Pitch plan and Track & Trace form for Sunday 1 November 2020

Welcome to another fun Sunday of rugby.

Please note: The RFU have banned the use of gloves by players as they inhibit the effectiveness of the regular hand sanitisation breaks. The only option for wearing gloves is to bring four pairs of clean gloves each week and swap for a fresh pair when your child hand sanitises every 15 mins. If you have any questions regarding this please direct them to Richard Castle, Chair of Minis Rugby (minis@wmrfc.co.uk).

Here are the pitch plans for Sunday:

Please remember to socially distance on the touchlines (2m apart and no groups of people more than six). The clubhouse uses the NHS Covid app to manage clubhouse users and given the new Covid restrictions there can be no mixing of households at all inside.

This weekend: Farmer's Market at the club

Running this Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November, get your breads, cheeses, billtong, honey and lots of other goodies alongside our own highly-successful veg and fruit stall. 9am to 4pm both days.

The Track & Trace form for this week is here

Pitch plan and Track & Trace form for Sunday 25 October

Don't forget the clocks go back this Sunday morning!

Great to see the season continuing as well as it is - thanks to all parents and coaches for your support. If you are one of the few still to pay your subs please pay up this weekend. Get in touch with Nick the treasurer via treasurer@wmrfc.co.uk if you're struggling to make the GMS site work for you.

A good number of updates have come from the RFU recently. As well as some new coaching courses and changes to age grade regulations there is a ban on the wearing of gloves. For some children this is not ideal as they feel the cold so please add lots of base layers, leggings, hats etc to help keep them warm. The only way around the gloves ban is to bring enough pairs of clean gloves (four or five pairs) to change at every 15-minute hand sanitising break.

The monthly RFU update can be read here

There's also this video update from RFU rugby development director Steve Grainger: https://www.englandrugby.com/video/1rFbFUQX

Here are the pitch plans for Sunday:

Please remember to socially distance on the touchlines (2m apart and no groups of people more than six). The clubhouse uses the NHS Covid app to manage clubhouse users and given the new Covid restrictions there can be no mixing of households at all inside.

Next weekend: Farmer's Market at the club

Running on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November, get your breads, cheeses, billtong, honey and lots of other goodies alongside our own highly-successful veg and fruit stall. 9am to 4pm both days.

The Track & Trace form for this week is here

Pitch plan and Track & Trace form for Sunday 18 October 2020

Following this week's announcement that London is moving to Tier 2 on the Covid-19 status scale, there is NO CHANGE for us and we can carry on as we have been all season. Hurrah!

The RFU have informed clubs that gloves must not be worn by children playing rugby from now on. For some children this is not ideal as they feel the cold so please add lots of base layers, leggings, hats etc to help keep them warm.

There are a few places left for half term in our multi-sport holiday camps for kids aged 7 to 14. Details and how to book are here: https://www.wimbledoninthecommunity.com/book-a-camp/october2020

Here are the pitch plans for Sunday:

Please remember to socially distance on the touchlines (2m apart and no groups of people more than six). The clubhouse uses the NHS Covid app to manage clubhouse users.

The Track & Trace form for this week is here

Pitch plan and track & trace form for Sunday 11 October 2020

A slightly firmer reminder to those who are yet to settle their annual subs to please pay up. The annual fees are vital to help keep the club going. Details on how to pay are here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/howtojoin

Filling up quickly are our fabulous multi-sport holiday camps for kids aged 7 to 14. Details and how to book are here: https://www.wimbledoninthecommunity.com/book-a-camp/october2020

Here are the pitch plans for Sunday:

Clubhouse Covid Regulations
We have worked hard with Merton Council to agree the following protocols for the clubhouse, please follow these rules to help ensure we can stay open and keep the rugby going for our kids.

• everyone aged 11 and above is required by law to wear a face mask in the clubhouse
• everyone entering the clubhouse (other than to use the toilet) must use the new NHS Covid app (so download it before Sunday perhaps) and scan the QR code on entering. If you are unable to do this then please ask a member of staff who will take your details
• the BBQ will operate as normal
• there will be a table outside the clubhouse folding doors for take-away coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks and the bar. This will have an express coffee station on it that will be manned by WRFC staff, and if anyone wants a different coffee then please order at the table and a member of staff will go into the clubhouse and make it for you. Likewise for the bar. The queue for this service point will be marked out and people must adhere to the queueing system. It may make service a bit slower, so please bear with us. No-one will be able to order inside at the main bar or coffee bar
• there will be a strict one way system for those entering the clubhouse – in through the front door and out through the rear. This will help people avoid those in the queue for drinks. Please do not cut through the queue in between people – go round instead
• the number of people legally allowed to meet socially is six. It is critical people abide by this rule, in any setting, indoors and outdoors
• please do not congregate around the clubhouse during busy periods. If on the patios then please sit on a table, do not stand around
• kit sales will be on the lower patio and a queue marked out for this

Wimbledon RFC supports Parents in Sport Week 2020

A message from Sophie and Kate, the club's child safeguarding team about the NSPCC's Parents in Sport Week which runs from 5th to 11th October 2020.

