What to expect on Sunday

We are delighted that the youth and ladies sections return to St Mark’s on Sunday – as you might expect there are some changes from previous years. The club’s COVID guidelines along with links to other resources can be found here.

Before Training


All attendees to training are required to register on Spond, and accept the ‘event’ prior to attending. Please do not just turn-up without having first accepted the event in Spond. We recommend you download and install the Spond smart-phone app.

Spond will form the basis of the the clubs attendance records and be shared with Track and Trace if requested.


Prior to attending training and matches, all players, officials, volunteers and spectators should undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms.

No-one should leave home to participate in any type of rugby activity if they, or someone they live with has any of the following Covid-19 symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

No-one should leave home to participate in any type of rugby activity if they, have been advised by NHS Track and Trace to self-isolate or has recently returned from a location for which quarantine is required.

Arrival & Parking

  • Sessions have been staggered to allow us to operate each age group within the prescribed guidelines. Please aim to arrive at the pitch no more than 10 minutes before your session time; and depart the pitch-area swiftly thereafter as we need to recycle the pitches.
  • Pitch allocations are on the site as usual twrfc.com/pitch-allocations
  • Parking at the clubhouse is limited (although we’ll try and accommodate as many cars as possible). The top car-park (nearest clubhouse) is reserved for coaches carrying kit; we will be operating a drop-off through the main-carpark. Please park considerately for our neighbours.
  • Please try to limit the number of adults onsite to one/child. When deciding who’s turn it is, then we’d suggest whichever parent is most likely to spend money in the Cafe is the best choice.
  • Where possible follow the government’s safer travel guidelines.

What to Bring

All members are asked to arrive at the club changed and ready to play. The use of any changing rooms or showers is not permitted.

In addition to all the usual items, layers, sun-screen, money to spend in the cafe. Please also make sure your child has:

  • Their own Hand Sanitiser
  • Gum-shield (for U9s and above)
  • Their own water bottle
  • A face-mask (if you want to use the cafe).

Gumshields and Kit


TWRFC Kit is available online from Akuma https://akumashops.com/twrfc (password TWRFC).

Akuma are sending me some sizing samples, which will be available to view on the decking outside the Cafe; along with those items of residual items of stock we still have in the club-shop.

Socks and face-masks are available to purchase from the cafe.


Opro will not be visiting St Mark’s this season, they feel the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from player to dentist and/or dentist to player is too high to be acceptable. As an alternative they are sending out Home Impression Kits.

Parents just need to place their orders over on our website; https://www.opro.com/Catalogue/Shop-Mouthguards and a HIK will be sent directly to their home address.

Boots & Studs

If purchasing new boots please make sure they comply with World Rugby Regulation 12 – the RFU’s guides on boots and clothing can be found here: https://keepyourbootson.co.uk/rugbysafe/rugbysafe-essential-guides-resources/

The Clubhouse, Cafe and Bar

The café will be open and we are delighted to be able to keep you supplied with Teas/Coffees/Hot Chocolate, Martha’s fabulous Bacon/Sausage baps and all the other products we sell form the café.

Unfortunately, upstairs will continue to be off limits for the time being. Downstairs will be open for the use of toilets only and to facilitate the use of the café.

 All members are asked to arrive at the club changed and ready to play. The use of any changing rooms or showers is not permitted.

There are a few rules we need to you to be aware of/comply with when using the Clubhouse and Café :  –

  1. There are hand sanitising dispensers at every entrance. Please use them as you enter the building and observe social distancing when inside
  2. Please do not use the front entrance, even if it is open. Upstairs is off limits for the time being
  3. Please enter the Café via the exterior door and exit down the corridor and out of the glass door. If someone is coming in that way (to use the toilets) please use best judgement to observe social distancing guidelines
  4. No more than one family group in the Café at one time (up to a maximum of three people)
  5. Please wear a face mask
  6. Stand back from the countertop and don’t lean on it. (there is tape on the floor to guide distancing)
  7. Café staff will ask for your name and which age group you are with to comply with track and trace
  8. Queues are likely given the longer time needed to serve people while complying with the guidelines. Please move through the Café as quickly as possible
  9. Use the glass door (facing the pitch) to enter the clubhouse for the toilets but please be aware of point no.2 ..i.e. people coming out of the building from the café.
  10. The deck is open but please observe social distancing guidelines
  11. Bins will be provided for cups etc. Please do not use the dog bin by the gate

If a queue develops for the café could parents please form the queue as per the screen shot below. (the deck doesn’t show obviously)

Next to the cafe we have a new decked area. Although there are a few finishing touches left to do you are welcome to use it, just please observe the current distancing rules & please try not to drop tomato sauce on our lovely new decking.

Weather permitting we will displaying clothing from our new kit supplier Akuma on the new deck. There will also a chance to purchase surplus stock at very reasonable prices.    

Inside the clubhouse you will notice there is new artwork on several of the main corridor walls. We hope you like it!

The Session

Sessions will follow the (constantly changing) RFU and Government guidance. Currently we are at stage D of the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. The club’s COVID guidelines along with links to other resources can be found here.

Key differences being:

  • Sessions will be conducted in groups of no more than 20, larger groups will be split and will not mix. This is one of the reasons we ask you to pre-register in Spond.
  • Equipment will be cleansed on a regular basis (ball – every 15 minutes, other items – between each use). Players will be asked to sanitize their hands every 15 minutes.
  • Session time is limited to 60 minutes for Under 7 & Under 8 and 75 minutes for Under 9 and above. Contact time (for U9s and above) is limited to 15 minutes/session and will happen in smaller groups.
  • Parents are welcome to watch the session (for Mini’s we ask that you do – so you are available to assist your child if they require it); but are asked to maintain social distancing whilst doing so.

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