Following Thursday’s Tier announcement, we know players and club members have a number of questions and we want to reassure you that we are in touch with the RFU we are working hard with Government to clarify outstanding areas so that we can provide you with answers and clear guidance.
The return to grassroots sport in the Covid landscape is a complex and fast-moving world for Government to manage.
As soon as they are in a position to do so, the RFU will provide Clubs with on field and off field guidance for each tier, so we can be confident about returning to play safely and excited about rugby restarting.
Guidance for each tier will include:
• Which stage on The Return to Community Rugby Roadmap clubs will be able to play.
• Equipment that will be permitted.
• Facilities guidance (for clubhouses, bars, changing rooms, showers, toilets)
• Travel implications
• Spectators management
• Group mixing rules
Until Wednesday 2 December, we remain in national lockdown and at Stage A on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. This means that no competitive or formal rugby activities can be undertaken and training is suspended.
Please keep an eye out for communications in the coming days. We will share an update with you as soon as we have received guidance from the RFU.
We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic and untimely death of East Grinstead RFC Head Coach, Matt Ratana.
Matt was well known to many at Ditchling RFC and was always incredibly generous with his praise for what Ditchling RFC was, and is, trying to achieve. A great man who will be very sadly missed.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to Matt's family, friends, club mates, colleagues and all who knew him.