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Law changes update
We wanted to update you on the law changes announced by the Government on Wednesday 9 September in relation to the ban on groups of more than six people meeting socially indoors and outdoors. Although social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday 14 September, the Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue. With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.

Limited and restricted contact rugby training can also be continued. Detail of the permitted training activity is available in the return to contact training guidance.

Following feedback we are working to see whether guidance on numbers permitted on training areas can be increased to reflect the age of participants. Until we have secured approval for this clubs should follow current guidance of no more than 20 players per half pitch in training.

RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines must be followed.

We have worked closely with the Government to gain approval to return to rugby activity and the recent progression to Stage D has been well received with lots of positive impact being reported by clubs. We will continue to have close dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to progress community rugby activity to the next stage on the roadmap and we will keep you advised of any updates.
 
 
 
Managing visitors
Supporters, parents, and other spectators need to remain socially distanced whilst attending events. From Monday, spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with Government Guidelines, which you can read below.

Where it is anticipated that an activity will attract spectators, this includes parents, carers, partners etc, there should be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 secure. The person should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure.

Arrangements should also be put in place to support test and trace efforts by collecting information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. See the maintaining records guidance below for further information.

Ahead of the new rules around social gatherings being introduced next week you may wish to consider:

• Re-visiting your risk assessment to make sure you have double checked everything.
• Check your schedule to allow for a steady through flow of players and spectators.
• Keep reminding spectators to observe social distancing off the pitch.
• Following good practice to collect visitor details for track and trace.
• Consider if you can you do anything to ensure social distancing is observed e.g. making announcements, signposting or introducing time slot.
Government Guidelines                
Maintaining Records
 
 
 
Clubhouses and hospitality
Groups in clubhouses and hospitality facilities must be restricted to six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.

High ventilation in indoor facilities is paramount to reducing transmission of Covid-19; keep the facilities well ventilated, for example by fixing doors open and opening windows where appropriate.

If facilities remain closed, exceptions must be made for essential activity such as provision of first-aid or access to essential equipment for the match.

From Monday 14 September, you should let customers know that by law they can only visit in groups of up to six people (unless they are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than six). You can read these guidelines below. Until Monday 14 September, the current guidelines for keeping customers and staff safe apply.

The Government has updated the indoor guidance to minimise the risk of transmission and protect the health of customers and visitors to venues. This guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery.

Here are seven steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus (Covid-19):

1. Complete a Covid-19 risk assessment. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment.
2. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
3. Ask your customers to wear face coverings where required to do so by law. That is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply. Check when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.
4. Make sure everyone is social distancing. Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow. Enable people in the same party who do not live together to remain a safe distance apart.
5. Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open where possible and running ventilation systems at all times.
6. Take part in NHS Test and Trace by keeping a record of all your customers for 21 days. From 18 September, this will be enforced in law. Some exemptions apply. You can read more about Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.
7. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a customer has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating.
Government Guidance                          
Risk Assessment
 
 
 
Local lockdown restrictions
Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities. We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government website below. We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information on the Government local lockdown updates below.
Local Lockdown
Congratulations to Mikey Summerfield who has been selected for England U18 Camp.
Mikey a prop, was at Andover RFC and played U15 and U16 for Club Hampshire.
He is in the London Irish Academy and at Hartpury College 6th form.

Youth Sub–Committee and Forum Agenda 09-20

 

Online Via ‘ZOOM’

Monday 14th September 2020 at 19:00

 

All attendees please use the chat function on Zoom to sign in with your

name, club and position in club.

 

Please also place yourself on Mute, questions will be done via the chat function.

 

Link to join meeting-

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84664568136?pwd=Wlc0OFVKNCs0NWdWamFkV2p3VVJBUT09

Meeting ID: 846 6456 8136

Passcode: 310709

 

  1. Apologies for Absence
  1. Introduction / last meetings minutes
  1. Phase D - JG click here for Document
  1. Festivals – formats and advice on holding one.
  1. Safeguarding Update – SW
  2. GMS – registration of Age Grade players click here for Document
  1. AOB

 

e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with items for AOB by Thursday 3rd September 2020.

 
Distribution list: Tuesday 8 September

 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
We have provided a link to an on demand webinar to help the rugby community manage Stage D activities. We’ve also shared some highlights from the successful NatWest RugbyForce weekend.

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

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
 
 
RFU headlines
Local lockdown guidelines
Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities. We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. This includes the North West of England where some restrictions have now been lifted:

Government guidance - North of England

We would encourage rugby clubs in Bolton to check what the impact of the additional restrictions introduced today could mean for sport in their area. Read more on the Bolton local guidance.

Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government website below. We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information on the Government local lockdown updates.

The following local restrictions are currently in place:

Clubs in Leicester City are currently restricted to groups of no more than six in socially distanced activity and hence must remain at Stage B on the Return to Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Read the latest guidance issued on Friday 4 September: Government Guidance Leicester.

In Northampton, an outbreak of Covid-19 has been identified at certain Greencore factories. Any club member who has undertaken work in affected areas listed in the guidance, and the people they live with (or have formed a support bubble with), should self-isolate at home for the recommended periods specified and should not visit a rugby club. Read the detailed Northampton Guidance issued on Monday 31 August.

 
 
 
Other updates
NatWest RugbyForce and Pitch Up for Rugby weekends
The NatWest RugbyForce weekend which took place on 5/6 September was a huge success. More than 800 clubs used this activity to improve their facilities. Find out more about Warrington RUFC’s story and Cranleigh RFC’s story.

Over the course of this coming weekend, many clubs across the country will be hosting Pitch Up for Rugby events so that club members and visitors can enjoy playing and/or watching touch and Ready4Rugby on the pitch. You can still click to register for the weekend.

A helpful guide to support the Pitch Up for Rugby weekend is also available below. You can also view the on demand webinar providing tips on how to successfully promote your event and a link to our top five tips can be found below.

Helpful Guide
Top Five Tips
 
 
 
#PitchUpForRugby Photo Challenge
As part of our #PitchUpForRugby celebration we’re asking the rugby community to celebrate the sport’s return by sharing their best grassroots photos. We’d like clubs, players and fans to get involved in our #PitchUpForRugby photo challenge. All you need to do is post your favourite grassroots rugby photo on Twitter or Instagram, tag a friend to do the same and use the hashtag #PitchUpForRugby between 8-13 September.

Please also ask your players to post their photos too as throughout that week we will be sharing lots of the posted photos on England Rugby’s social media channels.
 
 
 
Managing visitors to your club
It is important to recognise the different requirements of managing people at your venue.

The below supplementary information regarding spectators and visitors has been made available by Government. Clubs must continue to work within these guidelines to ensure that all facility, pre-activity and other general operation practices are safe and appropriate.

Clubs should also ensure they are appropriately set up and prepared for safely welcoming other clubs, supporters, parents, and other spectators to their venues, following the Government’s social distancing guidelines, which you can read below. Outdoors you can meet in a group of up to six people from different households, or in larger groups if everyone is exclusively from one or two households – although social distancing must still be maintained with people who you do not live with unless they are in your support bubble.

Where it is anticipated that an activity will attract spectators, there should be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 Secure. The person(s) should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity, which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity and on departure.

Arrangements should also be put in place to support test and trace efforts by collecting information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. Read the maintaining records guidance section below for further information.
Government Guidelines
Records Guidance
 
   
 
 
Stage D webinar
This on demand webinar outlines the progressions that can be included following the movement to Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.
Watch Now
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Other important news
Community Rugby – Stage D
With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community can now organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.

Limited and restricted contact rugby training is also now allowed. Detail of the permitted training activity is available in the return to contact training guidance. You can also read more detailed information regarding limited contact training.

A short on demand webinar has been produced to outline the progressions that can be included at Stage D on the roadmap.

RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines should be followed.
 
 
 
UK Coaching Week | 14–20 September 2020
Next week we will be supporting UK Coaching Week by showcasing some of the great work of our volunteer coaches on England Rugby channels. This year’s campaign will centre on the need to ‘Support Your Coach’, kicking off with the #GreatCoachingPledge that will call on the nation to give some of their own time, sharing thanks and support for the coaching community. Watch out for more news.
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
Rupert Allhusen, a former player of Richmond RFC, celebrated becoming 40, not with a distanced party, but by swimming the English Channel on Sunday 6 September. Two charities will benefit from this great achievement: CMV Action the charity which aims to educate, vaccinate, and eradicate CMV and reduce the risks of this virus in unborn babies, and Richmond Heavies Foundation Defibrillator Fund, which provides defibrillators, training and maintenance to rugby clubs through the Heartbeat Trust. You can read Rupert’s story below.

In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting on englandrugby.com: NatWest RugbyForce weekend activities, clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs.

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
Rupert's Story
 
Distribution list: Tuesday 01 September

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

We have provided an update on the move to Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap and, as promised, the latest update (Tuesday 1 September) on adult and age-grade competitions. 

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

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU headlines
Community Rugby – moved to stage D
With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, effective today, Tuesday 1 September, we have moved to Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Clubs are now able to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity.

