Welcome back to Rugby everyone! We're looking forward to seeing you all in the week ahead.
With the incremental lifting of lockdown restrictions, activities will return to the club on Monday 29 March with Walking Rugby 7pm, Senior Training will recommence Tuesday 30 March 7pm, Mini & Junior Training will recommence Sunday 4 April 10am and from Monday 12 April the gym will re-open.
The focus for April will be on enjoyment and building up contact activity safely and gradually in preparation for the possibility of competitive games (adapted laws, excluding scrum & mauls) against local clubs in May.
Please note Pitch 1 and Pitch 2 have been seeded and are strictly off limits. Please walk down the sides and do not cut across them to access the gates. Senior training will utilise the 3G pitch or the pitches under the bridge. The U7s will be accommodated on the 3G pitch and the U8s will be accommodated on the school pitches.
To ensure Eccles RFC operates within the law and RFU regulations we require all visitors to respect and observe the following:
- Nobody should come to the club if they are feeling unwell, have Covid 19 symptoms, or are living with anyone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.
- All players, all coaches and all volunteers must submit a ProActive app declaration before arrival at the club. No exceptions. This is a legal requirement as the club must keep a record of visitors for 21 days for Test & Trace purposes.
- Players should bring thier own water bottle and hand sanitiser. Balls and equipment will be sanitised by the coaches.
- Off the pitch, everyone should maintain 2m distance between themselves and others.
- At this stage spectators are NOT allowed at community sport events.
- One parent/guardian is allowed to wait for their child whilst they train / play but parents must not huddle or mix on the touchline with others outside their bubble.
- When visiting Eccles RFC, parents should use the NHS Test & Trace App to login at our location by scanning the QR codes displayed. This is a legal requirement.
- Toilet facilities will be available on site but there are no changing facilities available at this time.
- Visitors are reqested to be mindful of congestion at entrances and access gates.
- When inside the clubhouse please wear a mask.
The club is adopting a phased approach to re-opening and has invested in a new till system which will make table service and card payments more convenient.
Subject to changes in restrictions, we hope to screen the British Lions Tour and the Olympics, and host many other social and sporting activities throughout the summer. The club will publicise events as they become permissible and is expected that dates will be confirmed at least one week in advance.
- Although training resumes on Monday 29 March there will be no cafe takeway service on site.
- From Saturday 17 April we hope the clubhouse will be able to serve food and drink outside, to seated customers.
- From Sunday 18 April we hope to begin serving breakfasts and offering hot drinks once again.
- From Monday 17 May we hope the clubhouse will be able to begin offering indoor hospitality.
- Social distancing will be observed both outside and inside the clubhouse with tables for groups of six.
- Members enjoying club hospitality will be required to use the displayed NHS QR codes. This is a legal requirement.
Our plans for re-opening need to remain flexible and may be required to change at short notice so please follow club social media for the latest information.
Following a Lancashire RFU meeting this Wednesday 31st March there may be an announcement on the adoption of a standardised visitors protocol for clubs in our region but until further notice, please observe the guidance above.