We want all the children and young people involved in rugby through Wimbledon RFC to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Parents’ engagement in youth sports is really important and the NSPCC Parents in Sports Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of parental involvement in the safeguarding of kids sport.

Specifically, parents are asked to sign the NSPCC's Sports Parents Promise

• I promise to listen to you if you have any concerns about your sport
• I promise to learn how your club keeps you safe and what I can do to help
• I promise to make sure that I set a good example and support you (and your teammates) in a positive way

Our Club Safeguarding Officers are Sophie Castle and Kate Singleton who are around the club most Sunday mornings. If you have any questions about safeguarding arrangements at WRFC, please do ask Sophie (07970 212727) or Kate (07952 643939).

Pitch plan and Track & Trace form for Sunday 4 October 2020

So we've made it through a month! Yes, this is week five of the new season. Thank you to all the parents, kids, volunteers and clubhouse staff for doing so much to get the season running.

A quick reminder to those who are yet to settle their annual subs to please pay up. The annual fees are vital to help keep the club going. Details on how to pay are here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/howtojoin

A key highlight this Sunday (1pm to 2.30pm) is the Girls Taster Rugby Session. It would be great to encourage our current player base to see if there are other players keen to try rugby for the first time. This was a hugely successful day last year and it is important we continue to build on the great momentum being built in the Girls section – which is now 3 separate age groups, including more players in the minis section. Please see below and help get the word out to all our parents. There could be a budding star waiting to be discovered!

A reminder about our fabulous multi-sport holiday camps for kids aged 7 to 14 which are now open for booking. These always sell-out quickly so do book your kids in early. Details and book here: https://www.wimbledoninthecommunity.com/book-a-camp/october2020

Here are the pitch plans for Sunday:

Every child attending training is required to have their attendance logged in this Sunday's Track & Trace form which can be filled in below.

Clubhouse Covid Regulations
We have worked hard with Merton Council to agree the following protocols for the clubhouse, please follow these rules to help ensure we can stay open and keep the rugby going for our kids.

• everyone aged 11 and above is required by law to wear a face mask in the clubhouse
• everyone entering the clubhouse (other than to use the toilet) must use the new NHS Covid app (so download it before Sunday perhaps) and scan the QR code on entering. If you are unable to do this then please ask a member of staff who will take your details
• the BBQ will operate as normal
• there will be a table outside the clubhouse folding doors for take-away coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks and the bar. This will have an express coffee station on it that will be manned by WRFC staff, and if anyone wants a different coffee then please order at the table and a member of staff will go into the clubhouse and make it for you. Likewise for the bar. The queue for this service point will be marked out and people must adhere to the queueing system. It may make service a bit slower, so please bear with us. No-one will be able to order inside at the main bar or coffee bar
• there will be a strict one way system for those entering the clubhouse – in through the front door and out through the rear. This will help people avoid those in the queue for drinks. Please do not cut through the queue in between people – go round instead
• the number of people legally allowed to meet socially is six. It is critical people abide by this rule, in any setting, indoors and outdoors
• please do not congregate around the clubhouse during busy periods. If on the patios then please sit on a table, do not stand around
• kit sales will be on the lower patio and a queue marked out for this

Pitch plan and details for Sunday 27th September 2020

*updated Friday 25th September*

Following this week's announcements the great news is that rugby can continue as we have been for the past three weeks. Training is on this Sunday as normal: 9.15 to 10.30 for the minis (u6-u11 and inclusive) and 11.00 to 12.15 for the youth (u12 and above). Please make sure all parents pitch-side do their bit: remain socially-distanced (2m apart) and no groups of people greater than six.

Clubhouse Covid Regulations
We have worked hard with Merton Council to agree the following protocols for the clubhouse, please follow these rules to help ensure we can stay open and keep the rugby going for our kids.

