RETURN TO COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE ACTION PLAN RECEIVES GOVERNMENT
The RFL's plan for a phased return to Community
Rugby League, developed in partnership with community game stakeholders,
has now been approved by DCMS (The Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport). The phased return is careful and incremental, and
includes the following milestones*
Week commencing 10 August:
Larger group non-contact ‘opposed’ activity including Touch and Tag RL
Week commencing 31 August: The
RFL will conduct a review of current activity ahead of the proposed
return to contact Rugby League training during September
October – Local friendly matches –
contact Rugby League with some rule amendments including the removal of
28 November: Community Rugby League
2020 season ends
1 January 2021: League planning for
2021 season including possible return of local and National Cups
1 March 2021: The return of
Community Game Leagues
All the detailed guidance for clubs will be shared
directly with contacts on Monday 10 August and will be published on rugby-league.com.
Stanley Rangers will continue to safely and
carefully assess all the guidance given and will continue to run small
group activity sessions.
*All milestones remain subject
to amendment should the national public health situation change.
CAREFUL RETURN FOR STANLEY'S TEAMS
Rangers continue to carefully begin group activities with the youth and
junior teams in line with the RFL and Government guidelines. The latest
team to have a group activity was the Under 12s. Coach Mark Talbot
explained that the team had its first non-contact training session with
two groups of 5 boys in each. They concentrated on fitness and carrying
the ball. The lads took on board all the guidance and enjoyed their
session. It's thanks to the coaches, parents and boys that these
sessions can begin again so carefully and safely - well done.
COMMUNITY RUGBY LEAGUE PROGRESS
long-awaited return of Rugby League’s community game is set to be
approved this week. Government sign-off on the RFL’s Return of Community
Rugby League Action Plan is imminent. The phased plan outlines the
return of non-contact Rugby League – including social formats such as
Touch and Try Tag Rugby League.
This phase will be followed, subject to a review led
the RFL’s Clinical Advisory Group at the end of August, by a phased
return to full contact Rugby League.
Marc Lovering, RFL Director of Participation and
“This is a major step forward for the community game
and we were able to share the news with community game stakeholders
first hand yesterday (Tuesday 4 August) via a series of webinars focused
on Community Rugby League.
“When our entire sport was brought to an abrupt halt
in March, some parts of the community game were playing and some were
yet to begin their seasons. We knew then that resumption would be fluid
“We didn’t want to arbitrarily curtail league and
cup competitions too quickly, but instead wanted to work closely with
leagues, foundations and clubs, and to respond to the situation as it
“We have taken a long-term approach to the evolving
situation around the public health and the lockdown of sports, with the
aim of keeping as many options open for as long as possible.
“The impact on the community game has been severe
and, sadly, there will be insufficient time to complete competitions
once full contact Community Rugby League returns. Our focus now is on
supporting clubs with localised friendly fixtures in the Autumn.”
A return to full contact Rugby League would involve
modifications, including the removal of scrums.
BEN TAYLOR - STANLEY POET IN THE NEWS
Former Stanley Rangers player and Royal Navy
Rugby League captain, Ben Taylor, has been in the news with his
Yorkshire Prose poem for the return of rugby league after the
lockdown. Ben is well known for his Yorkshire Prose poems and was
recently interviewed on the radio and by the press - Yorkshire Post and
Wakefield Express - for his latest poem
on the RFL video. Ben visited Stanley Rangers in November 2018 when the
Royal Navy Rugby League team came to Lee Moor to train. Ex-Rangers
players Mark Robinson and Ben Taylor have captained the team and it was
great to see the team in action at our club. The team were playing
against the Australian Royal Navy RL team in the Armistice Challenge Cup
Series which was held at Wakefield Trinity's stadium on 3rd November
You can enjoy the video, produced by Ben Taylor and Ashley
Denton, on the RFL website:
UNDER 15S SAFELY TRAIN THIS WEEK
Our Under 15s completed a safe training session
following the safety measures set out by the RFL and Government
guidelines. Full credit goes to the coaches, parents and the players for
making a safe and enjoyable session. Our junior teams are keeping active
by holding their own zoom training sessions and taking part in the RFL
NEW RFL GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY CLUBS TRAINING
Government has announced today that the UK has moved from Alert Level 4
to 3. The
RFL remains at Stage 2Includes virtual activity and
small group fitness and skills sessions with non-contact with
social distancing measures in place. It remains to be 1 coach and 5
players in a "bubble"
that for Stanley Rangers our Under 15s
are starting up with group activities first , Tuesday and Thursdays from
next week , They have satisfied the risk assessment criteria and put
all measures in place. The other groups are awaiting confirmation and
hoping to return in a few weeks. The younger age groups have been having
zoom training sessions with their coaches and completing the RFL virtual
challenges online. Everyone is keen to get back to play rugby!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Happy Father's day to all dads past, present and future.
