UPDATED 27 JUNE 2020

We’re really excited to be finally getting back out on the paddock and looking forward to seeing the kids running around, having some fun.

COVID19 return to play protocols
In order to keep everyone safe and to comply with the requirements of the Victorian government, we have prepared a Return to Play (RTP) plan in conjunction with the City of Boroondara and Rugby Victoria. Under our RTP plan, every player, coach and parent/carer is required to adhere to the following safeguards.

Should I be at training?
– Do not to come to training if you are unwell or have been unwell in the previous 14 days or been in contact with a known or suspected COVID19 case.
– Any person with respiratory symptoms, even if mild, must have a medical clearance before returning to training.
– Any players who are returning to training after suffering a confirmed case of COVID19 are required to consult their doctor regarding a staggered return to exercise.
– Any players, coaches or parents/carers who may at be higher risk from COVID19 (elderly, pregnant, immune compromised) are advised not to attend training sessions.
– Any players, coaches or parents/carers who live in one of the declared COVID19 ‘priority suburbs‘ (hotspots) are asked not to attend training until their suburb is remove from the hotspot list.

Before training
– We ask all players to observe good hygiene practices, including a full body wash before and after training (at home).
– While toilets will be available at the Clubhouse, we ask families to make use of the toilet at home before training, so as to minimise the use of Clubroom toilets.
– Each child is to bring their own water bottle. Water bottles are not to be shared.
– Please remind your child of the basics: don’t train if unwell, use hand sanitiser when directed, have fun!

When I get to training
– Players and parents/carers are not to congregate before or after training sessions, please follow the ‘get in, train, get out’ rule.
– On arrival at their designated zone your child will be greeted by a coach and asked to use hand sanitizer.
– Your child’s attendance at the training session will be noted for contact tracing purposes and shared with our landlord, Auburn High School, but strictly observing the Club and the School’s privacy policy.

Throughout the session
– Please remind your child to cough or sneeze into their elbow if needs be, or better, carry a tissue with them.
– If your child is feeling unwell at any stage, they are to inform the coach who will contact the Club health officer to accompany the child to their parent/carer.
– A reminder again that water bottles are not to be shared and use of Club toilet facilities is to be minimised during training sessions.

After the session
– Players and parents/carers are not to congregate before or after training sessions, please follow the ‘get in, train, get out’ rule.
– We ask all players to observe good hygiene practices, including a full body wash before and after training (at home).
– Any attendee to a training session that subsequently is confirmed to have contracted COVID19 is to advise the Junior Club President as such (your privacy will be strictly observed). The Club will then work with the Department of Health for the purposes of contact tracing.
– We will thoroughly wash and disinfect all equipment (rugby balls and cones) ready for the next session.

Parents/carers
– Only one parent/carer should accompany their child/ren to training.
– Parent/carers are required to remain at training throughout the session, consistent with the Club’s Child Safety Policy.
– Please observe at least 1.5m physical distance at all times, no handshakes or contact of any sort.
– All attendees with smart phones are encouraged to install and switch on COVIDSafe app during training sessions to assist with contact tracing if necessary.

Compliance
In the interests of keeping everyone safe and ensuring it is possible for us to continue training over the coming weeks, we ask that you and your child/ren strictly adhere to the RPT plan requirements as outlined above. Any player or parent/carer not complying with the RPT protocols will be asked to leave the training session and may not be allowed to return to training for the duration of the COVID19 restrictions.

If you have any questions regarding the RPT protocols or our RPT Plan, please do not hesitate to contact us.