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Distribution list: Tuesday 30 June

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

We have now published resources to support those clubs who may wish to re-open their facilities from Saturday 4 July.

We have also provided more detailed information regarding a return to competitive playing for the 2020/21 season.

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
Guidance to re-opening clubs and facilities
As restrictions across the country begin to ease, we have produced resources to support those clubs who may wish to re-open their facilities from Saturday 4 July. Click below to access our support guides, including risk assessments and checklists.
Support Guides
Return to competitive playing for the 2020/21 season
Last week we announced adapted community competition plans for adult and age grade rugby in the 2020/21 season. Today we have published more detailed information – click below to read.
More Details
Call for diversity and inclusion volunteers
Are You Passionate about Rugby being an inclusive sport?
If the answer is yes then we want to hear from you. The RFU Council has a newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Working Group that is actively recruiting for two volunteer members from the game to participate in an implementation group that will deliver ten agreed recommendations over the next two years. The focus will be on volunteer leaders and governance at Club, Constituent Body and RFU Council level.

The time commitment is expected to be about six meetings a year, at least 50% of which will be virtual, along with some ad hoc calls, etc in between.

Rugby is a sport founded on inclusion however, there is more we can do to improve diversity and these roles offer a great opportunity to deliver critical change. Click below to read the job description and apply. Please ensure that you enclose your CV as part of the application.
Job Description
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Other important updates
Webinars & Podcasts
Wednesday 1 July - Virtual Workshop - Volunteer Experience
England Rugby is working with Club Matters to deliver club support virtual workshop sessions on a number of topics. These will run for a maximum of two hours and will be limited to 15 attendees, allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Click below to see the full programme and register for the first Volunteer Experience Workshop scheduled for next Wednesday 1 July. This session will help participants gain top tips in recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers. England Rugby is working with Club Matters to deliver club support virtual workshop sessions on a number of topics. The workshops will run for a maximum of two hours and will be limited to 15 attendees, allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Click below to see the full programme and register for the first Volunteer Experience Workshop scheduled for next Wednesday 1 July. This session will help participants gain top tips in recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers.
Full Programme
Workshop 1
Wednesday 8 July - Legal Structures - Are you considering your legal structure?
This virtual workshop gives guidance on which legal structure may suit your club best. It also examines whether CASC or charitable status is worth exploring for your club. Click below to register.
Register
Webinar from EY now available to watch on demand - The Impact of Covid-19 on consumer behaviour – and what it means for your club
The Covid-19 crisis has changed the way people live. It will have a lasting impact on how they shop, what they buy and how they consume everything. EY has been surveying consumers every four weeks during the crisis and the outputs provide a 360-degree perspective on the changes in consumer behaviour. This webinar delivered by our partner EY presents the latest outputs from this survey and discusses what this means for your club as you seek to navigate the challenges. Register to watch the webinar on demand.
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
Many clubs turned to helping their communities during the coronavirus crisis. Onsite kitchens supplied meals for the vulnerable and NHS front-line workers, food banks were helped, prescriptions collected for people shielding and money was raised for struggling charities or the NHS. Clubs stripped of their usual income in what would have usually been a busy and profitable part of the season are also trying to help themselves and raise funds to secure survival. Click below to read about some of the activities that are taking place to help clubs survive.
Community Spirit
Two RFU Injured Players Foundation clients and fitness experts have been making sure that players seriously injured playing the game have had plenty of support in lockdown in maintaining their mental and physical wellbeing. Dani Watts and Ross Morrison have been running virtual sessions twice a week to keep everyone motivated and connected. They were also joined on one of their sessions by former England captain, Lewis Moody. Click below to find out more.
IPF Support
In addition to clubs helping their communities, next week we are beginning to highlight clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities being undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs, 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 club and individual 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
Other news
Be in with a chance to win a Dove Men+Care goodie bag
Together with Dove Men+Care, we're able to bring you a series of exclusive on-demand webinars with England players Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell who will be discussing the key skills and attributes that go into playing their positions at the highest level.

