Covid-19 Guidelines – SRFC Return to Rugby

This page will advise the latest guidelines our club are working to, taken from the evolving guidelines issued by the HSE, government & the IRFU.

UPDATE: DUBLIN NOW AT LEVEL 3

All training is non-contact, continued in pods of 15 max. “Senior Club Championship” teams are exempt. For the purposes of rugby, this means Energia Community Series & Energia AIL games only.   No other matches to take place.

This means all club matches are cancelled whilst we are in Level 3 (3 weeks minimum). Training can continue but non-contact only.

Our Senior team are exempt and can continue to train & play. However these will be behind closed doors – No spectators allowed.

We continue to ask players and members to take care of themselves and others – wash your hands, socially distance and practice good respiratory hygiene.

These next few weeks will provide another challenge to us as we continue our attempts to manage COVID, but we hope that if we take the correct action, Dublin will return to level 2, and we will be able to enjoy rugby action again.

Tonight’s adult J1 match takes place, but this is the only club match this weekend. NO SPECTATORS MAY ATTEND. Please watch the game live streamed on our club Facebook page.

Please be safe and follow the points outlined below to keep everyone safe:

  • If you feel unwell, stay at home.
  • Please walk or cycle to the club if possible, and when watching a session, keep your distance from others.
  • Arrive for training 5 minutes before hand.
  • Leave the club grounds promptly, to make space for others.
  • Wash your hands.

The measures are in place to protect everyone. Please heed them.

End of update 18/09/2020

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Our upmost focus is always the health & welfare of our players, coaches, club volunteers & all club members.

For full & current detail of Irish Rugby return to play, go to the very informative IRFU website page on Covid-19 Return to Rugby: https://www.irishrugby.ie/running-your-club/return-to-rugby-for-clubs/

What are the current government guidelines?

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people, however training & matches can take place behind closed doors, with a strict ban on spectators. These measures are in place until Sept 13th at the earliest. The 15 outdoor participant restriction does not apply to matches.

What is the guidance for rugby training?

Training can take place in pods (max 15 persons per pod) once sufficient space is available & strict public health protocols in place.

Guidance is 1 team per pitch at any time & no mixing between groups. Pitch classification is based on respective team age-grade.

Numbers of coaches & players per group: (current restrictions)

• Under U12: Min 2 coaches + Covid-19 Officer per training group/pod.

• U12 to Adult: Min 1 coach + Covid-19 Officer per training group/pod.

A Coach may act as a Covid-19 Officer, if already assigned the role.

*Minimising numbers in the Clubs: The number of players/coaching staffs in the club should be limited depending on government advice at any time. Training session(s) should be appropriately arranged so that players are absolutely clear as to the date & time of their training.

Once arranged, players must stay in allocated day/time slot & cannot observe, participate or otherwise be involved on other sessions. Multiple training sessions may be required to cater for all players to train safely.

Can Parents/guardians attend youth/mini sessions?

Parents attending in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as a spectator, but strict social distancing & public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times.
IE: One parent per child can attend matches or training sessions, should they consider it necessary, but MUST complete a Personal Assessment Declaration Form prior to arriving on site & hand to Covid-19 Officer upon arrival.

Anyone arriving without a pre-completed form cannot be admitted to the grounds.

What is the guidance for rugby matches?

Matches can take place behind closed doors with:
– Strict avoidance of gatherings, including social gatherings, before & after.
– Strict adherence to 2 metre distancing before & after, during breaks in play & on the sidelines. No team huddles.

All match day personnel (pre-confirmed by Match Officer) must complete a Personal Assessment Declaration Form prior to arriving on site. All completed forms must be given to the Covid-19 Officer.

For comprehensive match-day protocols detail, go to this page on the IRFU website

Is contact allowed?

Contact is permitted under government guidelines.

When do Skerries RFC matches commence:

Adult matches commence 5/6 Sept. Season fixtures lists are on our website in the RUGBY section. https://www.skerriesrfc.ie/

Youth leagues commence on weekend of 19/20 September. Speak to team coaches for updated details as availabe.

Our Covid-19 Sub-committee continue to work to the best of our abilities to maintain a safe & healthy basis for our club to return to rugby. We will continue to communicate all latest procedures as they change.