Training Meeting

Thursday 8th April 7pm

Join Neil Chivers as he talks about training and all things rugby. Re-start is getting closer, so lets get ready NOW.

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Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Awards

The Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards 2021 are now open for nominations.

As the last 12 months have been unlike any other, this year’s awards will have a new format; with three national award categories, to recognise the work that has gone into keeping not only rugby clubs going, but also local communities, and this year nominations can made be for either an individual or a team of volunteers.

• Resilience in Rugby Award – recognising those who have demonstrated success in maintaining engagement and supporting their society and its members over the last year
• Beyond Rugby Award – recognising those who have supported their local community in new & innovative ways
• Diversity & Inclusion Award – recognising those who have demonstrated success in championing diversity & inclusion within their society and helped to grow the game.

If you know of any Society Member that should be nominated please contact

Further information on the awards and how to nominate can be found here.

An offer to help Referees

Hi all, Bromsgrove RFC are going to be running a summer of touch generally on a Thursday evening. We wondered if any referees were keen to come and officiate to get some fitness?

The above was posted on our Facebook page by Clare Foster. If you are interested suggest you contact the club/Clare direct.

Womens 6 Nations & Transgender Policy Proposals

RFU Transgender Policy Proposal – External Consultation The RFU is conducting a review of its transgender policy which sets out the eligibility criteria for playing contact rugby union in England.

As part of the review process, the external consultation for the proposed policy is now open. The consultation period will run until 5pm on Friday 16 April and we welcome your feedback.

We encourage anyone who wishes to engage in the external consultation to read the proposed policy in full and watch the video before completing the survey.

You can find all of this information, including the survey link and background video, via the button below.

As the national governing body for rugby union in England, it is the responsibility of the RFU to regulate participation in order to promote the safe and equitable treatment of all taking part.

Rugby Union is a sport for all and the RFU seeks to promote equal opportunities to ensure that anyone who wishes to play the game should be able to do so without prejudice. It’s important to consider the individuals involved and the sense of community and acceptance that our transgender players tell us rugby provides for them.

As a contact sport, player welfare is paramount and the proposed policy seeks to strike a balance between inclusion, fairness and safe participation. Transgender Policy
2021 Women’s Six Nations kicks off this weekend The Red Roses’ opener against Scotland will be live on BBC iPlayer this Saturday, kick off 3pm.

The full match day squad, captained by Emily Scarratt, is listed below. You can also watch the team’s preparations in O2 Inside Line: Red Roses, Season 2, Episode 1.Full SquadO2 Inside Line

Community Game Update

Return to Rugby This edition includes:
1. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund – Loans prospectus
2. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund – Grant update from Steve Grainger
3. Car Sharing – Updated guidance
4. First Aid – Updated guidance
5. Return to Rugby On-field guidance
6. Return to Rugby Off-field guidance
7. Warrior Camps to return in May – sign up now!
8. Government Restart Grants
9. Webinars and On demand videos

Send photos and videos to @EnglandRugby of you gearing up for rugby; cleaning your boots, preparing the pitch and getting your kit ready with #ReturnToRugby.

Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Loans update We hope that clubs have found the advance prospectus helpful and that they can continue to think about how they may wish to use the asset loan. In the video below, Ted Mitchell, tells us what they can be used for and details the terms attached to each loan.

Both the video and advance prospectus can be found below.

This can also be found on our loans page, with the application period set to open in early April. Advance Prospectus Prospectus Video
Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund – Grant update from Steve Grainger Over the last few weeks we have been notifying clubs who have been awarded grants from the rugby Union Winter Survival fund, which will continue over the next few weeks. We are aware that some clubs are querying the amounts awarded. The video below explains how they have been calculated. Watch Video
Car sharing – Updated guidance We have now had confirmation from Government and Sport England on car sharing for sport and physical activity. This is not permitted at step 1 and 2 and car sharing is not permitted until further notice.
First aid – Updated guidance We have had a number of questions on first aid facilities, so please see information below:

• Exceptions must be made for essential activity, such as the provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches.
• Indoor facilities can open for provision of first aid (which would include dedicated first aid rooms).
• While these can be open, please reduce the amount of time that people spend inside. A base for first aiders set up outside is an alternative, with treatment outside where possible.
Return to Rugby – on field guidance After the long anticipated wait, we have finally returned to rugby once again. Monday saw the return to rugby at Stage D1, with Stage D2 (from Monday 26 April). Guidance and help around the On Field Guidance, including formats and how best to prepare and keep players safe, can be found on our Return to Rugby page.

Details on Easter camps and summer activity can also be found on the page.

On Friday 9 April, the summer rugby training and playing framework for age grade players will be launched, including CB, DPP and rugby camps. It will be operational from June to the end of August and will include contact training and inter-club activity. Return To Rugby
Return to Rugby – off field guidance Common question raised by clubs can be found in our club support centre FAQs below. We are constantly updating the pages so please check back between updates to be as prepared as possible.

All guidelines apply from Monday 29 March Government Step 1B until Government’s Step 2 comes into force, which will be no earlier than Monday 12 April.

The age grade out of season regulation (see 15.8) is suspended in 2021. This is replaced with an RFU Summer Training and Playing Framework this year to enable age grade players to safely catch up on missed rugby development opportunities. Support Centre FAQs Sport England FAQs
Inner Warrior sign up open Allianz Inner Warrior returns in May! We are delighted to be able to invite you to host a Warrior Camp to welcome female players back to your club.

Back in January, 169 clubs signed up to host a Warrior Camp before the pandemic necessitated a postponement. We encourage those clubs to rebook and many more to join them. It will be even more fun in the summer weather which should help to attract more new players to give rugby a try.

We’ve been looking at how best we can continue to support our clubs with running Warrior Camps. We are delighted to have Allianz on board as a partner, who will help us to increase visibility and reach more new participants in the future.

If your club is new to Warrior Camps, click below for more information on what the camps involve, what you need to do and how we can support you. Find Out More Sign Up
Restart Grants – available from Wednesday 21 April For businesses in England, including rugby clubs, new Restart Grants will launch in April 2021. Businesses in the hospitality, leisure, personal care, and fitness industries could be eligible for grants of up to £18,000.

Clubs need to apply via their Local Authority and information should be available on Local Authority websites from Monday 29 March. However, please note these grants will be taxable as per previous retail, hospitality and leisure grants. Further information is available below.

At the start of the National Lockdown in January the Government released various support packages, cash grants of up to £9,000 per property are available on top of the Local Restrictions Support Grants of up to £4,500 per 42 day period.

Full information on the support available can be accessed below, as well as what assistance is available can be found on the RFU funding page below. Restart Grants Funding Page
Webinars and on-demand videos We have our previous Coaching, Refereeing, and Club webinars on-demand alongside those below that are coming up.

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.

NFL Presents: A Conversation on Tackling Covid-19 – Wednesday 7 April – 7pm
Covid-19 leads are invited to join a webinar with medical leaders from American football and English rugby about their leagues’ COVID-19 mitigation strategies and what we’ve learned through the challenges of the last year.

Experts will discuss a range of areas including; how rugby’s rules can be adapted to reduce transmission risk; protocols; the impact of altered season structures on injury risk; lessons learned from sport that can be applied more broadly; and the risks and opportunities that lie ahead. While this is largely looking at elite level we will also discuss how this has shaped the community game and what learnings can be taken forward as we continue our return to rugby.