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Distribution list: Tuesday 9 February

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This week’s headlines include:
1. Lockdown rugby activity – Red Roses’ Shaunagh Brown Q&A
2. Player Payments
3. Age Grade Playing Calendar 2021-22
4. Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Programme
5. #ShowYourShirt images
6. Webinars and on-demand videos
7. Lockdown Learning for Primary Schools
8. Share your ideas
Lockdown rugby activity
Red Rose Shaunagh Brown live Q&A

Tomorrow, Wednesday 10 February, Shaunagh Brown joins us live. She will answer your questions on how to stay physically and mentally motivated during lockdown and how she is approaching the challenges created by the pandemic and effect on the Allianz Premier 15s and Women’s Six Nations. We will be live from 6.30pm and you can register below. You will be able to post questions in the live chat function that evening, or send general questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Position Workshop Series

Each week we will be talking to our England players around position specific skills, analysing in-game clips and sharing thoughts on decision making. You can find out more below.

Home School Resources

We have also created some free home schooling resources. From the history of rugby to PE, English and Maths. The free resources can be accessed here.
Live Q&A - 10 Feb
Position Workshop
Payments of Players
Following the RFU Council decision and because of the effect of Covid-19, the requirement to provide a Payment of Player declaration as per Regulation 7 has been removed for season 2020/21. This will mean that all clubs will be eligible for RFU benefits for season 2021/22, with a requirement to complete the declaration again from March 2022.
Age Grade Playing Calendar 2021-22
A week ago, Friday saw the launch of the Age Grade Playing calendar. This was a little later than anticipated due to Covid-19 and the recent lockdowns.

This is now with CBs, CSUs, Academies, Centres of Excellence, RPPGs and other local stakeholders to populate their local programmes together. They will share calendars with clubs, schools and colleges and publish on their websites as soon as they can.
Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Programme
Retaining young players has never been more critical with the impact of the pandemic on grassroots participation. Working with our official legal partner, Irwin Mitchell, we’re excited to announce the Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Club launch. Together, we’ll share advice and provide guidance on how you can engage and retain your adolescent players to keep them in the sport for longer. Join ambassadors Dylan Hartley & Sarah Hunter in our club today.
Mentoring Programme
#ShowYourShirt images
Once again we want to thank all of our clubs, CBs and universities for sending in their shirts and continuing to show their support during the pandemic. Below we have a link that can be used to download images of the club shirts displayed during our 2021 Guinness Six Nations matches and we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing yours.

If you would like to send you shirt in please see the #ShowYourShirt page below for our freepost label.
Find Out More
Webinars and on-demand videos
Despite rugby being on pause, we still have some fantastic webinars on-demand that you can catch up on by following the links below.

Support for Educations delivering rugby

A new series to support those delivering rugby in the education sector during lockdown:

Schools & Colleges - Watch
Universities - Watch

Rugby Grounds Connected Q&A with Jim Buttar – Monday 15th February – 7 pm

Jim Buttar, England Rugby Head Groundsperson, will be answering your questions on challenges you’re having at your club grounds. We’d like to see photos of your pitches, highlighting any challenging areas you are facing, or to celebrate any successes you’ve had. Send your photos, videos or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rugby Grounds Connected Q&A - Register today

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Lockdown Learning for Primary Schools
Old Leamingtonians Ladies full back Jane Towey, a teacher and Sports Coordinator at Kingsway Primary School in Leamington Spa, has seen her club weigh in to help pupils by making short videos on everything from rugby and exercise to modern languages to help with home schooling.

The fun videos, edited by Vice-Captain Anna Tracy, have become a whole-club activity, with local pupils enjoying the Mini & Juniors video on rugby skills.
Lockdown Learning
Share your ideas
Please let us know if there are any further resources or specific support that clubs and CBs could benefit from during lockdown, by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We continue to highlight the wonderful activities of our clubs and their teams on our England Rugby channels. Please share your 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..
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