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Distribution list: Friday 29 May

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the twentieth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the easing of lockdown measures, we have developed some further guidance regarding training at rugby clubs.

Don’t forget the virtual sessions taking place on the Adult Male Competition Future Structure review, or the webinars scheduled for next week.

National Volunteer Week 2020 starts next Monday and we’ve highlighted some great rugby club volunteer initiatives and also put a call out for more stories and videos about our clubs’ work nationwide.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU Headlines
Impact of current government guidance on rugby clubs
Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the easing of lockdown measures effective from Monday 1 June, we have developed some further guidance.

Rugby activity remains suspended. However, government advice now states that individuals may, if clubs wish to open their facilities, engage in outdoor field based individual training with members of their own households, or as part of a small group of up to six individuals from different households whilst staying two metres apart. People should avoid mixing with too many people from outside of their household in a short space of time. Any involvement of coaching personnel must be included as part of a group of six people. Care should be taken at all times as there is a continued risk of infection. Given this equipment, including rugby balls, should not be shared with anyone outside of an individual’s own household.

Click here to access the infographic we have produced which provides simple guidance regarding training at rugby clubs.

There is no change to the guidance regarding club facilities. Each club should make individual decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to re-open, it should remain closed. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance.

Click here to access the guide reopening your club house based on current government guidance.

We are producing a roadmap to show the steps that we aim to take to reboot rugby as lockdown measures ease further. We will share this with the rugby community by the end of next week.

In addition, we are looking at the impact of the above on restarting adult and age grade competitions and playing opportunities, plans are nearing completion, we expect to be able to announce intent based on different scenarios for next season’s start date in the next few weeks.

Click here to read the government’s current guidance on staying safe outside your home.
Other Important Information
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure - register for online consultation sessions
The online consultation webinars on the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review start next Wednesday and run throughout June. The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
John Mitchell Training Session – Tuesday 2 June at 7pm
John Mitchell, England’s defence coach, will discuss the breakdown. Click below to register.
Register
Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registration details will be available in the Tuesday 2 June edition of the Community Game Update.
Catch up on previous webinars
 
Rugby community doing great things
Every year Volunteers' Week takes place from the 1 - 7 June to thank the millions of volunteers across the UK. During the coronavirus pandemic, with volunteers helping communities to cope, it is even more meaningful.

In England rugby is tremendously fortunate to have more than 100,000 volunteers who ensure that the game thrives nationwide. Their selfless efforts are now more important than ever both for their clubs and local communities.

Every grassroots rugby club is at the heart of its local community and many are helping more than ever during the coronavirus crisis. Click below to read about the impressive work being undertaken by Edwardians FC, Mansfield Rugby Club, Old Northamptonians RFC, Nottingham Corsairs RFC, Olney RFC, Ryton RFC and Scunthorpe RUFC.

In conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game, next week, to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week 2020, we want to continue to thank volunteers in the rugby community nationwide for making a big difference in their communities during the pandemic. Help us recognise your work by sharing 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..

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.
Community Spirit
Recognition Programme
The link below may be useful for your clubhouse - for Public Health England Coronavirus resources - 
Stay Alert
 
 
 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the nineteenth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Don’t forget the virtual sessions taking place on the Adult Male Competition Future Structure review, or the webinars scheduled for next week. Eddie’s latest coaching podcast is available too and there’s a link to the Gift Aid opportunities and pitfalls for CASCs and charities webinar which is available on demand.

National Volunteer Week 2020 starts next Monday and we’ve highlighted some more rugby club initiatives and also put a call out for more stories and videos about the great activities that are taking place in the local community.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
 
 
RFU Headlines
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure - register for online consultation sessions
We will be running online consultation webinars in respect of the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure review throughout June. The aim of these sessions is to provide further detail on the future competition structure proposals. Feedback on these from players, coaches, referees and volunteers is essential to ensure a future structure that meets the game’s needs, and to help the group reach a final formal proposal. This will then be put to the game later in the summer, ahead of any RFU Council decision for implementation in the 2021/22 season.

The virtual process will allow players and clubs to ask questions and enter a facilitated discussion forum.

The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

Please note we are asking that each club limits the number of attendees to a maximum of four, including at least one player, and ideally a coach / Director of Rugby. This is to ensure the technology can support potentially large numbers and to ensure a balanced input.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
 
 
 
Other Important Information
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
 
 
Furlough - the next phase and how to prepare for when it ends - Wednesday 3 June at 12.30pm
The government has extended the furlough scheme until the end of October with further guidance due at the end of May. This webinar, delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, will provide guidance and support on the next phase of the furlough scheme and how to prepare for when it ends.
Register
 
 
Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registration details will be provided in due course.
 
 
The Eddie Jones Coaching podcast
This week's Eddie Jones Coaching podcast focuses on the infamous game from 2017 that created the term ‘ruckgate’. Click below to listen in full.
Listen
 
 
Gift Aid Opportunities and Pitfalls for CASCs & Charities - webinar now available on demand
This webinar explores how clubs registered as CASCs or charities can maximise the use of Gift Aid on donations to raise much needed funds. Clubs such as Salisbury RFC and Dorking RFC have maximised the use of Gift Aid with Salisbury RFC raising over £25K and Dorking RFC raising over £80K. Register below to find out how your club could do the same.
Register
 
 
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
 
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
Later today englandrugby.com will catch up with some more of our clubs helping their communities and raising funds for foodbanks and the NHS. Among our local rugby heroes are: Edwardians in Solihull, Ryton’s rainbowed women’s players in Tyne & Wear, Mansfield with their shorn locks, Scunthorpe sending rugby stress balls to the local hospital and the Herts racing refs covering the distance around all the county.

