In assisting clubs with Covid risk assessments and the sharing of good practice, it is clear that the most enduring and robust processes are those where there are ‘whole club’ approaches to managing training and the tracing of participants rather than individual team interpretations. Whereas the content of a training session will undoubtedly differ depending on age and gender, the Covid management processes and risk assessments should remain constant and coherent throughout the club.
This is especially important as we move through the return to play matrix. A recent RFU meeting outlined the significant hurdles that had to be overcome in order to obtain senior government approval to move from B to C and which will undoubtedly be repeated for any further easing. The situation is naturally fragile and hard earned concessions can be withdrawn. Therefore, CRFU would strongly recommend that all clubs have a common policy and process that is adhered to and enforced by club management for all teams within the club.
The RFU have created an excellent webinar explaining the underpinning rationale which can be accessed at this link https://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=4360816365574395 Ideally, all involved with the game including players, parents and those at a supervisory level should do the webinar and gain the certificate. Most certainly, DoRs, coaches, DoRs and team managers at all age groups and genders should make every effort to complete the 20 minute video as it will assist them in keeping the game Covid safe and demonstrating due diligence.
Several clubs have discussed their processes with CRFU RugbySafe and have allowed the sharing of their ideas so that the protections can be as robust as practically possible throughout Cornish rugby. If any club or team manager has any questions or would like a review of their processes, please contact email@example.com
Rugby Safe Lead