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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
The link below may be useful for your clubhouse - for Public Health England Coronavirus resources - 
Stay Alert
Please click on the links below for two documents for Club Guidance 
We are also as a County looking at securing some good bulk buys / discount prices for Hand sanitiser and dispensers to keep prices down for our clubs as this will be something required for some time.
We would therefore be grateful if you could let us know (asap) 
- how many hand sanitiser dispensers you think your clubhouse and changing rooms would need upon re-opening?
At present we are looking at two Hampshire Distilleries to supply us.
If anyone know of any contacts to get dispensers at a good price please let us know.
(We will also be doing the same for floor tape / stickers and water bottles to see if we can get a good bulk buy / discount for clubs.)
Thank you
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

 

Careful consideration needs to be given to this activity in order that coaches do no breach either the Government Guidelines or RFU Safeguarding Policy .

 

The Government has stated that if you are a personal trainer/coach you can now work with clients outdoors, providing you are alone and only meeting with 1 person from outside of your household, outdoors, and you are staying a minimum of 2 meters apart.

 

 RFU Safeguarding Policy is quite clear and must be adhered to.

 

 'To provide a safe environment, clubs should ensure that their volunteers and employees when working with children avoid working in isolation out of the sight of parents or other volunteers'

 

For further advice and guidance please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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