Community rugby league clubs set for return to action

The clock is rapidly ticking down to the point where social Rugby League returns -12 months since the coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of all activities.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 11:13 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 11:18 am
Monday (March 29) will mark the beginning of a phased return towards full contact Rugby League. Picture: SWPix

For many, Monday (March 29) will mark the beginning of a phased return towards full contact Rugby League.

This phased return includes four weeks of training, a fortnight of friendlies from April 24 and a resumption of competitions from May. 8.

The community game did return briefly and partially during autumn 2020 – now it is hoped that Rugby League is back for good across the entire sport.

Social and non-contact variations of the game, such as Touch RL, Try Tag RL and X-League, will also resume from this day, while Masters Rugby League is expected to return when members are finally allowed to socialise more freely off the pitch.

During the downtime, more than £10million has been invested into grassroots Rugby League via CreatedBy, the RLWC2021 capital grants programme dedicated to improving playing environments and creating more opportunities for people to get involved in the game.

The RFL director of participation and development, Marc Lovering, says:“By the end of this month Rugby League, in all its variations and at all levels, will be back.

''It has been been a long time, but finally we can all look forward to enjoying the game we love. Clubs and their volunteers have done a fantastic job over the past 12 months in extremely challenging circumstances.

“We still have to be on our guard. Covid hasn’t gone away and we need to be vigilant.

“We learned a lot from the trial games last autumn and I’m grateful to the clubs and competition organisers involved for helping us demonstrate to government that we can provide a safe environment within Rugby League.

''It’s important now that we continue to do so and that we don’t fall at the final hurdle. We are almost there, but just two positive cases at a single club could set us right back.”

Information about all variations of Rugby League, including Touch and Try Tag, is available on the RFL website at rugby-league.com.

More information about community Rugby League is available on the RFL website at rugby-league.com/community-game