first English rugby club to be awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities, the Queen’s Award, created in 2002 to celebrate the golden anniversary of The Queen's coronation, is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups. Click here to read.

In addition, Julian Edwards and his son Theo, who are both members of the North Midlands Referees Society, are raising much needed funds for the RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) and the Matt Hampson Foundation. Click here to read their story.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game. Help us recognise your work by sharing your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.
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Other important matters
Last call to register for the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure online consultation sessions
The online consultation webinars on the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review start on Wednesday and run throughout June. The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
Furlough - the next phase and how to prepare for when it ends - Wednesday 3 June at 12.30pm
The Government has extended the furlough scheme until the end of October with further guidance highlighting the changes in policy. This webinar, delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, will provide guidance and support on the next phase of the furlough scheme and how to prepare for when it ends. Click below to register.
Register
Register for the Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registrations are now open below.
Register
The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast: World's Best
This week's Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast focuses on core skills and how to make the best players even better. Click below to listen.
Register
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
AGM Notices & AGM Representation
The RFU virtual AGM is next Friday, 12 June, so we would encourage you to log on to the AGM Portal to nominate your representative or appoint your proxy. At the weekend we sent out duplicate copies of the AGM Notices to all Voting Members so please look for an RFU email from "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." and check your junk folder if you can’t find it.

We are aware that some members may not receive RFU emails due to circumstances beyond our control as their email system/server bounces them back. If you cannot find your AGM Notice, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. advising the name of your Voting Club/CB and they will send your log-in details.

Please click below for further information about the virtual AGM.
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Other support available
Supporting players who may currently feel challenged
We know many players have been challenged by the last few months, which may be causing some to have mental health issues that they have never experienced before. We therefore want highlight how we can support those who are having difficulties at this time.

While rugby is shut down, there are training tips available to help club members to keep fit. Visit @englandrugby on Instagram for regular fitness and workout content.

All of the workout content has been designed to suit a wide audience, no equipment is needed and all exercises can all be done from the safety of your own home.

Equipping coaches with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, as well as with ways to support their own mental health, is crucial both now and going forward. UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners: Mind and Sport England are offering their online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ for free to the wider rugby community. To access this course, you will need to register an account on the UKCoaching website or follow them on Twitter here for more information on this opportunity.

Mental health support information is also available on Englandrugby.com through RugbySafe, which is supported by Simplyhealth, and also on Simplyhealth’s own website. Click below to access.
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Distribution list: Friday 29 May

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the twentieth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the easing of lockdown measures, we have developed some further guidance regarding training at rugby clubs.

Don’t forget the virtual sessions taking place on the Adult Male Competition Future Structure review, or the webinars scheduled for next week.

National Volunteer Week 2020 starts next Monday and we’ve highlighted some great rugby club volunteer initiatives and also put a call out for more stories and videos about our clubs’ work nationwide.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU Headlines
Impact of current government guidance on rugby clubs
Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the easing of lockdown measures effective from Monday 1 June, we have developed some further guidance.

Rugby activity remains suspended. However, government advice now states that individuals may, if clubs wish to open their facilities, engage in outdoor field based individual training with members of their own households, or as part of a small group of up to six individuals from different households whilst staying two metres apart. People should avoid mixing with too many people from outside of their household in a short space of time. Any involvement of coaching personnel must be included as part of a group of six people. Care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection. Given this equipment, including rugby balls, should not be shared with anyone outside of an individual’s own household.

Click here to access the infographic we have produced which provides simple guidance regarding training at rugby clubs.

There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to re-open, it should remain closed. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance.

Click here to access the guide reopening your club house based on current government guidance.

We are producing a roadmap to show the steps that we aim to take to reboot rugby as lockdown measures ease further. We will share this with the rugby community by the end of next week.

In addition, we are looking at the impact of the above on restarting adult and age grade competitions and playing opportunities, plans are nearing completion, we expect to be able to announce intent based on different scenarios for next season’s start date in the next few weeks.

