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Distribution list: Tuesday 7 July

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

There’s an update on two enhancements being introduced to the Game Management System for the 2020/21 season and news that a webinar is scheduled for Thursday 9 July to provide more clarity on these developments.

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
GMS update – developments for 2020/21 season and GMS offline Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 July
Based on feedback from the game last season and a desire to streamline processes and time spent by clubs and players/parents, we are making two key developments to GMS for the 2020/21 season:

 Personal Profile changes to improve the user experience for all GMS users.
 Age-grade registration changes to benefit club administrators / registrars.

In addition, we will also be introducing a support portal to house GMS help materials.

We are planning to go live next week to give a familiarisation period and to help club membership processes to get underway. A short period of down time for GMS is currently scheduled for Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July.

We believe that these improvements will support clubs to capture online club membership payments at a time when revenues are a priority, as well as reducing the administration burden. It is important to note that clubs that have either set-up their 2020/21 memberships or are in the process of creating them in GMS will not be required to do anything different.
GMS personal profile & age grade registration enhancements webinar – Thursday 9 July – 7pm
We will be hosting a live Club Webinar session to introduce the updates to GMS for the 2020/21 season. For those who cannot attend the live webinar on the 9th, a video of this session will be available to watch on demand on englandrugby.com from Monday 13 July.
Other important updates
Return to competitive playing for the 2020/21 season
Last week we published more detailed information on a return to competitive playing in the community game – click below to access the information and FAQs.
More Details
Mentoring others through testing times webinar with Sarah Hunter – Thursday 9 July – 11am
Join Red Roses Captain, Sarah Hunter as she discusses life in lockdown, what leadership means to her and how young players can prepare for a return to competitive sport on Irwin Mitchell’s Thursday Thoughts webinar. Sarah will also talk about why she’s joining forces with Irwin Mitchell to mentor young players as part of the Mentoring Club programme.
Club leadership teams - virtual workshop – Thursday 15 July - 6:30pm-8:30pm
Do you have the right committee structure? This virtual workshop explores how your club can be structured to not only effectively run the club, but also plan for the future. The virtual workshop also looks at how you make sure the right people are in the right roles to take the club forward.
Webinars available on demand
RFU community club insurance cover
We provide a number of insurance policies to protect clubs, club officers, coaches, referees and volunteers. This webinar delivered by our insurance broker Howden will provide guidance on the RFU insurance cover provided to protect clubs. The webinar will also include the insurance cover provided in the event of a coronavirus compensation claim. Register to watch on demand below.
Return to rugby - getting coach / referee / volunteer training started again
We’ve produced a 15-minute on demand webinar to explain how we plan to restart the training course programme for coaches, referees and volunteers. This includes information on updates to the course training offer, changes to course formats and a plan for the roll out of the priority England Rugby player welfare and safety training.
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
Payment of Players declarations
Some 96% of clubs have successfully submitted their Payment of Players Declarations on time. Thank you to all those involved for meeting our deadlines. Your input is very much appreciated.
Rugby community doing great things
England Rugby lit up the iconic Twickenham lineout statue in blue to celebrate the NHS 72nd anniversary. Messages of thanks and support were also shared inside the Home of England Rugby as the country celebrated the incredible work of those on front line. Click below to read.
NHS Birthday
Simon Cripps, a Maidenhead RFC and former Harlequins U21s player, has very good reason to be grateful to the NHS. Click below to read his inspirational story and how to support his fund raising activities.
Simon Cripps
Eddie Jones sent a special thank you message to rugby playing schools and colleges ahead of their break for the summer and provided encouragement for the 2020-21 academic year. Please click below to watch the video.
Thank You
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.

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