Covid 19 - Club Update #3

Covid 19 - Club Update #3

By Stuart Howkins
29 May
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It is with some disappointment we write to clarify that our clubhouse and grounds remain formally closed.


Dear Club Members

It is with some disappointment we write to clarify that our clubhouse and grounds remain formally closed.

After careful consideration of the recent guidance from the Government, RFU and ECB on the easing of lockdown restrictions the Directors collectively agreed we cannot yet safely open.

To meet the revised guidance the club would need to show all fair and reasonable action had been taken to ensure the club house, facilities and sports equipment were professionally cleaned regularly enough to ensure the safety of all those who visit Brownacres. The club cannot comply with the guidance cost effectively.

At this stage of the lockdown, with the bar shut and all community sport suspended the Directors and sports committees have continued to work hard applying for grants and organising sponsorship to ensure the clubs finances are in a fit and healthy state for when we can return to competitive fixtures. We are also ensuring that we have the correct signage, PPE and have made the necessary adjustments to trade the moment we are able to.

If you happen to visit the club grounds on your exercise route remember to observe the government guidelines regarding social distancing and gatherings. Please ensure that there is no temptation to use any club equipment whilst passing through.

A massive thank you to all those club members, family and friends who donated to the club via our GOFUNDME page which currently stands at £8,500. We have taken the decision to stop this campaign from next Friday 5th June but you will still be able to donate via the rugby website or directly to the club.

Please look out for other fund-raising initiatives that are coming up as and when we know more. Hopefully, the next time we write to you we will be much closer to an opening date and get back to the “new” normal.

We will continue to monitor advice from the government and seek guidance from the RFU, ECB and England Netball to provide our membership with regular updates as to when our club can reopen without restrictions.

Please also look at the club websites and social media for updates.

For all urgent issues please do contact me at info@universityvandals.co.uk.

Please stay safe, look after yourself, loved ones and fellow Vandals through these testing times.

Gareth Owen - Club President
Peter Wellden – Club Chairman

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