Fri 30 Apr 2021 15:44

Original Post: Thu 15 Apr 2021 22:00. 
Updated: Tue 20 Apr 2021 17:00.
Updated: Fri 30 Apr 2021 15:00.

This May Eccles RFC have organised a full schedule of fixtures for all its age-grade teams.
This plan has taken a lot of work to co-ordinate and formulate and if it's respected by all we’ll have an enjoyable month of competitive games for our young people to bring the season to a positive conclusion.  
The purpose of this overview is to help your advance planning.
Please take a careful look at the details below so you understand what is involved for your age-group.



  • To minimise travel and logistical complications our approach has been to form a bubble with a group of local clubs. 
  • Where there were gaps in age-groups we have filled them with alternative fixtures to ensure all teams have the opportunity to play.  
  • With consideration to pitch availability, social distancing, and managing the arrival of players, parents and visitors, Eccles RFC will be introducing staggered kick off times at home.
  • The plan has made allowances for pitch set up, warm ups, game time and dispersal.
  • Naturally, older teams require more time for their warm up and games than younger teams. 
  • Please note the time on the spreadsheet is KICK OFF, NOT warm up or meet time. 
  • KO times must be adhered to in order facilitate later games on the same pitch.
  • Eccles RFC Coaches & Managers are requested to arrive at least 15 mins before their players and visitors in order to prepare the pitch and organise equipment sanitisation.   
  • All venues/timings published below are subject to change. M&J Fixture Secretary Leeann Aspinall will confirm the fixtures each week - we hope on the Monday prior to the games following confirmation from the opposition.


Fixtures will be contact friendlies, observing the usual age-grade durations and temporary adapted laws (no scrums, no mauls). The aim is to provide all players with competitive game time. Enjoyment is more important than result. 


Early KO (School pitches) 
  • 0915 coaches arrive, 0930 players arrive, 0945 warm up, 1000 KO, 1045 depart pitch.  
U5s/U6s (Astro Pitch)
  • 0930 coaches arrive, 0945 players arrive, 1000 start session, 1100 depart pitch.
Late KO (School Pitches/Under the Tunnel)
  • 1030 coaches arrive, 1045 players arrive, 1100 warm up, 1130 KO, 1230 depart pitch. 
Afternoon KO (Under the Tunnel)
  • 1200 coaches arrive, 1215 players arrive, 1230 warm up, 1300 KO, 1430 depart pitch.


  • 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 10 days.
  • If you’re an Eccles RFC player/coach/volunteer you must submit a pro-active declaration before arrival at the club.
  • If you are a visiting player/coach/volunteer you must use your own club's equivalent player participation system to record contact details.
  • If you are a visitor / parent at Eccles RFC you must scan the NHS Test & Trace app QR code with your with your phone, displayed at the access gates on arrival. This is a legal requirement and those who refuse to provide contact details or use the NHS QR code must be refused access to our venue. 
  • This approach is reciprocal: When Eccles RFC teams visit other clubs we will take responsibity of collecting our players/coaches declarations and will observe our host's 'local rules' as required.  
  • All players should arrive at Eccles RFC changed and ready to play. 
  • Toilet facilities will be available on site but there are no changing facilities available at this time. 
  • Players should bring thier own water bottle and hand sanitiser. Balls and equipment will be sanitised by the coaches.
  • Visitors are reminded to be mindful of congestion at entrances and access gates. 
  • Off the pitch, everyone should maintain 2m social distance between themselves and others. 
  • Spectators are not yet allowed at community sport events. 
  • One parent/guardian is permitted to wait for their child whilst they play but parents must not huddle or mix with others on the touchline. 
  • Pitch 1 and Pitch 2 have been seeded and are off limits. Please walk down the sides, following the one way system, and do not cut across the pitches to access the gates. 
  • Please depart your pitch area promptly after the end of your game. Another team may well be arriving to occupy the same pitch.
  • On the 2nd, 9th and 16th May the club will be operating a takeaway service to provide food and drinks. Contactless card payments are preferred. 
  • From Sunday 23rd May we hope Eccles RFC will be able to offer indoor hospitality. 

V2 - Fixtures updated Tue 20 April 17:00

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