02:00PM, Friday 05 June 2020
Windsor RFC has been going through the latest guidance from the RFU and Government with regards to enabling its players and teams to return to some form of training at Home Park.
The club’s chair Helen Crick said the club was hoping to give players the chance to train together safely, however, all forms of contact, including tackling, are still not permitted.
Social distancing restrictions have been relaxed sufficiently to allow group training sessions to take place and players would be able to share a ball. However, the advice is to keep this to a minimum at present and the club must ensure there is strict hand hygiene in place. Two or more groups of six people may now train together, provided they are kept separate and the RFU guidance is that no more than four groups should use a pitch at any one time. Parents or carers are also able to observe sessions from a safe distance, and risk assessments should be carried out within the club to ensure the safety of all those taking part.
The club is now in its off-season, however, Helen has said that players from any group team or squad who wishes to use the pitches at Home Park should get in contact with her so that checks can be put in place before they return to the pitches. Players should also avoid mixing too closely with people from outside their household to keep the risk of infection down. Windsor also stressed the point that contact rugby – whether touch or tackling – continues to be suspended.
Windsor’s clubhouse remains closed at this point and the goalposts on the pitches at Home Park have also been taken down.
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