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COVID 19 - TJ guidance

29th September 2020

As September draws to a close it is important that we continue to update guidance in line with that provided by government, and the RFU.

With more changes likely in the coming weeks we will update this News Item and link to it from the HOME PAGE rolling banner so that we have a single source for everyone to take note 

The government provide extensive guidance and information on GOV.UK Coronavirus (Covid 19) 

New guidelines came into force on 14th September with the ley new tent being that people must not meet in groups larger than 6 in England. However there are exceptions to this ‘rule of 6’ which include allowing organised team sport, which includes TJs

The RFU provide specific advice and guidance for rugby including the return to rugby road map 

Checkout numerous other RFU guidance including Guidance on restarting competitive grass roots rugby – 25th Sept 2020

WASH HANDS - COVER FACE - MAKE SPACE

Please be mindful that any age-grade activity is subject to both the COVID-19 guidelines, as well as RFU Regulation 15

Beyond the safeguarding implications, breach of either the RFU COVID-19 guidelines, or Regulation 15 invalidates the RFU insurance, and exposes the club to RFU disciplinary action and fines.

STAY AWARE – HANDS CLEAN - STAY SAFE

COVID SELF ASSESSMENT - WE SHOULD ALL BE AWARE

Prior to attending training and matches, all players, officials, volunteers and spectators should undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms.

No-one should leave home to participate in any type of rugby activity if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following Covid-19 symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

Should an individual exhibit any such symptoms, they should follow NHS guidance and get a test and stay at home.

We are following the government’s guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England 

USE OF THE CLUBHOUSE

  • hand sanitiser is available at entrances and exits AND MUST BE USED
  • It is compulsory to wear a face covering inside the clubhouse, when not seated at a table eating and/or drinking
  • You must complete Test & Trace details form or download to your mobile phone the new NHS COVID-19 app and use it to scan the TJs QR code that will be found in the clubhouse - posters are on display. 
  • Whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of larger than 6. This limit does not apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble where it consists of more than 6 people.
  • Follow one-way system.
  • Disabled and Ladies toilets are in the clubhouse entrance
  • Gents toilets are in the changing rooms

Please respect the safety of all staff and other members by complying with Covid-19 guidance & distancing, and the signage in the clubhouse

ON ARRIVAL FOR TRAINING

IT IS CRITICAL THAT EVERYBODY OBSERVES THE FOLLOWING KEY BEHAVIOURS:

  • HANDS - wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • FACE - cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social disctancing  may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet  
  • SPACE - stay at least 2 meters aparet where possible or 1 metre with extra precautions in place
  • All players need to register and wash their hands before arriving at training and as soon as they get home. Each Age Group has disinfectant hand wash available at each session
  • Coaches will maintain a register of participants. Any participants must inform the age group leads if they have any Covid symptoms and not attend training or sessions
  • From 24th September you should download the new NHS COVID-19 app and use the TJ QR Code to enable Track & Trace

 

DURING RUGBY ACTIVITY

  • Only non-contact training and limited contact training as permitted within the Stage D guidelines. 
  • Maximum game size is 20 (10 vs 10). Maximum group size for contact training is 6, with each participant participating in close-proximity training for no more than 15 mins in a session. 
  • Each group of 20 players requires at least half a pitch.
  • U6 – U8 can only train for 1 hour; U9 + can only train for 75 mins.
  • Multiple groups can train simultaneously, with interchange between games permitted e.g. round-robin format (provided that the games do not exceed 10 vs 10 and the total allowable training time is not exceeded). 
  • Coaches are also permitted to coach multiple sessions in a 24 period provided that they socially distance during the session and wash hands.
  • Any equipment such as tackle pads, shields, bags should be cleaned and sanitised after each individual player’s use. All other equipment including rugby balls must be cleaned and sanitised after a maximum of 15 minutes activity. Cleaning materials are supplied for this purpose.
  • Use of tags and/or tag-belts is not permitted, as these cannot reasonably be cleaned between uses. Bibs/headbands must not be shared during sessions and must be cleaned between sessions.
  • Coaches should not supply drinks for the players, they must bring their own.
  • Players and coaches should remain socially distanced during breaks.
  • The RFU have introduced a game format Ready4Rugby, which is the basis on which they intend to start competitive rugby. This includes guidance on 10-a-side, 2-m retreat from ‘tag’, 4 phases to score and so on 

 

PITCH ALLOCATION

  • The usual pitch-allocation process has resumed for Sunday usage, with groups being allocated space/time reflecting latest guidelines. 
  • Look out for Age Group flags to indicate where your age group is training
  • Parents/guardians who chose to remain must observe from a distance whilst also maintaining social distancing themselves.
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