What memories do you have of Stanley Rangers Dad/Son/Daughter
At present we have:
- Under 7s coach
Paul with his daughter in the 7s and twin boys in the 13s
- Under 9s coach Dan
Grice with his son in the team
- Under 10s coaches
Neil and Ryan both have a son in their team
- Under 11s coaches
Sean and Chris Sykes both have a son in their team
- Under 12s coaches
Mark and Andy both have a son in their team
- Under 13s coach
Chris has a son in his team and the 9s and coach Paul as above
- Under 14s coach Tom has
a son in his team
- Under 15s coaches Jonny,
Shaun and Tony all have sons in their team and Jonny also has a son
in the 13s
Stanley Rangers is a family club as you can see!
TOTS TEAMS APPEAL
club are looking to expand our Tots team of 3 years old and upwards.
Within the tots, we work on developing core rugby skills into fun,
engaging games which establish a solid foundation for progression into
the junior teams. Training is on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. For more
information please contact Paul Dean ( who is qualified and dbs checked)
on 07476 621661.
Little ones do well in a fun environment and
can learn skills whilst also having great fun.
the lockdown restrictions begin to ease, the RFL have issued new
guidelines on the 2nd June about how playing rugby may resume. Stanley
Rangers are currently considering all the guidelines with the teams.
Here is the
Following Government advice published on Monday 1 June the following
Rugby League activity is permitted:
- Practising of individual skills and fitness activities. #SkillToPlay #FitToPlay
- Taking part in Rugby League activity with your family or people
living in your household
- Skills and fitness activity in groups of no more than six:
Such group activity should comply with social distancing rules
keeping two metres apart at all times.
Equipment including balls must be regularly sanitised.
Hand hygiene practices should be in place.The playing of any games,
small sided or full, is not permitted.
Avoid meeting in groups of six in busy or overcrowded areas where it
is not possible to maintain social distancing.
Rugby League coaches can lead small group activity for up to six
people which includes the coach.
- Coaches must follow the RF''s safeguarding policies at all times
ensuring they remain in sight of another adult, risk assess the
activities and gain consent of the parent/carer if the participant is
under 18. Particular care should be taken when risk assessing activity
for younger age - groups where compliance with social distancing rules
may be more challenging.
- Listen to the views of children and young people about their
- Coaches can organise a session that has more than one group of six
involved in the session as long as the groups are kept separate, social
distancing rules are observed (including how players enter and exit the
facility), and rules regarding use of and sanitation of equipment are
observed and strict hygiene measures are in place.
- If any individual is symptomatic, living in a household with
possible COVID-19 infection or is vulnerable on health grounds the
guidance is to stay at home.
CALL OUT FOR NEW PLAYERS!
Rangers are looking for new players for our teams. Our club has a long
and proud tradition of coaching at all levels with qualified coaches
(DBS checked). we have teams from the Tots at Under 7s right up to the Under 16s
and no experience is needed. Training will begin the week of the
13th January at the clubhouse on Lee Moor so why not come along and give
us a try? If you would like more information email
KEEPING FIT IN LOCKDOWN
The Rugby Football League, in partnership with the national social care
charity, Community Integrated Care, and Leeds Rhinos Foundation have
launched the #ActiveAtHome initiative, for everyone to keep active
during this difficult time.
