Beccehamian RFC Mini & Junior section Covid update (@ 04+05/01/2021)

Beccehamian RFC Mini & Junior section Covid update (@ 04+05/01/2021)

By Daniel Kemp
4 January
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Following England RFU (5/Jan) and Kent RFU (4/Jan) received, regrettably all Beccs age grade rugby is suspended until further notice.

England Rugby update (05/01/2020)
"Community rugby activity suspended - The RFU has suspended all community rugby activity until further notice following the government's new national lockdown"

Following the Kent RFU update received 04/01/2021, regrettably all Beccs rugby for all age groups U6-U18 girls and boys is suspended until further notice.

We are continuing to keep a very close eye on latest government and RFU developments, and shall update as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, above all wishing everyone good health, and we encourage everyone to safely stay active and utilise online resources where possible.

Beccs online training videos:
England Rugby fitness & rugby activity videos November 2020 available here

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact either of us.
Kind regards,
Daniel Kemp (Junior Rugby Chair - / 07876 215584)
& Phil Reid (Mini Rugby Chair - / 07946 351537)

Full email update and linked website news item from the Kent RFU below:
KENT COUNTY RFU recommendation regarding (Age – Grade Rugby). U6’s through to U18 inclusive.

"With the whole of London and the SE now firmly under the Government’s Tier 4 designated Corona virus guidance and with infection rates in the whole of Kent being some of the highest in the country the County felt that it was vital in these circumstances to write to all clubs in membership with a strong recommendation on the U18 Age-Grade game.

It is strongly advised that Kent Clubs should delay any return to Rugby (either playing or training) after Christmas and the New Year for Age grade Rugby from U6 through to U18 in all age groups from the beginning of January 2021 until further notice. This advice to remain in place at least until all school testing for years 7-13 has been completed and or further advice is provided by the County to clubs. 

This recommendation reflects the fact that Secondary schools and now it seems Primary schools in the County will be delayed in their return for the Spring Term and with mass- testing being set up at secondary level. In these circumstances the Kent County RFU’s view is that it should adopt the same position as a number of other counties across the country. This will allow mass testing at Secondary Schools to take place and identify any positive cases including asymptomatic ones which can then isolate for the prescribed period.

This advice has the unanimous agreement of the County Executive Committee, of the County Rugby Safe lead and the endorsement of one of our County Doctors."

We strongly advise ALL club team managers to send out a message to parents explaining the background.

Once clubs are notified that a return to Age Grade Rugby training can take place, they are reminded that they must adhere to current RFU advice ie that youth teams U18 and younger in Tier 4 can train at Stage E of the RFU’s return to Rugby model and should strictly maintain the following guidelines:

  • Distancing.
  • Disinfection of all shared equipment. (Minimised toballs/cones and tag belts wherever possible).
  • Sanitisation breaks every 15 mins.
  • Disinfection of players and coaches’ hands before and after sessions.
  • No use of changing rooms or showers unless for emergency purposes.
  • Minimise the number of pitch side spectators unless safeguarding required.
  • All others at least 5  metres away from training area and 2 metres apart. Only 1 parent to accompany.
  • Coaches/ referees to minimise face to face contact with players. 3 secs or less if within 1 m. Try to leave 2 metre gap when giving instructions or guidance.
  • Maintain session attendance lists.
  • Avoid ALL use of tackle pads and bags.
  • Stay local (keep travel to a minimum)- do not travel out of Tier 4 to train or play.

For communication purpose, please see an attachment, which is the latest in general from the RFU.
Kent RFU website update 04/01/2021 available here


RFU Notice 4th Jan 2020

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