Limited and restricted contact rugby training is also now allowed. Varied training conditions will allow the return of tackling, lineouts and rucks, ensuring that players are prepared to perform these skills safely and effectively with some restrictions. Mauls, scrums, opposed lineouts or upright tackles are still not permissible as the transmission exposure risk remains high. Contact training sessions have to be carried out in small groups of no more than six players. Detail of the permitted training activity is available in the return to contact training guidance.

Recently updated guidance on physical activity issued by the Department for Education (DfE) permits rugby union to be played in line with our government-approved action plan, and therefore means that schools and colleges can also move to limited contact training under Stage D of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.

We know there are multiple decisions required on student bubbles, extra-curricular trips/enrichment, transport and physical activity before committing to playing rugby, particularly with other schools and colleges. Whilst we encourage a return to rugby activity as soon as possible, the decision to do so will ultimately rest with each school or college. 

RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines should be followed.

You can read more detailed information.

Competition Update - Adult and Age Grade Season

As previously communicated in the Community Game Update of Tuesday 4 August, we have to reach Stage F (which will not be reached until at least four weeks after Stage E) before full contact competitive rugby can commence. In line with the above announcement regarding move to Stage D, and with no set date on when we will reach Stage F, we can confirm that there will be no competitive rugby restart in October for adult or age grade rugby unless there is a dramatic improvement in the prevalence of the virus in the community. Specifically this means the following for the 2020-21 season:

Age Grade Rugby

The move to Stage D takes us into Playing Window three on the Age Grade competition model, and therefore: 

1. All national RFU Age Grade Competitions for 2020-21 will be cancelled. This includes the National Schools Cup & Champions Trophy, Under 18 Clubs Cup (Boys), Under 15 and 18 Clubs Cups (Girls) and ACE League.
2. The Age Grade Season can be extended and will end on 31 May 2021 as a one off.

This early confirmation will help clubs, schools and colleges with their current planning and scheduling. There will be further information and guidance to support competitive playing opportunities and local fixtures for the Age Grade game shortly.

Adult Rugby

The adult league season (Level 3 & below for men, Level 2 & below for women) will not commence in October. The next announcement about when league rugby will commence for these levels will be on 2 October.
Other Important Updates
Managing visitors to your club
It is important to recognise the different requirements of managing other attendees at your venue. 

The below supplementary information regarding spectators and visitors has been made available by the Government. This aligns to the restarting of grassroots rugby guidance we issued on Saturday 8 August. Clubs must continue to work within these guidelines to ensure that all facility, pre-activity and other general operation practices are safe and appropriate. 

Clubs should also ensure they are appropriately set up and prepared for safely welcoming other clubs, supporters, parents, and other spectators to their venues, following the Government’s social distancing guidelines, which you can read below. Outdoors you can meet in a group of up to six people from different households, or in larger groups if everyone is exclusively from one or two households – although social distancing must still be maintained with people who you do not live with unless they are in your support bubble.

Where it is anticipated that an activity will attract spectators, there should be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 Secure. The person(s) should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure.

Arrangements should also be put in place to support test and trace efforts by collecting information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. Read the maintaining records guidance section below for further information.
Government Guidelines
Records Guidance
Hiring out your venue
Clubs are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring that anyone hiring their venue adheres to the Government’s coronavirus (Covid-19) and RFU guidelines. In addition, all rugby activities undertaken must be restricted to what is permitted at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Clubs in enhanced lockdown areas must also comply with any additional local restrictions. Any breach of the guidelines may invalidate insurance and could be in breach of both RFU and government regulations.
Rugby tours
CBs are advised not to give permission for any tours to, or games in other Unions (including Ireland, Scotland & Wales), that involve full contact match play rugby or include any activity that conflicts with activity permitted at the current stage on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. In addition, CBs are advised to rescind any permissions already granted that would not now be granted. It is suggested that this guidance is also followed for tours planned to the Isle of Man or Channel Islands. This advice will be reviewed once Stage E is reached on the Roadmap.
Join the NatWest Rugby Force and Pitch Up for Rugby weekends in September
The countdown is on to prepare for the forthcoming NatWest Rugbyforce weekend, which takes place on 5/6 September. More than 800 clubs will use this activity to improve their facilities ready for the Pitch Up for Rugby weekend on 12/13 September, when club members and visitors can enjoy playing and/or watching touch and Ready4Rugby on the pitch. You canregister for the weekend.