The #ActiveAtHome project is designed to help
everyone keep active and improve their health and fitness in a safe
environment during the current climate. The new initiative is inclusive
to all so anyone can join in no matter what current level of fitness you
The accessible #ActiveAtHome toolkit incorporates
accessible mobility exercises, stretches and 15 individual exercises and
activities demonstrated by Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Health team that
can be done in the safety of your home. The online resource includes a
step-by-step user guide and a selection of videos to help those taking
Participants can adapt and create their own
workout from the toolkit and each Monday there will be a weekly
challenge or specific exercise to focus on with those taking part
encouraged to share the work they are doing and provide feedback using
MEMORIES OF RAY LAYTON
week saw the 70th birthday of Wakefield Trinity player Ray Layton. Ray
was a former coach at Stanley Rangers in the 1990s. Ray played for
Trinity from 1972-1975 and is in number 780 in the Wakefield Trinity
Heritage Hall of Fame. Around 1991-1992, Ray coached the successful
under 17s team at Stanley and former Rangers player Andrew
Jennings remembers him well. If anyone else remembers Ray or has any
photos of Stanley Rangers teams from the 1990s please email the website.
It would be great to have more photos and memories for the 1990s.
(Thanks to the Wakefield Trinity Heritage Facebook page for this photo
STATEMENT FROM THE RFL ABOUT COMMUNITY SPORT
The RFL confirms no imminent return to action for grass
The Rugby Football League has, following a series of discussions,
announced that clubs, teams, coaches and players cannot expect to
get back onto the field of play anytime soon A spokesman stated: “In
the week since the Government released the Covid-19 Recovery
Strategy, the RFL have held webinars with community clubs,
foundations, match officials, and this weekend the Youth and Junior
“We thank all for attending – and for their continued commitment
to the game. The overriding theme has been a desire to see Rugby
League return as soon as possible – but a recognition that this may
not be possible at community level for some time, and that we must
be responsible in the interim, while doing all we can to maintain
engagement with clubs and the game.”
The RFL cited the Government’s two-stage strategy, viz:
Step 1 of the Recovery Strategy, introduced on
Wednesday and therefore applying now, states the following:
* “People may exercise outside as many times each day as they
* People are permitted to exercise with one person from outside
their own household, and “this means you should not play team
sports, except with members of your own household”.
* Training sessions at community and junior clubs are not permitted.
* Activity that involves opening clubhouses, changing rooms etc is
* The emphasis is on exercising outdoors.
Step 2, to begin no earlier than June 1,
involves “Permitting cultural and sporting events to take place
behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of
large-scale social contact.
The RFL’s statesman reflected: “However the strict conditions
for such events to take place, involving regular testing of all
participants and other detailed guidelines, are well beyond the
community game. “Similarly, the conditions introduced for the return
to training for players that must precede the return of competitive
sport are specific to professionals, given the level of testing and
medical provision required. “The RFL’s approach will therefore be to
keep the situation under regular review – it is fluid, depending on
the public health situation, with the possibility of regional
variations, as well as different approaches for different sports.“We
expect the next relevant changes to relate to the possibility of
exercising in small groups – again, a long way short of being able
to consider a return to contact Rugby League - but perhaps a return
to some Rugby League activity.”
He continued: “We’re deliberately avoiding laying out a
timetable of dates at this stage – it would only be guesswork, and
might undermine the flexibility we will need over the coming
months.“As a general guide, clubs are advised that circumstances
would need to change considerably for a full return until well into
the summer, and possibly the autumn. We will issue a further update
next month.”And he concluded: “Finally, a reminder that the Sport
England Community Emergency Fund has been temporarily paused for new
applicants, to allow Sport England to work through the backlog of
those who have already applied – and that the Fund, initially £20m,
has been topped up with an additional £15m.“You may also have seen
some activity on social media over the weekend regarding a new
initiative for clubs – a plan to arrange a schedule of Virtual Game
Days, to help maintain team and club spirit at all levels.“The
initial response to some trials has been positive, and we will be
providing further details in the near future.”
WELL DONE CHARLIE!
weekend, Wakefield Trinity's Facebook page launched a competition for
children to draw a picture of Daddy Cool, the Trinity mascot. Charlie
Bateman who plays for Stanley Rangers Under 8s won and the prize is a
first team kit for 2020. Charlie can't wait to get back playing.
congratulations from all of us Charlie!
NEW SHIRT ON SALE ONLINE
Rangers in conjunction with Stag Sports and NHS Charities Together have launched a new shirt to
support the NHS during the coronavirus epidemic. It costs £24 for an
adult size and £20 for a junior shirt. A minimum of £8 per sale will be
donated to the NHS Charities Together Fund for Local Projects.
