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 Update - Friday 16 July

In line with Scottish Government announcement on Tuesday 13 July, Scottish Rugby has updated the Return to Rugby guidance for clubs and schools.

All mainland local authority areas will move into Level 0 restrictions as of Monday 19 July, effectively aligning the whole of the country. For full details on Level 0 restrictions please visit

In addition to Scottish Government guidelines for Level 0, the following Return to Rugby changes will come into place as of Monday 19 July:

Spectators – permitted under the following circumstances

- Where supervising a child and/or vulnerable person.
- Where a rugby fixture or event is organised and takes place at premises whose entrances and exits are controlled for the purpose of crowd and capacity management in line with Scottish Government restrictions.
- Spectator capacity should be calculated based on ensuring physical distancing up to a limit of 2,000 seated and 1,000 standing.

Before deciding whether to allow spectators, clubs should consider the following;

- Club to undertake a risk assessment to ascertain if spectators can be accommodated safely and in keeping with current Scottish Government guidelines.
- Can a controlled entry and exit be established to ensure maximum numbers are not breached.
- Implement a booking/registrations system to assist test and protect.

Bubble sizes & indoor activity

In Level 0 bubbles of up to 500 players (excluding coaches, officials etc) are permitted, with no daily limits on multiple bubbles per day. Bubbles should not mix.

All age groups can return to indoor contact sport and physical activity.

Fixtures & training activities

Clubs and schools must notify Scottish Rugby of all friendly fixtures by emailing [email protected], and notify their regional Referee Society as soon as possible to arrange match officials.

Organised rugby training activities can be undertaken, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene. Clubs and participants should be aware of their local area protection level and associated restrictions which may be in place and should consider this as part of risk assessment planning.

Downloads and Resources

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.


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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