October half-term rugby camps go ahead despite COVID

Children aged six to 16 can still enjoy rugby this half term thanks to our coaching camps.

Held between the 26th October and the 30th October, at various rugby clubs, our camps offer the opportunity to learn and develop new and existing skills.

Young players on our sports camps can expect to work on passing, kicking, evasion, and a variety of other skill sets. They can be sure to find something for them; whether they’re a forward, back, or maybe not sure yet. 

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We have also introduced COVID-19 preventative measures at all our camps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. 

Here’s what we’ve done to prevent the spread of COVID at our camps;

1 - Social distancing and smaller groups.

We are adhering to the government laws (the one meter plus rule) for social distancing and are also following the RFU guidelines. 

All our coaches will encourage children to social distance where possible when not playing. During a session, contact will be limited and games without the need for contact have been introduced. 

The RFU has authorised a maximum of 10 players per group to take part in coaching sessions and there will be a limit of 15 minutes per session for contact training.

2 - Hand sanitiser.

All our camps will have hand sanitiser readily available to all players, parents and coaches. We encourage the use of hand sanitiser before, during and after play. 

3 - Equipment cleaning.

The equipment we use at our camps has been cleaned and sanitized before each session. It will also be cleaned during the course of the day and after, for the following day.

4 - Temperature checks.

Where possible we will check the temperatures of all camp attendees. Should anyone have a high-temperature reading we will regrettably request they do not participate in all activities at a camp.

5 - Track and trace.

We are able to provide our own bespoke track and trace system. Our camps are not currently subject to the NHS track and trace. 

Should a case occur at one of our camps we will immediately contact the other participants to inform them of the outbreak.

6 - FUN.

While not an actual preventative measure for COVID-19 we still want to encourage all camp attendees to have fun! 

At their age - especially the younger players - they should not worry about the circumstances which have led to them not being able to play rugby. Instead, they should just be allowed to focus on enjoying the game. Let Lions and our coaches deal with the rest!

There you have it. All the ways we are preventing COVID at our camps. Since we started coaching again, back in August, we have not had a case yet. We are doing all we can to keep it this way.*

We really don’t want this virus to be the focus of our camps and, as point six explained, let us make it a fun half term for your rugby-loving kids!

Lions October half-term camps are as follows; 

Old Whitgiftians RFC - Minis (U7s-U12s) 28/10/2020 - 29/10/2020

London Scottish - Minis (U6 up to U14s) 27/10/2020 - 29/10/2020

Guildford RFC - Minis (U7-U12s) 26/10/2020 - 28/10/2020

Teddington RFC - Minis (U7-U12s) 26/10/20 - 28/10/2020

Teddington RFC - Juniors (U13-U16s) 28/10/2020

Wimbledon Warriors  - Minis (U7-U12s) 29/10/2020 - 30/10/2020

*Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that this will be the case and as such we will not be held liable for any instances of an outbreak of COVID-19 on our camps. 

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