Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 15:00
CEO Laurie Dalrymple provides an update following Premiership Rugby announcing a proposed restart date
I hope you and your loved ones are fit and well – the last three months have been remarkably challenging for us all.
I hope you are equally encouraged by the announcement from Premiership Rugby (PRL) of their intention to resume the 2019/20 season on 15th August.
I am pleased to share a short update with you as we take our first careful steps to return to play, with the staggered return to training of our squad next week.
The government recently set out their proposed approach for professional elite sports to return to training and then subsequently to play. This week, the Professional Game Board (PGB) gave their go ahead for Premiership Rugby clubs to train (Step 1), under a very strict set of guidelines.
I am pleased to say that we will begin to bring our players back to Surrey Sports Park from next week, in line with these guidelines as we build up their fitness and reintegrate the players with each other, whilst carefully meeting social distancing guidelines.
These are incredibly carefully managed first steps and I cannot underestimate the lengths that we are taking as a Club to ensure the health and welfare of our players and staff as they return.
While this is an extremely welcome first step, there is a lot of hard work and planning to be done to then work with key stakeholders to progress to Step 2, full contact training ahead of Step 3, the return to competition in August.
We will use the next few weeks to build up the strength and conditioning programme to ensure the players return to the recommended condition for competitive sport.
We then await confirmation from PRL and PGB about the exact dates for Step 2 and Step 3, including details on how we will conclude the 2019/20 season.
There has been much media speculation about how and where this might take place but at this point we await official confirmation. We will of course share this information immediately with you when we know more.
At this stage, we are just very happy to take our first steps to return and have an August date to work towards.
We will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that we adhere to the guidelines, support our players and staff welfare and collaborate with the relevant authorities to smoothly move us forward through the 3 steps to return to play and look forward to getting back on the pitch to complete the season.
I realise like us, you will have many questions regarding when you will be able to attend to see Quins back on the pitch. If you have Match Tickets, Season Tickets or Hospitality for any of our remaining matches in 2019/20 season, please read our update provided last week on our contingency plans, should the matches be played behind closed doors.
At this stage we await PRL confirmation, but to note that all tickets remain valid for the rearranged dates, once confirmed.
Looking ahead to the 2020/21 season, it is unclear what impact the completion of the 2019/20 season will have on the start date of next season. We again await PRL confirmation and will of course share this information with you immediately.
Our 9th June deadline to renew Season Ticket Memberships remains in place for existing Members, whilst supporters can continue to buy a Season Ticket for the first time right up until our first match of the 2020/21 season.
Should the new season be affected in anyway by the on-going impact of coronavirus, we will immediately contact supporters and adapt our plans accordingly.
Thank you again for your incredible support over these challenging times – I speak on behalf of everyone at the Club to share how much it inspires us as we move forwards and we can’t wait to see Quins back soon!
Chief Executive Officer
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