Clubhouse Re-opening

Return to Rugby
– Moving to Stage 4

Updated Training Schedule

for Weeks Commencing Monday 14th and 21st September

Changes have been made to the training schedule to accommodate earlier sunset times and relaxation of numbers allowed in training areas. All evening training will be on Lower Mains Park during the week, while Saturday and Sunday schedules remain unaltered.

Wee Reds MicrosSunday 11-30am startUMP
Wee Reds P4Wednesday
Sunday
6pm start
9am start
LMP (Road End)
UMP
Wee Reds P5Monday
Sunday
6pm start
9-15am start
LMP (Railway End)
LMP
Wee Reds P6Wednesday
Sunday
6-15pm start
10-15am start
LMP (Railway End)
UMP
Wee Reds P7Wednesday
Sunday
7-15pm start
10-30am start
LMP (Road End)
LMP
Young Reds S1Monday
Saturday
6-15pm start
9am start
LMP (Road End)
UMP
Young Reds S2Monday
Saturday
7-15pm start
9-30am start
LMP (Railway End)
LMP
Young Reds S3Wednesday
Saturday
7-30pm start
10-15am
LMP (Railway End)
UMP
Young Reds U16Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
6pm start
6pm start
11-30am
LMP (Road End)
LMP Road End)
UMP
Young Reds U18Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
6-15pm start
6-15pm start
10-45am
LMP (Railway End)
LMP (Railway End)
LMP
Reds’ senior squadTuesday
Thursday
7-30pm
7-30pm
LMP (both ends)
LMP (both ends)
UMP = Upper Mains Park; LMP = Lower Mains Park

Summary of Changes Announced

With agreement of the Scottish Government, Rugby has been cleared to move to the next stage (Stage 4 on the road map below) on Monday 14th September, in the gradual easing of restrictions relating to the coronavirus lockdown. There will be no matches as yet, with activity still restricted to training only. This phase will last at least 3 weeks under the current plan.

The implications are summarised below:

What is Allowed from Monday

  • greater numbers of players in each training area
    (20 per quarter pitch for P5 and below; 20 per half pitch for P6 up to adult)
  • 2 coaches in each training area (socially distanced)
  • any form of touch rugby
  • modified full contact drills for up to 30 minutes per session with a maximum of 5 players (full contact is restricted to 1 on 1)

What Still Applies

  • all training sessions require to be pre-booked
  • same arrangements for arrival and departure with focus on hand sanitising
  • “track and trace” records to be maintained
  • no access to changing rooms or showers
  • all equipment to be cleaned after each training session
  • players to bring own water bottles
  • no need to socially distance when in training area, however social distance rules still apply on leaving training area

Looking Further Ahead

It is hoped that rugby can move to full training with some internal and local friendly matches from 5th October (Stage 5), with a return to competitive matches from 31st October (Stage 6). However, these both depend on a number of factors, not least on permission from the Scottish Government.

Scottish Rugby will continue to work closely with sportScotland and the Scottish Government and is committed to a safe return to rugby for all when the circumstances allow.

Tightening of Indoor Hospitality Restrictions

As we move towards our winter plan, the Scottish Government has announced a tightening of restrictions which apply to all indoor and outdoor hospitality. In summary these are:

A maximum of 6 individuals from no more than two families are allowed at any table. We require a contact name for each table on booking.

It is mandatory for all customers to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking, ie anytime when moving around inside the Rugby Club. There are clear signs posted to this effect and we trust that everyone will respect the new rules.

It is also mandatory for all staff to wear face coverings at all times when on duty.

Access to Gym for Existing Members

We are looking at providing bookable gym slots during the week for access by our existing gym members starting from next week. These can only be provided within the guidelines laid down by sportScotland and Scottish Rugby, which require a designated person to be on site when the gym is in use. By the end of this week we hope to have some dates and times for you.


Return to Rugby:
Potential Re-opening of Club Gym

27 August 2020

The recent guidance from Scottish Rugby and sportScotland on gyms and indoor training facilities was communicated yesterday to all Clubs. It represents the first step in the gradual re-opening of these facilities within the current Return to Rugby plan agreed with the Scottish Government.

