Club Hardship Fund

Club Hardship Fund

As part of its commitment to invest significantly in helping member clubs maintain business continuity during the current Covid-19 closedown of domestic rugby, Scottish Rugby has established a Club Hardship Fund (CHF) for those clubs experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the closure.

The CHF is available to all Full Member and Associate clubs in Scotland. The intention of the CHF is to support clubs with cashflow issues that may have arisen since the outbreak of Covid-19.

The CHF is intended to support clubs’ current costs and outgoings so that they can maintain operations from closedown on 15 March 2020 until 31 July 2020. If the closedown period extends beyond this, Scottish Rugby will review the position of the CHF.

Application Process

Clubs can ordinarily apply for up to a maximum of £5,000 of funding from the CHF. In exceptional cases, and at Scottish Rugby’s discretion, larger sums may be considered.

Applications open 30 March 2020. Prior to submission, please ensure you have consulted with your Regional Manager. Applications must be received by 30 April 2020. The application process will take about one month, and your club will receive details of any funding towards the end of May 2020. Scottish Rugby aims to turn around decisions on applications within the timescales noted above, however, this is entirely dependent on applicants providing the information needed to fully consider the application.

FAQ's

  • What does concluding the season mean?

    In short, there will be no further Scottish Rugby league or cup competitions (adult and youth) for season 2019/20.The current suspension of all domestic rugby (training and playing) will remain in place until further notice, this suspension also includes rugby tours into and out of Scotland.

  • My team were top of the league table, does that mean we will be promoted?

    The assessment is currently underway and will consider all possible options. The complexities of the current situation are significant, with full consideration of all of the potential consequential implications to the leagues under review. Details will be shared with all clubs and schools in due course (and hopefully prior to 29th March 2020).

  • My teams were bottom of the league table, does that mean we will be relegated?

    The assessment is currently underway and will consider all possible options. The complexities of the current situation are significant, with full consideration of all of the potential consequential implications to the leagues under review. Details will be shared with all clubs and schools in due course (and hopefully prior to 29th March 2020).

  • We haven’t played the same number of games as the team siting above us in the league, what will happen now?

    The assessment is currently underway and will consider all possible options. The complexities of the current situation are significant, with full consideration of all of the potential consequential implications to the leagues under review. Details will be shared with all clubs and schools in due course (and hopefully prior to 29th March 2020).

  • Can games not be played when the government restrictions are lifted?

    The earliest we anticipate the suspension to end will be 1 July 2020 after which players will require a full pre-season from that point to become first contact ready and then match fit and so we’ll continue the situation and update all Scottish Rugby channels when further information is available.

  • Can any remaining games not be played ahead of the new season?

    The earliest we anticipate the suspension to end will be 1 July 2020 after which players will require a full pre-season from that point to become first contact ready and then match fit.We are considering all options available to us and as part of this assessment we are also looking ahead season 2020/2.

  • Can clubhouses still open?

    While Rugby Clubs may wish to continue to operate facilities such as bars and function rooms, they must observe Government restrictions. We urge all clubs to monitor the latest advice from NHS Inform and to take account of local conditions as the current situation develops. We would ask you to take all necessary and appropriate decisions regarding the use of clubhouses/training facilities. The priority should always be to protect the player, the club and the health of the community.

  • Can clubs still use/open their own gyms over this time?

    We urge all clubs to monitor the latest advice from NHS Inform and to take account of local conditions as the current situation develops. We would ask you to take all necessary and appropriate decisions regarding the use of clubhouses/training facilities. The priority should always be to protect the player, the club and the health of the community.

    It would be prudent of all clubs with gym facilities to undertake a risk assessment regarding the use of their gyms at this time in response to the developing Covid-19/Coronavirus threat.

  • What have other Unions done?

    The IRFU announced on 19 March that season 2019/20 was to be concluded with immediate effect and there will be no promotion or relegation in any of the five divisions of the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League.

    On 20 March it was announced that the RFU was to end the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England.The are working through the implications of ending the season early and have instigated a thorough process to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game.

    The WRU have suspended their season and further updates are released as information becomes available.

  • Our team did not play at the weekend before the suspension came into effect, will we be sanctioned for not playing?

    No. Our Competition Committees will exercise their discretion not to apply any penalty.

  • A team did play at the weekend before the suspension commenced and they have now moved in the league table, is this fair?

    The period of suspension came into effect from Sunday 15 March at 6pm following the conclusion of this weekend’s matches, should a club or team have decided not to play their match that decision was made with the best interests of their own players, coaches, members and supporters. Every club is different and the decision to play or not play was a club decision

  • When and how will clubs be updated regarding the situation?

    The situation will be closely monitored during the period of suspension and a further update regarding the remainder of the Season will be issued on or before 29 March 2020. All updates will be issued via Club Comms (email) as well on all Scottish Rugby web and social channels.

  • Should a player or club train or play over this period of suspension will they/we still be covered by the insurance?

    In short, yes - however to train or play over this period of suspension will be considered to be an act of Misconduct under the Disciplinary Rules and will be referred to the Discipline Manager for action.

  • A team that had a league/cup fixture scheduled have already incurred travel costs, can they still reclaim money through the Travel Scheme?

    Yes, clubs should complete the Travel Scheme Claim Form and forward, along with the invoices and receipts, to [email protected]

  • Will League Prize money still be awarded?

    Until the assessment that is currently underway it is not yet possible to confirm further details.Details will be shared with all clubs and schools in due course (and hopefully prior to 29th March 2020).

  • When will the next season start?

    Contingency planning is now underway in respect of season 2020/21. Further details will be provided on this in due course.

  • Who will make the final decision about promotion/relegation?

    This process will involve the Championship and Competitions Committees and the Scottish Rugby Council, with the aim to present a recommendation to the Scottish Rugby Board by the end of the month (March) as to the implications of various options for promotion, relegation and the awarding of league titles. A range of options are being considered in this regard. The Scottish Rugby Board will make the final decision.

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