Community Club Update 21st May 2021

Community Club Update 21st May 2021

Please find below this week’s Community Club Update

RTP Protocols

As we have come to expect most of our clubs are following the protocols diligently. With challenges around the new Indian variant, it is important that clubs continue to do so. We are continuing to support clubs to ensure that they do have all the necessary protocols in place and act where significant breaches occur. Teams have been stood down for inappropriate use of changing rooms and more recently allowing players to play who should be isolating. We will continue to take action against teams and clubs who ignore protocols.

School Isolation

Can I also remind you all that if a player is sent home from school and told to isolate then this means they must isolate!  There are no exemptions to leave the house to play sport. 


Several leagues have been in contact expressing concern over poor discipline on and off the field. This needs to improve. After such a lengthy period without playing some mistimed tackles and extra adrenalin might be anticipated but that does not excuse some of the behaviours. Nor does it excuse poor behaviours from adults on the touchlines. Several clubs are likely to be on the end of substantial fines which they can probably ill afford. All clubs should take the opportunity to remind players and parents of expected behaviours.


As a reminder insurance cover remains in place. We are currently awaiting details of the new premiums from the insurers, which we are expecting within the next couple of weeks.

Post-Match Hospitality

Clubs are reminded that offering post-match hospitality, at this stage, is strongly discouraged.

Time Between Activity

As a reminder there must be a minimum of 48 hours between match activity/contact training and the next time an individual/team undertakes match activity/contact training.

Use of Artificial Pitches

Can we place ask that if any Clubs play on artificial pitches, that the following guidelines are followed.

Pitches to be used for community matches should be tested prior to any competitive matches taking place.  Thereafter pitches shall be retested every two years.  A copy of the test certificate must be submitted to the RFL Operations Department

Further information can be found on the RFL website Artificial Pitches Guidelines.

Sport England Club Matters Message

The Rugby League World Cup offers a fantastic opportunity for us to inspire more volunteers to get involved with our clubs. The Rugby Football League and Rugby League World Cup are joining forces with Sport England’s Club Matters Team to create some resources to help with this. Together, we will be creating some top tips documents to help clubs ensure they provide a positive and welcoming environment for volunteers, and to help new volunteers settle in and get the most out of their volunteer experience. 

Once produced, the documents will then be shared with our clubs and volunteers as well as those from across the country via the RFL, Sport England and other National Governing Bodies of Sport.

To help us develop these top tips, we are looking for people to give an hour of their time to contribute to one of two discussion groups. We would love to hear your views and experiences and are particularly interested in hearing from:

  • clubs who have been successful in recruiting and retaining new volunteers.
  • individuals who started volunteering for Rugby League clubs within the last 3 years – whether they were new to the sport or had come through a club’s membership. 

Discussion groups will be facilitated by Sport England’s Club Matters Team and Rugby League World Cup’s Community Volunteer Lead, Leah Allcock. They will last up to 1 hour and will be run on the evening of Wednesday 2nd June at the following times:

  • Session for individuals who started volunteering in the past 3 years – 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
  • Session for clubs who have been successful in recruiting and retaining volunteers – 7.30pm – 8.30pm. 

Places are strictly limited to 16 people per group. Please email Leah Allcock at to express an interest in attending.

Our League Active

We published a blog, from Sandy Lindsay MBE, on Monday, which some of you may have seen.  The article can be found on the RFL website here The Future of Community Rugby League (

During next week we will be providing a further update outlining the benefits.


Participant & Development Team

Community Game Delivery Team