Distribution list: Tuesday 20 October
Constituent Bodies Chairs, Constituent Bodies Honorary Secretaries, Constituent Bodies Treasurers,
Club Presidents, Chairs, Honorary Secretaries, Treasurers
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.
RFU Headlines
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
Book Courses
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.
Revised local lockdown restrictions
We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. In all cases, clubs must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.

Clubs can check what local restrictions are in place in their area.

Tier 1 - Medium:

Current nationwide rules will apply to areas in this tier. With regards to sporting activities in tier 1, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of six is followed.

Tier 2 – High:

With regards to sporting activities in tier 2,exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Areas in this tier are included on the below button which details which areas are in Tiers 2 and 3.

Tier 3 – Very High:

With regards to sporting activities in tier 3, it is the same as for tier 2 areas, although additional measures agreed with local authorities could include the closing of venues such as leisure centres and gyms whilst ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity.

Areas in this tier are included on the below button which details which areas are in tiers 2 and 3.

We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information about what you need to know about the Government’s local Covid-19 alert levels.
Rule Of Six
Area Tier Info
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 Coaching, Refereeing, 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
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