Oxfordshire is in Tier 4. All Rugby Activity at Abingdon Rugby Club is suspended for now.
Oxfordshire entered Tier 4 of anti-Covid regulations on Boxing Day. All Senior Rugby was suspended from that point. Initially there was a faint hope that organised sporting activity for Under-18s might continue. Yeasterday's update by the Governement, backed up by directives from RFU, and Oxfordshire RFU, make it quite clear that even youth Rugby must stop.
In addition, our bar and social facilities must remain closed.
The Committee, Trustees and Coaches of our Rugby Club wholeheartedly support this decision. It seems only sensible in view of the "new variant" virus prevalent in the area, the increase in cases locally, and the attempts being made to prevent the virus spread.
So many people have worked so hard to maintain the success of Abingdon Rugby Club, on and off the field, since the initial suspension of Rugby back in March. Our Club is confident that their experience gained so far, will allow to bounce back as soon as permitted.
Paul Berrill, M & J Chair, and Ger Coyne, Seniors head coach, along with First XV skippper Lee Tayler already have plans in place for a return to Rugby as soon as circumstances allow. Our Club will publish details, as soon as this happens.
Make sure you give them your enthusiastic support when the time comes.
In the meantime, all players, members, and supporters can do their bit to defeat the pandemic, and help the NHS by following Tier 4 guidelines. This virus thrives on social gathering. Make sure you don't feed it. Stay at home if you can. Stay safe out there.
Hands, Face, Space.