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It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Dr Ian Bell on 8th June 2020.

 

 

For full details,please follow the link below

https://www.gosportrugby.club/news/dr-ian-bell-rip-2543032.html

 

 
Distribution list: Friday 12 June

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

Bill Sweeney has given an update on the revised international ticketing allocation process for the 2020/21 season.

We’ve also provided an update on the Adult Male Competition Future Structure webinars and there’s new guidelines and a webinar on demand available to support coaching teams during Stage B of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. In addition, there’s information about the Rugby Groundsmen Connected webinar taking place next Thursday.

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
Message from Bill Sweeney regarding International ticket allocations process for the 2020/21 season
Bill Sweeney has today written to the game outlining the impact on Twickenham Stadium’s capacity when social distancing guidelines are implemented. As there is likely to be a dramatic reduction in the number of tickets available for each game, the RFU Council has taken the decision to introduce changes to the international ticket allocation process for the 2020/21 season. Click below to read the letter.
Read Letter
 
 
 
Other important updates
Adult Male Future Competition Structure – last call to participate in online consultations, plus webinars on demand
We’ve received some great input into the online Adult Male Future Competition Structure consultation sessions that ran over the last week or so. This virtual process allows players and clubs to ask questions and enter a facilitated discussion forum. The final three sessions take place next week so if you want to provide feedback to ensure a future structure that meets the game’s needs, please register now for one of the following sessions:

 Monday 15 June - Level 7 & below (London/South East, Session 2 at 7pm)
 Wednesday 17 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 1 at 7pm)
 Thursday 18 June - Level 7 & below (South West, Session 2 at 3pm)

You can also access the previous virtual webinar sessions, on demand, up until Friday 26 June. Click below to find out more.

In addition to the above we plan to post the presentation slides and FAQs on the Englandrugby.com website at the end of the virtual consultation process. Any questions not addressed in any of the online documentation are welcomed and should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Return to Community Rugby - Coaching Guidance for small group training
We are currently at Stage B of the Return to Community Roadmap.

We have therefore published a guide to help coaches prepare for a return to community rugby and there’s also a webinar on demand available on this topic.

Coaches are encouraged to introduce rugby skills gradually and to focus on physical preparation in the form of activate movement challenges during the first few weeks of group training. Click below for our detailed guide and to access our webinar on demand.
Read Guide
Webinar
 
 
Club guidance for off pitch activity
Following publication of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap, we are working on guidance for clubs regarding off field activities and facilities. We will provide an update on the progress of this work shortly.
 
 
Webinars & Podcasts
Rugby Groundsmen Connected: Your pitch maintenance programme - Thursday 18 June at 7pm
This Rugby Groundsmen Connected webinar will provide tips, advice and guidance on groundsmanship at your club. This will be the first of a series of Rugby Groundsmen Connected support sessions and it will focus on reviewing what you do now, the day to day tasks that clubs need to consider and talk through a typical renovation programme.

How we look after our pitches is vital to maximising and increasing pitch capacity, whether you have years of experience or have just taken over the upkeep of your club pitches this webinar is for you. Register Below.
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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
This week we have highlighted the great work that Bancroft RFC have been undertaking to bring social change - read here.

We’re also hearing more stories from clubs who are helping themselves and their members to prepare for the return for community rugby, when safe to do so. In addition to clubs helping their communities, we will start highlighting these great self-help initiatives on englandrugby.com

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game. 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

 

Coaching risk assessment

he RFU have produced a Coaching Risk Assessment Template to support clubs with their return to play.

As the government’s phased return of sport roadmap progresses, further risk assessments and guidance will be made available.

Click below to read the risk assessment and acess the roadmap for a return to community rugby that was published last week.

 

 

 
 

Club guidance for off pitch activity

Following publication of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap, the RFU are working on guidance for clubs regarding off field activities and facilities. We will provide an update on the progress of this work in the coming week.

 

Risk Assessment
                 
Roadmap

 

Mike passed away recently.

Mike been appointed Captain in 1962 and continued to play throughout the 1960s and into the 70s always in the first XV.

He also played for Hampshire and West Sussex, then in neighbouring counties and beyond. 

