IMPORTANT NEWS ON THE REBOOT OF GAME
Each club should make individual decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Until a club believes it is safe and responsible to reopen, it should remain closed. Facilities that are open must follow relevant government guidance – click here to access the guide on steps to take when reopening your club house, based on current government guidance.
Following this week’s publication of the new government guidelines on exercise, we have developed some guidance on what this means for opening of playing fields and clubhouses on ruby club sites. Rugby activity remains suspended. However, if clubs wish to open their facilities, players may now engage in restricted individual training. Click here to access the infographic we have produced that provides simple guidance regarding individuals training at rugby clubs.
We will continue to keep the rugby community updated on developments as and when we know more about the impact of the government’s decisions on the community rugby
RFU have engaged the services of Russell Moore, a former partner at leading sports advisory accountants Saffery Champness, to provide a VAT helpline service to clubs. The first 30 minutes of advice is free to clubs, with any additional services provided at greatly reduced rates. Clubs can contact the helpline either by calling Russell on 07710 329317 or by emailing their enquiry to email@example.com.
To watch and listen to RFU Webinars click on the links below
VAT Reclaims webinar – on demand
RFU ran a successful VAT reclaims webinar with over 200 in attendance. The webinar explained what VAT reliefs can potentially be applied and illustrated how to make a claim for your club. To watch the webinar on demand click here.
Cheshire CB Immediate Support Grant Application Process – launched Monday 6th April 2020
Cheshire CB Immediate Support Grant briefing
RFU Coronavirus advice and support Links
Update on Sport England Community Emergency Fund
For the latest information click on the link below
Sport England launches the Community Emergency Fund (April 1st)
Sport England has today announced a £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through Coronavirus. This includes a new £20 million Community Emergency Fund which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000. We will now analyse what this could mean for rugby clubs over the next couple of days and will provide an update in Friday’s Community Game Update. In the meantime, we would encourage clubs to take a look at this new initiative.
You can read the article here.
Updated guidance for team strength & conditioning and medical staff (April 1st)
Click here to read the current guidance that has been issued for strength & conditioning and medical staff working in English rugby who are providing conditioning and rehabilitation services for players during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is based on current government advice, as of Wednesday 25 March 2020. Additional guidance has been provided regarding the medical services provision and the ongoing care of injured players.
Covid – 19 – Links (March 30th)
HMG Government – Business Rates holiday/Retail &Hospitality Grant Scheme/Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme/Time to Pay Scheme/Business Interuption Loan Scheme/Statutory Sick Pay Rebate/VAT Deferral/Insurance
RFU financial support for clubs
CB PFR funding converted to CB managed Immediate Support Funds
The RFU provides funding to Geographic Constituent Bodies (CBs) to support the delivery of a planned programme of work in the community. Despite there currently being no rugby activity, the RFU will still make the final payment due (which totals c.£600k across the country) for this season, on condition that CBs use this to set up and run an Immediate Support Fund to provide grants to clubs in financial difficulty. An additional £400,000 for the Immediate Support Fund will be available (allocated proportionally across geographic CBs) on the basis that CBs match the additional funding from their reserves. In addition, CBs are free to use any underspend from Q1-Q3 for this fund.
Supplemental ticket pot
The supplemental ticket pot usually paid to clubs in June of each year will be brought forward. It is our intention to have these funds in clubs’ bank accounts by the end of next week.
Any club in receipt of an RFU or RFF loan will have their next quarterly loan repayment (April) suspended.
Small loans scheme
A fund of up to £5 million will be available to provide loans to clubs of between £2,000 and £10,000. The aim is to support clubs in the immediate and short term (next few months) to meet major outstanding costs. These loans will be interest-free, repayable over a period of up to three years, with an opportunity to defer the first payment for up to six months. There will be an online process and we aim to have further information on our website by the end of next week.
Government relief packages
Following the announcement by the Chancellor last Friday, opportunities exist to support clubs, as small businesses. These include:
Business Rate Holiday and Government Grants
All clubs who pay business rates will be eligible for a Business Rate Holiday and should be eligible for a direct government grant.
Job Retention scheme, HMRC Time to Pay scheme and the VAT Deferral
Any clubs employing staff through PAYE may be able to benefit through the Job Retention scheme and the HMRC Time to Pay scheme. In addition, clubs may be able to benefit from a VAT Deferral.