These shirts are UK manufactured and has our Stanley Rangers logo on the
front and the club name on the back. To buy the shirt follow the link
below to the online Stanley Rangers shop and support the NHS with this
RUGBY LEAGUE'S BIG EVENTS POSTPONED
the 21st April the RFL made the following decision about Rugby
League’s two weekend events, which have now both been postponed.
Super League’s Magic Weekend and the Championship’s
Summer Bash have both been called off due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Magic Weekend was set to return to Newcastle on the weekend of May
23-24, however, the ongoing lockdown has forced Super League officials
to trash plans. But there is a hope that the event can remain in some
guise later in the year.The same applies for Summer Bash, which was
scheduled to take place on the weekend of May 30-31 at Blackpool’s
Bloomfield Road. The RFL hope the concept can be used once play resumes.
“It’s regrettable that Super League has had to make
this decision – but in light of the current situation, it is sadly
unavoidable,” said Super League chief executive Robert Elstone.
“Our fans will be disappointed because they were all
looking forward to returning to Newcastle; however, Magic is still
firmly in our plans for 2020, with St James’ Park, at a later date, one
of the options being considered.”
An RFL statement read: “The concept of a round of
fixtures being played at a single venue at some stage in 2020 – whether
in the Betfred Championship and/or League 1, or the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup
– remains one of the possibilities in the wide variety of options in the
contingency planning being considered by the RFL and the clubs.”
Tickets already bought for Dacia Magic Weekend in
Newcastle will be transferable to a later date at St James’ Park, or an
alternative venue depending on when the season restarts.
HAVE FUN WITH SKILL TO PLAY
schools are closed and there are no training sessions or matches for our
club, there are plenty of fun ways to keep fit and improve your rugby
skills in your own garden and in the house. Take a look at the
video posted on the Skill to Play Week 4 for some great videos posted by
adults and children having fun and practising touch down skills (Tom
Johnstone's flying touch downs have influended lots of players!)
These vidoes are also available on YouTube at
The RFL have launched a new online resource
called Skill to Play. Here is what it's all about:
Rugby Football League have launched the #SkillToPlay online initiative,
which showcases some of the game’s finest players and helps children and
young people to emulate the skills of their heroes. Freely available
via rugby-league.com and Our League, #SkillToPlay inspires children
through a range of exciting skills and drills, including how to
touchdown like the Tommies (Johnstone and Makinson), and run like Regan
Grace. At the heart of the #SkillToPlay programme are resources to
help young players discover the freedom and confidence to try new ideas
and express themselves through ‘free play’. And there are great prizes
on offer for the best and funniest videos submitted using
the #SkillToPlay hashtag."
MORE NEWS FROM THE yORKSHIRE JUNIOR AND YOUTH LEAGUE
The Board of Management of the YJYARL have decided
that all fixtures for all age groups of the YJYARL will be suspended
until the 18/19 April at a minimum. Nearer to the time. advice issued
will be taken into consideration when deciding to resume fixtures.
RFL STATEMENT ON SUSPENDING FIXTURES DUE TO COVID-19
Following on from the Government's statements on
the situation on coronavirus, and the statement issued by The RFL and
Super League clubs today the Board of Management of Yorikshire Junior
and Youth ARL have issued the following statement:-
"All YJYARL fixtures for all age groups will be suspended until
18/19 April at a minimum. We have added two weeks to The RFL issued
date to take the Easter Holidays into account. We will then take
into consideration any advice issued nearer to the time to resume
We advise clubs to refrain from training for the time being –
following the latest government advice to avoid all non-essential
The Discipline Hearings scheduled for 23rd March are cancelled.
We appreciate that this is an unsettling time for all clubs, in an
ever changing situation. We will communicate with clubs should
MIXED RESULTS FOR OUR TEAMS
The Under 15s had a good win against Upton U15s
32-18 on Sunday in their first game of the season in Division Three. The
Under 14s lost out to Milford in a tough match 6-60; the Under 13s lost
out to 3rd place West Bowling 16-32 and the Under 12s travelled to
Lindley Swifts, losing out 42-12.
