Dear All,

 

The committee have now developed the LSRUR application which is available for download.

 

Please find link below to:

 

How to use the LSRUR Application

 

Massive well done to all of the committee for leading the way, but a special mention to John Hill for the idea, Kerrel Wills for the development and Andrew Forsythe for the data protection.

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

George Richardson

Training and Promotions Officer

Dear All,

 

Please find a copy of the February 2021 newsletter here:

 

This months copy includes:

A Chairmans Note

Fantasy 6 Nations League

The LSRUR App

Covid and where we stand

Training Information

Members Meeting

 

Kind Regards,

 

George Richardson

Promotions and Training Officer

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.
Announcement
Minister's Statement

RFU Headlines

 

Return to community rugby update

 

Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU, provides an update on our continuing plans to get rugby returned. Please share this video with your rugby communities.
We remain at Stage D on the RoadmapRFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines, must be followed. Where local lockdown restrictions are in place, local authority guidelines must be followed

Return to community rugby – age grade regulations

 

Any mixed age non-contact activity under Regulation 15.6.2, must be risk

assessed appropriately and follow best practice as outlined in the Codes of Practice, which includes ensuring parental consent is in place. Where 17 year olds are participating in contact training, Regulation 15.6.1 must be followed.

 

Adult Male Future Competition Structure Review - Update

 

Once again, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the many webinars and surveys that have been conducted over the last 12 months regarding the future competition structure (English Club Championship Level 3 and below). Click below to read the plan.

A detailed summary of responses from the Future Competition Structure Survey conducted over the summer, separated by player and non-player feedback, can be accessed here. In addition, the results from the survey conducted in February 2020 are available here.

As Covid-19 restrictions are still with us, and we remain uncertain of the timing and nature of the 2020/21 season, the Community Game Board have taken the decision to pause implementation of any changes to league structures (should these be approved at a future date by RFU Council) to season 2022/23. Work on the review remains a priority and will be discussed again at the RFU Council meeting on 27 November, where it is likely a vote on some key matters of principle will be taken. 

We will also contact Honorary Secretaries at adult male clubs (levels 3-12) in the near future to ask for their input into a survey which aims to help us better understand the level of interest from clubs to entering Lower XVs teams into the RFU Leagues Pyramid to up to Level 7. At the same time we will share some draft criteria for this happening. The outcome of the survey will assist the FCS Group in understanding the number of teams coming into the pyramid. Whilst there is no commitment from clubs at this stage, the information will provide an important steer in assessing the level of interest from clubs and any potential impact on future structures.

We thank you for your continued support in this important process. The majority of people agree that we have a significant opportunity for rugby to develop in order to provide an optimal playing offer and structure that protects the future health of the adult male game while meeting the needs of current and future players. Players are looking for a balance of quality of experience, welfare needs and less travel. Meanwhile, we must also ensure we protect the sustainability of clubs.

 

Revised local lockdown restrictions effective Wednesday 14 October

 

Due to the rise in the number of positive Covid-19 cases, as well as an increase in hospital admissions, the Government has announced its intention to introduce a new three tier system of local lockdown measures, effective Wednesday 14 October 2020. Clubs must follow the current guidance until then.
We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. In all cases, clubs must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance.
Clubs can check what local restrictions are in place in their area. The three tier system being introduced is:
Tier 1 - Medium:
Current nationwide rules will apply to areas in this tier. With regards to sporting activities in tier 1, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of six is followed.
Tier 2 – High:

With regards to sporting activities in tier 2, exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Areas in this tier include the following, and you can access links to the various guidelines
Leicester
Greater Manchester
Lancashire
North East of England
West Midlands
West Yorkshire
New areas impacted by local restrictions and included in tier 2 are below, please note that at the time of releasing CGU only local authority guidelines had been produced:
Cheshire
Derbyshire
Nottinghamshire
South Yorkshire
Tier 3 – Very High:
With regards to sporting activities in tier 3, it is the same as for tier 2 areas, although additional measures agreed with local authorities could include closing of venues such as leisure centres and gyms whilst ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity.
Liverpool City will be the first area to be included in this tier and the impacted areas are Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
Click here to access Government guidelines regarding what clubs can/cannot do in Liverpool City. 
Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities and to check the latest position regarding local restrictions as they may change frequently over the coming weeks.
Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government's website below.
We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union.

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