Monday 17th March 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE FROM LUCTONIANS

The following is an update on the current situation at the club after the announcements of the government and RFU yesterday regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Rugby

Rugby at all levels across the country, including training, fixtures and coaching courses has been suspended until at least the 14th April 2020. Specifically related to Lucs this means that the following is all suspended with immediate effect:

Senior Men’s Rugby
 All fixtures including 1st XV National League
All training, encompassing 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U21s and Colts rugby

Mini and Junior Rugby
All activity, including training and fixtures from U6-U16 inclusive

Ladies Touch and Womens Rugby
All training and fixtures

Regarding the rugby itself and the questions many of you will have – When are these games to be played? Is the season going to be finished? How will league placings be decided if games are not played? For now we simply do not know answers to any of these questions but we will be in touch just as soon as we have any further information on this from the governing body or NCA in relation to the 1st XV.

 

As far as our approach goes as a club, we will continue to prepare as if rugby is recommencing on 14th April as currently dictated to us, however unlikely that may be. So for now we will be travelling to Huddersfield on April 18th and hosting Tynedale on April 25th in 1st XV fixtures, but this information and approach could well change in the coming weeks.

 

Tours and Festivals

We have had to cancel the Avara Foods Tagfest (March 25th), the Minis Tour (4th/5th April) and the Anglo-Welsh Mini Festival (19th April).

Fixture Related Events

The Hospitality Tables Days planned for the 21st March and 4th April are postponed at this point in time. We will be in touch directly with information for all those affected by these postponements. Also cancelled is the End of Season Charity Bash which was to follow the game on 4th April.

Other Sports

Following the announcement of the government yesterday, we will be applying the same logic to our other sporting offerings at Mortimer Park as we have to the rugby, so until at least April 14th, all other activity is off, with no exceptions. This includes:

Junior and Senior Cricket
Junior and Senior Rounders
Junior and Senior Netball
Croft Ambrey Running Club
Croquet
Archery
Cycling 
Petanque 

This information will be reviewed and amended as appropriate, but for now we will not be hosting any sporting gatherings.

Club Access information and Other Events

Again following the government’s advice yesterday, the full time staff at the club will be asked to work predominantly from home over the coming weeks up until at least the 14th April. Club phones should be diverted to mobiles so contact should remain in place and all will be available by email as per normal.

We would ask all members to please avoid coming to the club during this time unless told differently. We have a responsibility to play our part in minimising the spread of this virus within our community so please adhere to this.

Our bar and catering facilities will be shut during this period as well so please cancel any meetings that you may have had scheduled at the club during this time.

At present the 200 Club Draw is still set to go ahead, as the draw can be held remotely and does not necessarily need to be done at a home game. We will keep you updated on this in due course.

At present the May Ball looks set to be postponed to a later date in the year, but again we will be in touch with details of this for those with tables booked.

Sundogs Festival is still on at present and let’s all hope by June 19th these measures have all worked and life is somewhat back to normality.

Important

The coming period of time is a huge unknown for all of us. Like almost all businesses world wide Lucs will come under pressure during this outbreak, but so too will almost all of our members, sponsors, supporters and local community.
Remember you are not alone
If any of you are in need of help, as we said with the floods recently, there is a huge community of support in place at Luctonians. You are not on your own. Whether it be somebody looking for help in getting supplies to vulnerable individuals, people looking for work after being laid off or on the other side of it, people looking for workers, after travel restrictions on migrant workers and increased peaks in some industries, we are happy to act as the intermediary at the club. Lucsline will be kept to an information piece over the coming weeks whilst we see this time out. But please get in touch if you can help or need help.
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