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Distribution list: Tuesday 16 March

Return to Rugby
This week’s headlines include:
1. Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund - Grants update
2. Monday 29 March - Return to Rugby Stage D guidance
3. Age Grade Summer Activity
4. Easter Camps guidance
5. Webinars and on-demand videos
6. Mako's thumbs up
7. Inner Warrior return in May – Sign up now
RUWSF Grants deadline - 5pm on Monday
A reminder that we have been given a grace period for clubs that weren’t able to compile their financial documentation in time to meet the original Rugby Union Winter Survival Fund Grant application deadline.

If you are a community club in Level 3 or below that needs financial support for survival and fulfil the criteria listed on the funding page below, please complete an application form by 5pm on Monday 22 March.

You will also find the application form on the Funding page button below.

Clubs who applied in the first window will be contacted by the end of March and should not apply again as their application will be discounted.

We are in the process of issuing award letters to clubs who have been successful in their application for a RUWSF Grant. The process is expected to take a couple of weeks to complete.
Funding Page
Return to Rugby - Monday 29 March
As we get closer to our planned #ReturnToRugby at the end of the month, we have published more guidance around on field activity.

Below you will find a video guide for both Stage D1 and D2 on our Return to Rugby Roadmap. This 10 minute video details what activity is permitted on field for players and coaches.

We are awaiting facilities guidance from government and Sport England and will update clubs when this information has been received.

Our Club Support Centre FAQs and Return to Rugby page below will continue to be updated as further guidance is published.

Dates for your diaries for coach support webinars around the different stages are as follows (subject to Government guidance).

• Friday 19 March 7-8pm – Register here
• Monday 22 March 7-8pm
• Monday 12 April 7-8pm
• Monday 19 April 7-8pm

A shareable Return to Rugby Roadmap can be found here.
Stage D1 & D2 Video
Stage D1 & D2 guidance
Age Grade Summer Activity
Following last week’s publication of the provisional plan for a phased return to contact rugby, we have received enquiries asking for confirmation of what activity will be permitted in June, July and August 2021.

At this stage we can confirm that the age grade out of season regulation (see 15.8) is suspended in 2021. An RFU Age Grade Summer Activity Framework covering all aspects of age grade training and playing activity (including CB, DPP and Rugby Camps) will follow in its place. This is being developed and will be released on Friday 9th April 2021.
Easter Camps guidance
Rugby Camps in the Easter holidays can take place when we reach Stage D1 on the Return to Rugby Roadmap (from Monday 29 March). Camps must be approved under Regulation 15.9 and should follow the checklist in Codes of Practice 6.2. All on pitch activity must be in line with the timings for activity and contact elements, coach to player ratios, social distancing and sanitising/hygiene practices in the Stage D1 guidance.

Full facility and changing room logistical guidance for community sport is still to be confirmed; we will translate and share this as quickly as possible once received. Until this is available, rugby camp venues must follow the rules of the government’s 4-step Roadmap, which includes limited indoor use before Monday 12 April. We recommend a flexible plan to align with any changes in facility operation guidance between now and your event days.
Webinars and on-demand videos
We have our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars on-demand alongside those below that are coming up.

Introducing the Mental Wellbeing for Players webinar – Thursday 18 March – 7pm - Keeping The Rugby Community Healthy
We 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 to keep the community healthy, with help from our trusted healthcare partner Simplyhealth.
Register today

Webinar: Using Social Media to engage players – Thursday 25 March 7pm
This webinar will cover how you can use social media to effectively engage with your players and reach more people. It will be hosted by RFU Social Media Manager Joe Ogden who will look at each platform and provide some top tips on how to use your social media channels.
Register today

Leadership in Rugby
As part of our continued effort to draw on knowledge from the game and how this effects leadership. We have an all-female panel with the likes of like Sarah Hunter, Sara Cox, Katy Storie and Kirsten Flower as a National Youth Council and D&I council working group member for our latest look at Leadership in conjunction with Students RFU.
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Mako’s Thumbs up for Chess Valley RFC
As we get closer to a return for rugby, we bring a fantastic story from Chess Valley RFC that have been working out together every Sunday morning via Zoom. They have had 40-50 players each week getting out of bed early to attend, earning them a big thumbs up from our very own Mako Vunipola.
Chess Valley RFC
Inner Warrior sign up open
The Allianz Inner Warrior camps are back in May, and we are thrilled to be able to invite your club to host a Warrior Camp to help welcome female players back to your club.

While we have been away from the pitches we’ve been looking how best we can continue to support our clubs with running Warrior Camps. We are delighted to have Allianz on board with us as a partner, which will enable us to increase visibility and reach more potential new participants in the future.

If your club is new to Warrior Camps, click on the button below for more information on what the camps involve, what you need to do and how we can support you.
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