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We are looking forward to welcoming all Junior Rugby Age Groupsback to rugby this coming Sunday 13 Sept. We will be training at Level C (Non-Contact) on the RFU's Return to Rugby roadmap.

- For information on the roadmap - Levels A to F - and what is meant by Level C - click here.

- Summary guidance sheets on Level C for players, coaches and our wider community is shown below.

- The Junior Management Committee (JMC) email providing guidance to Junior Members on the club's approach is also copied below for reference. 

JMC Email to Junior Members:

Dear Ironsiders,

We are delighted to let you know that Ironsides' Juniors Rugby Training is set to return on Sunday 13th September.

Your Committee has worked hard to get each Age Group allocated to a training ground around Wandsworth, and to put protocols in place that comply with the RFU, Wandsworth Council and the latest Government guidelines to keep our players and parents safe.
With all this in mind we need to share the steps that have put in place to ensure we can all Return to Rugby.
So please forgive the lengthy email - it contains important information!
Firstly, please only sign up for and turn up to training if you are feeling healthy, fit & well – that applies equally to players, coaches, managers, 1st aid volunteers & parents/guardians.    
ALL players must be signed up in advance of a training session: this is to enable full Track & Trace, and to ensure we comply with our restrictions. Anyone turning up without being registered will unfortunately not be able to play.
All players should turn up ready to play (with their own water bottle) and sign in upon arrival, have their temperature checked, hand-sanitise & then go to their cone-coloured training pod/ designated pitch space .
If players show a temperature of over 38*, you will not be able to train.
No bibs will be used, and we are only able to play READY 4 RUGBY (touch) rugby - NO tags and NO contact.
We also require all guardians to check-in via QR codes, which will be on display. This information will stored via our Teamo software, for the government required 21 days.

Each Age Group will be informed by their Age Group Manager &/or appointed Admin Support both the length of their training session and how their training session will run. There will be a 15 minute change-over and equipment cleaning break between each session and you must arrive and leave via the sign-posted area.
Only one parent/ guardian may attend, per child - due to pod-size restrictions.
Therefore no siblings are allowed. All spectators form part of the allowed pod-sizes.
Parents/ Guardians must remain in the designated areas, and enforce their own social-distancing.
On signing up for a session, this will be your declaration of positive assurance of no Covid symptoms, for you or your household.

Our Track and Trace system means that, should you show Covid symptoms in the days following training, you should contact your local NHS Test & Trace centre, who will then contact Ironsides Rugby. We will then be able to provide the details of all members of your training pod.
Your Age Group Manager will be sending out availability emails as usual throughout the week, and undertaking the mammoth task of assigning training times. Please ensure you respond to these emails in the required time scales, to alleviate some of the burden, and of course, secure your place!
Regarding the Clubhouse at Openview: this is closed for the time being.
Any enquiries around this should be addressed direct with Battersea Ironsides Sports Club
Ironsides Rugby is excited to welcome you all back to training, and thanks you for your continued support and understanding during these somewhat trying times!
If you have any queries, please do contact either Youth Chair - Alan, Mini Chair - Dave or Mini Secretary - Zoe, or indeed your usual Age Group Manager & Age Group Head Coach, who have all been fully briefed.
We sincerely hope that many of the protocols in place will be able to be relaxed, as we progress throughout the season, but in the meantime, see you on 13th September!
Ironsides' JMC

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