Well, here we are in June and the SRU have announced that we are now in Phase 1 of the return to playing rugby. Unfortunately, closer inspection reveals that Phase 1 is “No organised rugby or training. Clubhouse, changing rooms, gym, toilets and all other rugby facilities to remain closed. Stick to the Scottish Government rules on social distancing and meeting up with each other (2 households, maximum of 8 people)”, so nothing more than a label on top of what we are currently doing. Fortunately, we’ve got Robbie‘s collections of old (and not so old) people’s contentious Team Selections to debate to keep us amused.

Sadly this season’s Fun Awards Day has also fallen victim to the social distancing restrictions, but we’ll be announcing the mini and midi section awards through our social media next weekend (Saturday 13th June) so watch out for our winners there. We’ve had a lot of great work done in the youth section again this season, even though it was cut short. A big vote of thanks needs to go to all the coaches who have worked so hard throughout the year.

Because of the coronavirus restrictions, it is highly unlikely that we’ll be able to meet up again in the next few weeks. As a result, the Management group have taken the decision to delay the club AGM. We currently hope to be in a position to call this years meeting to order on Thursday 30th July. However, this is obviously subject to Government guidance. We’ll keep the situation under review and will make a formal announcement closer to the date.

Finally, even though the SRU pronouncement is effectively “no change”, we are in the process of making plans for when we are allowed to re-open. This is surprisingly complicated, with health and safety risk assessments required for changing rooms, toilets, the bar area etc., “traffic flows” to be designed to ensure compliance with distancing rules and plans for how training sessions will be run and how the facilities will be cleaned between uses. If anyone is in charge of this sort of planning for their work environment, we’d be delighted to hear from you so that we can draw on your experience and expertise. Please let us know how you can help, if you have the skills and are able to do so. It will be very much appreciated.

If you have any questions about anything described above or any other aspect of the running of the club, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via social media or by emailing us at info@penicuikrugby.org.

In the meantime, stay safe everybody.