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Distribution list: Friday 22 May

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

We’ve provided registration details for June’s adult male competition future structure virtual webinars, as well as details of the England Rugby Club Hub’s supply chain for rugby restart.

You can also enjoy three up and coming webinars and a podcast released jointly by Sport England and UK Coaching to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Finally, we’ve highlighted the recent virtual University Rugby Awards which took place in lockdown.

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 registration open for online consultations
Following on from the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure survey in January 2020, we will be running online consultation webinars 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
Supply chain for Rugby Restart
Following the recent Government advice that some sport facilities may now reopen, we are looking at ways to support clubs’ Return to Rugby. The England Rugby Club Hub is an online group buying platform designed as a one stop shop for rugby related products for the rugby community to access at competitive rates. The transactional capacity enables a club to buy a wide range of products from a number of suppliers in one purchase, minimising admin work and supporting budget management.

We now have a dedicated area of the Hub for Rugby Restart where clubs can access the products they may need to help in reopening their facility. At the moment, this is around hygiene and social distancing but as new guidance is announced and the rules are relaxed, more items will be added to the site.

Click below to access the Rugby Restart products or, if you are new to the site, you can create an account below using the steps in our guide here.

You will need your RFUID which can be found on GMS. Rugby Restart products can be found in the RFU Development Projects section.
Rugby Restart
Create Account
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
Coach & Referee Training - Tuesday 26 May at 7pm
Richard Cheetham MBE will discuss how coaches can embed ‘Use It or Lose It’ learnings in their practice. Richard is an experienced rugby union coach educator and Level 4 Mentor for the RFU.
Register
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.
Sport England and UK Coaching podcast
A podcast featuring Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth and UK Coaching CEO Mark Gannon to mark Mental Health Awareness week examines the need for inspirational people in communities to drive increased activity; how the pandemic has brought into focus the way people can be supported; and the challenges that people may face as society moves forward. We think this may be of real interest/relevance to club and CB leaders. Click below to watch the podcast.
Watch Podcast
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
 
 
 
Clubs doing great things
University Awards in lockdown
The Students RFU University Rugby Awards took place during lockdown via a short film celebrating people and clubs making a real difference in university rugby. With students at home and the season prematurely ended by coronavirus, there were more than 60 nominations of exceptional contributions covering the fantastic work being done by volunteers and staff across universities nationwide. From those came the difficult task of selecting five overall winners.

Click below to see the winners and see more examples of the great work that rugby-playing education institutions have been doing to support their local communities.

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Award Winners
Education Institutions

 

Careful consideration needs to be given to this activity in order that coaches do no breach either the Government Guidelines or RFU Safeguarding Policy .

 

The Government has stated that if you are a personal trainer/coach you can now work with clients outdoors, providing you are alone and only meeting with 1 person from outside of your household, outdoors, and you are staying a minimum of 2 meters apart.

 

 RFU Safeguarding Policy is quite clear and must be adhered to.

 

 'To provide a safe environment, clubs should ensure that their volunteers and employees when working with children avoid working in isolation out of the sight of parents or other volunteers'

 

For further advice and guidance please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click on the links below for two documents for Club Guidance 
We are also as a County looking at securing some good bulk buys / discount prices for Hand sanitiser and dispensers to keep prices down for our clubs as this will be something required for some time.
We would therefore be grateful if you could let us know (asap) 
- how many hand sanitiser dispensers you think your clubhouse and changing rooms would need upon re-opening?
At present we are looking at two Hampshire Distilleries to supply us.
If anyone know of any contacts to get dispensers at a good price please let us know.
(We will also be doing the same for floor tape / stickers and water bottles to see if we can get a good bulk buy / discount for clubs.)
Thank you

Distribution list: Tuesday 19 May

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

We’ve highlighted our support for Clean Sport Week, which is focused on keeping clean in quarantine. We have also provided an update on Sport England’s partnership with Crowdfunder to launch a £2 million Covid-19 support fund.

You’ll find information on the adult future competition virtual consultation sessions, this Thursday’s webinar, the new Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast, an update on the Payment of Players declaration, and links to previous webinars, including Irwin Mitchell’s running a virtual AGM webinar, which is now available on demand.

We continue to highlight rugby clubs’ great work and today we’ve included a thank you message from Eddie Jones.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access Coronavirus (Covid-19) 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 Competition Review – virtual consultation sessions
The virtual future competition consultation review sessions will take place via webinar during June so that we can provide further detail on the future competition structure proposals. Feedback on these proposals, and also on how to improve competitions is essential, and the virtual process will allow clubs and players to ask questions and enter a discussion forum.

The sessions will take place on the following dates from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated, where we are running additional sessions to accommodate as many clubs as possible:

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


Registration details for the webinars will be communicated on Friday.
 
 
England Rugby supports Clean Sport Week from 18 – 24 May
England Rugby has thrown its support behind Clean Sport Week. This year the focus is on staying clean in quarantine. The campaign from UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) aims to educate people on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs in sport at all levels. Click below to discover more.

There are also great videos from Tom Curry and George Furbank available on twitter, click to watch on UKAD and England Rugby.

As part of this campaign, UKAD are hosting a free-to-attend webinar from 1-2pm tomorrow, Wednesday 20 May, where athletes and coaches can discuss their roles in clean sport and how they are adapting to lockdown. Click below to register.
Discover More
Register Here
 
 
 
Other Support Available
Sport England partners with Crowdfunder for £2 million Covid-19 emergency fund
Sports clubs and community activity groups hit by the Covid-19 lockdown can benefit from emergency funding of up to £20,000, thanks to a match-funding initiative from Sport England. The grassroots body has teamed up with Crowdfunder and has pledged to match crowdfunds of up to £10,000.

Click below to find out more and get access to information regarding support available to rugby clubs.
More Information
 
Club Support
 
 
 
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
 
 
Gift Aid Opportunities and Pitfalls for CASCs & Charities Webinar – Thursday 21 May – 7pm
This webinar will explore how clubs that are 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 over the last ten years, with Salisbury raising over £25,000 and Dorking over £80,000. Register below to find out how your club can do the same.
Register
 
 
New Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast
The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast this week focuses on the pressure on an international head coach and the work-life balance. Click below to listen.
Eddie Jones
 
 
How to run a Virtual AGM with Irwin Mitchell - webinar now available on demand
The webinar delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell provides guidance and support on your club's options to run your AGM, including how to run the AGM virtually. Click below to register and watch the webinar on demand.
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
 
 
Update on Payment of Players declarations
Just over 60% of all clubs have started or completed their Payment of Players declaration for this season. Communications will be issued this week to those clubs who need to take action to complete and submit their declaration through GMS by Tuesday 30 June. Should you require any assistance with your GMS login details then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you need support with your declaration then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Over the last few weeks, over 300 Clubs took the time to feedback on the Payment of Players regulations. We are very grateful for all of you who took the time to respond and give us your thoughts. The survey results are now being reviewed and recommendations will be made in due course.
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
The efforts of rugby clubs nationwide in supporting those in their communities who need help are making a big difference. Today we look at rugby facilities, including Twickenham Stadium, which are being used to support the NHS - read here

We’ve also heard some great stories about the work taking place in the rugby community to support those with mental health issues. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve highlighted Lancashire Rugby Union who are providing specialist support for everyone in their member clubs through their ‘Cauliflower Ear’ programme - read here

England Head Coach Eddie Jones recognises the importance of the great work being undertaken, sending a thank you message about community rugby’s values of respect and discipline and naming a few of the great examples evident right now. Click below to hear from Eddie.

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Eddie Jones

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