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RFL Community Club Update 31st December 2020


Important information regarding RL Activity in Tier 3 & 4 restrictions


Following yesterday’s Government announcement that the majority of the country will move into Tiers 3 and 4 we wanted to provide a reminder of Tier implications for community rugby league.

The four-tier system of restrictions is now in place to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

There are different restrictions, depending on what alert tier an area is in:

  • Medium (tier 1)
  • High (tier 2)
  • Very high (tier 3)
  • Stay at home (tier 4)

To find out what alert tier your area is in, click here and enter your postcode.

A live list of the areas that fall within each tier can be found on the government’s website.

Please see below for guidance on what can and can’t be done in each Tier.

·              Clubs in Tier 3 can, from the 4th January, recommence training in accordance with our Return to Play plan issued on the 17th December.  This allows the introduction of limited contact into training in the first 2 weeks of January and then full contact in week 3 and 4.

·              Clubs in a Tier 4 area should cancel any upcoming adult training.

·              Rugby League activity in Tier 4 areas can continue for U18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020) and people with a disability as exemptions are in place.

·              Government advice on sports activity in Tier 4 areas is here.

Please see below for a reminder around travel in each tier:  

Adult Rugby League

·              Adult players living in Tier 3 can only travel within their own specific Tier 3 area to train or play. (See above for Government website areas)

·              Adult players living in Tier 3 cannot travel into another Tier 3 area (or other Tiers) to train or play (which includes their own club if it is in a different geographic area).

·              Adult rugby League is not permitted in Tier 4. 


·              Under-18’s may, due to Government exemptions for U18s, travel across tiers 1-3 to train or play and can be accompanied by one parent or carer.

·              Under-18’s players in Tier 4 may only travel within their specific Tier 4 area to train and may only be accompanied by one parent or carer.


·              Volunteers (including coaches) may travel across Tiers 1-3, where necessary, to enable participation to take place. However, to protect all involved, we strongly recommend this is kept to an absolute minimum.

·              Volunteers (including coaches) living in Tier 4 should only travel within their specific Tier 4 area to enable participation to take place for U18s ONLY.

Local Restrictions

We are aware of one local authority, Kirklees, that have amended their definition of close contact.  Our Medium Risk activity (Touch, Tag etc) has been defined, by Kirklees, as a close contact so in the event there are any positive cases players may be asked to self-isolate.  This is something Clubs will need to consider.  

It is essential that Clubs review and comply with any local authority restrictions.

Sport England FAQ’s

Sport England have updated their frequently asked questions which may assist you.  These can be found HERE.

Whilst this is once again disappointing that further restrictions have been introduced it is important that we ensure we follow the government guidelines and our own guidelines which can be found HERE.

As always, we will continue to update you when we receive further information from Government.

Best wishes

Kelly Barrett
Head of Delivery - Community Game Competitions

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