Marlborough Rugby Football Club

                                                                             The Common, Frees Avenue, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1DL

Parents/Guardians                                                                                                                                                                                         Reference: CW/2020831

Marlborough RFC Youth Section                                                                                                                                                                       31 August 2020

                                   

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Marlborough RFC Youth Section Season Start – 13 September 2020

I hope you are all well and that your children are chomping at the bit to get back to playing rugby.  I am writing to provide you with details of the season ahead and the changes that we have made in light of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Our aims for your children have always been twofold: for them to have fun playing rugby and to do it in a safe manner.  These aims remain the same and we have therefore introduced a range of measures to both ensure that we comply with government and RFU policy and guidance and also make the best of our ever improving facilities.

We will be starting as advertised on 13 September.  There are 2 major changes that you will notice at that time.  The first is that, regrettably, the Clubhouse will be out of action.  This is due to ongoing refurbishment and COVID-19 restrictions.  Toilet facilities and the coffee machine will be available and a clear entrance and exit system will be in place.  We are working hard to provide a limited, interim café facility prior to the Clubhouse fully reopening.  The second significant change is that we will be having staggered start timings for all of our age groups.  This is to enable arrival safety checks to be conducted and to ensure suitable spacing between groupings.  RFU guidance on this is specific and we have insufficient training grounds to house the whole youth section at one time and still remain COVID-19 compliant.  I appreciate that for some of you, this will provide a challenge.  However, I hope you understand that this is beyond our control at this time.  Timings for groups are as follows, please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your age group start time:

 

Age Group

Start Time

Age Group

Start Time

Rugby Tots

0800

U11

1040

U6

0950

U12

1050

U7

1000

U14

1100

U8

1010

Colts

1300

U9

1020

U13

1315

U10

1030

U15

1330

We will providing you further technical details next week, which will include a short video for players (and parents) to explain our COVID-19 procedures, and will emphasize some of the activities that you must undertake prior to the season starting such as registering your child on the RFU Game Management System (GMS) and ensuring that your age group Team Manager is kept fully informed of your child’s expected attendance.  Until then, you may wish to follow the following link: RFU update which provides the latest update from the RFU on the current stage of returning to normal rugby activity.

In light of both the uncertainty that COVID-19 is going to play on this season, and our temporary reduction in facilities (whilst major improvements works are conducted), we have decided to reduce our subscription fees for this year.  Subscription details will have been sent to you already and we would ask that you pay promptly and no later than 1 October.

We are very much looking forward to the start of the new season and to seeing you all at the Club once more.

 

Gary Sharp

Chairman Marlborough RFC

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