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Distribution list: Thursday 7 May

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the fourteenth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

In this edition we’ve highlighted the two webinars taking place next week, have provided details of the newly announced government-backed Bounce Back Loan Scheme and have given an update on the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants administered by local authorities. We’ve also dedicated our ‘communities doing great things’ section to recognise the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access Coronavirus (Covid-19) information and updates here.

We’ve also captured past editions of these twice-weekly updates on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.

Important updates
Click here to find details of the webinar programme taking place through to 11 June.

Tuesday Training Webinar with Simon Amor – 7pm on Tuesday 12 May

Simon Amor, England Attack Coach and Head of England Sevens, will host a webinar focussed on 'Knowing Yourself as a Coach'. To register click here.

Click here to catch up on previous coaching webinars.

How to run a Virtual AGM with Irwin Mitchell – 7pm on Thursday 13 May

This webinar will provide guidance and support on your clubs options to run your AGM, including how to run the AGM Virtually.

Register for the webinar here.
Other support available
Bounce Back Loan Scheme

As an extension to existing government financial support vehicles, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (microloans) was launched this week to help smaller businesses, including rugby clubs, impacted by COVID19 to borrow between £2000 and up to 25% of turnover capped at a maximum of £50,000. The repayment term is fixed at 6 years at an interest rate of 2.5% per annum. The government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments and will provide lenders with a 100% government backed guarantee. Your business must meet the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria. The application process is open until 4 November. Click here to find out more.

Click here to access guidance regarding the various support packages available.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants

We are aware that some clubs may have experienced issues applying for grants from the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants. Clubs who currently have a rateable value of under £51,000 should be eligible for one of these two grants.

Impacted clubs are encouraged to proactively challenge their local authorities if they believe they have been incorrectly told they are ineligible.

If a club is having trouble accessing these grants, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can find out more about these grants here.
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
As we head into a Bank Holiday weekend, with Friday 8 May marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we’ve reflected on the Victory Internationals that took place at the end of the Second World War. Click here to read more.

The Army v Navy event on 2 May at Twickenham Stadium would have marked two historic occasions: the centenary of the Inter Services Rugby Championship and the first-ever services women’s match at Twickenham Stadium. Despite both matches being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Army v Navy committee is still supporting Twickenham local charities and organisations which are likely to suffer shortfalls during the coronavirus crisis.

Help for Heroes was to have been charity of the day for the 2020 event and with cancellation won’t now receive the much-needed donations from the day. Since 2007, the Charity has supported more than 25,000 wounded men and women and their families. The charity is currently contributing to resources for health workers. You can still show your support by clicking the link to the specific Army v Navy Just Giving page here.

We know that clubs we have yet to hear from have been working both to help their communities and to secure their future and would love to hear more so please share your story 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..

Please click here for the job description for the above and circulate it to anyone interested who has the appropriate experience and qualifications.

It has become vacant because of the resignation of Sally Walker for personal reasons.

She has been enormously successful in the role and leaves a vibrant and knowledgeable community of safeguarding officers in the county.

Whoever is appointed will find it challenging but very enjoyable.

 Applications with CV to Hampshire County Office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by Monday 25th May 2020

 Gary Self

 Chair of Hampshire Game Development Committee

County U17 BOYS Manager - 2020-21 Season required

The County U17 Boys manager responsibilities will be:-

- Manage and oversee the head coach, coaches and players of the U17 Boys
County age group.
- Managing the age group budget in conjunction with the County Office
- Arranging trials and training
- Liaising with other Counties / County Office to play matches
- Sorting and cleaning kit
- Attending Club Hampshire meetings and training
- Producing an 17 Boys Age Group report for Club Hampshire meetings

Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential.

The position is Voluntary but mileage expenses to matches out of County can be claimed.

