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Tuesday 23 February

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This week’s headlines include:
1. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund reminder with Steve Grainger
2. RUWSF Loan Scheme - two days left to complete
3. RUWSF Grant Reminder - two days left to apply
4. Return to community rugby update
5. Lockdown rugby activity
6. Webinars and on-demand videos
Update on RUWSF Grant and Loans
RFU Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger gives an update on the Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund (RUWSF) Grant and Loan schemes.

Please note, we are updating our FAQs daily, so please keep checking back using the button below. FAQs will contain the version number and date to help keep track of when they have been updated.

The loan and grant scheme are two separate strands of funding, so clubs are able to apply for both where needed.

We will be hosting another CB national call today at 5pm to answer any questions you may have relating to the RUWSF. Once again, we politely ask that a maximum of two people attend from your CB and that you nominate one spokesperson to help us manage communications. Please contact your CB Relationship Manager if you need further information.
Watch Video
          
Criteria & FAQs
Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Loan Scheme
A reminder that Presidents, Chairs, Honorary Secretaries and Treasurers at each club received an email from the Rugby Football Union last Friday which included a digital form to complete to indicate a non-binding interest in a loan.

If you would still like to lodge your interest, please ensure this form has been submitted by 5pm this Thursday, 25 February. We have included the link below for ease.

We request that only one representative of each club submits the form to avoid duplications.

The loans scheme is designed to support urgent infrastructure requirements of Rugby clubs at Levels 3 and below. This will be needs-based, to support essential infrastructure for survival and sustainability.

Loans will support clubs in immediate survival need - providing access to funding for facility works designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and enable clubs to get back playing when the time comes.

Loans to be made across three groups:

1. Up to 100% - Small-scale reboot projects – 2-year payment holiday and repaid in 8 years thereafter.
2. Up to 100% - Medium-scale projects – centrally procured with 3-year payment holiday and repaid in 8 years thereafter.
3. Large-scale projects (largely where these projects are essential for the survival of the organisation and would have progressed without support in the absence of Covid-19 impacts). Typically, loans matching 20-35% of project costs where the remainder of funding is in place and project ready to commence. 4-year payment holiday and repaid in 8 years thereafter.
Interest Form
Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Grant Scheme
The cut-off-point to apply for a grant is 5pm on Thursday 25 February. If a club or CB is unsure whether they are eligible, we would encourage them to apply so we can assess whether they qualify. It is safer to apply now than to miss the deadline and discover too late that you would have been eligible.

The Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund aims to support community clubs at Levels 3 and below that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

It covers a specific six-month period - costs must be incurred between 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021. Clubs need to demonstrate financial need for funding to ensure survival.

You can find out more about the criteria and how to apply using the funding link below.

When completing the form, please ensure:

You only input numbers for financial information. For example, instead of writing zero, input 0. You do not input symbols such as the £ sign. Simply input numbers. For example, to insert £100,000 input 100000. All bank statements are required, not just the current account. For the cash position at end of September, use the closing balance rather than the opening balance from statements and add up the balances across all accounts. Golden roles are up to date in GMS.
Criteria & FAQs
          
Funding Page
Return to Rugby
We welcome last night’s Government announcement that grassroots team sport including community rugby can return on Monday 29 March.

Over the coming weeks, we will work with Government to understand the number of players and format of rugby that will be permitted upon our return in both schools and community rugby. When we have clarified these details, and associated travel queries, we will share the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap alongside a step-by-step guide to returning to training and guidance around facilities re-opening.
Return To Rugby
Lockdown Rugby Activity
Inspired to Play Page
On our Inspired to Play page, we have included lockdown activities that have ranged from Q&A’s with England internationals Ben Youngs and Shaunagh Brown, to position specific workshops with the England Men’s team and Age Grade fitness sessions.

Next up will be a back-row focus with Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola who will share their insights, thought processes and how they use the Principles of Play.

This content has been produced in support of the Community Game to keep players connected to rugby while unable to play.
Inspired to Play
Webinars and on-demand videos
We know that you might be Zoomed out, so we have made sure all our webinars are available when you need them on demand if you can’t see them live.

Introducing the Mental Wellbeing for Players webinar – Wednesday 18 March – 7pm

Welcome rugby players of all ages to a healthy discussion about mental wellbeing, creating kinder cultures and the importance of looking out for each other. Guest speaker, David Beeney, who has years of experience talking about (and not talking about) mental health is joined by former England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley. We put player welfare at the heart of the game in order to keep the community healthy with help from our trusted healthcare partner Simplyhealth.
Register today

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Share your ideas
Please let us know if there are any further resources or specific support that clubs and CBs could benefit from during lockdown, by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We continue to highlight the wonderful activities of our clubs and their teams on our England Rugby channels. Please share your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who are 'Rugby Against Cancer'?

