As we start to see the government offer new guidance and advice, I felt it prudent to reach out you again and outline the clubs position and planning strategy as we hopefully look forward to a post COVID-19 landscape.
Many of you use the club not only to play and enjoy rugby but to socialise with friends and relax in our clubhouse. I have previously stated that the road ahead would be challenging and frustrating for us all . Difficult decisions have been made and countless actions have been undertaken as we move through the COVID-19 recovery process. I have outlined the clubs next steps below:
Rugby is our priority: To that end, our Head coach, Youth chair and safeguarding team have put together a “Reboot Rugby” plan which was presented to and approved by committee last week.
This is a robust and detailed plan to get both our senior and youth sections back on the field for restricted and Covid compliant rugby related activity. This plan, has been distributed to all coaches and age grade managers over the weekend. This will then be cascaded to parents by team managers. The plan is fully compliant with the RFU’s “Roadmap” plans and has player safety and welfare at its core (Link - https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/return-to-community-rugby-roadmap)
Senior teams have been successfully trialling these sessions and we are are at a point where we can look to extend this to junior grades.
I am therefore delighted to announce that it is the clubs intention to start some Summer activities for age grade rugby from Sunday 5th of July. In the interests of clarity, this will not be “Rugby training” as per normal, these sessions will be aimed at returning the players to fitness in a safe and strictly controlled environment. I would like to thank our Head coach, Youth chair and Rugbysafe team for their efforts in compiling such a detailed and well-constructed plan.
In addition to “Rebooting Rugby”, the committee has also looked at the viability of reopening the bar and clubhouse. Whilst we acknowledge that some pubs etc are looking to reopen and are indeed able to trade from 4th July under significant restrictions, the consensus from committee is that the challenges regarding table service, customer tracing coupled with the potential risks to staff means that at this time we will not be opening the clubhouse. The clear exception is the use of changing room toilets on training days.
I appreciate a great many of you are keen to support the club by meeting and socialising with friends and that this news will be disappointing. You are not alone in your disappointment, however it is the correct course of action at this time and is being regularly reviewed.
As ever, I would like to reassure you that the committee is working in the best interests of the club and its membership to ensure we emerge from a post COVID-19 world in a strong and secure position, I would like to thank you for your continued support, better days are ahead of us.
For and on Behalf of MKRUFC Committee