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TJs Minis Update

26th July 2020

First of all, I hope you and your families are well and healthy. These past few months have indeed been challenging for everyone but hopefully we are now beginning to see a return to some level of normality in society in general and also in sport.

I want to let you all know the current situation, our plans for return and the challenges we will face but before I do that, I would like to offer our outgoing Minis Chairman, Duncan Morley, a huge heartfelt thanks for all he has done for us and our kids over the past few years. No doubt he will still play a huge role for our Minis as a coach in our U11s section. So once again Duncan, thank you from all of us.

Now to the rugby element. As with most other organisations and governments, the RFU has set out a stage-based approach to return to rugby. We are currently on Stage B which in short means we are required to maintain social distancing, work in small groups of 5 kids + coach, no face to face or close contact, limited use of equipment, no sharing of personal kit and hand hygiene and sanitisation of equipment is required. Only at Stage F is full contact rugby (tackling, return to full regular training, tournaments etc) going to be possible. At this point in time we do not know when we will move to Stage F but this is likely to be some months away and will be dependent on evolving government and RFU guidance.

As we are currently in the off-season and with the start of the new 'normal' season only weeks away (first Sunday in September) we have decided as a group that we will not return to rugby for our Minis section before then.

The reasons for this decision are many but as always, all our decisions are made with the safety of our kids in mind. As you can appreciate with all the new guidelines and the restrictions in play and with the young age of our players, returning to playing rugby will be challenging. Our return is something we not only want to get right but is something we absolutely have to. We also want to ensure we keep the fun element in our new adapted training sessions - after all that is our number one reason we coach and your kids play. Your coaches and I are busily planning the sessions for our September start and beyond to abide by the guidelines while ensuring your kids enjoy each and every minute they are with us. Further information will be passed on to you by your section coach closer to the first session with more specific details on the logistics of how our training pods will work.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions or queries, please feel free to contact either myself or the relevant head coach for the relevant age group. Finally, I am looking forward to seeing you all again and having those smiley, mud covered faces playing the game we all love.

Brian Foley
Minis Chairman TJRFC

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