Welcome to the Club's Playing pages.

At Basingstoke Rugby club we have over 400 children and well over 100 senior men and women playing rugby on a Saturday and Sunday, and training mid-week on Monday to Thursday evenings.

For information about all aspects of playing, coaching or refereeing, please see the menu on the right here: enjoy your rugby !


Until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19 the team environment will be quite different. Every person involved in a rugby team or game will have a responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Personal hygiene, self-isolation with significant symptoms, social distancing, group numbers and restricting travel are the most effective means of prevention of the spread. In the team environment you will need to be even more careful to avoid exposure and spread.

Outlined below are your responsibilities that will remain relevant until a vaccine is developed.

Your 10 Rules of Engagement for safe management of COVID-19 are:

  1. Education - familiarise yourself with the measures being implemented by your Club.
  • This document is supported by a statement which your Club will need you to read.
  • In the interest of your own safety and that of your colleagues, you will need to follow these guidelines
  • We are all in this together – teamwork is key in our sport, its everyone’s responsibility to stay safe
  1. Daily screening - until further notice you will be required to:
  • Assess yourself for symptoms before leaving home. This will require you to identify if you have had a high temperature or fever overnight or if you have developed cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or you are feeling unwell. If you do, you should remain at home, contact your team doctor or primary care doctor.
  • If your temperature is above 37.5C you should NOT come to training. If your temperature is checked at the club and is found to be above 37.5C, you will be sent home and advised to contact your team doctor or primary care doctor.
  1. Adhere to hygiene rules
  • More frequent hand washing, regular disinfection of heavily used areas and surfaces and the use of gloves can reduce the risk of infection. In some situations, such as in the gym (when open) or during meetings, the use of face masks should be considered.
  • At home you should also either sanitise or wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap (or use a hand sanitiser) whenever you go and come from your house
  • Avoid touching high-contact surfaces such as door handles, public computer keyboards etc.
  • Use hand sanitisers which should be available on entry and in all rooms at your Club
  • Avoid spitting, bring a sweat towel for personal use
  • Use the crook of your elbow or a tissue (always dispose of used tissues) when coughing or sneezing
  • Do not share water bottles or use team water bottles
  • Do not use communal nutritional supplements
  1. Observe social distance rules – office, gym, medical room/ training field (when non-contact training)
  • A distance of at least 2 metres between the people present helps to significantly reduce the probability of virus transmission. Due to the movement involved in sports, the distance should be kept at as generous a distance as possible.
  • Office, gym and medical room facilities (when open) should be arranged to facilitate at least 1m separation between individuals. Dispersion of respiratory droplets is aided by ventilation. Where possible any communal areas should be well ventilated.
  1. Reduce body contact to a minimum
  • Shaking hands, clapping hands, embracing and cheering or mourning in a group is to be completely avoided. Until distancing measures are reduced, physical contact (including competitive games) must be avoided, so initially only individual training can take place.
  1. Change and shower at home
  • The use of changing rooms and showers in sports halls and sports clubs are suspended until further notice from your Club.
  1. Temporary suspension of car pooling
  • While social distancing measures are in place, the sharing of cars for training and competitions should be avoided – unless travelling with an existing housemate. The use of minivans is equally unsuitable. Your Club will apply specific policies for travelling to matches when competitive rugby resumes.
  1. Refrain from events such as general meetings and celebrations
  • In order to comply with the distance rules, no social events should be held.
  • While social distancing remains, team meetings should be held outdoors or in spaces which allow for 1 person per 4m2
  • Other options include digital/online meeting resources
  1. Reduce the size of training groups
  • While social distancing and public gathering restrictions are in place, teams will need to train in small groups which are aligned to government measures in place at that time (eg groups of <5, <10).
  • When small groups train, sessions should be staggered with no overlapping between groups. Smaller groups limit infection risk, and should an infection occur, the number of people who need to potentially quarantine is limited.
  1. Where possible, outdoor activities are safer
  • Sports and exercise in the fresh air make it easier to keep to distance rules and reduce the risk of infection through the permanent exchange of air.

 All participants agree to comply with all instructions issued by the Club and its COVID-19 Manager in respect of all processes, further testing and attendance at the club.






