We are all keen to encourage a safe Return to Rugby on the field and also look forward to the reopening of many Club facilities, albeit with the implementation of Covid-19 restrictions to ensure all off field activity can be as safe as possible to protect everyone in these troubled times.
Despite some contrary observations the senior executives at the RFU are working tirelessly with the Government, and in particular the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and other National Governing Bodies to ensure that the Roadmap for a return to contact competition is safely and speedily progressed. Some of the ‘Red Flag’ issues to be resolved, considered to be very high infection areas of risk and strictly relating to Rugby are the Scrum, Lineout, Standing Tackle/Maul.
Suggestions have been tabled to ‘temporarily’ remove these aspects of the Game but one has to wonder what the result may look like and we are hearing from many Clubs to indicate that players would not consider participating in this type of scenario!
The current issues at Sale RFC will not help the cause! However, on behalf of and at the behest of Bill Sweeney and Steve Grainger (RFU CEO & RFU Development Director) you are encouraged to lobby your local MP to increase awareness of the vulnerability of your Club and its position within the community.
Suggested topics for comment:
- Who are you and how long have you been established.
- Where are you placed in the Rugby structure.
- Participation levels, sporting opportunities available for youth
- The importance/involvement of the Club within the local community
- Why have other sports been given the ‘green light’. The effect of this on player retention and recruitment and ultimately Club revival
- The adverse financial effects confronting the Club.
- Personal wellbeing of Players, Volunteers and Supporters
In addition to letters from a Club aspect perhaps you could also consider encouraging your membership to write to their own constituent MP to broaden the lobby base.
North Midlands RFU Chairman