Distribution list: Tuesday 20 October

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
In today’s edition we update on the restart of training courses for 2020/2021, highlight new Sport England Funding, affected areas in the Covid-19 tier system, wearing of gloves by players and guidance on fireworks.

We are constantly working with Government to return to rugby but as a reminder that we are still at Stage D on the Roadmap, and RFU guidance, as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines, must be followed. Local restriction powers lie with their local authorities and clubs need to check the latest position, as restrictions may change frequently over the coming weeks.

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

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on the website.
RFU Headlines
Resumption of England Rugby Training Courses
We intend to resume England Rugby Training courses from November. Coaches and referees working with Kids First Rugby age groups and those new to contact rugby will start first, with Player Welfare and Award courses shortly afterwards.

This webinar explains how we intend to implement the training programme, with resources to share with clubs, education and referee societies. It also outlines the plans for the 2020/21 England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award (formerly Level 3 Coaching) course.

Courses will be available to book through the online course booking system, and you can also find a range of free webinar and eLearning courses below. 

Digital coaching and refereeing resources can be found on our Keep Your Boots On YouTube channel

Courses will only run where it is safe to do so, following local and national guidance from Public Health England and practical activities on courses aligning with the RFU guidance
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Other important updates
Sport England Return to Play Fund
Sport England have today released a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who have been impacted by restrictions. This will be split into three strands, Small Grants, Community Asset Funds and Active Together. You can find out if your club is eligible for support via the link below.
Sport England Fund
Players wearing gloves
As the weather gets colder we understand players will want to wear gloves. We have updated our guidance. Our advice is that they are changed for a different pair at least every 15 minutes. Players wearing gloves cannot effectively sanitise the gloves' surface, increasing the risk of infection and transmission. The key way to reduce the risk of infection and transmission during rugby activity is through regular sanitising of hands.
Test and trace and handling of Covid-19 positive tests
Clubs are reminded of the need to have a Test & Trace system in place. You can find out more about NHS Test & Trace below, or read about Howdens Test and Trace here.

In the event of positive tests occuring within a club, including retrospective cases, each case should be registered via the Positive Test Notification Form, which can be accessed on the link below. This information is requested to allow us to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and to ensure that clubs have the appropriate support.
NHS Test & Trace
Notification Form
Latest Webinars
Our latest club webinar on demand is Understanding Corporation Tax where we look at how corporation tax applies to rugby clubs. It includes what income is taxable, what reliefs are available and how clubs can comply. Click below to watch the webinar, as well as Irwin Mitchell's webinar covering good club guidance.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Corporation Tax
Club Guidance
Fireworks – Covid-19 and insurance requirements
At this time of year, many clubs would normally be planning their annual bonfire and fireworks event. If you are considering going ahead with an event this year, you will need to consider the COVID-19 risk as well as the risk assessment of your bonfire and fireworks display itself. Outdoor events can continue, but to be insured you must be able to comply with both COVID-19 guidance, which you can read below, and also the insurer’s usual safety requirements, which are also below. If you are unable to comply with the guidance you should not proceed with your event.
Covid-19 Guidance
Insurer's Requirements
Rugby community
Today we’ve highlighted much loved seven-year-old rugby hero Patryk Milner from Sandbach RUFC, missed by all who knew him and whose organs have saved three lives.

In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting on englandrugby.com clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs and stories from around the game.
Patryk Milner
Following consultation with Public Health England, the RFU have produced overview guidance which explains the actions required by a club following a positive COVID-19 test.
 It is important  that a club understands what is action is required following a positive test within the club. 
Please ensure you (and other relevant personnel within your club) have read through the Extended Guidance Following a Positive COVID-19 Test, to ensure the appropriate action has been taken.
The RFU request that clubs submit notification of all positives tests with in a club (including retrospective cases). 
This information is requested to allow the RFU to monitor the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 test occurring in clubs and ensure the club has the appropriate support, and for the CB to identify any noticeable trends.

Clubs can do this by filling out this Positive Test Notification Form

RFU Touchline October 2020...

Distribution list: Friday 16 October

Community Game Update – October 2020
1. Viewing the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup
2. Show your club shirt at Twickenham
3. Changes to RFU Regulations
4. Response to World Rugby Transgender Guidence
5. Guidance on players wearing gloves
6. Allianz supporting the women’s game
7. Rugby Development team update
8. England Schools membership 2020-21 season
9. Nominate your club’s Unsung Hero in BBC Sports Personality of Year awards

Welcome to the October 2020 Community Game Update. We hope you find the update useful, and if you have any feedback, queries or content that you would like to feature, please email Chris Dodd, Communications Executive (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Our communications to you are based on the data held in the Game Management System (GMS). To ensure you receive the communications that you want to from the RFU, please check the information held on this system is up to date and active. In addition, if you know of a colleague who should be receiving these updates, but isn’t, please help them to check their details on GMS.

This communication is only sent to the roles highlighted in the distribution list above. Please share it with others in your club who need to see it.
Viewing the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup
The countdown is on for the start of the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup. We are actively working with Amazon on a solution for as many clubs as possible to show the matches in their clubhouse. Further details will be announced shortly. Please note that the Quilter International, England v Ireland on Saturday 21 November will be on Channel 4.

As a reminder, the Quilter Cup: England v Barbarians match on Sunday 25 October is on Sky Sports, the conclusion of the Guinness Six Nations 2020 is on BBC and ITV on the Saturday 31 October and Italy v England in the Women’s Six Nations 2020 on Sunday 1 November is on Sky Sports.
Show your club shirt
You may not be able to take your seat at Twickenham this autumn but our clubs and CBs can. We want you to send us one of your shirts to fill a seat at Twickenham as England compete in the Quilter Internationals as part of the Autumn Nations Cup. We want to create a visual representation of all our member clubs and CBs standing together at this time. It’s quick, easy and free to send your team’s shirt in.