 

Rugby Against Cancer is a charity that supports rugby players and their families dealing with cancer, we are a young charity and are growing year on year, which means we are able to support more people and reach more rugby clubs around the UK.
What do we do?
We provide support to the rugby family and their families dealing with Cancer, whether through respite experiences, pick-me-ups or assisting with fundraising for personal costs.

We have a range of ambassadors - professional rugby players who have faced their own cancer battles to those who support our cause and would like to raise awareness that the rugby family are not alone.

 

We also have grassroots clubs and players who are representing our charity locally and raising awareness of Rugby Against Cancer.

 

Website - https://www.rugbyagainstcancer.com/

 

RAC poster

 

 
Distribution list: Tuesday 16 February

 
 
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This week’s headlines include:
1. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund with Steve Grainger video
2. Lockdown Rugby Activity
4. Age Grade Playing Calendar 2021-22
5. Inner Warrior Update
6. Webinars and on-demand videos
7. Hinckley RFC
8. Share your ideas
 
 
Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund
Applications opened last Friday for clubs to submit applications for grants. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 25 February. The aim of the fund is to support community clubs at Level 3 and below that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

Below is a video from RFU Rugby Development Director, Steve Grainger, to help explain the fund, its aims, and criteria for the application process.

It covers a six-month period, from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021. Clubs need to demonstrate financial need for funding to ensure survival. You can find out more about the criteria and how to apply using the funding link below.

We are working with Sport England to define the criteria and process for a Loans Programme, in addition to this grant funding, and will communicate this to CBs and clubs later this week when we have confirmation.
Watch Video
         
Funding Page
 
 
 
Lockdown rugby activity
England players go back to school

Home-schooling was given an added rugby twist this month, when ten England players joined online school assemblies from their Guinness Six Nations training camp.

Players answered pupils’ questions as Eddie Jones and England Rugby tried to help motivate students by giving them and their teachers something different to start their school day.

The activity was part of England Rugby’s wider programme of support for the community game, aiming to keep players engaged in rugby while they can’t play.

Red Rose Shaunagh Brown live Q&A

Shaunagh Brown joined us live last Wednesday after a two-day training camp with the Red Roses. While discussing the upcoming Women’s World Cup later this year and the Women’s Six Nations, now scheduled for April, she also answered players’ questions on how to stay physically and mentally motivated during lockdown. Watch the Q&A on demand here.

Position Workshop Series

This week we were joined by second rows Courtney Lawes and Jonny Hill. Both players analysed match footage to share their insights, thought processes and how they use the Principles of Play.
Back To School
            
Inspired To Play
 
 
 
Age Grade Playing Calendar 2021-22
A final reminder that the Age Grade Playing calendar for 2021-22 is now with CBs, CSUs, Academies, Centres of Excellence, RPPGs and other local stakeholders to populate together. We hope this has started to be shared and published on websites to give everyone the best planning notice as possible.
 
 
 
Inner Warrior update
Warrior Camps are now on hold until May. Should any tier system return, and if clubs are able to host a Warrior Camp as part of their permitted activity, then clubs are welcome to hold an event in April.

We will run a targeted recruitment campaign in May and will invite clubs to host a Warrior Camp between 1st and 30th May. Information on how to register your event will be shared at the end of March, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
Webinars and on-demand videos
We know that you might be Zoomed out, so we have made sure all our webinars are available when you need them on demand if you can’t see them live.

RFU’s Head Groundsperson Jim Buttar Q&A – Thursday 18 February – 7pm

We want to help you with the challenges you are having with your pitches but also to celebrate your success. Jim Buttar, England Rugby Head Groundsperson, will be answering your questions throughout the Webinar so send any questions or photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Register today

Introducing the Mental Wellbeing for Players webinar – Wednesday 24 March – 7pm

Welcome rugby players of all ages to a healthy discussion about mental wellbeing, creating kinder cultures and the importance of looking out for each other. Guest speaker, David Beeney, who has years of experience talking about (and not talking about) mental health is joined by former England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley. We put player welfare at the heart of the game in order to keep the community healthy with help from our trusted healthcare partner Simplyhealth.
Register today

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
 
 
 
Hinckley RFC
Hinckley RFC are yet another club making a difference, like so many during this pandemic. They have called in a number of volunteers to help produce over 500 individually packed meals a day to distribute to children and their families during the weekdays of half term.
Hinckley RFC
 
 
 
Share your ideas
Please let us know if there are any further resources or specific support that clubs and CBs could benefit from during lockdown, by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We continue to highlight the wonderful activities of our clubs and their teams on our England Rugby channels. Please share your stories and videos with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 
Community Game Update – 19th February 2021
Content:
1. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Loans Scheme
2. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Grants Reminder
3. England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award and Coach Logic Partner
4. Irwin Mitchell Mentoring
5. Webinars and on-demand videos
6. LGBT+ month

This communication is only sent to the roles highlighted in the distribution list above. Please share it with others in your club who need to see it.
 
