23 July 2020 / Club News

Return to Play

Registration of players will open from August 1st, allied to the registration process will be a World Rugby education link which will need to be completed by all players, coaches and support staff. Parents of the children in the mini and junior section that register on their behalf will also be required to complete the online document. Sanctioned training is scheduled to return from August 3rd, social distancing guidelines will still need to be observed and current protocols followed and adjusted as and when directed to do so. Staying safe is our premium goal and we trust that everyone will adhere to the processes and protocols that will outlined shortly.

Extract from the WRU

There have been a number of hugely well attended webinars on returning to rugby over the last week and we would like to thank all clubs for taking part. We have also launched our Return to Rugby Operations Manual for the Community Game and made this available to cubs.
We have continued outline a phased, safety-first Return to Rugby approach for the community game following the latest Welsh Government guidance.
While the timeline for the return of competitive matches is dependent on the Welsh Government’s next steps in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, during recent webinars attended by more than 300 club representative, WRU staff clarified how rugby clubs and groups in Wales can start to plan their return to non-contact training within small groups in Wales from 1st August.
The return to club-organised training is dependent on the completion of a period of education and preparation steps and caveats.
All coaches, players – or parents of junior players – will be asked to complete World Rugby’s online Covid-19 Return to Play awareness course.
They must then complete the WRU’s online registration process which will open on August 1. Once they are fully registered, players and coaches may take part in club-organised training sessions organised in small groups of between 10 and 15 players and should focus on fitness, skills and small-sided, non-contact games within training groups.
There will be an online symptom checker to complete ahead of all training sessions via the WRU Game Locker.
The first phase of training will be held in groups of 10 – 15 and significant further easing of restrictions, especially when it comes to social distancing, will need to take place before contact training can begin. Further guidance on gradually increasing group sizing and will be provided at the appropriate time.
WRU Operations Director Julie Paterson said: “We are determined to be part of the solution to Covid-19 and for that to happen it is important we all work together. The safety of everyone involved in Welsh community rugby and their wider communities is of paramount importance and when rugby returns, we all want it to return for good.
“We will utilise the immediate period ahead of 1 August to help prepare clubs and groups to return to the first stage of club-organised rugby training.”
WRU Community Director Geraint John added, “Although these are unforeseen and enforced circumstances, it is also a fantastic opportunity for coaches and players to hone individual and team skills that will benefit the game in the long-term. We will provide ideas and resources for coaches but we are also asking them to be innovative and to encourage creativity.”
have given quite a bit of information out to the clubs regarding “Return to Rugby” and it would be good to get the link on our update so people can read and se what has been produced.
There are now a number of assets to view and download on our updated COVID-19: Return to Play section

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