Warwickshire Rugby Football Union
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RFU RETURN TO RUGBY.
Ahead of reaching Step 2 on the government roadmap on Monday, we will update our Helpdesk FAQs in line with government guidance that will come into effect from Monday 12 April. This will be completed by Saturday 10 April.
Please read this latest guidance which will include an update on spectators, hospitality and takeaways.
It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying being back on the pitch last week and over the Easter weekend. As planned, we are preparing to move to Stage D2 on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap from Monday 26 April.
You can watch a 10 minute video guide for Stage D1 and D2 on the RFU website detailing the activity permitted on field for players and coaches.
It is with sadness that we report the death of John Deeming on Thursday 8 April
John was a member of Nuneaton RFC from 1949 to 1962. During this time he was
Club Captain in the 1955-56 season which was also the Club’s 75th Anniversary when
John Captained the Nuns side which played Llanelli on 23 April 1956. In the 52-53
season he was top points scorer, amassing 83 points from 7 tries, 12 penalty goals and
13 conversions. As a youngster, John had Captained England Schoolboys beating Wales at Cardiff Arms Park.
Our thoughts are with John’s family. 9 April 2021
RUGBY WELSH RFC.
I regret that I have to inform you of the death of Roy Davies from the Rugby Welsh club. Roy was one of the real characters of rugby football and would have been well known to many of you.
Mick James paid this tribute below to Roy and it includes the funeral arrangements for Monday 12th April,
Roy will be a sad loss to our great game and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Rugby Welsh club.
May He Rest In Peace,
Older members in the county will remember Roy Davies a former captain, chairman, president and life member of Rugby Welsh RFC. Roy was a proud Welshman and many will fondly recall visits to our old Bakehouse lane clubhouse in the back streets of Rugby ! Roy would ensure everyone would have a good welcome with games of skittles, drinks and singing taking place. Roy was our representative at Warwickshire (disciplinary) meetings for many years !
Roy's funeral is on Monday 12th April 11 :00 am Rainsbrook Crematorium. Obviously at the moment it is a family invite only but we are having a guard of honour, with friends encouraged to wear their Rugby shirt or their own Rugby club no1's.
Mick James RWRFC
SPORT ENGLAND/CLUB MATTERS.
Useful information on facilities reopening - https://www.sportengland.org/news/making-most-reopening
RESTART GRANTS – available from Wednesday 21 April.
For businesses in England, including rugby clubs, new Restart Grants will launch in April 2021. Businesses in the hospitality, leisure, personal care, and fitness industries could be eligible for grants of up to £18,000.
Clubs need to apply via their Local Authority and information should be available on Local Authority websites from Monday 29 March. However, please note these grants will be taxable as per previous retail, hospitality and leisure grants.
At the start of the National Lockdown in January the Government released various support packages, cash grants of up to £9,000 per property are available on top of the Local Restrictions Support Grants of up to £4,500 per 42 day period.
RETURN TO RUGBY - off field guidance 29/03/2021
Common question raised by clubs can be found in the RFU's club support centre FAQs. We are constantly updating the pages so please check back between updates to be as prepared as possible.
All guidelines apply from Monday 29 March Government Step 1B until Government’s Step 2 comes into force, which will be no earlier than Monday 12 April.
The age grade out of season regulation (see 15.8) is suspended in 2021. This is replaced with an RFU Summer Training and Playing Framework this year to enable age grade players to safely catch up on missed rugby development opportunities.
RETURN TO RUGBY - on field guidance 29/03/2021
After the long anticipated wait, we have finally returned to rugby once again. Monday saw the return to rugby at Stage D1, with Stage D2 (from Monday 26 April). Guidance and help around the On Field Guidance, including formats and how best to prepare and keep players safe, can be found on the RFU's Return to Rugby page.
Details on Easter camps and summer activity can also be found on the page.
On Friday 9 April, the summer rugby training and playing framework for age grade players will be launched, including CB, DPP and rugby camps. It will be operational from June to the end of August and will include contact training and inter-club activity.
BARKERS BUTTS RFC.