• everyone aged 11 and above is required by law to wear a face mask in the clubhouse
• everyone entering the clubhouse (other than to use the toilet) must use the new NHS Covid app (so download it before Sunday perhaps) and scan the QR code on entering. If you are unable to do this then please ask a member of staff who will take your details
• the BBQ will operate as normal
• there will be a table outside the clubhouse folding doors for take-away coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks and the bar. This will have an express coffee station on it that will be manned by WRFC staff, and if anyone wants a different coffee then please order at the table and a member of staff will go into the clubhouse and make it for you. Likewise for the bar. The queue for this service point will be marked out and people must adhere to the queueing system. It may make service a bit slower, so please bear with us. No-one will be able to order inside at the main bar or coffee bar
• there will be a strict one way system for those entering the clubhouse – in through the front door and out through the rear. This will help people avoid those in the queue for drinks. Please do not cut through the queue in between people – go round instead
• the number of people legally allowed to meet socially is six. It is critical people abide by this rule, in any setting, indoors and outdoors
• please do not congregate around the clubhouse during busy periods. If on the patios then please sit on a table, do not stand around
• kit sales will be on the lower patio and a queue marked out for this

Next Sunday (4 Oct) is Girls Rugby Try-out Day 1pm-2.30pm - all girls aged 9 to 13 welcome to come and try rugby out. Details here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/Girls+team

Our multi-sport holiday camps for kids aged 7 to 14 are now open for booking. These always sell-out quickly so do book your kids in early. Details and book here: https://www.wimbledoninthecommunity.com/book-a-camp/october2020

Here are the pitch plans for Sunday:

Every child attending training is required to have their attendance logged in this Sunday's Track & Trace form which can be filled in below.

Pitch plan for Sunday 20th September

*article updated 16 September 2020*

Two weeks in and the rugby is going very well indeed. With more than 450 kids last Sunday there were lots of smiles on show and some great rugby, too.

If you are new to the area or fancy trying us out just come and join our sessions. We are both the biggest and friendliest club in the area. Minis (under 6 to under 11s) start at 9.15; Youth (under 12 to under 18s plus the three girls' squads of U13, U15 and U18) start at 11am. More details on how to join here and the age group managers and coaches contact details are here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/contacts.

Big thanks to all the parents for their patience with parking during these times. Everyone has been incredibly cheerful, kind and patient and this makes the job of the parking marshalls so much easier.

See the pitch plans for Sunday here:

With new Covid legislation now in place we need to be very mindful of the Rule of 6. Rugby is a game founded on laws and whilst the kids are playing to the game's laws on the pitch we need parents to play their part and stick to the Covid laws off the pitch.

Specifically we need parents to remain socially-distanced in and around the BBQ area and remember that the clubhouse has specific Covid regulations of its own: a separate Track & Trace form that you are legally required to fill in and no groups of more than 6 neither inside or out.

Arrangements for training Sunday 13th September 2020

**updated 9 September and will be updated further**

Following the latest Government announcements today (9 Sept), Surrey Rugby have confirmed that we can continue with our rugby arrangements as they are. This is clearly great news!

Merton Council's Covid-team have asked that we re-iterate the need to socially distance on the touchlines and ensure any non-playing siblings do not run around/together or on equipment. Given the new tightened Covid-regulations we ask that all parents respect the 2m social distance rule and only bring non-playing siblings if absolutely necessary. We fully support the Council's work to help manage the Covid situation and thank you in advance for your support here.

We had a wonderful start to the season on Sunday (6th) with well-over 400 kids coming back to rugby. I think this might be the busiest start to the season of all time! Splitting Minis and Youth start times certainly helped give us space to adapt to Covid-related issues. We will finesse timings for youth before Sunday so keep a look at at your emails/What'sApp for news.

Rugby is back! The season starts for all Minis & Youth players (under 6 to under 18) on 6 September 2020

The great news...rugby is back!

We welcome all kids, regardless of experience or ability. Those new-to-rugby are particularly welcome. We will be operating full Covid-19-compliant training, featuring the new return-to-rugby-approved game: Ready4Rugby. Join us as training resumes on Sunday 6 September.

More info here: how to join and background about our club.

Mini groups (U6-U11 and Inclusive) will start at 9.15am and run to 10.30am.
Youth groups (U12 and above) will start at 11.00am and run to 12.15pm.

See the pitch plans for Sunday here.

Social distancing
Please note we will need parents to help with social distancing and discuss with the kids the requirements.
• The bar will be open and food will be on sale however please make Ruth’s life easier by not hanging around inside.
• The loos will be open however not the changing rooms at this stage.
• Parents need to stay pitch side to help with child management, loo breaks and any injuries/issues. It will keep the flow going for everyone and make the coaches' lives a little easier.

Parking
We all know the rules so please stick to them. As the Minis groups start early the Youth groups will need to allow more time to park further away or arrive only 15 minutes before training starts. Please take this into account and park sensibly. This week, the U11s are on parking duty.

Subs and keeping in touch
1. Please pay your subs! Everyone who was with us last year has been sent a reminder from the Game Management System (GMS). Please pay the subs straight away to help the club continue to prosper. More info here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/howtojoin
2. Please sign up to our club news email group: https://mailchi.mp/8c687b9049e7/wimbledonrfcemail

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