Town's lady rugby players back in action on Wednesday nights
TRAINING sessions for ladies at Barnard Castle Rugby Club have moved up a level and to a different evening following new rules regarding coronavirus.
Members have been carrying out socially distanced fitness training in the past couple of months on their training pitches on the upper Demesnes to keep in shape since the lockdown.
However, following rigorous Covid risk assessments ladies’ training has moved to Wednesday evenings from their usual Thursday slot due to additional safe guarding measures.
Joint lead coach Paul Davis said: “We’ve moved to stage C of the RFU’s Covid restrictions, enabling us to play touch rugby so we’re starting to concentrate on this during training.”
“The ladies started training a couple of months ago doing fitness but we have changed to Wednesday so it is a designated ladies night following safeguarding rules and so there is ample space at the club afterwards.”
During sessions members are split into “bubble groups” and any balls used are kept within the group. The equipment is regularly sanitised throughout the sessions and a comprehensive risk assessment is recorded for each training night.
The move to Wednesday evening has had the added bonus of attracting a few extra bodies to help with coaching, providing tips and tricks on ball handling and passing skills.
Mr Davies added: “We still have had a few more ladies joining.
“Now we have gone to stage C we can introduce more touch-based skills and handling skills.”