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Distribution: Friday 24 April 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the tenth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Today we’ve highlighted the 2.6 Challenge which England Rugby are supporting. We hope you will help this great fundraising initiative. Please forward to your club members as soon as possible so they can get involved too.

There is also a webinar booked in the calendar for the 30 April which will update clubs on how to maximise their VAT position.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access Coronavirus (Covid-19) information and updates here.

We’ve also captured past editions of these twice-weekly updates on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.

RFU headlines
Last call for applications for phase one of Emergency Loan Scheme

Applications received are now being processed. If a club wants to apply for the first phase of the Emergency Loan Scheme, which is open until Thursday 30 April 2020, click here to access information, or process an application.

Get behind the 2.6 Challenge

The London Marathon, which would have taken place this Sunday, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event. It raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019. In its place this year is The 2.6 Challenge, a campaign to help UK Charities during the Covid-19 pandemic, which we are supporting.

We are calling on our clubs and communities to support England Rugby’s 2.6 Charity Challenge which is taking place from Sunday 26 to Thursday 30 April. England players have put their own spin on The 2.6 Challenge, but an activity can be anything from running 2.6 miles to doing 26 push-ups. Full details on how local clubs, their members and their communities can take part can be found on the England Rugby website here.

The RFU Injured Player’s Foundation (IPF) is England Rugby’s official charity. They provide support and information to rugby players in England who sustain a catastrophic spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury playing the game, and help prevent future injuries through vital research. So when thinking of who to support, we ask participants to consider the IPF, donating here, any other charity here, or just support a charity of their choice or possibly a club’s chosen charity.
Other important updates
Webinar: VAT reclaims

Date & time - Thursday 30 April at 7pm

Rugby clubs are benefiting from VAT repayment claims. Working with Sports VAT Consultant, Russell Moore, rugby clubs have saved £4 million through VAT claims over the last three years. VAT claims can be made retrospectively for up to four years so can be substantial.

Russell Moore, who advises the RFU community clubs, will explain what reliefs can potentially be applied for and illustrate how to make a claim to HMRC. Register for the webinar here.

Community doing great things
Our rugby-playing schools, colleges and universities are also helping the NHS, frontline staff and their communities across the country. Find out more here.

The Rugby Football Referees Union, the referees’ national governing body, has helped to return a substantial sum to the game. So far some £170,200 has gone either directly to clubs or through their Constituent Bodies. This adds to the RFU’s £7m relief package for community clubs. You can read more here.

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