 
Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Loan Scheme
Working closely with DCMS and Sport England, we have now established more detail on the loans element of the Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund. (RUWSF)

The loans scheme is designed to support urgent infrastructure requirements of rugby clubs at Levels 3 and below. This will be needs based, to support essential infrastructure for survival and sustainability.

The loan and grant scheme are two separate strands of funding so clubs are able to apply for both where needed.

Loans will support clubs in immediate survival need - providing access to funding for facility works designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and enable clubs to get back playing when the time comes.

Please keep an eye on your inbox for an email from us which contains a form where clubs can demonstrate their non-binding indication of interest in a loan. This email is being sent at 12.30pm today to Presidents, Chair, Honorary Secretaries and Treasurers at each club. Please co-ordinate for one club representative to complete the form to avoid multiple entries.

Clubs need to submit their non-binding interest via this form by 5pm on Thursday 25 February.

Headline information is summarised below. More information will be included in the form emailed to Clubs.

• Essential infrastructure projects for survival and sustainability to be completed by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Loans to be made across three groups:

1. Up to 100% - Small-scale reboot projects – 2-year payment holiday and repaid in 8 years thereafter.
2. Up to 100% - Medium-scale projects – centrally procured with 3-year payment holiday and repaid in 8 years thereafter.
3. Large-scale projects (largely where these projects are essential for the survival of the organisation and would have progressed without support in the absence of Covid-19 impacts). Typically, loans matching 20-35% of project costs where the remainder of funding is in place and project ready to commence. 4-year payment holiday and repaid in 8 years thereafter.
 
 
 
RUWSF Grants
There are six days left for applications to be submitted for grants. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 25 February. The aim of the fund is to support community clubs at Level 3 and below that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

It covers a six-month period, from Thursday 1 October 2020 to Wednesday 31 March 2021. You can find out more about the criteria and how to apply using the funding link below.

Club Developers are available to help support clubs with any queries with the application process. However, we are not able to gauge whether the outcome of an application will be successful as the detailed assessment is based on a number of factors. We would urge clubs to use the worked examples shown on the criteria page and submit an application, so we are able to assess the club’s need.
Criteria
        
Funding Page
 
 
 
England Rugby Coaching
New partner in Coach Logic

We have partnered with video analysis platform Coach Logic to provide additional online support for coaches who enrol on coaching award courses. They will have access to game footage from different levels of the game, as well as allowing coaches (and players) to share ideas and analyse performance.

Advanced Coaching Award – (Previously Level 3)

The England Rugby Advanced Coaching Award (ERACA) for 2021/22 will kick off in February with two webinars which prospective participants need to complete.

Firstly - Advanced Coaching Workshop Part 1. A free on-demand webinar that anyone wishing to take part in the ERACA must complete as a pre-requisite for booking.

Secondly - Advanced Coaching Workshop Part 2 in March. Bookings for the full courses due to open in May 2021. You can find out more on the link below.

Please be aware that course dates and venues are provisional and subject to change or cancellation depending on the evolving situation with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Coach Logic
          
Coaching Award
 
 
 
Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Programme
Working with our official legal partner, Irwin Mitchell, we are excited to announce the Irwin Mitchell Mentoring Club. Together, we will share advice and provide guidance on how you can engage and retain your adolescent players to keep them in the sport for longer. Join ambassadors Dylan Hartley & Sarah Hunter in our club today.
Mentoring Programme
 
 
 
Webinars and on-demand videos
We know that you might be Zoomed out so we have made sure all of our webinars are available when you need on demand if you can't see them live.

An intro to the Club RugbySafe Lead Role, Being a RugbySafe Club – Wednesday 24 February - 7pm

This inaugural webinar will provide an introduction to the Club RugbySafe Lead role and what ‘Being a RugbySafe Club’ means. The session will include sharing models of good practice and signpost supporting resources. These are open to anyone who has an interest in player welfare and improving best practice, and you can register below.

Introducing the Mental Wellbeing for Players webinar – Wednesday 24 March – 7pm

Rugby players of all ages are invited to a healthy discussion about mental wellbeing, creating kinder cultures and the importance of looking out for each other. Guest speaker, David Beeney, who has years of experience talking about (and not talking about) mental health is joined by former England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley. We put player welfare at the heart of the game to keep the community healthy, with help from our trusted healthcare partner Simplyhealth.
Register today

A reminder of rugby content being produced in support of the community game during lockdown can be found on the Inspired To Play page below.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
RugbySafe Webinar
          
Inspired To Play
 
 
 
LGBT+ Month
This month being LGBT+ history month, we have shared stories from the community and professional game on EnglandRugby.com. These have ranged from professional referee Craig Maxwell-Keys' story about positive support since coming out as gay, to the world’s first gay rugby club - Kings Cross Steelers and their documentary, released on Friday 26 February.
Maxwell-Keys
          
Steelers
All clubs can apply for this fund and not just RFU Member Clubs.