Premiership Rugby clubs have been busy supporting their communities in recent weeks following the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
With the number of confirmed cases worldwide now totalling over 1.4 million, many countries have introduced certain measures to prevent the spread of the virus, with some communities more affected than others.
Premiership clubs have now lent a helping hand in an effort to make an impact in their communities.
To highlight some examples of how they have been making an impact:
- Bath Rugby have launched an educational online Kids’ Zone dedicated to helping parents keep kids entertained on lockdown
The club will bring their young supporters exclusive competitions, challenges with a rugby twist and give a bit of help with learning at home. Bath Rugby Kids Zone
- Bristol Bears have led community projects in the city including helping Shave Donate Nominate, and running NHS and Bristol City Council ‘stay home’ videos
The Shave Donate Nominate sees the nominated team member choose to either shave their head or choose to grow their hair until the Bears return to full training back on-site.
To support our NHS, #BristolBears are proud to join the shave, donate and nominate campaign 💇
Our players and staff have 2⃣ choices if nominated:
🪒 Shave it off and donate
👩🦰 Grow hair and beard until we're 🔙 in training@JonThom82, you're first up... 👇 pic.twitter.com/yLMkei4zgU
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) March 26, 2020
- Exeter Chiefs have given £100,000 to Exeter Community Wellbeing a new support service which has been launched in the city
Exeter Community Wellbeing will offer help and support to communities, including those individuals who are self-isolating as a result of the virus.
- Gloucester Rugby are offering support for local businesses and supporting firework displays in eyeline of the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for their staff
- Harlequins supporters are following workouts designed by the Club’s athletes and coaches on social media, and embracing the practice of mindfulness with the team's in-house specialist
🏋 Missing the gym? Our S+C team and @Maximuscle are here for you.— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) March 30, 2020
🗓 Each day we will post specially designed workouts for you at home.
💪 Give this upper body routine with @eddylea a go.#COYQ #ExerciseAtHome pic.twitter.com/7o5GEzdbCO
- Leicester Tigers are offering free parking to NHS staff in the stadium’s car park
- London Irish with partner Powerday are delivering more than 100,000 meals to NHS hospitals, with a minimum of 500 meals every day being prepared at the club’s training base
- Northampton Saints medical staff have volunteered with the NHS Sale Sharks have provided free home learning resources for primary school children, free remote physical activity plans for care homes, and safe delivery of essential groceries
- Saracens have launched Lockdown Letters which has seen players and staff write to people in Feltham Young Offenders, and HMP The Mount as part of their Get Onside campaign
- Worcester Warriors players have been running deliveries for housebound fans. The Foundation team have been keeping in contact with those who would normally attend the weekly Tackling Dementia Sports Cafes at Sixways and in Kidderminster to provide social engagement.