Click here to read the government’s current guidance on staying safe outside your home.
Other Important Information
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure - register for online consultation sessions
The online consultation webinars on the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review start next Wednesday and run throughout June. The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
John Mitchell Training Session – Tuesday 2 June at 7pm
John Mitchell, England’s defence coach, will discuss the breakdown. Click below to register.
Register
Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registration details will be available in the Tuesday 2 June edition of the Community Game Update.
Catch up on previous webinars
 
Rugby community doing great things
Every year Volunteers' Week takes place from the 1 - 7 June to thank the millions of volunteers across the UK. During the coronavirus pandemic, with volunteers helping communities to cope, it is even more meaningful.

In England rugby is tremendously fortunate to have more than 100,000 volunteers who ensure that the game thrives nationwide. Their selfless efforts are now more important than ever both for their clubs and local communities.

Every grassroots rugby club is at the heart of its local community and many are helping more than ever during the coronavirus crisis. Click below to read about the impressive work being undertaken by Edwardians FC, Mansfield Rugby Club, Old Northamptonians RFC, Nottingham Corsairs RFC, Olney RFC, Ryton RFC and Scunthorpe RUFC.

In conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game, next week, to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week 2020, we want to continue to thank volunteers in the rugby community nationwide for making a big difference in their communities during the pandemic. Help us recognise your work by sharing your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.
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Recognition Programme

THE RFU at present issue Community Game Updates twice a week.

 

 

Missed some?

 

 

Here is a link to all they have issued during the Coronavirus period...

 

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/coronavirus-covid-19-community-game-updates

 
 
 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the nineteenth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Don’t forget the virtual sessions taking place on the Adult Male Competition Future Structure review, or the webinars scheduled for next week. Eddie’s latest coaching podcast is available too and there’s a link to the Gift Aid opportunities and pitfalls for CASCs and charities webinar which is available on demand.

National Volunteer Week 2020 starts next Monday and we’ve highlighted some more rugby club initiatives and also put a call out for more stories and videos about the great activities that are taking place in the local community.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
 
 
RFU Headlines
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure - register for online consultation sessions
We will be running online consultation webinars in respect of the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review throughout June. The aim of these sessions is to provide further detail on the future competition structure proposals. Feedback on these from players, coaches, referees and volunteers is essential to ensure a future structure that meets the game’s needs, and to help the group reach a final formal proposal. This will then be put to the game later in the summer, ahead of any RFU Council decision for implementation in the 2021/22 season.

The virtual process will allow players and clubs to ask questions and enter a facilitated discussion forum.

The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

Please note we are asking that each club limits the number of attendees to a maximum of four, including at least one player, and ideally a coach / Director of Rugby. This is to ensure the technology can support potentially large numbers and to ensure a balanced input.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
 
 
 
Other Important Information
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
 
 
Furlough - the next phase and how to prepare for when it ends - Wednesday 3 June at 12.30pm
The government has extended the furlough scheme until the end of October with further guidance due at the end of May. This webinar, delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, will provide guidance and support on the next phase of the furlough scheme and how to prepare for when it ends.
Register
 
 
Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registration details will be provided in due course.
 
 
The Eddie Jones Coaching podcast
This week's Eddie Jones Coaching podcast focuses on the infamous game from 2017 that created the term ‘ruckgate’. Click below to listen in full.
Listen
 
 
Gift Aid Opportunities and Pitfalls for CASCs & Charities - webinar now available on demand
This webinar explores how clubs registered as CASCs or charities can maximise the use of Gift Aid on donations to raise much needed funds. Clubs such as Salisbury RFC and Dorking RFC have maximised the use of Gift Aid with Salisbury RFC raising over £25K and Dorking RFC raising over £80K. Register below to find out how your club could do the same.
Register
 
 
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
 
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
Later today englandrugby.com will catch up with some more of our clubs helping their communities and raising funds for foodbanks and the NHS. Among our local rugby heroes are: Edwardians in Solihull, Ryton’s rainbowed women’s players in Tyne & Wear, Mansfield with their shorn locks, Scunthorpe sending rugby stress balls to the local hospital and the Herts racing refs covering the distance around all the county.

Next Week is National Volunteer Week 2020. In conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game, we want to continue to thank volunteers in the rugby community nationwide for making a big difference in their communities during the pandemic. Help us recognise your work by sharing your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.
Recognition Programme

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