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Distribution list: Friday 19 June

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

We’ve announced that all Adult Male Future Competition Structure virtual consultation sessions are now available on demand webinars and made a last call for feedback on this review. We’ve also provided a link to the National School Sport Week at Home campaign which starts tomorrow.

In addition, we note a new series of club support virtual webinars is running from 1 July and that SOS Kit Aid is collecting unwanted kit that clubs may have after clearing out their storage cupboards in lockdown.

We’ve received lots of great stories from rugby communities doing great things. Please do shine a light on any individuals who are leading the charge and delivering exceptional community initiatives during the pandemic and send stories to 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..

We would also like to advise everyone that, as the volume of Covid-19 related news has now quietened down, twice weekly editions of the Covid-19 Community Game Update will become weekly from Tuesday 30 June and we will revert to a monthly Community Game Update to communicate more general updates from July.

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
Re-opening of community sports facilities
We have developed guidance on the re-opening of additional club facilities, including risk assessment guidance and checklists. With the government’s next review of social distancing measures due on 25 June, we are waiting to see if this signals an ability to open/re-open additional facilities. If there is any change, we will issue this guidance as soon as possible thereafter.
Adult Male Future Competition Structure - on demand webinars available for all sessions and last call to provide feedback
We’ve received some great input on the Adult Male Future Competition Structure consultation sessions that ran online during June. This virtual process allowed players and clubs to ask questions and enter a facilitated discussion forum. For those who want to access the previous virtual webinar sessions on demand, they are available up until Friday 26 June. Click below to find out more.

We plan to post the presentation slides and FAQs on the England Rugby website by Friday 26 June. Any questions not addressed in any of the online documentation should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 3 July.
Access Webinars
Other important updates
National School Sport Week at Home - RFU backs campaign to ensure no child misses out on sport
On Tuesday we announced that we will be joining the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges – National School Sport Week at Home.

Starting tomorrow and running until Friday 26 June, the UK-wide campaign will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

You can find our rugby Quilter Kids First Skills Challenges below.

We want players, parents and families to have a go, as well as create their own rugby challenges and try out those from other sports by registering below. Please post your efforts online using #NSSWtogether.
Skills Challenges
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
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.
Dates for your diary - running your club: future virtual workshops - Wednesday 1 July - Wednesday 16 September
England Rugby is working with Club Matters to deliver club support virtual workshop sessions on a number of topics from Wednesday 1 July through to Wednesday 16 September. 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. Topics that will be covered include volunteer experience, legal structures, club leadership team and planning for the future. Click below to access full details on the virtual webinar programme, including how to register. We will provide a reminder in the Community Game Update ahead of each event.
Virtual Workshops
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
There has been some outstanding work over the past three month and great examples of rugby’s values.

Today we are highlighting that SOS Kit Aid is collecting unwanted kit for players who have none as clubs clear out their storage cupboards.

Stopped for two months by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is now back on the road and keen to collect more kit to support their efforts. Supported by World Rugby, the charity helps provide kit to children who need it most across the world. Click below to find out more.
SOS Kit Aid
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. In addition to clubs helping their communities, we will start highlighting these great 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