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Distribution list: Tuesday 12 May

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

We have highlighted the preparations taking place to reboot rugby when the time is right and, as part of this activity, we are asking the rugby community to take part in a survey, which you will find below. All our plans will be linked to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which were updated this week - and you can read more here.

You will also find links to this week's webinars, last week’s easyfundraising activity which is available on demand and to the new podcast from Eddie Jones. Importantly, as it is Mental Health Awareness Week next week, we’ve provided information aimed at supporting those suffering with mental health issues.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access Coronavirus (Covid-19) 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
We want to be prepared to get rugby back up and running when government guidance allows, and it is safe to do so. A great deal of work has been undertaken in recent weeks to establish protocols around a safe return to training and ultimately competition.

As part of our preparations, we are conducting a short survey across the rugby community and we would appreciate your views, as well as those of your members, to help shape and guide our plans. We would like to ensure that our plans align with the sentiment in the rugby community and that rugby restarts at a time when there is a will and desire to have it played again.

This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and your thoughts will be invaluable to us over the coming weeks. Please share with your members too.
Take Survey
Important updates
Click here to find details of the webinar programme through to 11 June.

Tuesday Training Webinar with Simon Amor – 7pm tonight

Simon Amor, England Attack Coach and Head of England Sevens, will host a webinar on 'Knowing Yourself as a Coach'. To register click here.

Click here to catch up on previous coaching webinars.

How to run a Virtual AGM with Irwin Mitchell* – 7pm on Thursday 14 May

This webinar will provide guidance and support on your club's options to run your AGM, including how to run the AGM Virtually.

Register for the webinar here.

Eddie Jones Podcast

The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast this week focuses on how to build a cohesive coaching team and manage it. Find out more here.

Easyfundraising webinar now available on demand

Easyfundraising hosted a webinar for rugby clubs to talk through how to maximise returns using easyfundraising. This is an easy way to keep funds coming in and it’s completely free to set up and use.

To set up an account click here and click here to view this webinar on demand.

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May

The mental health of the population is being challenged during this time of isolation. As we approach Mental Health Awareness Week, we want highlight how we can support those facing mental health issues.

The links between good physical health and mental health are well recognised. Physical activity like playing rugby can be very beneficial for mental health and wellbeing, as well as bringing physical benefits.

While rugby is shut down, there are training tips available to help club members to keep fit. Visit @englandrugby on Instagram for regular fitness and workout content.

All of the workout content has been designed to suit a wide audience, no equipment is needed and all exercises can all be done from the safety of your own home!

Equipping coaches with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, as well as with ways to support their own mental health, is crucial both now and going forward. UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners: Mind and Sport England are offering their online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ for free to the wider rugby community.

To access this course, available from Monday 18 May, you will need to register an account on the UKCoaching website or follow them on Twitter here for more information on this opportunity.

Mental health support information is also available on the Simplyhealth RugbySafe section of the England Rugby website here and also on Simplyhealth’s website here.
Rugby community doing great things
Teamwork and staying fit for rugby has seen many miles covered recently. The Under 11s from St Mary’s RFC, Bradley Stoke, ran more than 1,000 miles raising more than £2,000 for nurses and carers. Eight-year-old Elliott Murphy ran 11k to his Fordingbridge club and raised £1,800 for his local food bank. US Portsmouth RFC challenged other clubs and teams to run the 3,200 miles from Portsmouth, Hampshire, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, for the NHS, while Bournville ran the distance between the most northern and southern hospitals, raising £3,000 for the club and the NHS. Click here to read the full story.

Colin Stonehouse, who has been setting up the online quizzes at Reading RFC, has offered to provide support to any club needing help in organsing a quiz. If your club would like help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We know that clubs we have yet to hear from have been working both to help their communities and to secure their future and would love to hear more so that we can celebrate their success on our channels -please share your story 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..

Through rewarding grassroots volunteers with its Volunteer Recognition Programme, England Rugby’s Performance Partner Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is proud to support and develop rugby volunteers nationwide. To find out more, please click here.

*Could you help to inspire the next generation of rugby talent? The Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Club’s community of mentors will help keep teenagers in the game and benefitting from all it offers into adulthood. Discover more by clicking here.