Distribution list: Tuesday 10 November
Constituent Bodies Chairs, Constituent Bodies Honorary Secretaries, Constituent Bodies Treasurers,
Club Presidents, Chairs, Honorary Secretaries, Treasurers
 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
In this week’s edition, we bring you an exciting opportunity to watch England Rugby for free in the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, on Amazon Prime. We also share a new Sunday morning streamed activity to keep our age grade players active and connected with their clubs during the national lockdown.

We will mark Remembrance Day in a number of ways this week. A poppy has been painted on the training pitch at the Lensbury, where a one minute silence will be held at 11am tomorrow. In addition, both the England Men and England Women will wear poppies at their matches on Saturday 14 November to pay tribute to the men and women who served and sacrificed to defend our nation and to secure our freedom.
 
 
RFU Headlines
How your rugby communities can watch England's fixtures for free this autumn
We have been working with Amazon to provide an opportunity for fans to take advantage of a free one-month trial with Amazon Prime so you can watch England Rugby during the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, while also supporting your club.

To help grassroots clubs generate revenue, Amazon are opening up registration for clubs to become Amazon Associates.

The club will receive £3 for every member of the community who signs up to Amazon through the club’s unique Associates link.

This money will be paid directly to the club and, while there may not be a huge cash injection, every little helps during these challenging times.

The registration process will take 5-10 minutes. We will share templates to help clubs promote this offer in the coming days. Click below to read the step by step guide.

If you want to see how the England squad have been preparing for the upcoming fixtures, watch the below episode of the Next Level, and please share the link on your channels.

We will advise clubs of the broadcaster for both fixtures in the Women’s Autumn Internationals in the November edition of Community Game Update on Friday ahead of England playing France in Grenoble on Saturday 14 November (KO 1.15pm), and then at Twickenham on Saturday 21 November (KO 12pm).
Amazon Guide
Next Level
 
 
 
Calling on age grade players to #GetYourShirtOn
Despite the community club game being suspended due to the national lockdown, we want all our age grade players to stay active and connected with their clubs.

So, we will be starting weekly Sunday fitness and rugby activity live streams for U6s - U18s on the England Rugby YouTube channel throughout November. These sessions, led by England legends and experts, will include a mix of fun activities for all age grade players (and their parents!) to enjoy. We want everyone joining in wearing their club shirts and sharing their pride on social media using #GetYourShirtOn.

Keep an eye on the England Rugby social media channels for the build-up.
England Rugby Twitter
 
 
 
Community rugby - current status
Due to England being in national lockdown, we are at Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Thursday 3 December, including club age grade and adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s.

While group training sessions are banned, a maximum of two players (or one player and one coach) can participate in socially distanced (two metres plus), individual training sessions, without sharing equipment, in a public outside space, but not a garden.
Government Guidance
Roadmap
 
 
 
Rugby in schools, colleges during national lockdown – Department for Education (DfE) Clarification
We have been able to update our statement on school and college rugby following Government clarification last week as follows:

Schools and colleges are able to play rugby but must follow the DfE guidance for schools and FE settings. This has been further clarified here. In summary, this means:

• Rugby can be played as part of the curriculum, i.e. in PE and games lessons, timetabled activity during the school day and as part of courses, such as BTEC Diplomas in Sport and GCSE/A-Level PE.
• No extra-curricular rugby clubs, training and activities (outside of the DfE guidance on childcare provision for parents) or inter-school/college matches are permitted.
• Activity must continue to be played to the RFU Government-approved action plan, i.e. play the formats and follow off-field logistics as permitted before half term and lockdown (Ready4Rugby, O2Touch and limited contact training in approved group sizes).

We continue to encourage schools and colleges to provide rugby union for the health and wellbeing of their students during lockdown, in particular with community sport being unavailable. However, we also recognise that there are a large number of additional factors for Headteachers/Principals to consider and that it is ultimately their decision whether they can play in line with the Government guidance.

Further RFU resource, guidance and support is available below.
DFE Guidance
R2R Kitbag
 
 
 
Other Important Updates
Time’s running out to show club shirts at Twickenham
Given the popularity of the initiative for clubs to have their shirts on seats at Twickenham during the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, to help create a visual representation of clubs at the stadium, the deadline has been extended to the end of November.

We want to have as many club shirts as possible during the matches, particularly for the final fixture on Sunday 6 December. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your club involved!
Show Your Shirt
 
 
 
Webinars and Podcasts
The England Rugby Podcast: O2 Inside Line

This podcast series is back with a new host, Dylan Hartley. The former England captain speaks to players from inside the England Men's and Women's camps. You can listen to the podcast below, and follow the stories on Twitter.

The following webinars will take place on Thursday 12 November:

10am - England Colleges Rugby Football Union Members Live Webinar

Join the ECRFU, RFU and AOC Sport live for the latest webinar, including interactive discussions on the college game and a live panel Q&A session. Register for the webinar.

7pm - Preparing, planning and dealing with severe wet weather and problem areas on your pitch

This Rugby Groundsmen Connected webinar gives ideas and tips that clubs can consider now, prior to the really wet weather hitting. It will include ideas and guidance on dealing with problem areas of pitches and offer some advice on what to do following heavy rain and intensely wet periods. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 17 November:

Exploring the Funding & Club Support Opportunities through Covid-19 Restrictions

This webinar will inform clubs about the potential funding and support available from Government, Sport England and England Rugby to help clubs through the Covid-19 restrictions. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar is scheduled for 10am on Thursday 19 November:

Students RFU Live Webinar – Keeping University Players Engaged

Join the SRFU RFU and BUCS live for the latest webinar, followed by an interactive session on keeping players engaged. Register for the webinar

You can see all our previous Coaching, Refereeing, and Club webinars online.
England Rugby Podcast
Twitter
 
 
 
Rugby communities doing great things
Last week the rugby world remembered Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was also Head Coach at East Grinstead RFC.

In addition, we highlight the work undertaken by the Kings Cross Steelers over the last 25 years to help make rugby more inclusive.

We also wanted to say a big thank you to all our rugby clubs who have been helping to supply their local communities during this pandemic. This includes those who helped to provide free schools meals for children during the half term and a thank you also to those like Exeter College who have brought new players into the game.

As we head into the Quilter Internationals 2020, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, we want to highlight the wonderful activities that our clubs and their teams are doing on our England Rugby channels, and also on the England Senior teams' news boards. This week we have recognised the Warrington U8s, you can see their message in the video below.

Why not send in your club’s news through England Rugby channels or via the email addresses below so we can recognise as many clubs as possible during the forthcoming games. Please share your stories and videos with chrisdodd@rfu.com or PatriciaMowbray@rfu.com.
Matt Ratana
Warrington
 
 
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