CURTAIN RAISER FOR OUR JUNIORS ON FRIDAY'S WAKEFIELD TRINITY CUP
done to our junior boys who played in the pre-match tournament at Belle
Vue on Friday night before the Challenge Cup game against Bradford
Bulls. As always our juniors did the club proud!
THIS WEEKEND'S FIXTURES
The Under 15s begin their season with a home fixture
against Upton Under 15s on Sunday 15th March; the Under 14s will be
away at Milford also on Sunday. The Under 13s will travel to West
Bowling on Saturday 14th and the Under 12s also play on Saturday and
will be at home to Lindley Swifts U12s. Out junior teams will be
busy as well with the Under 11s playing at Crigglestone All Blacks
U11s; the Under 10s are also away at Newsome Panthers Juniors U10s;
the under 9s are playing on Sunday 15th at home against Silsden U9s;
the Under 8s are away at Dearne Valley Bulldogs U8s also on Sunday
and finally our Under 7s will have a home game against Newsome
Panthers Juniors U7s. Good luck to all our teams!
MIXED RESULTS LAST WEEKEND
The Under 12s had a good win against Whinmoor Warriors on
the 7th beating them 22-18 in a closely-fought game. In other matches
the Under 14s lost out to Silsden Storm 6-52, whilst the Under 13s lost
out to Dewsbury Celtic 14-24.
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
This Saturday - 7th March - our first game at home
is the Under 13s who take on Dewsbury Celtic U13s, kick off at 10.30am.
Then at 11.30am the Under 11s play at home against Sharlston Rovers
U11s. The only game on Sunday is the 11.30am match between the Under 14s
at home to Silsden Storm U14s.
WEATHER AFFECTS START OF THE SEASON
Only one of our teams managed to play at the
weekend, owing to the bad weather. The Under 12s began their season in
Division Five with a home game against Hunslet Club Parkside U12s. In a
free flowing game they were beaten 16-50 but played with great
enthusiasm and commitment.
This coming weekend, on Saturday 7th March, the Under 13s are at
home to Dewsbury Celtic and the Under 12s are travelling to Whinmoor
Warriors. On Sunday 8th March, the Under 14s will be at home to Silsden
NEW SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND
season starts this weekend for our junior and youth teams. Today the
Under 12s will be playing at home against Hunslet Parkside Under 12s at
the pitch at the club. The referee has stated that this game can go
ahead. On Sunday the Under 14s will travel to take on the Fryston
Warriors Juniors, kick off 10.30am.
The younger teams will begin
their season later in March.
Good luck to all our teams!
BIG WIN FOR THE UNDER 13s
The Under 13s had a great win beating Normanton Knights 66-0 in the
Wakefield District Cup. The Under 15s game against Upton was
WAKEFIELD DISTRICT CUP GAMES THIS SUNDAY
a busy day this Sunday - 23rd February - with two home games for our junior teams in the
Wakefield District Cup. At 10.30 the Under 13s take on neighbours
Normanton Knights Under 13s and then at 11.30 it's kick off time for our
Under 15s against Upton Under 15s. Come on down to Lee Moor and give the
lads your support!
The season for the junior teams will begin
next weekend and the younger teams will start again in March.
COACHING STAFF WANTED FOR UNDER 16S TEAM
Stanley Rangers are looking to recruit a Level 2 coaching and team
manager for the already established Under 16s team. If coaching badge
needs updating or obtaining we can also negotiate this. We are also
looking for new players for the team - School year 11 - to add to the
team. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Stanley Sports and
Social Club. For more information please contact
The Under 16s are a keen and
dedicated team who will be pleased to have new players so why not come
along and try out?
100 CLUB NOW FINISHED
Stanley Rangers 100 Club has now closed so any
members should make sure they have cancelled any standing orders or
UNDER 13S LOSE OUT TO HUNSLET
The Under 13s played at home against Hunslet Club
Parkside in the quarter final of the BARLA Yorkshire Supplementary Cup
and lost by the narrowest of margins 10-16.
UNDER 13s CUP MATCH
New Year everyone and we kick off with the Under 13s taking on Hunslet
Parkside Under 13s in the quarter final of the BARLA Supplementary Cup, kicking off at
11.30am on Saturdsy 4th January at Lee Moor. Your support would be
really appreciated by the team so please come along and give the lads a