News for 2020

Training Restarting at Hackney Rugby
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Shaun Rooke

We've restarted restarting training, sessions will be every Saturday at 11am and Wednesday at 7:30pm at Spring Hill Sports Ground (E5 9BL). These sessions will be for both male and females and run until Wednesday 19th May when we'll switch to summer social tag rugby prior to 2021/22 preseason training in July. New players are welcome but please contact shaun@hackneyrfc.co.uk prior to attending due to Covid-19 regulations. Changing rooms and shared water bottles won't be available so please come changed ready and with your own water bottles. We'll be gradually reintroducing contact rugby over the weeks after the long lockdown

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Club Statement on trans women in Rugby

Following the recent news that World Rugby are considering banning trans women from playing women’s rugby - Hackney RFC have undertaken a period of education and team-wide discussion amongst the affected teams and make the following statement: "We oppose any blanket ban of trans women playing grassroots rugby. We pride ourselves on placing inclusivity at the heart of our game, team and club. It is our view that the current data available is inconclusive and does not provide any information regarding actual injuries, their cause and how trans players have impacted grassroots women’s rugby. We therefore call on World Rugby to fund more research which will help us to continue to develop rugby as safely as possible for ALL players.

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Training restarts (with a difference)
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Shaun Rooke

Training for the Gladies will re-start training on Wednesday 22nd July. The Men will start on Saturday 18th July. Players wanting to attend training must complete the booking form and the Covid19 Symptom Checker before attending. Links are available in the weekly email to all members. Numbers are strictly limited. We will be working in groups of 5, moving between stations and coaches. Please don't just turn up without filling the necessary forms. Each training session will be broken into two blocks to let us offer sessions to as many players as possible. Initially we will be working with 20 players per block. You can attend both sessions - Wednesday and Saturday. But only one block on either day. Please do not select both blocks on the same day. Duplicate responses on single days will be deleted. It is first come, first served. But we ask if players could initially book one session, then perhaps check back a couple of days later to see if additional sessions are free, this will allow everyone time to book a session each if they wish to. We'll be adding future weeks and notifying all by a weekly email. These sessions will be at Spring Hill Sports Ground (E5 9BL), new players are very welcome, contact shaun@hackneyrfc.co.uk for more details. Unfortunately we're unable to open the changing rooms at this stage and communal water bottles are prohibited so bring your own drinks. Please note that players arriving at training who have not sent a completed form ahead of time will be unable to train. If you have any questions on this please email Morgan: morgan@hackneyrfc.co.uk

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ALL RUGBY ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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Shaun Rooke

Following Government and RFU briefings regarding COVID-19, we're suspended all club activity until further notice We still hope to play some matches if this is lifted and resume training before the summer, stay tuned to the weekly emails and social media for updates

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