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Oakmeadians RFC

In The Heart Of Bournemouth

Oakmeadians Return to Rugby Procedure

If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 procedure or need more information on the subject, please contact,

Neil Bibby, DOR 07725 593646 or Jane Hart, Chairman 07715 531143  e: chairman@oakmeadians-rfc.com 

RFU Law updates as of 9th September 2020

This is an update on the law changes announced by the Government on Wednesday 9 September in relation to the ban on groups of more than six people meeting socially indoors and outdoors. Although social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday 14 September, the Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue. With the exception of clubs impacted by local lockdown restrictions, we remain at Stage D on the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The rugby community can continue to organise non-contact fixtures with other clubs using Ready4Rugby and other touch rugby activity. Limited and restricted contact rugby training can also be continued. Detail of the permitted training activity is available in the return to contact training guidance. Following feedback we are working to see whether guidance on numbers permitted on training areas can be increased to reflect the age of participants. Until we have secured approval for this clubs should follow current guidance of no more than 20 players per half pitch in training.

RFU guidance as well as Government Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidelines must be followed.

The RFU have worked closely with the Government to gain approval to return to rugby activity and the recent progression to Stage D has been well received with lots of positive impact being reported by clubs. They will continue to have close dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to progress community rugby activity to the next stage on the roadmap and we will keep you advised of any updates.

Managing visitors

Supporters, parents, and other spectators need to remain socially distanced whilst attending events. From Monday, spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with Government Guidelines, which you can read below. Where it is anticipated that an activity will attract spectators, this includes parents, carers, partners etc, there should be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is Covid-19 secure. The person should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure. Arrangements should also be put in place to support test and trace efforts by collecting information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. See the maintaining records guidance below for further information. Ahead of the new rules around social gatherings being introduced next week you may wish to consider

  • Re-visiting your risk assessment to make sure you have double checked everything.
  • Check your schedule to allow for a steady through flow of players and spectators.
  • Keep reminding spectators to observe social distancing off the pitch.
  • Following good practice to collect visitor details for track and trace.
  • Consider if you can you do anything to ensure social distancing is observed e.g. making announcements, signposting or introducing time slot.

Clubhouses and Hospitality.

Groups in clubhouses and hospitality facilities must be restricted to six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.

High ventilation in indoor facilities is paramount to reducing transmission of Covid-19; keep the facilities well ventilated, for example by fixing doors open and opening windows where appropriate.

If facilities remain closed, exceptions must be made for essential activity such as provision of first-aid or access to essential equipment for the match.

From Monday 14 September, you should let customers know that by law they can only visit in groups of up to six people (unless they are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than six). You can read these guidelines below. Until Monday 14 September, the current guidelines for keeping customers and staff safe apply.

The Government has updated the indoor guidance to minimise the risk of transmission and protect the health of customers and visitors to venues. This guidance applies to any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery.

Here are seven steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus (Covid-19):

  1. Complete a Covid-19 risk assessment. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment.
  2. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
  3. Ask your customers to wear face coverings where required to do so by law. That is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply. Check when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.
  4. Make sure everyone is social distancing. Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow. Enable people in the same party who do not live together to remain a safe distance apart.
  5. Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open where possible and running ventilation systems at all times.
  6. Take part in NHS Test and Trace by keeping a record of all your customers for 21 days. From 18 September, this will be enforced in law. Some exemptions apply. You can read more about Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.
  7. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a customer has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating.

Local lockdown restrictions

Clubs are reminded that the powers around local restrictions lie with their local authorities. We are advised that unless local restrictions specifically mention restrictions on team sports and/or rugby, clubs should follow the NGB guidelines. Clubs may need to limit their activities in line with any local restrictions and all are advised to consult with the local authority in which their facilities are located should they be in any doubt. Information regarding any new local lockdown restrictions will be posted on the Government website below. We will provide an update to the game if there is any change in guidance to playing rugby union. You can read more information on the Government local lockdown updates below.



Oakmeadians RFC Procedure for Training during Covid -19.

Please be aware that the RFU have made a statement regarding accountability and responsibility to adhere to their regulations and roadmap.

  • A risk assessment must be completed and sent to Jane Hart (Chairman) before any activities take place. The risk assessment will need updating as lock down regulations change and shows that you acknowledge the risks being taken and measures put in place to minimising them.
  • Risk assessments must now include use of cones, ladders and balls. (20/07/20)
  • Risk assessments must now include ready-4-rugby and touch games and training up to a maximum of 10 a side. (08/08/20)
  • https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/playing/game-on/ready-4-rugby
  • Maximum of 20 players on half a pitch for ready-4-rugby training and touch. If training away from Meyrick Park social distancing should still be observed. 08/08/20
  • Limited face to face contact see guidance 01/09/20
  • RFU and Oakmeadians RFC safeguarding procedure must be followed.
  • Section managers must make sure Track and trace forms are completed by all supporters who are at pitch side. 09/09/20
  • Section managers must make sure all supporters social distance and stay 2 metres apart. 09/09/20
  • A register must be kept of all training and sent to Jane Hart, these numbers must not be exceeded.
  • Players can now take part in limited contact for 15 minutes per training session. See guidance 01/09/20
  • Training sessions must not exceed 75 minutes including breaks 01/09/20
  • There needs to be regular breaks for water and hand and equipment sanitizing. Training and game play should be a maximum of 15 minutes before a break as per the new regulations. (08/08/20)
  • Limited equipment can now be used. Cones ladders and balls. All equipment MUST be sanitized before, during and after use, as per the new regulations. There will be bins and disinfectant in the referees room to disinfect the equipment. Fill the bins with water and add disinfectant. (08/08/20)
  • Oakmeadians RFC will not supply contact training equipment at this time.
  • The clubhouse will be open on Sundays for take away food only. The bar will open at midday 01/09/20
  • 2 sets of toilets will be open in the changing rooms for Sunday training. 01/09/20
  • The referee room only will be open for toilet facilities for evening training.
  • Changing rooms will not be open for changing or showering.
  • All players must bring their own water bottles and hand sanitizer and come ready to train.
  • No bibs allowed. 08/08/20
  • No First Aid is to be offered to players (unless living in the same household) due to social distancing guidelines.
  • The club does not have appropriate PPE for close contact.
  • All age groups need to register time and day of training with Jane Hart harthouse43@hotmail.co.uk for U7-U12 and Dave Corbin davencorbin@gmail.com for youth and girls, so as not to double book an area. Once the areas are booked, we would ask you not to move to another.
  • Please remember that Meyrick Park is open to the public through the summer months and we will have to take this into account when social distancing.
  • Please wash your hands as soon as you get home. Use sanitizer regularly during training session breaks, at least every 15 minutes. (08/08/20)
  • Do not train if you are showing any coronavirus symptoms. Dry cough, Temperature, Change in taste or smell.
  • Please inform the club if anyone that has been training is isolating due to Coronavirus symptoms.

For more information go to,

https://www.englandrugby.com/news/article/rfu-update-on-impact-of-current-government-guidance-on-rugby-clubs?fbclid=IwAR1qRcfHmOSFAdF9WpYIuTeLdz1UTEMXpty21m89JdqvmWQThR4Gm8TtL7A

https://www.englandrugby.com/participation/playing/game-on/ready-4-rugby

For more information about ‘Out Of Season Activity’ go to,

https://www.englandrugby.com/dxdam/51/51d782e8-7117-4b85-a869-aaaf843fe62c/Age%20Grade%20Out%20Of%20Season%20Activities%20Guide.pdf