The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has said that the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has approved the return of grassroots rugby in England. The RFU have introduced certain measures into place so that the sport can return safely and in accordance with government guidelines. Local club Old Caterhamians RFU are eagerly waiting their return to training at the beginning of this month. The squads will be returning to training weekly at The Pavillion, Hillfields (Caterham School Hill Playing Fields).
In accordance with the RFU certain measures and guidelines have been put into place. A full risk assessment has been carried out to ensure the safest possible return for the club.
The youngest of the ‘Mini Section’ usually play tag rugby where a tag is taken and then returned in lieu of physical tackles. The older minis would play full contact. For all minis this has been replaced by touch rugby with the older minis using tackle bags to practice technique without physical contact with each other.
Gregor Watts (Team Coach for the Mini Squad) recently explained that one of the main points of the mini section is about getting together and having fun and seeing the children interact on the field again will be a great development following on from the past few months.
Like many others lockdown saw the cancellation of many fixtures and events. The ‘Annual Awards Event’, various tours and trips, summer camps and the festivals have had to be cancelled but the club are confident and optimistic that these events will once again eventually return.