Update: RFU Return to Rugby

Update: RFU Return to Rugby

As lockdown begins to ease we know that many of our players are keen to start playing rugby again as soon as is possible.  The RFU provided guidelines at the beginning of June which has allowed us to re-start some Return to Rugby training for some of our teams, which have been well attended and welcome, but we can only accommodate a certain amount of teams at any one time to ensure that we maintain safety for all concerned.
 
Following previous guidance, the RFU have, within the last few days, issued more guidance in terms of the different season start dates as and when it is deemed safe to return to play e.g. we reach Phase F on the RFU Return to Rugby roadmap (see below) – currently we are at Phase B so we still have a way to go.  However, we thought it would be helpful to share the framework for a meaningful return to competitive rugby with greater flexibility to enable games to be played.
 
The models have been developed by two RFU working groups – one for the adult game and one for age-grade rugby which have been approved by the RFU Governance Committee.  Each group has considered player welfare, flexibility in response to Covid-19, adaptable models that priorities local matches early in the season to reduce travel, support club revenue, and maintain player participation.
 
The start of the Age Grade rugby season will be dictated by reaching stage F in the Return to Rugby Roadmap. The aim is to maximise participation and retain as many current age-grade players of all ages and levels as possible. As with the adult game, in the event of a delayed start to the season, the season is able to be extended to the end of May as a one-off to support the delivery of meaningful activity.  In all the scenarios, player welfare and safety is a priority and activity must continue to be in line with Regulation 15.     
 
The RFU are continually reviewing the situation and providing welcome guidance, however, whilst the news of potential start dates for season 2020/2021 is good, we all still have to be mindful that we must monitor the situation and only make the decision to return to rugby when it is safe and practicable to do so.
RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap

RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap

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.

Cancelled U11’s County Festival

Cancelled U11’s County Festival

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.    

RFU Return to Rugby Roadmap

Message from RFU Chief Executive

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.
When current government advice on social distancing measures changes, we will naturally encourage rugby training and friendlies to recommence.
I would like to personally thank everyone for their swift actions in suspending rugby activity, this is not an easy time and I know many of you will have concerns that go beyond the game.
We are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game. We will communicate these outcomes by the middle of April. While we would like to provide all the answers now, we need some time to get it right for the best interests of the game. Rest assured we are working on this as a priority and we will continue to send weekly updates to clubs.
The three areas of focus for the RFU right now are Welfare, Implications and Reboot.

Welfare
We are ensuring colleagues and communities are given support to follow government advice and are providing recommendations on how to stay fit and healthy using individual training programmes. We are also talking to government about how we can deploy and mobilise our own resources across England to support the vulnerable.

Implications
Every union is different, with unique structures and challenges and the RFU needs to manage its own particular complexities. Our business model is similar to most rugby clubs – we earn revenue from events on and off the field and we invest that back into the game. We benefit from strong Twickenham Stadium revenues but we are also exposed if there is widespread cancellation of games and events.
In this extraordinary situation we are working through a range of potential financial scenarios dependent mainly on the length of this crisis. This was already budgeted to be a loss making year within a 4 year cycle due to the costs of the 2019 RWC campaign and only hosting two home Six Nations games. The loss will now be considerably more as we face challenges similar to businesses across the entire country. There may well also be much longer term financial implications which we are assessing now. It is therefore taking us some time to develop a considered position on how we can support clubs and the rugby community, which we will do.
We have already undertaken financial measures to safeguard the business enabling us to review all options and programmes to provide support for clubs in these difficult times.
We welcome the measures announced by Government which could provide crucial support to professional and community clubs and the RFU. We are in regular contact with Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand how business rate relief and hardship funds can be accessed by clubs and will be providing assistance to make sure every club who is eligible will be supported.
The implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs.

Reboot
Our welfare advice before the start of next season will switch to offering guidance on how players at all levels can reboot and get match ready.
We will work closely with constituent bodies to support clubs, competition organisers and the wider rugby community in preparing to re-start rugby in what is likely to be a challenging environment.

In recent days we have all been inspired by the many stories across the rugby family working together to support those who are the most vulnerable in their community – this encapsulates the unique spirit of rugby. I am confident that this spirit and resilience during these tough times will ensure we will come through this together and emerge stronger.

Take care and stay safe,

Bill Sweeney

IMPORTANT UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS

IMPORTANT UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS

Following our statement on Saturday 14 March the RFU have today issued the statement below.  Tewkesbury RFC priority is to ensure the safety of all its players and staff and therefore we are informing you that we will be suspending all matches and training until 14 April.  We will of course continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as and when we have them.   If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
RFU Statement:  Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.  Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.   
IMPORTANT UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus 19 Tewkesbury Tigers Statement

CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT TEWKESBURY TIGERS:
 
Everyone is aware of the concerns about coronavirus 19 and we want to reassure all our children and parents that we are carefully monitoring the situation and will act on advice given by the government and GRFU. We have a busy weekend with matches as well as the Evesham Festival and whilst professional clubs and matches have cancelled matches currently there is no suspension at grass root level so at this time the club have deemed that there is no need to cancel any matches this weekend. Evesham Festival have contacted us and have told us that they have put in place additional hygiene stations. We would remind everyone to ensure they continually wash their hands, keep hydrated, use your own drinks bottle but if anyone feels unwell they should advise their coach by text or email and remain at home and follow government/NHS advice.
This is a fast moving issue where advice changes frequently, but we can assure you that our players and coaching staffs safety is our priority and we will continue to follow advice and act accordingly.
 
The Club will be issuing a club wide statement.
For more information visit NHS  
or the Governments website 
 
 
Tuesday 5 January 2021
Following the government's announcement yesterday that the country and indeed Gloucestershire would move from Tier 4 to Tier 5 with immediate effect, this now means that both adult training/matches and all age-grade rugby training and matches is canceled until further notice.
Our clubhouse remains closed whilst we remain in Tier 5. However, we are accepting bookings for social events in our clubhouse with the caveat that bookings will very much depend on the situation at the time of the event and we reserve the right to cancel.
We recognize that this is hugely disappointing for everyone, but as soon as we are permitted to do so you can be assured that we will open our clubhouse to our members.