 

For full details please follow the link below

https://havantrfc.rfu.club/news/former-captain-mike-taylor-passes-away

 

 

 
Distribution list: Tuesday 9 June
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the twenty-third edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

We’ve provided a Coaching Risk Assessment Template to support clubs with their return to play and information regarding the RFU virtual AGM which is taking place on Friday 12 June. In addition, there’s news about the Disclosure and Barring Service application process recommencing on Wednesday 1 July, as well as the new Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast.

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
Coaching risk assessment
We have produced a Coaching Risk Assessment Template to support clubs with their return to play. As the government’s phased return of sport roadmap progresses, further risk assessments and guidance will be made available. Click below to read the risk assessment and acess the roadmap for a return to community rugby that was published last week.
Club guidance for off pitch activity
Following publication of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap, we are working on guidance for clubs regarding off field activities and facilities. We will provide an update on the progress of this work in the coming week.
Risk Assessment
Roadmap
AGM taking place on Friday 12 June - last call to appoint AGM proxies
The RFU AGM will be held virtually at 5pm on Friday 12 June. Please ensure that you log on to the AGM Portal using the personal ID and PIN numbers included in your AGM Notice. The deadline to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf is 4pm on Thursday 11 June. The AGM supporting documentation can be found below.

If any of your club members would like to observe the AGM, they may do so by logging on to the AGM Portal, selecting “I am a guest” and providing the details requested. They will need an internet connection in order to view the online broadcast.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries about the virtual AGM.
Documentation
Other important matters
Disclosure and Barring Service application process to recommence on Wednesday 1 July
Following discussions with the Disclosure and Barring Service, we have decided that it will re-open the DBS system on Wednesday 1 July. As many sports and physical activities are resuming, as well as education settings, we believe we should provide RFU members, as well as the Disclosure and Barring Service, with notice of a restart date in order to manage an anticipated increase in applications.

Clubs can now prepare for this re-opening in a number of ways:

• Clubs can prioritise those in the children’s workforce whose applications have expired, or who are new applicants ready for ID verification, and applications can be submitted from Wednesday 1 July.

• Clubs should carry out a safer recruitment process for new applicants including use of the volunteer forms to assess their suitability to work/ volunteering with children. The volunteer form can be found here.

• Club Safeguarding Officers and other ID verifiers should ensure that they have ready access to the DBS E Bulk system i.e. their account is active and password is known. If not, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that Regulation 21 remains in force and clubs must not engage anyone, or appoint a volunteer, to work with children on a paid or voluntary basis who is not DBS cleared. While following social distancing guidelines, ID verification must take place in person.

While awaiting their DBS disclosure certificate, a person may temporarily work on a paid or voluntary basis with children provided that they are actively supervised at all times by a person who is DBS cleared by the RFU. This will apply to those who submitted applications prior to the cessation of the DBS process and who are still awaiting a certificate, as well as those applications submitted on and after Wednesday 1 July.

Any activity with children must follow the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap and comply with Regulation 15.8 ‘Season and Out of Season Activity’.

We expect all those involved in Age Grade Rugby to respect the principles in the Age Grade Codes of Practice and to comply with RFU Safeguarding Policy.

The welfare of children is paramount at all times. For any further help or support, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Webinars & Podcasts
Coach & Referee Training - Thursday 11 June at 7pm
Ian Peel, Saracens forwards coach and former England U20 head coach and international scrum coach, will discuss coaching the front row. Click below to register.
Register
SNAP Sponsorship 'Making Sponsorship Work' for grassroots rugby clubs - Thursday 11 June at 7pm
This webinar from SNAP Sponsorship will inform you about how you can increase your chances of attracting new sponsors. Find out how rugby clubs large and small are already taking advantage of new sponsorship opportunities with SNAP Sponsorship. Joining SNAP Sponsorship on the webinar are member clubs, one who turned last year’s £300 into £9,000 this season and another who has raised over £40,000 with SNAP Sponsorship. Register below to find out how your club could do the same.
Register
The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast: A Coach's Journey
This week’s Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast focuses on a coach’s journey and what steps you can take to succeed. Click below to listen.
Listen
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
Whether it’s helping to feed key workers and those who need foodbank support, or fundraising for charities and the NHS, the rugby community is demonstrating the values of our sport across the country. Click below to read about three new inspirational stories:
Food & funding from rugby family
Clubs making real difference in volunteer week
Old Wimbledonians rugby heroes

Also click here to find out about the activities being undertaken across the educational sector.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK are proud supporters of the rugby volunteers across England who make up an integral part of the game. 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

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