We have now largely completed a demanding phase for Hereford RFC where we have taken the necessary actions to close down or suspend rugby activities due to the flooding crisis and now the Covid 19 pandemic.
Where possible we have taken many cost reducing measures and changed our working practices to adapt to the lockdown where required.
We are moving onto the next phase which requires us to get operations running, along with turning our attention to how we manage the transition back to what a ‘new normal’ might look like for Hereford Rugby Club.
This is, of course, currently an unknown quantity; but we are working through trying to predict and forecast what the future may look like, as well as taking the very real opportunity to introduce changes that would be good for the game and Hereford RFC generally.
We are scenario planning to try to predict in which cases habits and behaviours will return to what they were before the pandemic, but also try to predict where changes brought on by the COVID-19 crisis might become the ‘new normal’.
Our members, supporters, sponsors, players and all who engage with Hereford RFC at every level, may form new and permanent habits and come back to us with different expectations, needs or demands.
For example, some of the questions we are working through are:
Lastly, and importantly!
The committee are energised to play our part in supporting the refurb and modernising of the clubhouse and changing rooms following the floods. The very generous donations via GoFundme, Hereford Council, Sports England, North Midlands RFC and many other donations of time and product will go a long way to help us achieve our end goal.
We will continue to do the right thing where each new opportunity presents itself.
Whilst this is a daunting list of issues to be addressed, what remains unclear is timing.
We don’t know when we will be able to move towards those solutions as the course of the virus remains uncertain, but what is certain is that we have specific plans in place to be utilised as and when required.
Our mindset must be exclusively on taking the opportunity presented to bring about lasting change and long-term benefit to rugby!