Reopening of Community Sports Facilities:

In light of yesterday’s announcements on the easing of social distancing restrictions, the RFU are in active discussions with other team sports, Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about how to accelerate some form of a return to community rugby.

The RFU has developed guidance on the re-opening of additional club facilities, including risk assessment guidance and checklists, and this is ready to be released once the full implications of yesterday’s announcements (particularly around reopening of bars) are understood.

Also in the next week they anticipate being able to issue an update on the plans for competitive matches (league and cup) in the adult and age-grade game next season.

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

 National School Sport Week at Home:

Last week, the RFU announced that they will be joining the Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports to help young people and families up and down the country engage in a week of virtual sporting challenges – National School Sport Week at Home.

Starting on Monday 22 June and running until Friday 26 June, the UK-wide campaign will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the chance to capture the enjoyment, competition and camaraderie they have been missing out on during weeks of school closures and social distancing.

You can find the rugby Quilter Kids First Skills Challenges here.

We want players, parents and families to have a go, as well as create their own rugby challenges and try out those from other sports by registering here.

Please post your efforts online using #NSSWtogether.

 The Virtual Rugby Show Friday 26 June – Sunday 28 June: 

The Virtual Rugby Show is a weekend of free live content celebrating all things rugby. Covering grassroots, the professional game, skills and amazing panels and keynote sessions. Hear from and ask questions of speakers, including Bill Sweeney and Steve Grainger of the RFU and rugby legends Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Sarah Hunter MBE, Martin Johnson OBE, Joe Marler, Brian O’Driscoll, Nigel Owens MBE, Sam Warburton and Sir Clive Woodward OBE.

It’s entirely free to attend and any donations received will go to the chosen charity, Dallaglio RugbyWorks. Click here to book your place.

 Membership 2020-2021:

England Rugby Schools has removed the need to pay for membership as from the start of season 2020-2021, instead schools have to register their membership on the following Typeform, where they will need to complete their contact details as well as pledging to follow RFU Regulations and guidance.

 Share your stories:

The RFU continues to receive stories from clubs, schools, colleges and universities, who are helping themselves and their members to prepare for the return to rugby, when safe to do so. In addition to clubs helping their communities, they will start highlighting these great self-help initiatives, as well as activities being undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion within rugby, on englandrugby.com

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