This Friday, we will be carrying out a full risk assessment on the potential return to use of the Club Gym and Indoor Training facility, albeit in a limited and changed environment. We are hopeful that we can get to the position of opening up the gym on a limited and highly controlled basis from Monday and will advise members as soon as we are satisfied that we can operate safely within the guidelines provided and according to the requirements laid down by the Scottish Government. Look out for an update to the newsletter over the weekend.

Guidance on use of indoor training facilities is more restrictive, with limited use potentially available for those under 12 years old, while we are still some way off a return to “normal” use for adults and older youths.


Updated Rugby Training Schedule

Rugby Training Schedule for Weeks of 24th and 31st August

Wee Reds MicrosSunday (from 23rd)11-30am startUMP
Wee Reds P4Wednesday
Sunday
6pm start
9am start
UMP
UMP
Wee Reds P5Monday
Sunday
6pm start
9-15am start
UMP
LMP
Wee Reds P6Wednesday
Sunday
7-15pm start
10-15am start
UMP
UMP
Wee Reds P7Wednesday
Sunday
7-30pm start
10-30am start
LMP
LMP
Young Reds S1Monday
Saturday
6-30pm start
9am start
LMP
UMP
Young Reds S2Monday
Saturday
7-20pm start
9-30am start
UMP
LMP
Young Reds S3Wednesday
Saturday
6-15pm start
10-15am
LMP
UMP
Young Reds U16Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
6pm start
6pm start
11-30am
UMP
UMP
UMP
Young Reds U18Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
6-15pm start
6-15pm start
10-45am
LMP
LMP
LMP
Reds’ senior squadTuesday
Thursday
7-45pm
7-45pm
LMP
LMP
UMP = Upper Mains Park; LMP = Lower Mains Park

Please note that the Wee Reds P5s will train on Monday nights and the Young Reds S3s on Wednesday nights.

Pitch Plan and Access Routes

Courtesy of Ally Rae

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Youth Training Resumes on Monday 3rd August

Designated Routes to and from Training Pitches

As per Scottish Rugby guidelines, we have marked out both Upper Mains Park (UMP) and Lower Mains Park (LMP) with 4 training areas. These can be used separately by up to 15 youngsters, or with two combined for up to 20 youngsters.

All youngsters should be dropped off in the main car park at Upper Mains Park, or arrive there on foot. Prompt arrival is important, ie 10 minutes before the start of their practice session.

Youngsters will be directed to walk around the Clubhouse on the railway line side. Check-in point will be at the north-west corner of the Clubhouse, where there will be a hand sanitiser station. After training, everyone will leave from the same point, which doubles as a check-out desk, and go out through the main car park at Upper Mains Park.

One adult per family may stay to view the training session, remaining outside the pitch area and socially distanced from other people.

Watch a short step-by-step guide video

(Please note that the video has no sound)

https://youtu.be/1E__pyiP-3c

Training Schedule for Weeks of 3rd and 10th August

Wee Reds P4Wednesday
Sunday
6pm start
9am start
UMP
UMP
Wee Reds P5Monday
Sunday
6pm start
9-15am start
UMP
LMP
Wee Reds P6Wednesday
Sunday
7-15pm start
10-15am start
UMP
UMP
Wee Reds P7Wednesday
Sunday
7-30pm start
10-30am start
LMP
LMP
Young Reds S1Monday
Saturday
6-30pm start
9am start
LMP
UMP
Young Reds S2Monday
Saturday
7-20pm start
9-30am start
UMP
LMP
Young Reds S3Wednesday
Saturday
6-15pm start
10-15am
LMP
UMP
Young Reds U16Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
6pm start
6pm start
11-30am
UMP
UMP
UMP
Young Reds U18Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
6-15pm start
6-15pm start
10-45am
LMP
LMP
LMP
Reds’ senior squadTuesday
Thursday
7-45pm
7-45pm
LMP
LMP
Please note that the Wee Reds P5s will train on Monday nights and the Young Reds S3s on Wednesday nights

COVID-19 E-LEARNING COURSE

Scottish Rugby has launched a new Covid-19 E-Learning Course in line with Stage 3 Return to Rugby guidelines. This free course, available online now.

This e-learning course has been designed to provide players, parents, coaches and club volunteers with all the necessary information to safely return to rugby as the country moves out of Covid-19 lockdown.

