Fylde, COVID-19 and re-opening the Woodlands

By June 21, 2020COVID-19, Latest News, News

Despite the cessation of all rugby and social activities at the Woodlands since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, there has been extensive work by club officials going on behind the scenes – socially distanced of course! As we all know, all income streams have dried up whilst we continue to incur overhead costs associated with the Clubhouse and the estate. The Club’s cash and other assets are being very carefully monitored and managed during this period.

Funds from Governmental (national and local) and sporting sources as well as from the Centenary Appeal, are helping us at this tricky time. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of some Members and others in this regard.

Some rugby clubs have announced imminent dates for the re-opening of rugby and social events. These are, of course, subject to Governmental and RFU policies in order to keep everyone involved safe and healthy.

Whilst we are desperate to get back to something like normal, Fylde RFC will re-open only when we receive guidance that it is safe to do so. A detailed contingency plan is guiding officers in this process and a team of people are project managing this. Additionally, some members have also volunteered to support the reopening planning. Risk assessments are a critical element in planning restarted operations.

We are working closely with our hospitality partner Campbell & Rowley to ensure we are ready to go once we get the green light to reopen the clubhouse. Plans for a re-opening event to welcome members back to the Club are being drawn up.

On the senior and junior playing side, serious training and preparation is only likely to begin when we reach Phase C of the RFU ‘Return to Rugby Road Map’.

Ist Team Head Coach Warren Spragg is working hard to assemble a talented and competitive squad which will do the Club justice in National Two (North). News of re-signed players and newcomers will soon be released through our media/digital channels.

Until we are able to restart rugby and social activities, please stay safe and follow Government guidelines. In the meanwhile, the Woodlands Memorial Ground remains closed to Members and the public.

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