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Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This week’s headlines include:
1. Return to Play guidance
2. Facilities guidance
3. Club Support Centre

Other Updates

4. Coaching and refereeing courses
5. Webinars and podcasts
6. Inspirational Zainab
7. Raising awareness for mental health charities

Please remember that until Wednesday 2 December we remain at Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap, meaning no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken.

From tomorrow, Wednesday 2 December, we will move to Stage E below.
Roadmap
RFU Headlines
Return to Play update
Following yesterday’s Government approval for adapted contact rugby to resume in the Community Game, we've compiled Return to Play guidance, for the new game and law variations which will come into effect for match play. This guidance below is designed to help clubs resume adapted contact training from Wednesday 2 December to give players time to prepare ahead of the permitted return to local friendly fixtures from Friday 18 December.

Please note, there is no obligation for players and clubs to play 15-a-side adaptations. Clubs can still play Ready4Rugby matches up until and beyond 18 December. This simply provides clubs with an opportunity to play adapted contact rugby should they wish.

Adapted Stage E rules/laws for Age Grade Rugby have also been approved for U7-13 and U14-18. The move to Stage E will allow the restart of Tag Rugby for U7s and U8s. The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed schools/colleges can return to playing sport in line with approved NGB action plans. Universities will need to align rugby with their planning for student engagement, testing and return home in December. It remains an education institution decision whether playing rugby is possible within their own requirements and measures.

These law variations will be reviewed as the season progresses and as restrictions are changed.

We understand our return to play is a huge moment for our sport and for you as clubs and CBs. We all share a collective desire and responsibility to get this right. Now, we really need to be as safe as we can be so that we can continue the phased return to rugby for our local communities without further interruptions.

Return to Play Webinar support will be available tomorrow on the Coronavirus Hub resources page.
Law Variations
Video Explanation
Facilities guidance
Government guidance has just gone live as we issue this evening's CGU.

We will therefore interpret the guidance overnight and update our facilities and travel guidance, alongside rugby specific FAQs, tomorrow on the Coronavirus Hub on the link below.

This will cover clubhouses, changing rooms, showers, travel and tier implications.

Please direct any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can read the Government guidance below.
Government Guidance
Coronavirus Hub
Club Support Centre
Should you require more detailed information after we publish Facilities guidance tomorrow, please visit our dedicated Club Support Centre below for FAQs (frequently asked questions).

If you do not find an answer to your query there, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Download the below social media image for your own club channels to direct members towards our Club Support Centre.
Club Support Centre
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England Rugby coaching & refereeing award courses 2021
The England Rugby coaching & refereeing award courses are now open for booking.

As previously communicated, the delivery format for these courses has evolved. For 2021 both courses include:

• A series of monthly webinars

• Tasks to complete with the players you coach or in the matches you referee

• Access to digital resources to support your journey through the course

• Ongoing support via a community of practice

• Two face-to-face days in May/June

To book onto the January webinars please select the course registration link below:

Coaching Award
Refereeing Award

To successfully complete the course, coaches and referees need to participate in all monthly webinars, carry out the tasks in their own environment, engage with the community of practice and attend both face-to-face days at the end of the season.

Attached is more information about the course and the 2020/21 training course booklet. Please share this with coaches and referees in your CB, club, referee society, school, college and university.
Booklet
Webinars and Podcasts
Return to Play Webinar support will be available tomorrow on the Coronavirus Hub resources page.

Age grade

We have on-demand webinars for state schools, established rugby schools, colleges & universities - reference to lockdown activity and what happens when lockdown ends.

‘See It, Be It, Ref It’

We’re launching a campaign to get women from across the country into refereeing! To discover more from the comfort of your own home about how you can become a referee in an all-female setting, we chat to a panel of current referees and dispel some myths!

Wednesday 2 December, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Register here.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Inspirational Zainab Alema
Inspirational Zainab Alema from Barnes RFC has been named the Sunday Times Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year 2020. Many congratulations to her on all the work she has been doing to inspire other black and Muslim women and girls to play rugby.
Inspirational Zainab
 
 
 
Raising awareness for mental health charities
Stratford-on-Avon RFC and Rosslyn Park FC players have been raising funds for the awareness of men's health charities during lockdown.
Raising Awareness
 
 
We want to highlight the wonderful activities that our clubs and their teams are doing on our England Rugby channels. Please share your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) welcomes the news that Government has given its approval for 15-a-side contact rugby union to return at grassroots level, subject to adaptations...

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/community-rugby-in-england-set-to-return

 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Developing a Marketing Strategy
How will your club market effectively?
9 December
6:30-8:30pm
Register here: https://bit.ly/36R1wwJ
WEBINAR - Maximising non-contact game formats
Help retain players and support their return to club rugby
Tuesday 1 December
7pm
Register here: https://bit.ly/3pZQnCH
 
 
Following Government’s announcement last week that outdoor team sport can resume from Wednesday 2 December, we are delighted to confirm that Government has today approved our submission to return to 15-a-side contact rugby, with some adaptations.

Further detail on these adaptations and associated laws will follow tomorrow. However, they are briefly summarised below:

• There will be no scrums or mauls in the game
• Where the game would restart with a scrum, this will be replaced with a free kick
• A minimum of five and a maximum of seven players from each team are required to form a lineout

What does this mean clubs can now do?

• Clubs can resume adapted training for 15-a-side contact rugby again from this Wednesday. Further detail to follow tomorrow.

• Clubs can resume friendly fixtures from Friday 18 December - this is to allow players to prepare properly and safely, having not been training over the past month.

• Clubs can still play Ready4Rugby if they have matches coming up from 2 December to 18 December and beyond. There is no obligation to play adapted 15-a-side contact fixtures.

Further detail to follow

Further Government guidance is expected today on travel, changing, spectators and clubhouses.

We will be working overnight to interpret this information and will provide a detailed briefing in tomorrow’s CGU, on the Coronavirus Hub and Club Support Centre, together with more information about adaptations to the game.
 
Following Thursday’s tier announcement, we know clubs have a number of questions to address and we want to reassure you that we are working hard with Government to clarify outstanding areas so that we can provide you with answers and clear guidance.

As you will appreciate, the return to grassroots sport in the covid landscape is a complex and fast-moving world for Government to manage. We will continue to support their efforts to provide clarity for clubs as quickly as possible.

As soon as we are in a position to do so, we will provide Clubs and CBs with on field and off field guidance for each tier, so you are confident about returning to play safely and excited about rugby restarting.

Guidance for each tier will include:
• Which stage on The Return to Community Rugby Roadmap clubs will be able to play. 
• Equipment that will be permitted.
• Facilities guidance (for clubhouses, bars, changing rooms, showers, toilets)
• Travel implications
• Spectators management
• Group mixing rules

Until Wednesday 2 December, we remain in national lockdown and at Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken.

Please keep an eye out for communications in the coming days. We will share an update with you as soon as we have received and interpreted Government guidance around sporting facilities, so that we can provide clarity on what it means for clubs in each area.
Roadmap

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