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Distribution list: Tuesday 19 January

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This week’s headlines include:
1. Lockdown rugby activity
2. Government financial support update
3. #ShowYourShirt
4. Guinness supporting club re-openings
5. Webinars and on-demand videos
6. Rosslyn Park Slingbacks support NHS workers
7. Share your ideas
RFU Headlines
Lockdown rugby activity
During the lockdown period we have a range of activities to keep people engaged, some of which can be accessed below.

Coming up over the next few weeks there will be player and club challenges, activity for age grade players and virtual Inner Warrior sessions, support for teachers and parents, webinars for volunteer engagement and club development and regular content for schools, colleges and universities.

We will continue to post these across our social media channels so please keep an eye out.

In our on-demand videos, we also have a link to the Youth Sport Trust after school activities with Nolli Waterman.

For now, we have our #GetYourShirtOn videos and the School of Ruck from the World Rugby Museum to help support parents’ home-schooling by providing physical activities and also interesting trivia, reading, and spelling challenges.
Online Training Sessions
School of Ruck
Government financial support update
We are continuing dialogue with Government and Sport England around the eligibility criteria and application process for impacted clubs to access funding support from the Winter Sports Survival package that was announced by DCMS in November, 2020. No funds have been issued yet, either to clubs or the RFU, and hence please don’t think you have missed out on anything yet. The fund was established to help ease the impact of the loss of revenue due to no spectators in the period October 1st to March 31st and we will update as soon as an agreement on eligibility and distribution is reached. This is likely to be an application process and will be needs based, it is not an automatic grant.

Sport England has also updated the Return to Play funding that was confirmed by Government last year. They have increased the available budget, as well as extending the deadline until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

In September, we also mentioned Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance. There has recently been an update from the FCA, and policyholders should expect to hear from their broker, insurance advisor or insurer in the coming days if this applies to them.

Further info can be found on our funding page below.
Funding Information
Following the success of our #ShowYourShirt Campaign during the Quilter Internationals, part of the Autumn Nations Cup, we are bringing back #ShowYourShirt for the Guinness Six Nations 2021. In all, 583 clubs sent their shirts to be displayed at Twickenham Stadium and we are looking for even more to add to this number. To get your shirt shown before the first match of the Guinness Six Nations at Twickenham, shirts will need to be received by Friday 29 January.

If you were a CB, University or club that didn’t manage to send your shirt to us last time but would like to be represented, please use the freepost label below.

We have also created a short video to share across your media channels if you would like, and you can find more information on it here.
Watch Video
Freepost Label
Guinness partnership helping club bars to reopen
We’re pleased to bring you an exciting initiative by England Rugby partner Guinness called Raising the Bar, which aims to help bars to be ready to welcome customers back when Covid -19 restrictions lift.

While we appreciate clubhouse bars are currently closed, this offer is on a first come first served basis while stocks last, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Support includes Takeaway Execution Kits, Hygiene Stations, Digital Training and outdoor solutions including parasols.

For further details and to apply for support click below.
Raising The Bar
Webinars and on-demand videos
Despite rugby being on pause, we still have some fantastic webinars on-demand that you can catch up with by following the links below.

We’re also excited to be co-hosting Thursday’s #YSTAfterSchool Sports Club.

Join us live at 5pm on YouTube for half an hour of fun rugby activities with rugby’s very own Nolli Waterman. Find out more about the club below.

You can see all our previous CoachingRefereeing, and Club webinars online.
Club Webinars
Rosslyn Park Slingbacks NHS care packages
In the most recent lockdown, Rosslyn Park FC has been putting together care packages for their local NHS workers during this challenging time.

The Rosslyn Park Slingbacks’ initiative gained traction throughout the club as well as wider support. England’s Marlie Packer and Owen Farrell are just two of many to have reposted their efforts.
Rosslyn Park FC
Share your ideas
Please let us know if there are any further resources or specific support 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 carry on highlighting the wonderful activities that our clubs and their teams are doing 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..