Bournemouth Rugby’s Executive Committee have been monitoring the current RFU position closely across the few months since the termination of the 2019-2020 season on the 20th March 2020. The RFU has released this week new guidelines and a national roadmap to support a return to community rugby activity following the government guidance regarding a phased return to sport and recreation on 28th May:
Currently BU Chapel Gate is not available for any Rugby training and the facility is closed. For adult players wishing to train away from BU Chapel Gate they must adhere to the strict guidelines outlined above.
Players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and continue to keep active, until such time training can officially resume.
From an Age Grade Rugby perspective we are officially "out of season" – and under normal circumstances for Age Grade Rugby (U6s – U18s) the following regulations and would strictly apply:
Bournemouth Rugby encourages our age grade players to explore other sports and activities during the off season – and come back ready for the new season energised, injury free and with an enthusiasm to play and train hard, and get the most of their rugby experience and time with our club.
Upon review of the latest RFU guidelines and return to community rugby activity, at this stage Bournemouth Rugby will not be permitting any out of season training to occur for Age Grade age groups under the banner of Bournemouth Rugby as we perceive the risks to the health, safety and welfare of the players, coaches and parents to be too great at this point in time – given the unavailability of the facilities and grounds at Chapel Gate and the additional risks associated with potentially training off-site in public areas.
We will continue to monitor the situation, guidelines and regulation updates from the RFU – and will be providing updates and advice as required over the coming weeks.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you back soon.
Bournemouth Rugby Executive Committee