Return to play guidelines for the community game – stages 1 to 4

The RFL has published its Return to Play Plan for the Community Game, building on the latest advice from Government (DCMS) and Sport England.

The UK has moved from Alert Level 4 to 3.

The RFL remains at Stage 2 which “Includes virtual activity and small group fitness and skills sessions with non-contact and social distancing measures in place”.

Marc Lovering, the RFL’s Director of Participation and Development, said:

“We’ve worked closely with Sport England and other sports to put a framework in place aligning the national guidelines and Alert levels to the return of Community Rugby League, and we hope the information we’re releasing today, after a meeting of the Community Board earlier this week, will help the thousands of players, coaches and volunteers who are so keen for the game to resume.

“We continue to be led by Government guidance and our own Clinical Advisory Group, and progression through the RFL stages will only be confirmed when we are advised it’s safe to do so.

“Since the Alert Level came down from 5 to 4, we’ve been pleased to see the resumption of some Rugby League activity in a community club setting, as per Stage 2 of our Return to Play guidelines.

“Stage 2 involves small group activity evolving into team-based sessions, and that means the Virtual Game Day initiative, building on Skill To Play and Fit To Play, is still significant, in ensuring that clubs not yet ready to return can still encourage their players to remain active and engaged.

“We hope to have more youngsters than ever involved with Virtual Rugby League this weekend, with our first schools competition in Warrington – 15 teams have signed up to a festival organised by the Wolves Foundation, which is set to replace an annual pre-match event. That’s a great example of clubs and Foundations responding positively and imaginatively to the current situation, and we congratulate Warrington for their initiative.

“We are expecting further guidance from DCMS and Sport England, which we hope will allow a move from small group activity to more team-based activity from early July – although still with social distancing.

“Also, we shortly expect to receive further information about the use of indoor sports facilities, which is especially important for Wheelchair Rugby League as we aim to get those players back on court ahead of RLWC2021, even if they are initially restricted to fitness and skills activity.

“We will be issuing an update about Physical Disability and Learning Disability Rugby League in the coming days, given the importance of retaining a focus on these areas of the game, and ensuring that those players stay active in such challenging times.
“Stage 3 of our Return to Play guidelines would involve the possible introduction of social variants such as Touch RL, Tag RL and X League, and the partial return of low risk age groups to full contact.

“It is only at Stage 4, corresponding to the Alert Levels 2 into 1, that we could envisage the return of full contact Rugby League, possibly with rule adaptions, before the return of leagues and competitions. That remains some way off – but at least we are heading in the right direction.”


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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