Barkers Butts are searching for a Ladies Head Coach.
RETURN TO RUGBY.
You should all know by now the timetable for the return to partial and full return to rugby has been released as below subject to there being no changes to the Government's restrictions laid out.
From Monday 26 April
• Having had four weeks of contact training, adult and age grade community rugby will be able to return to Stage D2 on the Rugby Roadmap from Monday 26 April.
• Again, guidance will recommend 20 minutes of contact training to be permitted (still excluding scrums and mauls).
• Matches will be permitted with adapted laws (no scrums & mauls) against other clubs. Again, travel guidance to be confirmed as above.
• Guidance for playing friendly matches over the summer will follow over the next few weeks to support maximising player retention and welfare.
• Matches will not be obligatory. It will be clubs’ and players’ individual choice as to when they feel ready to return to contact rugby. Please ensure players are given enough time to condition themselves physically, with a gradual return to contact built in. Ready4Rugby, O2 Touch and Tag can still be played if preferred.
When the Government Roadmap moves to Step Three – no earlier than Monday 17 May
• Adult and age grade community rugby likely to progress to Stage E1.
• It’s anticipated that full contact training will be permitted (including scrums and mauls).
Two weeks after Stage E1 has been reached – no earlier than Monday 31 May
• It is anticipated that adult community rugby will progress to Stage E2.
• Adult full contact matches would then be permitted.
• The current age grade season ends on Monday 31 May.
• Some off-field restrictions are likely to still apply.
The Warwickshire Society of Referees will not be appointing to any games until we have a definitive start date for the resumption of the season. We will cancel games in WTR on a weekly basis. This is so that we do not get ahead of ourselves by cancelling games that then take place, if we do not get a great deal of notice of a restart. Our referees are going to continue with their online, skill based, training and keep themselves fit, or hopefully fitter, for when we can all get out onto the field.
WARWICKSHIRE SOCIETY of REFEREES
We are well prepared for the potential start of the season proper at Stage F. We have asked our referees and assessors to "Opt in" if they wish to be involved in the game as it stands and a large proportion has opted to do just that. We appointed to all the games that were requested last week-end and used the Earlsdon game video to produce some further training resources for our match officials, using our Dartfish TV channel
We are waiting for the Cluster Games fixtures to be released, now planned for 4 January 2021, and are hoping that by then we will be in a better position to know how many, if any, of these games can take place. We will carry out appointments for these when we know that they will happen.
Other games, where referees have been requested, will be appointed soon.
Please use GMS for referee requests, these are coming through to us. If you have any late requests please contact our appointments team on email@example.com but the earlier the better please.
Please can we ask that you use the services of the Referees Society as we have trained our referees in the new variations and we worry that if the new laws are not used correctly then this may impact on the whole game, not just your club.
We will only appoint referees for games that are played between teams from our Covid Area, that is at present Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. We will not appoint to games across different Covid areas, for example Leicestershire, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and East Midlands, even though all of those areas are at present included in the Cluster Games. We will monitor any changes in areas and change our policy accordingly. Don't forget that there is to be no adult rugby in Tier 4 Areas and Age Grade teams cannot leave Tier 4 areas to play.
We will be following the guidelines and appointing referees to minimise travel and will try and avoid referees coming in from other Covid areas. We will not be using referees from the Federation which some of you experienced last season.
All of our training materials are available on our website at warwickref.com/1_36_covid-19-information.html please feel free to browse and use any of the material there for your training.
Finally, can we ask that every club and every person follows the RFU and Government advice, regulations and laws. If our referees and other officials do not feel safe at a venue then we have advised them to walk away and not put themselves at risk. This includes the behaviour of any spectators present. Can we please point out that the referee has been given extra powers to deal with Covid related issues on the Field of Play, that's the area bordered by the touch lines and dead ball areas, not the rest of the ground. We are looking at how the technical areas are policed with the increase in people in there and the need to socially distance. We will advise later on this.
Best wishes for the season and stay safe
Ian Roberts (Secretary WSOR)
RFU TAX HELPLINE
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