I trust you are all well.
I am sure you are all as excited as us that rugby is slowly making a comeback. Live rugby on TV for the first time is 5 month. Here at Bedford Junior Blues we are planning for a Sept start to our season and already some age groups namely Colts, Ladies, and Juniors have commenced some pre season activity albeit deferred at present owing to local COVID risks and Council guidance.
Subject to us having the all clear we are hopeful Rugby will be back fully by September as indeed RFU is gradually allowing further participation as part of their road Map to return, I wish to assure you that BJBs have the safety of all at the forefront of our minds and will be following all guidance to the latter in ensuring such.
Each age group will be required to submit a full risk assessment to detail their return plans and the committee are reviewing all accordingly. Hand and equipment sanitising , social distancing will be with us for some time to come.
Rugby will be back but maybe not as full on as we are used to, and some changes have already been implemented to age group regs with more to follow I am sure. Contact rugby and fixtures may be something we plan for more into the new year.
We, as a club need to ensure everyone is kept safe and that we do not present any increased risks by bringing all back. As such we have instigated some changes to our Sunday morning rugby , namely varying our age groups start and finishing times to avoid large numbers congregating at the same time, changing the pitch allocations by age group again to ensure less numbers in limited space. We will provide all Head Coaches with full details shortly.
I am afraid that also for the foreseeable the club house will be open only for toilet facilities, there will be no kitchen facilities available and people will not be permitted to gather in this area. Access to the club shop will be restricted to ensure social distancing.
I am sure you understand that this is very much a fluid situation and things can and no doubt will change at short notice. We will endeavour to keep on top of all changes and inform accordingly
Your age groups Head Coaches will be working hard to ensure we return to rugby safely and I ask you all please to ensure you comply with all their plans without question.
Look forward to welcoming you all back soon and keep safe