Return to Rugby | Guidelines for Clubs and Schools


Return to Rugby | Guidelines for Clubs and Schools

Scottish Rugby will continue to provide Return to Rugby updates and guidelines for clubs and schools in Scotland. This area of the website will reflect updates and the latest guidelines when information released.

Return to Rugby Roadmap 

A roadmap outlining how rugby could return in Scotland for the 2020/21 season has been unveiled by Scottish Rugby today 3 July 2020.

Scottish Rugby’s six staged roadmap for clubs and schools is aligned to the Scottish Government’s own phased exit from lockdown and in line with recommendations from World Rugby.

Taking physical distancing and Scottish Government’s own phased routemap into account clubs are being advised that no adult competitive rugby is envisaged before October 2020. This is due to the number of stages to be worked through and, specifically, the uncertainty around timing of when full adult contact rugby training and therefore matches can resume.

Clubs should not expect a traditional season in 2020/21. The rugby season may look very different, with regional and/or local fixtures likely to replace the competitive league programmes at many levels in order to stay in line with Scottish Government Guidelines, physical distancing and travel restrictions.

Clubs and schools will be required to meet three specific criteria before any rugby activity can begin and meet further requirements before full contact training and matches can begin.

Compliance with the public health, hygiene and physical distancing requirements in place locally at that time will be required at all times.


E-Learning Course

Scottish Rugby has launched a new Covid-19 E-Learning Course in line with Stage 3 Return to Rugby guidelines. This free course, available online now.

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Stage 3 Facility Re-Opening Guidance

Scottish Rugby has produced a series of resources and checklists to support clubs with the reopening of their facilities. Please note that clubs should appoint a Covid-19 Safety Coordinator and undertake a thorough risk assessment before re-opening any facilities or resuming activity.

We recommend that clubs keep up to date with Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing, and hygiene. Facility operators, clubs and participants should be aware of and may need to adapt to any changes in guidance at short notice.

Please be aware that the easing of restrictions does not mean that all facilities/venues will open immediately. Owners/operators require time to consider implications of opening facilities and venues and put plans in place to ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers.

For further guidance, please see sportscotland’s Getting your facilities fit for sport webpage

Stage 3 Return to Rugby Training Guidance

Scottish Rugby has released the Return to Rugby Stage 3 guidance for clubs and schools to follow the Scottish Government’s own Phase 3 announcement yesterday (9 July).

The Stage 3 guidance has been developed by the Scottish Rugby Threat Management Group’s Return to Rugby sub-group and comes into effect as of Monday 13 July.

From Monday 13 July, Children and Young People (up to under 18) will be able to participate in restricted Touch Rugby activities. Adults (18 and over) will be able to participate in small group (max 15 players from max 5 households) training activity using a ball. The difference in permitted activity between children/young people and adults is due to medical evidence young people are believed to be less likely to transmit the virus.

From Wednesday 15 July, Indoor Hospitality can reopen but will be subject to physical distance rules and guidance. Clubs who wish to reopen an indoor catering area must adhere to Scottish Government guidance which can be found at At this stage, all other indoor facilities (except toilets) must remain closed until further notice (inc. gyms and changing rooms).

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Covid-19 Safety Coordinator Role

It is recommended that each club appoints a Covid-19 Safety Co-ordinator during the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of this role is to oversee public health and safety measures across the club, ensuring that the club is operating in a safe manner and adheres to Scottish Government and Scottish Rugby guidelines.

Clubs can nominate a Covid-19 Safety Co-ordinator by completing this online form. The form must be completed by the club President or Secretary and must be done before any rugby activity takes place.

Please note that clubs must nominate a Covid-19 Safety Co-ordinator before any on or off field club activities can take place.

This role would be ideally suited to a club volunteer who is medically trained, but not essential. This can also be a new volunteer role or added to a current role within the club.

Webinar Playlist 

Scottish Rugby have hosted online webinars at key stages throughout the Return to Rugby. Webinars are now hosted online and available to watch at any time on YouTube.

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