TRFC Return to Rugby Stage D Guidance
The RFU has announced a national roadmap to support a return to community rugby activity. This roadmap consists of six stages, Stage A relating to individual training with one other person, moving through to Stage F when there can be a return to competitive matches against other teams
Truro RFC Guidance
We are writing to you on behalf of TRFC to outline the requirements and plans surrounding the “return to rugby” particularly related to Covid 19.
As I am sure you will be aware, this is a massive issue for everyone at the moment. But with the restart of the community game and the challenges this may present to us, we need a system to reduce the risk and maintain safety across the club.
There are 3 main arms to the response:
Club facilities – are now undergoing a much enhanced cleaning regime – after each activity and between various users. We have put many changes into place within the clubhouse – a 1 way system for toilet use, alteration to the bar area and enhanced outdoor seating to name but a few All sections have been provided with a “Covid Safety it” including a no touch thermometer, sanitizer and wipes to maintain safety throughout sessions.
Personal responsibility – as in all other walks of life – the onus is on us to be aware and avoid unnecessary exposure to others should there be ay chance of infection. As such all members should consider their own “self screening” questions prior to attending any activity. This applies to all players, parents, spectators and the like. We have attached the official RFU tool to the end for reference. Obviously should you be experiencing any symptoms you should seek medical advice or testing in the usual manner via .gov website, NHS 111 or GP services.
Track n Trace – being an organization with various events and lots of movement of people, as well as close physical contact at times. Should anyone contract the infection – there may well be the need for involvement of the government track and trace service. As such coaches and section managers will be keeping a record of who attends sessions. These detail will be held securely for a period of 21 days should the need arise for contact tracing.
I am sure matters will develop and change over the coming weeks and we shall aim to keep you abrest of this as the system beds in.
Dr Neil McKay / Tim Brocklebank
Truro RFC Youth Chair / Truro RFC Safeguarding Officer
From Tuesday 1 September, with clubs 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 are able to start preparing and conditioning themselves appropriately as the game starts to return to normality with regular training and matches.
Varied training conditions will allow the return of tackling, lineouts and rucks, ensuring players are prepared to perform these skills safely and effectively with some restrictions. Mauls, scrums, opposed lineouts or upright tackles are still not permissible as the transmission exposure risk remains high. Contact training sessions have to be carried out in small groups of no more than six players.