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19 March 2021

As the rugby community across the province starts to plan for a safe and measured return in the coming weeks and months, in-line with the planned easing of government COVID-19 restrictions, Ulster Rugby is today launching its new ‘#URgame: Your Game, Your way’ campaign.

Following many challenging months for clubs and schools across the province, Ulster Rugby is marking this next chapter in domestic rugby by launching its new ‘#URgame: Your Game, Your Way’ campaign. Designed with all of those involved in the sport at grassroots level in Ulster in mind, the campaign aims to help everyone make a safe and enjoyable return to action, in accordance with the latest government health advice.

A series of new and engaging rugby and non-rugby programmes for participants of all ages and abilities will be rolled-out as part of the #URgame campaign, supported by the IRFU’s #ReadyForRugby programme, which launched earlier this week.

Ulster Rugby’s Head of Rugby Development, Chris Webster, said:

“It’s encouraging that we’re looking towards taking the first cautious steps back towards rugby pitches across the province. This new campaign aims to provide clubs and schools with the tools and support they need to do this safely, whilst enjoying coming back together after a long and difficult period for everyone.

“A special thanks goes out to all of our clubs, schools and volunteers for their continued hard work and support in such challenging circumstances, and I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing work behind-the-scenes from all of our Rugby Development staff.

“#URgame, in conjunction with the IRFU’s #ReadyForRugby, is about providing clubs and schools with a structured, fun rugby offering that suits them, while keeping our communities safe as we navigate our way out of COVID-19 restrictions.”

For the latest #URgame information and assets from Ulster Rugby, visit: #URgame

Clubs in NI and ROI are reminded that no collective training is permitted under the current NI Executive and Government of Ireland guidelines, and we are awaiting further updates around what will be permitted in terms of rugby training from 12th April in NI.

For the most up-to-date information from the NI Executive for clubs operating in NI, visit: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

For RoI clubs, visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/c4876-covid-19-resilience-and-recovery-2021-the-path-ahead/

Clubs should familiarise themselves with the IRFU’s #ReadyForRugby Rugby Roadmap, and re-commence the COVID-19 safety planning stage ahead of any return to action. COVID-19 Safety and Compliance Officers are encouraged to attend the IRFU’s #ReadyForRugby Support Webinar: ‘Considerations For Updating Your COVID-19 Safety Plan’ on Tuesday 23rd March at 1pm (registration link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-1).