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Distribution list: Tuesday 20 October

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
In today’s edition we update on the restart of training courses for 2020/2021, highlight new Sport England Funding, affected areas in the Covid-19 tier system, wearing of gloves by players and guidance on fireworks.

We are constantly working with Government to return to rugby but as a reminder that we are still at Stage D on the Roadmap, and RFU guidance, as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines, must be followed. Local restriction powers lie with their local authorities and clubs need to check the latest position, as restrictions may change frequently over the coming weeks.

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

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on the website.
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Resumption of England Rugby Training Courses
We intend to resume England Rugby Training courses from November. Coaches and referees working with Kids First Rugby age groups and those new to contact rugby will start first, with Player Welfare and Award courses shortly afterwards.

This webinar explains how we intend to implement the training programme, with resources to share with clubs, education and referee societies. It also outlines the plans for the 2020/21 England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award (formerly Level 3 Coaching) course.

Courses will be available to book through the online course booking system, and you can also find a range of free webinar and eLearning courses below. 

Digital coaching and refereeing resources can be found on our Keep Your Boots On YouTube channel

Courses will only run where it is safe to do so, following local and national guidance from Public Health England and practical activities on courses aligning with the RFU guidance
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Other important updates
Sport England Return to Play Fund
Sport England have today released a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who have been impacted by restrictions. This will be split into three strands, Small Grants, Community Asset Funds and Active Together. You can find out if your club is eligible for support via the link below.
Sport England Fund
Players wearing gloves
As the weather gets colder we understand players will want to wear gloves. We have updated our guidance. Our advice is that they are changed for a different pair at least every 15 minutes. Players wearing gloves cannot effectively sanitise the gloves' surface, increasing the risk of infection and transmission. The key way to reduce the risk of infection and transmission during rugby activity is through regular sanitising of hands.
Test and trace and handling of Covid-19 positive tests
Clubs are reminded of the need to have a Test & Trace system in place. You can find out more about NHS Test & Trace below, or read about Howdens Test and Trace here.

In the event of positive tests occuring within a club, including retrospective cases, each case should be registered via the Positive Test Notification Form, which can be accessed on the link below. This information is requested to allow us to monitor the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 tests occurring in clubs and to ensure that clubs have the appropriate support.
NHS Test & Trace
Notification Form
Latest Webinars
Our latest club webinar on demand is Understanding Corporation Tax where we look at how corporation tax applies to rugby clubs. It includes what income is taxable, what reliefs are available and how clubs can comply. Click below to watch the webinar, as well as Irwin Mitchell's webinar covering good club guidance.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Corporation Tax
Club Guidance
Fireworks – Covid-19 and insurance requirements
At this time of year, many clubs would normally be planning their annual bonfire and fireworks event. If you are considering going ahead with an event this year, you will need to consider the COVID-19 risk as well as the risk assessment of your bonfire and fireworks display itself. Outdoor events can continue, but to be insured you must be able to comply with both COVID-19 guidance, which you can read below, and also the insurer’s usual safety requirements, which are also below. If you are unable to comply with the guidance you should not proceed with your event.
Covid-19 Guidance
Insurer's Requirements
Rugby community
Today we’ve highlighted much loved seven-year-old rugby hero Patryk Milner from Sandbach RUFC, missed by all who knew him and whose organs have saved three lives.

In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting on englandrugby.com clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs and stories from around the game.
Patryk Milner