  1. This protocol is designed to provide a safe platform for your groups to Return to socially distanced, non-contact training: there is no rush no-one is under any obligation to return to training, and coaches in vulnerable households or with vulnerable family members will need to consider that and communicate that to their respective coaching teams, particularly for youth teams where we have minimum adult - child ratios to fulfil.
  2. Stick to the rules, however annoying/inconvenient. We are all in this together and making it work is vital to our club’s future. All coaching teams will be supported to deliver safe, well-organised sessions. Every opportunity will be given to adapt training sessions to best fit the needs of the players; training space and timings will also be clearly communicated but guidelines will be expected to be followed strictly and consistently throughout the club to ensure a risk managed approach. If anyone has any difficulties with the agreed protocol, they are invited to discuss this with their Chair of Playing, who will bring suggestions and feedback to the Return to Rugby Review Group (DL, SC, TF, MA, SW). The Return to Rugby Protocol will be reviewed on a weekly basis for the first 4 weeks in order to make any necessary changes/adaptations as Government/RFU Guidance allows. If you are having any difficulties with any part of the operational protocol please consult with your Chair of Playing so we can keep our messaging consistent across the club. (We are here to support you.)


Currently, sessions will be for a maximum of 6* people in a training group. Maximum of 4 groups of 6 persons on any one pitch area or equivalent training area. Social distancing of 2m to be observed at all times wherever possible. Older players and adults can operate in groups with the coach overviewing from outside the training area. Younger players may require the coach to be inside the training area and therefore be part of the training group number (5 players, 1 coach) – in this case NO ROAMING between groups is allowed during the session.

(*current permitted group size at Phase B of Return to Rugby Roadmap)

For those who wish to return to play, training sessions can only commence once the Club Committee has confirmed all resources are in place; in any event the earliest this will be is w/c Monday 20th July for groups of adults and Sunday 26th July for youth teams. We will require all groups providing training to ask their attendees to register for the session in advance (so we always know how many are due to attend) and an attendance list of names will need to be kept for every session held (retained for 3 weeks) to assist with Track and Trace systems should anyone become unwell. Our overall consideration must be to keep you all safe; we intend to review these sessions and make adjustments to the protocols if needed and according to any Government/RFU advice, as we learn and move forward, so please be patient.

Use of equipment: all initial training will be non-contact/low impact conditioning training to allow everyone to ease back into the game and reduce risk of injury. You may use balls and cones but the equipment bunker under the stand will remain out of bounds for the time being to reduce the Covid transmission risk – pads should not be necessary at present and we can all cope without ladders, ropes and poles.

Balls and cones should be disinfected before and after sessions (more frequently if required) – a large container with a suitable disinfectant solution will be provided each training session. A table with a hand sanitiser will also be present close to the training area, ALL players and coaches must sanitise hands immediately before and after the session. This is particularly important for those coaches bringing/taking equipment from home.

There must be NO close physical contact (no huddle, no handshaking, avoid touching face, and if space allows increase social distancing between players during heavy exertion).

We would request that every player comes well prepared for the session, changed ready to go, brings their own water bottle, sweat towel, hand sanitiser if preferred and keeps their belongings pitch side at 2m distance from other players’ belongings. There will be NO sharing of water bottles or any other personal equipment except for those in the same households. To help minimise the washing of bibs/headbands, your Team Manager may ask you to come dressed in light/dark training kit to assist in training games. If bibs/headbands are used during training sessions, these must be washed after every use.

Coaching staff may be wearing masks, particularly if they are more vulnerable and choose to do so, but this is not compulsory.

Your temperature may be taken on arrival at the session. If your temperature is above 37.5C you will be sent home and advised to contact your primary care doctor.

A qualified First Aider will be required at every session: the First Aider will be responsible for checking that all players are feeling well/have had no Covid symptoms prior to training and checking there is an accurate attendance list for the session (which may be compiled by them or by another member of the coaching team or Team Manager). Should anyone be injured or become unwell during the session, requiring the First Aider to come closer than 1m+ to assist, the First Aider must wear gloves and, if close contact with the face is required, may wear a mask/visor to do so, and may request that the injured player puts on a mask whilst any assistance is given. The First Aider must make a note on the attendance list of any players assisted in this way. If anyone displays any symptoms which, in the First Aiders opinion, resemble those of potential Covid infection*, the player will be isolated immediately and the incident will be reported to the Club Rugbysafe Officer Sarah Whatmore, who will advise the First Aider and follow a reporting procedure which may involve recommending a Covid test and reporting through the Track and Trace system.