To access the course click here

New E-Learning Course

Scottish Rugby – Roadmap for Return to Rugby

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Information for Youth Rugby

Click here to view the Infographic for Youth Rugby Stage 3


Clubhouse Re-Opening This Weekend

Friday 17 July 2020

Over the last two weeks we have been putting in place plans to re-open the Clubhouse based on guidelines and protocols developed by Scottish Rugby in discussion with the Scottish Government. These fully conform to the easing of lockdown restrictions as set out in the Scottish Government’s phased plan.

Our plans have been developed in consultation with staff and with a full risk assessment process managed by the Board. We have carried out an enhanced clean of the Clubhouse and have made the decision to stick to the 2 metre social distancing guidance for everyone’s safety. Staff will have appropriate PPE and there will be signage to guide people to follow our one-way system.

We plan to open both outdoor (beer garden) and indoor (Clubhouse Lounge) areas. In addition, we have purchased a couple of Gazebos to provide shelter for some of the outdoor tables. We are looking to open our outside area on Friday 17th July. In order to comply with government guidelines a “by booking only” system will operate.

Simple Rules to Follow

We have several rules that members and their guests will be expected to follow:-

  • Both the inside and outside areas will be open to members and their guests.
  • Your name, phone number and numbers of guests (MAX 6) must be disclosed at time of booking.
  • Table bookings will last a maximum of 2 hours 30 minutes. 
  • There will be a limited number of outside covered tables. Please request these when booking.
  • Whilst children are welcome, their parents must ensure they follow the guidelines. 
  • Please do not arrive without a booking. Phone ahead.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to at all times; we all want to keep safe and well.
  • We will operate a one-way entry & exit system controlled by our staff.
  • Drinks will be by table service only, with NO exceptions.
  • Layout of tables and chairs must not be changed.
  • No pets allowed except guide dogs.

Booking Your Slot

Time slots are available going forward (subject to change & daily weather) for booking in advance.  Please contact us through social media or via email  lrfcclubhouse@gmail.com

Your booking is not guaranteed until you receive a reply from us.

Booking Slots Available

Friday          16.00 – 18.30        18.45 – 21.00

Saturday      12.00 – 14.30        14.45 – 17.15       17.30 – 20.00

Sunday         13.00 – 15.30       15.45 – 18.15

Return to Rugby

After discussion within the Return to Rugby group, we are planning our first practice session for Wednesday 29 July. This will involve last season’s P7s and will be used as a trial demonstrator for coaches of other age groups. Other youth age groups from the Wee Reds’ Minis (P4 to P6) and the Young Reds (S1 to U18) will resume training from the following week. Adult training will probably resume the week after, once restrictions on adults have eased further.

A booking system will be in place as anyone attending training sessions will need to ‘book in’ first, in order that we have an appropriate control system for ‘track and trace’.

General Approach Taken by the Rugby Club

Scottish Rugby is following Scottish Government advice and has been involved in regular sessions with the Scottish Government and sportScotland and other bodies. The clear aim is to exercise a cautious approach to the resumption of rugby activities and the re-opening of the Clubhouse and facilities.

  • We will follow the phased plan as laid out by Scottish Rugby,
  • We will carry out full risk assessments at each stage,
  • We are dependent on the phased easing of restrictions as determined by the Scottish Government.

The Club Board will overview the whole process over the coming months, with Ken Richardson designated as the Club’s Covid-19 Safety Coordinator, a requirement of Scottish Rugby.

David Mitchell (Director of Rugby) will lead the Return to Rugby group, which will include Gordon Muir (Youth Rugby), Rob Wakefield (Wee Reds Micros), Graham McCorkell (Wee Reds Minis), Graeme Miller (Young Reds / Academy), Gordon Dixon (Grounds Convenor) with Dougie Thomson* and Euan Mochrie* invited to attend.

* staff currently on furlough have been invited to attend

John Smith and Colin Watson will lead the process to re-open the Clubhouse and indoor facilities, supported by MaryAnn Cochrane (Clubhouse Manager) with cleaning and bar staff.

Explanatory Video

Club President, Ken Richardson, talks about the process and how we will implement the phased plan at Linlithgow Rugby Club. Click on the link below to view the video:

youtu.be/kGSjbJe2QTc