By Michael Whitehouse
28 September 2020
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I am sure by now many of you will know of the decision by the RFU of no community rugby inc leagues....

I am sure by now many of you will know of the decision by the RFU of no community rugby inc leagues

….for both age grade and seniors until at least Jan 21.See below the message we have received.

On a positive we as a club across all sections are still at stage D which still allows non contact rugby which can include skills and fitness along with the Ready 4 Rugby format.

Both senior and junior sections are still able to train on the present days of the week using the plan we are all getting used to which ensures we are safe and follow all the guidelines and law .

We have begun to open the clubhouse in a controlled manner with further details planned for Sunday opening , all in accordance with the law.

We hope to provide a hot and cold drink format and may be a very limited food format in accordance with the law and Covid safety guidelines.

We are also looking at options to have inter club games for both juniors and seniors ,Further details will be shared once the planning is finalized .

We must remain positive but stay alert as we all to get through this.

As a club committee other decisions both on and off field will hopefully get communicated as and when we have such updates with plans to keep moving forward in a gradual manner and ensuring our facilities are fit for use which hopefully you agree we still have some great playing facilities for all sections to use in a very challenging income and outgoing arena to ensure we as a club come through this as strong and as safe as possible .

Can we thank our membership , sponsors and other income providers to ensure we remain viable and ensure we retain this great community club for future generations .
Have a great weekend

“Return to competitive play in 2020/21 season delayed to January 2021 earliest

Under powers delegated by Council, the RFU Governance Committee today made a difficult decision that, with the exception of Premiership, Championship and Premier 15s rugby, no organised* RFU or non-RFU Leagues including merit tables, adult or age grade competitions will be played before January 2021 at the earliest.

With the increased uncertainly caused by Government’s additional restrictions to curb the increase in Covid-19 cases across the country, the decision has been made so that we can provide clubs with some certainty over the next few months.

The rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity. Limited and restricted contact rugby training can also be continued.

The RFU continues to be in active dialogue with government about moving to Stage E on the Roadmap should we reach this point at any time before Christmas, competitive friendly matches could commence.

The Adult and Age Grade Competitions Groups will be making recommendations to Governance on what they can do to ensure that any competitions from January are meaningful, including whether to make changes to the structured season.

Governance also agreed that any decision to suspend promotion and relegation for the 2020/21 season would be referred to Council once the nature of the competitions is known.

Further guidance will be provided in due course to support clubs, schools, colleges and universities in playing to the relevant stage of the appropriate Roadmap stage.

Jeff Blackett, RFU President, comments: “We are very keen to see competitive rugby being played again. However, given the introduction of further restrictions to curb the increase in Covid-19 cases, we will not be able to move to Stage F on the Roadmap until a later date. This announcement gives clubs clarity over the immediate term to help them with their planning. We will continue to liaise with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Public Health England to accelerate a return to competitive play as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Although social gatherings of more than six people were banned in England from Monday 14 September and a number of local lockdown restrictions put in place in some areas of the country, the Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue. With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we continue at Stage D on the Roadmap.

Clubs in areas where additional local lockdown measures have been introduced may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions. All are advised to consult with their local authority should they be in any doubt.

*Organised competition in this instance includes any competition organised by the RFU, its delegated competition organising committees, or any other league or cup organiser.

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