This page will be updated regularly with the latest developments and new resources.
On April 29th, the Swiss Federal Council decided that sports activites can resume, under strict restrictions, from May 11th, if the relevant national sports federation has created an accompanying Return-to-Play Concept for the Protection of participants and their communities.
Suisserugby has accomplished the very challenging task of creating and submitting such a concept, with the support of a group of medical and technical experts, within a very short deadline, and the concept has been accepted by the Swiss Government (BASPO/OFSPO).
Download the full Return-to-Play concept for Rugby in Switzerland:
On May 27th, 2020, the Federal Council has announced an alleviation of the measures to combat the Coronavirus in Switzerland. This is good news for our sport.
RUGBY TRAINING: STARTING FROM JUNE 6th, Rugby Clubs can resume normal training activities, so long as they follow the conditions described in the Directives below:
In addition, each club must fill out a “Protection Concept” for its own training activities:
The club must keep the concept on hand in case of inspection by the authorities during training.
COMPETITIONS: After a conference call with Swiss Olympic and the OFSPO/BASPO, it has been confirmed to us that rugby competitions are not yet allowed from June 6th, but will be allowed to resume in the form of friendly games from the end of June or beginning of July. The authorities will confirm the exact date for this, in the middle of June.
PLAYER WELFARE: To ensure player welfare and minimize the risk of injury after a long pause, clubs and players are encouraged to follow the Suisserugby Return to Play guidelines above. With the latest announcements by the Federal Council, clubs can move directly into Phase 3 of the Return-To-Play concept on June 6th. By returning to training activities with light contact for a few weeks, players can prepare themselves for a return to full contact later in June (Phase 4) and to friendly matches in July and August (Phase 5).
We have prepared a 1 Hour & 5 Minute Training session programme for kids' training, including exercise videos and examples. Download the Programme here:
Kids' Rugby Training Session (English)
Entrainement pour enfants / Ecoles de Rugby (Francais)
Trainings Programm Kinderrugby (Deutsch)
VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-MIQe3WBvCZIaLt5EYQbvr4j2pjfLy7E
Please note that all these activities are optional, and no clubs or players are obligated to return to training and to play if they do not feel ready to do so.
We are confident that we all can take our own responsibility and work together on the implementation of these concepts, to create a fun, safe, and healthy environment for all our participants.
Swiss Olympic has a lot of documents and information available for athletes, sports clubs, and federations, to address the COVID-19 crisis:
World Rugby has also created a number of resources to address the COVID-19 crisis, available in several languages:
Suisserugby is participating in the national communication campaigned launched by Swiss Olympic. The clubs, too, are invited to participate.
This campaign, entitled #StayInYourClub, aims to support all sports clubs in Switzerland by encouraging their members to remain active and engaged. In fact, some of them are in great difficulty because their activities have been suspended and they continue to have to bear many costs. The aim of this campaign is therefore to make members aware of the need to remain in solidarity with their club.
The Swiss Rugby Union encourages all Swiss clubs to participate in the campaign.
Find all the information, graphics, and links in the Campaign document, you can download here:
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