On Wednesday 3rd June, the club received updated guidance from the RFL following the Government annoucement about permitted non-contact outdoor activities.
Having reviewed this update, the club's Covid-19 response team has decided to maintain the current restrictions and determined that it is not possible to resume training. The reasons for this decision are:
This week we took part in a conference call with approximately 200 fellow clubs and the RFL. During this call a number of concerns were raised about the lack of consultation with clubs before releasing the guidance given the challenges and complexities it presents for volunteer-led organisations.
The RFL acknowledged that not all clubs will be in the same position with respect to resources available so it is down to each individual club's to decided whether it is safe and appropriate to resume activities.
The RFL has promised further guidance which we are keen to review before making decisions relating to each section of the club: junior; open age; masters; and touch. We expect to receive this information within the next week and shall review the club's position on a weekly basis in conjuction with the RFL and our home venue The Cheshire.
We are all looking forward to the return of rugby league, however the health and wellbeing of our players, parents, coaches and volunteers is paramount so we must ensure that we only do so when we feel the time is right.
We are grateful for the continued understanding and support of our members. If you have any questions, ideas or would like to get involved with the club, please email email@example.com.
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue with individual fitness activities and keep safe.
Thank you for reading this update.
Paul Foster, Jim Green, Graham Calvert and Ben Follows
Chester Gladiators Covid-19 Response Team