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Community Rugby League Cancelled

Community Rugby League Cancelled

By Tim Holland
6 January 2021
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BLUF - All Community Rugby League activity cancelled until further notice.

On behalf of UKAFRL and the ARL EC:

Please find the latest guidance received today from the Rugby Football League post the latest Government announcement:

Following the Government’s announcement last night that we are entering a period of nationwide lockdown, Community Rugby League activity must unfortunately cease with immediate effect.

During this period of lockdown clubs are encouraged to get their participants registered (players, coaches, and volunteers) so that when we are ready to return, we have all the operational aspects in place. Further information on this will be sent on by the relevant Competitions this week.

In addition, there is also a Coach Right online module which coaches must complete by the end of March, this provides coaches with education on coaching techniques, player welfare, Covid-19 procedures to name a few.

Keeping fit and active is key for everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing. Government advice says that people can only leave their home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure.

You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person from outside your household, or with your household or support bubble.

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You should maintain social distancing while exercising. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

The RFL’s ‘Virtual RL’ online programme is here to help players prepare for the 2021 season.

#VirtualRL offers a wide range of skills, fitness and lifestyle activities linking to a weekly ‘Gameday Challenge’. It builds on the popular #SkillToPlay initiative, which during the first Lockdown showcased some of the game’s finest players and helped children and young people to emulate the skills of their heroes.

RFL Director of Participation and Development, Marc Lovering, states: “Whilst the lockdown is disappointing it is important that we all continue to follow the Government advice and guidelines so that we can return to Rugby League as soon as practically possible.

“We are still confident that given the more promising developments relating to vaccines, formal competition will return after Easter as we build up to the Rugby League World Cup.

“We knew the winter period was going to be challenging and it would be the spring before we started to see the situation improve and that has proven to be the case. The #VirtualRL programme will help players to hit the ground running and it is important clubs continue to engage with participants and ensure everything is in place for when the season eventually starts.”

#VirtualRL is freely available here.

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