More information on the NatWest Rugby Force and Pitch Up for Rugby weekends is also available below, along with a helpful guide. You can also view the on demand webinar which provides tips on how to successfully promote your event. Our top five tips include:

Tip 1 - Understand your audience
Your marketing plan should be understanding of your audience and how your product, service or in this case, event will appeal to them.

Tip 2 - Connect with your local community
An important audience is the wider local community and in particular local businesses.

Tip 3 - Start talking about the event
Once you know you're going to run an event then get the information out there as soon as you can.

Tip 4 - Be part of the big moments
Local media is a great way to promote your event and reach new people in your local community.

Tip 5 - What's next
There will be plenty of activity on all England Rugby channels from now until after the Pitch Up for Rugby weekend, so make sure you’re part of the conversation.
Helpful Guide
More Information
Get involved in the #PitchUpForRugby Photo Challenge
As part of our #PitchUpForRugby celebration we’re asking the rugby community to celebrate the sport’s return by sharing their best grassroots photos. We’d like clubs, players and fans to get involved in our #PitchUpForRugby photo challenge. All you need to do is post your favourite grassroots rugby photo on Twitter or Instagram, tag a friend to do the same and use the hashtag #PitchUpForRugby between 8-13 September.

Please also ask your players to post their photos too as throughout that week we will be sharing lots of the photos that are posted on England Rugby’s social media channels.
Local lockdown guidelines
Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities. We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines.

Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government website below. We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information on the Government local lockdown updates.

The following local restrictions are currently in place:

Clubs in Leicester City are currently restricted to groups of no more than six in socially distanced activity and hence must remain at Stage B on the Return to Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Read the Leicester City detailed guidance.

In Northampton, an outbreak of Covid-19 has been identified at certain Greencore factories. Any club member who has undertaken work in affected areas listed in the guidance, and the people they live with (or have formed a support bubble with), should self-isolate at home for the recommended periods specified and should not visit a rugby club. Read the detailed Northampton Guidance issued on Monday 31 August.

Currently, all clubs in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston, and West Yorkshire can continue to operate at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap as the Government website makes it clear that sports that have action plans approved by Government may continue to operate as per NGB guidelines. Read the North of England guidance.

It is important that clubs in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle read local authority guidance as different restrictions may apply, depending on the location of a rugby club. Read the Government guidance.

In Oldham and the following parts of Blackburn with Darwen, clubs can operate at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap: Blackburn South & Lower Darwen, Blackburn South East, Darwen East, Darwen South, Darwen West, Ewood, Livesey with Pleasington, Mill Hill & Moorgate, West Pennine.

There are wider restrictions in place in Pendle, but the Whitefield, Walverden, Southfield, Bradley, Clover Hill, Brierfield, Marsden areas in the wards of Nelson and Brierfield have additional restrictions and clubs are currently restricted to groups of no more than six in socially distanced activity and hence must remain at Stage B on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap.

However, additional restrictions have been introduced in the following areas of Blackburn with Darwen which mean that residents should not socialise with people that they do not live with and, therefore, no rugby activity should take place outside your family bubble until local authority advice changes.

Blackburn with Darwen - (areas affected): Audley & Queen’s Park, Bastwell & Daisyfield, Billinge & Beardwood, Blackburn Central, Little Harwood & Whitebirk, Roe Lee, Shear Brow & Corporation Park, Wensley Fold.

Please see local authority guidance below: 

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Oldham Council
Pendle Borough Council
Webinar, workshops and podcasts
Running your Club – Virtual Workshops September to November 2020
The first of the next round of Club Matters Workshops will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 2 September. This Volunteer Experience Workshop will provide top tips on recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteer, and you can register below. 

The second workshop, Planning for the Future, will take place on Wednesday 16 September. This workshop identifies how to effectively plan and develop specific objectives to enable your club to tackle key issues and become sustainable, register below to take part.

Each workshop will take place between 6.30pm to 8.30pm and places are limited to 18 attendees, allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can discover all the details of the workshops.
Club Matters
Planning Workshop
Using GMS for Start of the Season Club Tasks - 3 September at 7pm
This webinar will build on last month’s introduction to Player Profile & Age Grade Registration. We will update progress since the July Webinar and also on further enhancements to the Help Portal. We will also discuss how clubs can utilise GMS effectively for online membership payments, club communications and team management tasks.

Register below both to join the event and to view on demand after the webinar has finished.
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
 
 
 
The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast
In this latest podcast, Joe Schmidt, former Ireland and Leinster head coach, speaks about his journey from being an English teacher who also coached some basketball to coaching at the highest level leading Ireland to three Six Nations titles.
Listen Now
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now 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 withThis 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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