The RFU issued further guidance on the 2nd June regarding a phased return to sport and recreation following updated advice from the Government on Sunday 31st May. The RFU have issued their “Return to Rugby Roadmap” for Community Rugby which sets out a step by step approach to a phased re-opening for community based clubs.
This of course is welcome news to us all, we know that everyone is keen to resume as soon as possible, given the abrupt end to our 2019/2020 season! However, we must all still be mindful that we can only take these steps when we, as a Club, are confident that it is safe to do so.
With that in mind we are now working on a detailed plan to see what steps we can introduce and how we do that safely. This will be developed for the Club as a whole as there are many different variants that we have to take into account, we simply could not accommodate the usual numbers we would see at the club in normal times. However, we do plan to run a trial with the U16 and U17/18 teams in the coming weeks so that we can bed in our processes and look to see how we can rollout to further teams. Anything we are able to introduce will be outside only as the clubhouse itself will continue to remain closed until guidance changes. Access to toilets located in the changing rooms will be permitted.
As soon as we have more news about what we can do in the coming months we will of course let you know through our website and Facebook page, but in the meantime we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well.
It was a great honour for us to be hosting the County U11 Festival, but sadly with the severe flooding in Tewkesbury in February meant that we had to take a decision to cancel the event that was originally scheduled for March 8 and now with the Coronavirus 19 pandemic and the early closure of the 2019/2020 season this event which was scheduled for 26 April is now cancelled.
|Message from RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney|
My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by COVID-19 as well as recent flooding events, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community. In order to provide clarity and to assist with immediate and longer term planning, the RFU is today announcing the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England. The only exception to this is the Gallagher Premiership, who we are in active discussions with to review possible best next steps.