Wed 17 Mar 2021 10:49

Further to the Government announcement on lockdown relaxation and the issue of the RFU roadmap we are pleased to advise you that training can commence from March 29th Outdoors.

Obviously, this has to be conducted to already given guidelines and others are expected to be issued before March 29th, these will be focused on Covid Testing.

Other protocols that previously existed re Risk Assessments etc will be in accordance with those in place prior to lockdown.

Ian Smith has recently taken over as the Club Coaching Coordinator for Yeovil Rugby Club. With the announcement on Friday 5th March of the revised ‘Return to Rugby’ plan, Ian thought it would be an opportune moment to highlight some e-Learning training opportunities that are available which will help to prepare/refresh you as coaches and players for a return to rugby.

Cost: free
Duration: 30mins eLearning
Open to all players, coaches, parents
Minimum age: 15

This course explains what concussion is, how it happens and what individuals can do to help players avoid injury and return safely to play following a concussion.  

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Tackle safe
Cost: free
Duration: 30mins eLearning
Open to all players, coaches,
Minimum age: 14

Competence in tackling and taking a tackle is critical in developing a safer and more enjoyable game. This course helps to support safe, effective coaching and officiating of the tackle.

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Cost: free
Duration: eLearning
Open to all players, coaches, parents, volunteers

Activate is an injury prevention exercise programme that can be integrated into training and pre-match sessions. Exercises are designed to improve functional and core strength, balance and agility, helping players with the game’s physical demands. Statistics show a reduction by 59% in concussions from following the Activate injury prevention programme.

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All three of the above courses and plenty more can be found on the RFU website.

Any questions please feel free to contact:

Ian Smith Club Coaching Co-Ordinator :

Rugby Safe Officer Louise Crawford-Clark :

A return to rugby is very exciting for us all and we can't wait to get back to it, however, with this long break from the game it is more important than ever to make sure we return to play/training as safely as possible. There are a few CPD courses available to ensure we are best prepared.

In the next few weeks Ian is hoping to establish the needs of you as club coaches and players and be able to signpost you to relevant courses and continuing development. If there is anything you would like to know re coach development, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Please note these are suggested courses to take part in after the break in training and have been suggested with the your safety in mind.

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