You’ll be pleased to hear that U16 training will be starting again this Monday evening (24th August). As mentioned elsewhere, there are restrictions in place on what we can and cannot do and we’ll be asking you to follow some procedures that are different from what you might be used to. Please bear with us.

Firstly, and most importantly if any player is feeling unwell, or any of their household has any of the symptoms of Covid-19 (including, but not limited to high temperature, persistent dry cough, loss of the sense of smell or taste), they must NOT attend training.

The U18s and U16s are both training on Monday, but have staggered start times to prevent unnecessary mixing between groups and coaches. In addition to the staggered start times, we’ll be using different parts of the pitches.

U18s should arrive at 6:55 pm for a 7:00 pm start at the clubhouse end of the Second XV pitch. U16s should arrive at 7:10 pm, for a 7:15 pm start and should head directly to the Carlops Road end of the First XV pitch, ideally entering from the Bog Road. Hand sanitiser will be available, but if players have their own that will be preferable. All players will be expected to hand sanitise before and after training. Coaches will ensure that shared equipment is cleaned before and after training too.

The clubhouse will not be open and there are no toilet or changing facilities available. Players should arrive changed and ready to go. Contrary to the normal situation, Mouth Guards MUST NOT be worn and should be left at home. Players should bring their own clearly-marked water bottle.

We’ll also be keeping a register of attendees to assist should there be any requirement to Track and Trace. In this regard it is essential that we have up-to-date contact details so please make sure that you have filled in the online Membership/Permission forms which can be found at https://www.penicuikrugby.org/membership-form.

Training for each group will continue for around 1 hour, at which point players should leave immediately, maintaining social distancing as per government guidelines.

These measures are all designed to protect everyone involved – players, coaches and the general public. We hope that they will not affect training too much and may be relaxed in the fullness of time. In the meantime, thanks for your cooperation and we look forward to a good turnout. It will be good to be back.

Andy