We are working with a delivery partner to provide you with free postage, so more details on this and guidelines will be sent out shortly.

By sending your shirt in, you will also be entered into a draw to win 1 of 10 signed England shirts for your club or CB.

Join us and show your shirt this autumn at Twickenham.
Changes to RFU Regulations
A summary is below highlighting the key changes to the Regulations for the 2020-21 season. As a reminder, the regulations in full can be accessed through RFU Regulations.
Read Changes
Response to World Rugby Transgender Guidance
The RFU along with other nations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA has not chosen to adopt the World Rugby Transgender Guidelines at this time and will keep its current policy in place for now.

The current policy follows World Rugby’s former transgender guidelines where athletes must apply to the RFU for permission to play. For transgender females this includes providing evidence of testosterone levels below 5 nmol/L continuously for a period of at least 12 months immediately prior to application and they must keep their serum testosterone concentration below that level for as long as they wish to play in the female category. All requests are reviewed by a panel including the RFU Head of Regulation & Integrity, RFU Player Welfare Manager and a medical representative appointed by the RFU. It is important to note that we have fewer than ten transgender women currently playing in England and there has been no associated increase in injury.

The ban proposed by World Rugby would mean excluding those people immediately without any ability for them to appeal or for their particular circumstances to be considered individually.

The RFU welcomes the work undertaken by World Rugby however it believes the evidence is not advanced enough for us to be content that a blanket ban could not be challenged.

The RFU wants to keep the welfare of all players at the heart of its decision making. At the same time, rugby has always been an inclusive sport and so when considering this complex subject, we believe we also need to make sure we are taking an approach which supports inclusivity while protecting fairness and safety for female players.

The World Rugby Transgender Guidelines have created many sensational headlines and while this is a complex subject that invokes many strong views, it is important to highlight that the RFU response is carefully considered.

As a next step the RFU will work with other Unions to continue to develop scientific work, to answer outstanding questions so that we can develop guidelines that can be implemented globally. Our aim is to work with World Rugby to find a solution that is as inclusive as it can be, whilst achieving fairness and safety for women. The RFU will also undertake further consultation with players in the women’s game to understand their views.
Players wearing gloves
Having had numerous queries on players wearing gloves, our previously communicated position was that gloves should not be worn. However, we understand that players may wish to wear them during the cold weather. Our advice is that they are changed for a different pair at least every 15 minutes. Players that wear gloves cannot effectively sanitise the surface of the gloves, increasing the risk of infection and transmission. The key way to reduce the risk of infection and transmission during rugby activity is through regular sanitising of hands.
Allianz supporting the women’s game
Allianz Insurance is the new Insurance Partner of England Rugby and the title partner for the Premier 15s, with the official name of the competition being ‘Allianz Premier 15s’.

Allianz is committed to supporting the top-flight women’s domestic rugby competition in England, England Rugby teams and the community game, in line with its commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity and excellence. Allianz Insurance has a long history in rugby and is excited about turning its support and attention to the women and girls’ game which is a strategic priority for the RFU. The partnership with Allianz is expected to accelerate the growth and support the retention of female players over the next 12 months and beyond through increased awareness activities and programmes like Inner Warrior.

The rugby community can expect to hear more about this partnership in the coming months, as we all gear up to the next round of Warrior Camps scheduled to take place in January 2021.
Allianz Partner
Rugby Development team – New roles
With some significant change, we would like to place our thanks to staff who have left the RFU, we would like to thank each and every one of them for their service during their time here.

This change means we will work differently to still achieve great things in the game. The full structure is attached and in this edition we wanted to profile three roles that are field based that clubs and CB’s may come into contact with.
New Roles
Team Structure
England Schools membership 2020-21 season
England Rugby Football Schools Union has removed the need to pay for membership from the start of the 2020-21 season. Instead, schools can now register their membership below, where they need to complete their contact details, as well as pledging to follow RFU Regulations and guidance. If you have not done so, please register your school using this easy process now.
Nominate your club’s Unsung Hero
Nominations for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year's 2020 Unsung Hero awards are now open until Sunday 25 October 2020.

If you know someone at your club who has gone to extraordinary lengths for their local community during an unprecedented year, make sure you put them forward.

Young people aged 15 and under will also be celebrated for the very first time this year thanks to the introduction of the Captain Tom: Young Unsung Hero award.

On the Friday 2 October, we showed our support for East Grinstead in nominating Matt Ratana.

To nominate your Unsung Hero and/or Young Unsung Hero visit the BBC website below.
Nominate Today

It's just a Rugby Club

A pitch, a changing room a clubhouse.
Pads and bags.
Coaches motivating and keeping us moving.
It's just my Rugby Club
Things get built here -
Stronger bodies.
Fitter bodies.
Confident bodies.
Things get broken here -
.....but It's just my Rugby Club
Friendships are forged for life.
Community is created.
We rally together in the sad times.
We celebrate the good times.
We laugh together
We cry together.
We lift each other in good and bad times.
.....but It's just my Rugby Club
We conquer our demons.
We relieve our stress.
We quiet the voices in our heads.
We feel at home here.
.....but It's just my Rugby Club
It's the date in our diary we never miss.
It's the time for us to be carefree.
It's the place where we can let go.
It's part of our lives.
It’s where lives are changed for the better.
It's our family.
It's not just a Rugby Club !
It's OUR Rugby Club.
We will be back. Stronger than ever.

Here’s to the return of Community Rugby!

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