COVID-19 President's Update

Update 25/3/2020

Dear Members and supporters,


A quick update in regards to COVID-19, the rugby season and the club.


As you will be aware all community rugby has been suspended until the first week of May.  In light of current events this date does seem optimistic, however we can only go by the advice received and as such we are planning for a return to rugby activities from this date.  With the situation evolving on a daily basis this date may change, in which case we will keep you informed and continue to implement changes as required.


In the meantime, below is a list of updates which you might like to keep in mind over the next few weeks:

  • Rugby Australia and Member Unions meet each week and provide an update each Friday morning on the situation.  In addition, Rugby Victoria has also formed a Community Advisory Panel which includes a cross section of RV staff, Board Members and Club Presidents to help guide planning for the future rugby season.  We will communicate these updates as they become available.
  •  Rugby Victoria will continue to promote events on social media which are scheduled for later in the year.  These events are subject to change however, as RV are guided by advice from Rugby Australia and State and Federal Governments.
  •  Whilst all group training sessions have been suspended this does not mean that individual training need cease.  Players who feel fit and healthy enough should continue to train individually, and in accordance with Government directives, making use of whatever resources are at hand.  We are currently putting together some individual training programs for our seniors and they will be made available to the squad via their communication group.
  • Smart Rugby qualifications are valid for a maximum of 2 years with some expiring on 1 April 2020.  This mean that if you did your Smart Rugby course in 2018 it will expire on 1 April 2020.  This is minimum requirement for all our coaches but is also a beneficial course for anyone wanting to know about the safety aspects of rugby.  This is a free online course and only takes a short time to complete.  It can be accessed here .
  • Rugby Australia have also released a large amount of educational and training video resources for coaches (or parents).  These can be accessed here and may be of assistance during this break from trainings and games.
  • It is important during this time to maintain the engagement between our members.  The Club has a social media group for our members called Southern Districts Pirates (Community Group) on which our members can post anything rugby, club or community related.  The group has been underutilised in recent years, however I encourage you to make use of it now to stay connected as a club.  All posts and comments are subject to the Club’s Code of Conduct, however I’m confident that our members will use it in the right spirit.
  • Most junior teams also have private social media groups or messenger groups and I would encourage parents to consider using these to help our junior players stay connected to their team mates.  Under appropriate parental supervision, posting video messages, training clips, or challenges to team mates are just some of things that can be done to maintain the engagement of our juniors whilst isolating.


We recognise that this is a stressful time for many and that activities such as rugby may become less important.  Despite this, our rugby community remains incredibly strong and important.  We encourage all our members and supporters to remain connected, to check in with each other and support each other during this challenging time.


If you have any concerns or questions, or would like to discuss how we might support others in our community, then please do not hesitate to reach out to the Committee.


Travis de Gelder


Southern Districts Rugby Club