Dear Club Members,
Hope everyone is well.
Another month has passed and there is still a lot of uncertainty as to when and how grassroots rugby will return. However, with the Premiership and Pro14 aiming to return behind closed doors on the 15th and 22nd of August respectively this does offer some hope that the amateur game may not be far away.
There is still a lot of hurdles to overcome and with Covid 19 restrictions in place the RFU is currently working on the league structures for next season with contingency plans in place should there be further disruptions once play resumes.
We are still on stage B of the RFU return to play road map meaning players can train in small groups up to 6 at a time and our squad have been training in shifts in preparation for when the return to play finally comes. The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced on 17 June that plans where in place to get grassroots sport back up and running by the start of July at the earliest and in line with this the RFU have given us the 14th July as a preliminary date for a formal return to training. It is important to stress at this stage that this is currently planned only and there has been no formal decision at this time. Once we have further information this will be communicated.
On the pitch we there has been good news as we have been informed that we will be able to play our County Cup Final fixture this coming season, date and venue to be announced. Additionally, squad recruitment continues to be strong and despite challenges integrating new players under the existing restrictions we have good depth in place.
Finally, the summer maintenance of our playing pitches continues to its next phase with the installation of a new sprinkler system and we would like to thank club members for their efforts organising this. We would also like to extend our thanks to Bob Morris for the installation of the new railings behind the posts as we move to the next stage of our pitchside sponsorship program. More details on this in the next months newsletter.
Stay safe everyone.
St Albans Rugby Club