Click below to watch the first webinar with England Rugby scrum half Ben Youngs. Anyone who registers will be in with a chance of winning a Dove Men+Care goodie bag. Terms apply.
Ben Youngs
Dove Men+Care
2020 Rugby Calorie Challenge
Old Albanian RFC is supporting the launch the first Rugby Calorie Challenge on 11 July to raise money for three worthy causes: NHS Charities Together COVID Appeal, Show Racism the Red Card and the Injured Players Foundation.

Open to any rugby clubs that wants to take part, the aim is simple, each team has to burn as many calories as possible through exercise. Click below to register your club.
Register Club
 
Distribution list: Friday 26 June

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

Today we lead on the plans for competitive matches (league and cup) in the adult and age-grade game next season, once the government gives the go ahead for rugby to restart.

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
Return to competitive playing for 2020/21 season
We’ve published adapted community competition plans for adult and age grade rugby in the 2020/21 season, click below to link to the summary, further details will be available early next week. There are a range of competition models that can be applied at different season start dates as and when it is deemed safe to return to play i.e. when we reach Phase F on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The models allow for any potential interruption in the season as a result of Covid-19, while providing clubs, schools, colleges, universities and players with a framework for meaningful competitive rugby with greater flexibility to enable games to be played.
View Framework
Re-opening of additional club facilities
As clubs begin to make decisions to re-open their facilities, including bars, from 4 July, following the government’s announcement of 23 June, we have developed guides to support clubs with this activity, which will be shared early next week.
Celebrating diversity in our sport
Last year we marched with Kings Cross Steelers in Pride in London. This year we had planned to march at London Pride as demonstration of our commitment to creating opportunities for all to work in or play rugby regardless of age, race, ability, gender, sexual orientation or background. We are an inclusive and diverse family who stand up for what we believe in – sport is for all.

Although Pride 2020 has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we still want to celebrate. Today we are calling on colleagues, clubs and players across the country to join one of Stonewall’s Train the Trainer and/or Role Model programmes. Details about the programmes and how you can sign up can be found in the link below. It’s a great chance to celebrate our two-year journey of working with Stonewall and International Gay Pride.

If you want to be inspired by others taking part in these Stonewall courses, please click below.
Register
Launch of the Pitch In campaign
Since the community game was suspended on 20 March, rugby clubs up and down the country have pitched in to help out in a range of ways including food deliveries to key workers and the vulnerable, raising money for charity, making calls to elderly members and using their facilities for food banks.

Earlier this week the Duke of Sussex, Jonny Wilkinson, Eddie Jones, Sarah Hunter, Owen Farrell and others say thank you for pitching in to combat coronavirus as we launch our Pitch In campaign. Click below to watch the video.

Why not share the video on your club’s social media channels as well - the links are as follows:

Twitter
Facebook
Youtube
Watch Video
Other important updates
Last call to give feedback in the Adult Male Future Competition Structure review
The deadline to have your say on the Adult Male Future Competition Review is Friday 3 July 2020. If you haven’t already done so, or you have any questions not addressed in any of the online documentation, please email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We’ve already received some great input throughout the process. The virtual consultation sessions that ran online during June provided some great insights. The presentation slides and FAQs from those sessions are now available below.
Feedback
Webinars & Podcasts
Volunteer Experience Virtual Workshop – Wednesday 1 July
England Rugby is working with Club Matters to deliver club support virtual workshop sessions on a number of topics. The workshops will run for a maximum of two hours and will be limited to 15 attendees, allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Click below to see the full programme and register for the first Volunteer Experience Workshop scheduled for next Wednesday 1 July. This session will help participants gain top tips in recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers.
Full Programme
Workshop 1
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’ve focused on Southwark Rugby Club playing out of a Council owned clubhouse near the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, South East London. In such an ethnically diverse area the club is determined to both reflect and support their community. Click below to read their story.
Community Spirit
In addition to clubs helping their communities, next week we are beginning to highlight clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities being undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs, 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 club and individual 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

In line with the Return to Rugby Roadmap, the government has announced that some rugby facilities can reopen from 4 July.

