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 scottishrugby.org website will reflect updates and the latest guidelines when information released.
Return to Rugby Roadmap for Season 2020/21
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.
Updated Phase 2 Return Guidelines
In addition to the guidance issued on Friday 26 June, Scottish Rugby has updated the Return to Rugby Phase 2 guidance in relation to outdoor hospitality and catering. This guidance comes into effect from Monday 6 July 2020.
Outdoor Catering: As of Monday 6 July, clubs are able to open their outdoor space for catering (as long as they adhere to Scottish Government guidelines). Before doing so, it is recommended that clubs have appointed a Covid-19 Safety Coordinator to oversee public health and safety measures across the club, ensuring that the club is operating in a safe manner and following Scottish Government and Scottish Rugby guidelines.
The Covid-19 Safety Coordinator should attend one of the training sessions on offer provided by Scottish Rugby before the club opens for any activity, including outdoor catering.
Clubs should also undertake a risk assessment and follow Scottish Government guidance for outdoor hospitality (see downloads below). Owners/operators (e.g. local authorities) should consider implications of opening facilities and venues and put plans in place to ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers.
Webinar | Return to Rugby Roadmap
Scottish Rugby is publishing its Return to Rugby Roadmap for clubs & schools tomorrow morning (Friday 3 July).
A webinar for club members will be live at 3pm to discuss the details & answer questions. To join the webinar register here: tinyurl.com/ycwuo4vr
Webinar | Return to Rugby Phase 2
In line with the Scottish Government phase 2 announcement on Thursday 18 June, Scottish Rugby has updated the Return to Rugby guidance for clubs and schools. This work has been developed through Scottish Rugby’s Threat Management Group and its specific Return to Rugby Clubs & Schools sub-group. To support clubs and schools through the Return to Rugby process, a series of webinars will be held at key stages.
The first webinar is available to watch below. This webinar focusses on Phase 2 of the Return to Rugby process as per the Scottish Government guidelines.
Covid-19 Safety Coordinators Webinar
A webinar will be held on Thursday 2nd July at 7pm for nominated Covid-19 Safety Coordinators. To nominate your Covid-19 Safety Coordinator for your clubs, click on this link and to register for the training webinar on Thursday, click here. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to scottishrugby.org. More information on the Covid-19 Safety Coordinator can be found in the documents further down this page and by clicking here..
Updated Phase 2 Return to Rugby Guidelines - 26 June
Scottish Rugby has updated the Return to Rugby Phase 2 guidance for clubs and schools. This guidance comes into effect from Monday 29 June.
To begin preparing for when rugby can resume work has been developed by the Threat Management Group’s Return to Rugby sub-group to help clubs have appropriate measures in place to manage the safety of players, coaches and members.
The information updated below outlines both guidance on re-opening pitches, guidance around players training and also new roles within clubs specifically to provide a safe environment.
A webinar will be held on Monday 29 June at 3:00pm for club and school officials to hear about the phase 2 guidelines and to answer questions. To register for this webinar, please click here. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to scottishrugby.org.
Phase 2 Return to Rugby - 19 June
Scottish Rugby published Phase 2 Return to Rugby guidelines for clubs and schools on 19 June 2020.
Phase 1 Return to Rugby - 5 June
Scottish Rugby published Phase 1 Return to Rugby guidelines for clubs and schools on 5 June 2020.