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Distribution list: Tuesday 14 July

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
Please find below the thirty-first edition of our coronavirus (Covid-19) update.

Our discussions with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Sport England to accelerate a return to community rugby continue. We remain at Stage B on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. We will provide further updates when we receive the green light from the government that it is safe for community rugby to restart.

While we do not have a date for when community competitions will restart, we will announce league conferences and fixtures for the Adult Male (English Club Championship) 2020-21 season at 5pm tomorrow.

Please visit our dedicated web portal on the England Rugby website to access coronavirus information and updates here.

Past editions of these weekly updates can be found on this part of the website. Click here if you need to find a previous edition.
RFU headlines
Adult Male (English Club Championship) 2020/21 season
While a date for restarting RFU Community Competitions is still to be determined, we have prepared league conferences and fixtures for the Adult Male (English Club Championship) 2020-21 season. Full details will go live on the below link from 5pm on Wednesday 15 July.

The latest information is aligned to the competitions infographic we released two weeks ago and designed to support clubs’ preparation for the upcoming season.

It is imperative you read the supporting information provided through the link as it details how the fixture list will be applied to the 2020-21 season in light of the change to how competitions will be delivered.

The Women’s League Structure & Fixtures are currently being worked on and will be released at a later date.
RFU Rugby 365 facilities to open from August 2020 – book now
We are pleased to announce that all Rugby 365 facilities will be open from Saturday 1 August and bookings are being taken for the coming season. Simply follow the link below to select your local Rugby 365 facility and make a booking. Availability maybe be limited so please book early.

Please note that advance notification of booking dates, times and any restrictions that maybe in place due to Covid-19 will be provided.
Rugby 365 Booking
Other important updates
Webinars and podcasts
Sport England Active together - Up to £10,000 match funding available through Crowdfunding - Webinar – Wednesday 15 July 5-5.30pm
Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Join the next Crowdfund Sport webinar to find out how Gravesend RFC have taken advantage of the Sport England supported Crowdfunding scheme and how your club could also benefit from this activity. Also follow the link below to start setting up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 match funding.
Webinar: Feeding your turf - Rugby Grounds Connected – Thursday 16 July 7pm
This webinar is an introduction to understanding your soil capabilities and nutrient requirements for a healthier more robust rugby pitch. From researching to planning and application, this will guide you on what opportunities are available and how best to feed your turf.
Webinars on demand
Game Management System – Personal Profile & Age Grade Registration Improvements
This webinar provides the rationale for and details on changes to GMS. We will outline the new tools and user flows aimed at improving the user experience for 2020-21. We will also cover how feedback from the game informed changes to provide more intuitive user support that will help streamline the time involved for everyone. Register below to watch the webinar on demand.
Catch up on previous webinars
For those who want to catch up on previous webinars, these are available on the England Rugby website. Please click on the links below:

Club Webinars
Referee Webinars
Coach Webinars
Rugby community doing great things
Rugby clubs throughout England have been preparing to reopen, with clubhouses spruced up and fundraising a priority. Click below to read some of the activities that are taking place.
Club Updates
Rugby clubs continue to support their communities, including Richmond who teamed up with England legend and current British & Irish Lions President, Jason Leonard, and his charity The Atlas Foundation to apply for funding via the London Community Response Fund to feed children who need it through the summer.
In addition to clubs helping their communities, we are now highlighting clubs’ self-help initiatives, as well as activities being undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at clubs, on englandrugby.com.

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