In these uncertain times, everyone is seeking answers and advice on how to manage the coronavirus situation.  As you will already know, we have unfortunately had to cancel our popular Dorking Kid’s First Festival; and after the Government’s new instructions on 16th March, as well as the RFU’s announcement regarding the suspension of all rugby activity in England until 14th April, we wanted to ensure that you, our club members, are kept as up to date as possible with the current state of play.

How we will keep you informed

A dedicated web page has been created at to provide you with information about COVID-19.  This includes information on symptoms, social distancing, self-isolation and any specific club updates.

Rugby at Dorking

All planned fixtures and training, club-wide, has been suspended until 14th April, at which point we will be taking RFU guidance on the next steps.  This encompasses all teams - senior, youth and social including touch.  Festivals, pop-ups and tours have also been postponed.

Access to the Club

With the current advice on social distancing being to avoid pubs and clubs, the bar will be closed during this time.  The gym will be accessible, however it should only be used under social distancing guidelines.  All equipment needs to be cleaned down thoroughly by users after workouts, using provided cleaning sprays and disposable cloths (which need to be thrown away immediately).

All external activities and groups using the clubhouse as a base have also been cancelled for the foreseeable future and any updates on this will be communicated directly via them.

It is essential that we are mindful of the guidance currently being provided and adhere to it.  The safety of everyone in our community is paramount.  Please be mindful that even if you don’t have symptoms, you may still be carrying the virus, and although you may not be at risk of long-term harm, there are people in our club that may be more vulnerable. 

For those of you self-isolating, don’t feel ‘cut off’, join the Dorking Rugby Facebook Group if you haven’t already – we’ll try our best to keep you in the loop and engage in some chat.  For those of you simply social distancing, why not lend a hand to those who are isolating by offering to drop of a food shop?

Let’s pull together as a club to help and support.  Stay safe.

Kind regards,

Shaun Hammond
Chairman, Dorking Rugby Club

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