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COVID-19 - Club Statement

COVID-19 - Club Statement

By David James
31 May
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To all our rugby family, we hope you and your families are safe and well.

It is now several weeks since our first communication regarding the clubs activities and actions in light of the Covid 19 outbreak,

The Government have now outlined a phased approach to us all as we appear to be moving past the worst of the pandemic, however as ever vigilance and common sense are the watchwords.

The Governments phasing system works forwards and backwards and at the present time, the club continues to remain closed with staff in a furloughed status. We have however seen the inside and outside of the club given a lick of paint by volunteers to ensure we look our best on our return.

We continue to work closely with both County and national RFU bodies to understand what help and guidance they can offer. Collectively they have been proactive with the online webinars and regular communications being both informative and helpful. The level of support and detail provided has been commendable and I would like to thank both bodies for their unwavering support to our club and our game.

Despite it being the offseason we have not been sat still during this time. A working group has continued its work to review our business, its operating practices as well as continuing to work with our suppliers. The recommendations from this review will be presented to committee via an online meeting shortly for their consideration and approval.

Revenue streams as you can appreciate have been severely impacted and has facilitated the need to look at where if at all we can generate income. To that end we have been successful in attracting several food and produce vendors to our car park on a short term basis, it is important to remember that this initiative has had wider benefits for our local community whilst maintaining the vendors ability to trade, all under social distancing rules.

Our events manager continues to work to support people and organisations who have booked the clubhouse to ensure they are given up to date information as well as opportunities to defer their bookings.

Whilst people are using the fields etc for recreation, I must stress that none of this is sanctioned by or arranged by Milton Keynes RUFC. If you do intend to meet and congregate in line with the latest government guidelines, could we kindly request you do so away from the patio area please ensuring you remove any litter etc.

In my previous communication, I reaffirmed that we are a Rugby club first and foremost with a passion for the game and that we are dedicated to the welfare and enjoyment of all.
To that end we are continuing to work on plans to “reboot” rugby just as soon as we are permitted. We have received some initial guidance from the RFU and from that our Head coach, youth chair and Rugbysafe team are working on plans to ensure we deliver a positive, active and above all safe return to rugby for us all, abiding by HMG and RFU guidelines.

These plans will then be submitted to committee for approval and implementation…I will ensure these are published to the coaches and managers once they have been signed off.
Much of the work we are undertaking is centred on defining the “new normal” in terms of safe and inclusive rugby delivery and the clubhouse operations. What is certain is that the sport will look a little different in the initial period whilst we hopefully move into a post Covid world. We will however deliver a high quality rugby experience just as soon as we can.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support to this great club and to our great game

Kind Regards,

Paul Savill - Chairman
On behalf of the Milton Keynes RUFC Committee

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