 

It is important that each club makes its own decision about why and when it would like to reopen facilities.

  

 

 

The RFU has produced guidance for rugby clubs to help determine the most appropriate way forward as well as detailed resources on risk, facility reopening checklists and how to create an action plan.

 

You will also find links to other useful information published by government, Public Health England and Sport England.

 

Click on the link below for the guidance.

https://www.englandrugby.com/dxdam/d8/d86ec0e7-a489-414e-b387-585a92bf4c9f/FINAL%20V2%20FAC%20RTR%20infographic%20JUNE%2029-01.pdf

 
Distribution list: Tuesday 23 June

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

In light of today’s announcements on the easing of social distancing restrictions, we are in active discussions with other team sports, Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about how we accelerate some form of a return to community rugby.

We have developed guidance on the re-opening of additional club facilities, including risk assessment guidance and checklists, and this is ready to be released once the full implications of today’s announcements (particularly around reopening of bars) are understood.

Also in the next week we anticipate being able to issue an update on the plans for competitive matches (league and cup) in the adult and age-grade game next season.

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
One week to go to complete Payment of Player Declaration
Thank you to all the clubs that have now completed the yearly Payment of Players Declaration. For those clubs that have yet to complete their declaration, it is important to note that the process must be complete by Tuesday 30 June. If you need any help with your submission or access to GMS please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 
Other important updates
Webinars & Podcasts
Webinar from EY - The Impact of Covid-19 on consumer behaviour – and what it means for your club - Thursday 25 June at 7pm
The Covid-19 crisis has changed the way people live. It will have a lasting impact on how they shop, what they buy and how they consume everything. EY has been surveying consumers every four weeks during the crisis and the outputs provide a 360-degree perspective on the changes in consumer behaviour. This webinar delivered by our partner EY will present the latest outputs from this survey and discuss what this means for your club as you seek to navigate the challenges. Register for the webinar below.
Register
 
 
Volunteer Experience Virtual Workshop – Wednesday 1 July
England Rugby is working with Club Matters to deliver club support virtual workshop sessions on a number of topics. The workshops will run for a maximum of two hours and will be limited to 15 attendees, allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Click below to see the full programme and register for the first Volunteer Experience Workshop scheduled for next Wednesday 1 July. This session will help participants gain top tips in recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers.
Full Programme
Workshop 1
 
 
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
We continue to receive stories from clubs who are helping themselves and their members to prepare for the return to community rugby, when safe to do so. Many are also helping their communities, like Jordan Mattinson of Whitehaven RUFC who was furloughed from his job as a scaffolder and led his club’s wide-ranging support for their community during lockdown. Click below to read.
Community Spirit
 
 
In addition to clubs helping their communities, we will start highlighting clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities being undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs, 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 club and individual 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
 
 
 
Other news
RFU Board and Council member appointments
A number of new appointments to the RFU Board and Council were announced after the RFU Annual General Meeting that took place on 12 June, effective 1 August 2020. This includes David Roberts being appointed as Chair of the Community Game Board, the decision-making body accountable for providing direction to the community game. David replaces Rob Briers, who has been appointed as Junior Vice-President. Click below to find out more.
New Appointments
 
 
The Virtual Rugby Show - Friday 26 - Sunday 28 June
The Virtual Rugby Show is a weekend of free live content celebrating all things rugby. Covering grassroots, the professional game, skills and amazing panels and keynote sessions. Hear from and ask questions of speakers, including Bill Sweeney and Steve Grainger of the RFU and rugby legends Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Sarah Hunter MBE, Martin Johnson OBE, Joe Marler, Brian O’Driscoll, Nigel Owens MBE, Sam Warburton and Sir Clive Woodward OBE.

It’s entirely free to attend and any donations received will go to chosen charity, Dallaglio RugbyWorks. Click below to book your place.
Book Place

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