Next Week is National Volunteer Week 2020. In conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game, we want to continue to thank volunteers in the rugby community nationwide for making a big difference in their communities during the pandemic. Help us recognise your work by sharing 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..

Click below to find out more about the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.
Recognition Programme
Distribution list: Friday 22 May

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the eighteenth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

We’ve provided registration details for June’s adult male competition future structure virtual webinars, as well as details of the England Rugby Club Hub’s supply chain for rugby restart.

You can also enjoy three up and coming webinars and a podcast released jointly by Sport England and UK Coaching to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Finally, we’ve highlighted the recent virtual University Rugby Awards which took place in lockdown.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these twice-weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU Headlines
Adult Male Future Competitions Structure registration open for online consultations
Following on from the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure survey in January 2020, we will be running online consultation webinars throughout June.

The aim of these sessions is to provide further detail on the future competition structure proposals. Feedback on these from players, coaches, referees and volunteers is essential to ensure a future structure that meets the game’s needs, and to help the group reach a final formal proposal. This will then be put to the game later in the summer, ahead of any RFU Council decision for implementation in the 2021/22 season. The virtual process will allow players and clubs to ask questions and enter a facilitated discussion forum.

The following sessions will be running from 7-9pm, unless otherwise stated:

 Wednesday 3 June - Level 3 & 4
 Thursday 4 June - Level 5 & 6 (Session 1: 3pm | Session 2: 7pm)
 Monday 8 June - Level 7 & below (North)
 Wednesday 10 June - Level 7 & below (Midlands)
 Thursday 11 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 1 - 3pm)
 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1)
Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 - 3pm)

For those not able to make the live sessions, webinars will be recorded, with content available to view for the following two weeks and the ability to submit feedback.

Please note we are asking that each club limits the number of attendees to a maximum of four, including at least one player, and ideally a coach / Director of Rugby. This is to ensure the technology can support potentially large numbers and to ensure a balanced input.

To find out more about the Adult Male Future Competitions Structure and register for a webinar, please click below.
Full Details
Other Important Information
Supply chain for Rugby Restart
Following the recent Government advice that some sport facilities may now reopen, we are looking at ways to support clubs’ Return to Rugby. The England Rugby Club Hub is an online group buying platform designed as a one stop shop for rugby related products for the rugby community to access at competitive rates. The transactional capacity enables a club to buy a wide range of products from a number of suppliers in one purchase, minimising admin work and supporting budget management.

We now have a dedicated area of the Hub for Rugby Restart where clubs can access the products they may need to help in reopening their facility. At the moment, this is around hygiene and social distancing but as new guidance is announced and the rules are relaxed, more items will be added to the site.

Click below to access the Rugby Restart products or, if you are new to the site, you can create an account below using the steps in our guide here.

You will need your RFUID which can be found on GMS. Rugby Restart products can be found in the RFU Development Projects section.
Rugby Restart
Create Account
Webinars and Podcasts
To find the full details of the webinar programme through to Thursday 11 June, please click below.
Webinar Programme
Coach & Referee Training - Tuesday 26 May at 7pm
Richard Cheetham MBE will discuss how coaches can embed ‘Use It or Lose It’ learnings in their practice. Richard is an experienced rugby union coach educator and Level 4 Mentor for the RFU.
Register
Furlough - the next phase and how to prepare for when it ends - Wednesday 3 June at 12.30pm
The Government has extended the furlough scheme until the end of October with further guidance due at the end of May. This webinar, delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, will provide guidance and support on the next phase of the furlough scheme and how to prepare for when it ends.
Register
Media Support Webinar – Thursday 4 June at 7pm
The Media Support Webinar will provide tips and ideas on things you can be doing now to share with your local media. This will include a discussion on what we can provide to assist you once we are able to get the game back up and running. Registration details will be provided in due course.
Sport England and UK Coaching podcast
A podcast featuring Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth and UK Coaching CEO Mark Gannon to mark Mental Health Awareness week examines the need for inspirational people in communities to drive increased activity; how the pandemic has brought into focus the way people can be supported; and the challenges that people may face as society moves forward. We think this may be of real interest/relevance to club and CB leaders. Click below to watch the podcast.
Watch Podcast
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
 
 
 
Clubs doing great things
University Awards in lockdown
The Students RFU University Rugby Awards took place during lockdown via a short film celebrating people and clubs making a real difference in university rugby. With students at home and the season prematurely ended by coronavirus, there were more than 60 nominations of exceptional contributions covering the fantastic work being done by volunteers and staff across universities nationwide. From those came the difficult task of selecting five overall winners.

Click below to see the winners and see more examples of the great work that rugby-playing education institutions have been doing to support their local communities.

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..
Award Winners
Education Institutions

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