Community Game Return to Play Action Plan and Guidance

Community Game Return to Play Action Plan and Guidance

By Stuart Cooke
10 August
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The RFL have released more information and guidance as part of the Return To Play action plan.


The detailed announcement from the RFL is as follows:

"During spring and the early part of summer the chances of any community rugby league games taking place in 2020 seemed remote. The Return to Recreational Team Sports Framework approved by Government and requirement for each NGB to submit an Action Plan and Guidance which was approved by Government on 7th August 2020 has provided a clear roadmap for a full return of the community game.

That roadmap consists of two key stages. The stages are designed to allow us to gradually increase the level of activity and incremental risk in a controlled manner which will enable us to analyse and assess the adverse impact if any.

Stage 3 - activity allows for the return of larger group non-contact training and social rugby league activity within a community club setting together with more structured social rugby league activity delivered through Try Tag Rugby and Touch RL sites. It is important that all clubs engaging with larger group training notify the RFL via competitions@rfl.uk.com and comply with the relevant Government and RFL Guidance. This is not only to ensure compliance with our insurance obligations but also to allow us to monitor and evaluate the activity that has taken place in August in advance of the planned review at the end of the month.

Stage 4 – facilitates the introduction of contact activity into training sessions throughout September ahead of localised game activity during October and November 2020. There will be no activity during December 2020. Progression will continue with the potential for local and national cup games from January 2021 onwards with a return to league structures from March 2021.

All of the above steps remain subject to wider Government and any local Guidance and the advice of the RFL’s Clinical Advisory Group which will of course be dependent on the wider public health situation. Whilst we can appreciate the rugby league community would like to see a return to normal activity sooner than is envisaged there are increased Covid-19 Risks associated with Rugby League compared to sports where the level of face to face contact and risk of transmission is less. The approach as set out in the Action Plan is measured and by undertaking a phased return we should be able to meet our key objectives of increasing activity that can take place whilst training, deliver some game activity during 2020 and see the return of full competition in March 2021.

Please head to this website www.rugby-league.com/community_game for all relevant links and infographics."

Bolton Mets will continue to train on Tuesday evenings for now, and then look into how to proceed once more restrictions are lifted.

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