Please apply by sending your Rugby CV to Tim Allen (Manager of Club Hampshire) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Distribution list: Tuesday 5 May

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Please find below the thirteenth edition of our Coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

In this edition Bill Sweeney, CEO provides an update on the actions taken by the RFU as a result of the impact of Covid-19, and on his presentation to a DCMS Select Committee this morning. We’ve also highlighted the webinars taking place this week, with details of the full webinar programme and launched The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast. There’s an update on NatWest RugbyForce too and we’ve highlighted Umbro becoming the Kit Partner to England Rugby from September. Last, but by no means least, we’ve provided an update on the great work of the rugby community during the pandemic.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access Coronavirus (Covid-19) information and updates here.

We’ve also captured past editions of these twice-weekly updates on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.

RFU headlines
Update from Bill Sweeney

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

I am writing to update you on the actions we have taken in the face of the current Covid-19 crisis and what we are working on for the future. We have undertaken detailed financial scenario planning to understand the potential reduction in revenue we are facing as a result of Covid-19 and, as you may have seen in the media, I provided an update on this to a DCMS Select Committee early today.

Click here to read the full message.
Other important updates
Click here to find details of the webinar programme taking place through to 11 June.

Rugby Groundsmen Connected Live Twitter Q&A – 3pm on 7 May

A Rugby Groundsmen Connected Live Twitter Q&A will be taking place using the hashtag #ASKRGC. This is an opportunity to use social media to ask questions direct to our Twickenham grounds team, including our Head Groundsman Jim Buttar.

Easyfundraising webinar- a fundraising solution for clubs - 7pm on 7 May

Easyfundraising are hosting this webinar for clubs so that their team can talk through how to maximise returns. Click here to register for this webinar.

Some clubs have been benefitting from free cash donations when their club community use easyfundraising to shop online with well-known retailers. This is an easy way to keep funds coming in and it’s completely free to set up and use. To set up an account click here.

Launch of The Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast

We’ve just launched the Eddie Jones Coaching Podcast to give coaches an insight into coaching at Test level. Every week Eddie and RFU Director of Performance Conor O’Shea will cover specific topics, with the first week looking into team talks, including pre-match, half-time and post-match. Click here to read more or here to listen.

NatWest RugbyForce 2020

We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the NatWest RugbyForce weekend due to take place at the end of June.

NatWest RugbyForce will now form part of the 2020/21 season reboot activity. Further information, including announcing those clubs selected for grants, will follow once we have a better idea of the timescales involved.

Umbro becomes the Official Technical Kit Partner to England Rugby

We’ve announced an exciting new four-year partnership with Umbro, as they become our official technical kit partner from Tuesday 1 September 2020.

We’re proud to announce a partnership with such an iconic English brand, which has nearly 100 years’ experience in elite sports. We look forward to revealing the kit along with more details on the partnership in the coming weeks.

Click here to read the press release that was issued this morning.
 
 
 
Rugby community doing great things
CEO Bill Sweeney has praised member clubs’ support of their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The kind of efforts being made by the clubs shows the strength of rugby’s values and the continuing importance of volunteers in the community. Click here to read.

We know that other clubs have been working both to help their communities and to secure their future and would love to hear more so please share your story 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..

8 year old Fordingbridge RFC rugby player Elliott Murphy decided that he wanted to keep fit and raise some money for a local charity. He decided to run 11 km to his local rugby club Fordingbridge RFC with his Dad who is a coach at the club. Elliott completed his run in 1h 3mins and in doing so has raised over £1,700 raised so far for @TrussellTrust Foodbanks.

 

 

Does this inspire you to #runtoyourclub?

 

 

Also another U8 Fordingbridge player Izzie donated the £10 she had in her money box to Captain Tom and wanted to do more so she came up with the idea of doing her own walk, so she is doing a sponsored 10k walk on 9th May to raise money for the NHS charity Together.

They have now inspired other members of the Fordingbridge RFC under 8s to do their own challenges and raise money for those less fortunate.

 

Run pic

 

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