(*Please note current Emergency First Aid recommendations (link below) which advise chest compressions only [no rescue breaths] where CPR is required.)

Arriving and leaving the session: the club may need to nominate specific car parks on busier session times, please look out for these instructions and comply if we are asking you to park in the Club car park, Stratton Park, the athletics club car park, or the hockey club car park in order to keep all our players as safe as possible. In observing the distancing rules, we may also need to advise a one-way route for entering and leaving the respective training areas, please also observe these requests.

No spectators or additional people will be allowed at the sessions but parents of children under the age of 12 are asked to remain at the site at an appropriate distance. Parents/carers are permitted to observe a session at a distance from a safeguarding perspective but must observe social distancing guidelines.

The Cage pitch is currently out of use until 15th August but when it becomes available again please note use of the stand should be avoided and players must not put their kit in the stand. If the stand needs to be used, the group using it is responsible for the clean-down procedure: please advise your Chair of Playing so that cleansing procedures/72 hour quarantine can be deployed for the safety of others. 

On finishing your session, players are asked to vacate the premises as soon as possible to avoid interaction with any groups arriving for the next session.

Please note: the clubhouse may NOT be open during August pre-season training except during Bar Takeaway service times


To attend a training session, you must follow these three steps:

Step 1 – Confirm to your team manager that you have read and understood these notes and the World Rugby Rules of Engagement (link below). You will not be considered for a session until we have received this confirmation from you.

Step 2 – You must book attendance in advance through your Team Manager, so we can ensure we can manage the numbers – please be prompt with your confirmations as Team Managers will have to organise numbers according to the amount of players we can accommodate in any one session – this will be made clear by your team manager and will be guided by space sharing, light conditions, adequate numbers of coach/player ratios.  Your Team Manager will confirm your attendance at their session or let you know if it is full.  

Step 3 – Prior to leaving home, you must assess whether you have (or exhibit any symptoms of) COVID-19 (high temperature or fever, a new continuous cough or new unexplained shortness of breath, unexplained loss of taste or smell) and if so, you should remain at home, inform a medical practitioner and the BRFC RugbySafe Officer Sarah Whatmore on safeguarding@basingstokerfc.com, while following current Public Health guidance:



You must not attend a session unless:

  • You have been confirmed for that session by your Team Manager
  • You have assessed and confirmed that you
    • have no ‘Covid 19 symptoms (including a high temperature, new continuous cough or unexplained difficulty breathing, unexplained loss of taste or smell)
    • have not been in contact with anyone who has significant symptoms (if you have, you must isolate for 14 days)
    • have isolated for at least 7 days if you have had symptoms or been confirmed as Covid positive by a doctor
    • are feeling generally well……

If, after completing this check, you feel unwell in any way, please do NOT attend training so we can help protect others. If you think you have Covid symptoms, you should remain at home, inform a medical practitioner and the BRFC RugbySafe Officer Sarah Whatmore on safeguarding@basingstokerfc.com, while following current Public Health guidance.

If you have had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and recovered, you must remain in isolation until two negative antigen tests at least 24 hours apart have been undertaken. Where testing is not practical, have you followed the relevant guidance, advice and instruction from public health and/or government authorities regarding your return to work and return to training. For information about getting a test, see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/


Please read all documentation to ensure that you are fully aware of all protocols and considerations.



  • World Rugby Rules of Engagement – to be signed and returned by all training group leads on behalf of their group
  • RFU Risk Assessment. Fill in, review and update at weeks 1 – 4 during August  Download
  • Return to Rugby – RFU Guidance for Coaches – Phase B at July 2020 (to be updated to Phase C as appropriate when authorised by RFU)
  • St Johns – Advice for First Aiders during Covid 19 https://www.sja.org.uk/get-advice/first-aid-advice/covid-19-advice-for-first-aiders/