RFU announce move to Stage D

RFU announce move to Stage D

The RFU yesterday announced that the phased return of community rugby can move from Stage C to Stage D from Tuesday 1st September. Stage D means that we are able to start limited and restricted contact rugby training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures. The reinstatement of some contact activity is important to ensure players can continue to practice core skills and can start to prepare as the game starts to return to normality with regular training and matches.

The club and all our coaches are working hard to ensure that these changes can be incorporated into training plans whilst ensuring that we continue to follow government Covid-19 guidance.

STAGE D ACTIVITY

 

NatWest and England RFU Rugby Force

NatWest and England RFU Rugby Force

We are taking part in the NatWest RugbyForce 2020 on the 5 September. This is a nationwide programme developed in partnership with NatWest and England Rugby which provides an opportunity for rugby clubs up and down the country to open their doors to their local communities, team members and volunteers to help make some improvements around the club to ensure they are ready for a return to rugby. Our men, women, and junior players will be taking part, and we hope some willing volunteers, to help with a list of jobs that we have put together to ensure that the club is looking at its best. If you would like to join our players and volunteer for a few hours then just send us a message through Facebook. We will be meeting at 10.00am on Saturday 5th September – Bar will be open from 12.00 and there will be a BBQ for all those involved.

Tewkesbury RFC follows Government Coronavirus guidelines and ensure all activities fall within guidelines present at the time of the event to ensure the safety of all participants, therefore we will be operating Track & Trace system- please download EVE pass (IOS and Android) and sign up then just scan the QR code on arrival or you will be asked to sign in on arrival

Annual General Meeting Postponement

Annual General Meeting Postponement

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Tewkesbury RFC was due to be held during August 2020.  However, in response to the limitations on gatherings of people due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Management Committee intends to postpone this event.  We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will issue our members with details of a revised date for the AGM as soon as it is practicably possible.

Geoff Sallis
Company Secretary

We are opening our doors!

We are opening our doors!

Since the government’s announcement recently that bars and restaurants would be able to open from the 4th July, many of our members have been asking when we would be able to open.  We all want to open our doors as quickly as possible but can only do that when we are confident that we have put in place systems that would allow us to open our clubhouse in a controlled way that meets COVID guidelines and protects the safety of our members, committee members and staff.

A number of systems and processes have been developed which means that we are today able to announce that we will be opening on Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July and every Saturday and Sunday thereafter.  We will be offering a limited bar service from 12 noon until 1600. We have sufficient tables to seat up to a maximum of 60 people in our outside garden area  Only 6 people per table will be permitted and social distancing must be respected at all times.  Everyone will be asked to sign in on arrival so that we can operate a “track & trace” system in the event we become aware of any instances of COVID-19.   A one-way system will also operate throughout the club and whilst members and guests may use the toilet facilities in the clubhouse they will not be allowed to sit inside.  If we are at maximum capacity you will be asked to wait until space becomes available.

Members will be requested to produce their current 2019/2020 membership card on arrival (we are unable to admit anyone who does not present their membership card). You are also welcome to bring one guest, for which there will be a nominal guest fee of £1.00.  Parents are welcome to bring children but must ensure that the children remain with their group at all times.  Children are admitted free of charge up to the age of 16.

This is indeed welcome news to us all, and whilst it is not a full re-opening, it is the first step towards members being able to use our facilities once again.  We will of course continue to monitor the situation and will work to make sure that we can extend opening hours as and when we are able to do so.

Splash of colour for the Town

Splash of colour for the Town

Tewkesbury Tigers are helping to create a real splash of colour in the town by supporting Tewkesbury in Bloom this summer. You can see our lovely tub outside Zitto’s restaurant.

Tewkesbury has won many awards over the years including Gold medals between 2010 and 2017. They have been awarded the Best in Category award (Town division) in 2014 and 2017 in the Regional Heart of England competition.  In 2015 and 2018 they competed in the National competition.  In 2017 they were filmed for the BBC2 documentary Britain in Bloom aired in Spring 2018.

We are very happy to be able to support this great project.

U16’s trial RFU return to rugby fitness programme

U16’s trial RFU return to rugby fitness programme

After months of lock-down the U16’s finally saw some action yesterday evening, when they kicked off the club’s junior RFC Return to Rugby fitness programme.   The U16’s have been trialling if, when and how we can bring back some of the junior teams to take part in fitness training during the closed season.   With only two pitches in use we can only accommodate a few teams whilst ensuring we maintain social distancing as well as ensuring safety for all concerned.  The sessions went really well, so we hope to introduce a few more in the coming weeks. But it’s great to be back in action!

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5 November 2020 Parliament yesterday voted in favour of the Government’s national lockdown proposals aimed at curbing the increase in Covid-19 cases in England, which take effect from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. In addition, the Government has announced the cessation of all community team sports during this period, which applies to Age Grade and Adult rugby activities below Championship and Premier 15s. This means that all our activities have stopped.
With effect from 5 November 2020, we return to Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken until at least Wednesday 2 December.
The RFU will now review what the implications of this national lockdown plan mean for clubhouses, schools, colleges, universities, etc., and will provide more detailed information in the Covid-19 Community Game Update.
We recognize that this is hugely disappointing for everyone, but as soon as we are able to recommence our activities in a safe way you can be assured play and our clubhouse will open.
Lastly, we would like to thank all our members, coaches, players, parents and those of you who support the club. Please keep safe and we will see you very soon we hope!
Clubhouse Our clubhouse is also now closed until further notice. However, our car park will continue to host the Mobile Testing Unit during the week. Please contact the government website if you need to book a test as Tewkesbury RFC cannot assist you in this process.