Distribution list: Tuesday 13 April
Constituent Bodies Chairs, Honorary Secretaries, Treasurers,
Club Presidents, Chairs, Honorary Secretaries, Treasurers
Return to Rugby
This edition includes:
1. Recommendation to pause community rugby between 3pm-4pm on Saturday 17 April
2. Applications open tomorrow - RUWSF Asset Improvement Loans
3. Return to Play – Government Step 2 off-field guidance
4. Rugby’s back! Press releases & summer activity
5. County Championship survey
6. Webinars and videos on demand
7. Typhoon RFC – Mental health awareness
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this sad time.

As a mark of respect, we encourage clubs to follow the guidance below this Saturday, 17 April:

• It is suggested there is no rugby activity between 3pm and 4pm when the funeral is taking place.
• It is suggested for those present at the club to mark the national minute’s silence at 3pm.
• Should clubs have flags flying, we would ask you to consider lowering them to half mast.

A keen sportsman, The Duke of Edinburgh was last at Twickenham with his grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final. We are very grateful for his support of our sport throughout the years.
RUWSF Asset Improvement Loan Applications
Applications will open at 10am tomorrow, Wednesday 14 April, for the Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Asset Improvement Loan programme.

The deadline to submit an application will be Tuesday 11 May 2021.

Visit the loans page below from 14 April to access key documentation and information about the fund, along with templates you will need to make your application.
Loans Page
Return to Play - Off-field changes from Monday 12 April – Government Step 2
Having taken another welcome step forward on the government roadmap, updated off-field guidance is available via our Helpdesk FAQs and includes areas such as changing rooms, hospitality and spectators.

We are thrilled to see rugby clubs around the country being able to open their doors again. Amidst the understandable excitement, please remind people to follow all Covid-19 guidelines. This includes social distancing for players when not taking part in rugby activity, and no huddles when talking to team mates and players.
Helpdesk FAQs
Rugby’s back! Press releases & summer activity
Thank you to everyone who has shared their stories of being back out on the pitch. You can read about some of the fun being had in this compilation story.

With rugby once again being enjoyed, we want to help you spread the word and create even more interest across the country.

On the page below you will find a press release template that can be tailored to suit your club’s individual story and shared with local media to celebrate your return to rugby, to help drive interest through the local community.

Looking ahead a little further, we now have a video presentation on Summer Rugby Activity available. This talks through Age Grade progressions stages, as well as steps for a safe return to scrummaging.

We also plan to host #AskAgeGrade sessions on Twitter on the following dates: Monday 19 April, Monday 3 May, Monday 17 May, Monday 31 May.

Please keep an eye on @AgeGradeRugby and our Return to Rugby page. for further information.
Press Release
Summer Activity
County Championship survey
In case you missed it, the survey below has been sent to players, coaches, officials and volunteers at CBs and clubs (Level 3 and below), asking for their views on the County Championship competition.

This forms part of the wider review of the County Championship across the men’s and women’s senior competition and the U20s men’s competition.

We are keen for this survey to be shared far and wide, so please feel free to circulate to anyone you feel would be keen to give an opinion. The deadline to complete the survey is midnight on Sunday 25 April 2021.

Feedback will be collated by the County Championship Review Working Group and used to inform group recommendations/options to share with the Community Game Board on the future and format of the competition.
Take Survey
Rugby Football Union 2021 Annual General Meeting
On Monday 26 April, voting clubs will receive an email invitation to the 2021 virtual Annual General Meeting, which will take place at 5pm on Friday 11 June.

This invitation will be sent directly to Honorary Secretaries. Please ensure contact details are up-to-date on the GMS system so that relevant representative receives this invitation. Clubs can appoint an alternative delegate (another official of the club etc) or appoint someone else (such as the Chair of the meeting) as a proxy to vote on their behalf if you are not able to attend. Full details will be provided in the email invitation and accompanying AGM explanatory booklet.

Please note, it is the club that holds the voting right as opposed to the individual role holder listed.
Webinars & videos on demand
With the return to rugby you can catch up with our previous Coaching, Refereeing, and Club webinars on-demand alongside those coming up below.

Mentoring Club - Building Rapport
In this episode of the Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Club webinar we explore successful relationships between mentor, player, coach or referee by building rapport.

Dusty Miller, Olympic coach mentor at the English Institute of Sport joins us for this webinar to explore and discuss the process of making connections and building relationships that create rapport.

Mental Wellbeing – Keeping The Rugby Community Healthy - Wednesday 28th April - 7pm
As a follow up to our Player Mental Health Webinar, we will welcome RugbySafe Leads to a discussion about mental wellbeing, creating kinder cultures and spotting the signs of mental wellbeing issues in your clubs. We are joined again by, David Beeney, and former England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley. With the help of our trusted healthcare partner Simplyhealth we are putting player welfare at the heart of the game to keep the rugby community healthy.
Looking after members' physical and mental health
Typhoons RUFC have been helping members look after their physical and mental health. When one found himself homeless at 18, with just a bag, a dog and five pounds, he turned to the club. Read their story below.

If your club has a positive story to share about how you are helping to promote and support mental wellbeing, please contact PatriciaMowbray@RFU.com
Typhoons RFC
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