|We have been working hard with Government to develop a financial support programme for the game as well as permission to return to play when it is safe to do so.
Today’s announcement demonstrates Government understands the need for rugby to be supported and we would like to thank everyone we consulted with in the game for your feedback which allowed us to provide clear and detailed submissions.
Funding has been made available to help the survival of those sports who are not able to have spectators up to the end of March and the Sports Minister has estimated that the funding package for all sports will consist of £250m in loans and £50m in grants. The funding must be applied for and justified against certain criteria to be defined and is therefore not guaranteed.
This news is positive for rugby and we will continue to work with Government to understand the details of the application process, the criteria under which submissions will be measured, and the composition of the independent panel and delivery mechanism. We will update you on this process in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the Government announcements can be read below.
Please find this months Newsletter with important information about:
Nick Lacey's Passing
Covid and where we stand
Return to play stage by stage guidance
LSRUR Training and Promotions Officer
Nick sadly passed away on Friday 30th October, after a battle with cancer.
Nick was one of the great personalities within the Leicestershire Society of Referees and was well known throughout the rugby community in Leicestershire.
In his playing days Nick played for Vipers and Leicestershire before taking up the whistle and officiating at the highest level countrywide as well as locally for the Society. In recent years, Nick turned his hand to Match Observing and has guided many referees on their journey in the game.
Along side all this, Nick has been a stalwart of the Committee of LSRUR, for many, many years. He has served as Appointments Secretary, Chairman, Treasurer and is also an Honorary President of the Society; his contribution has been enormous. The wider rugby community in Leicestershire will also remember Nick as the MC for our annual Society dinner.
Nick was a rugby man through and through and will be missed by us all.
Our thoughts are with Jane, Stephen, Mark and all the family at this time.