Bond University Rugby Community Update 03/20
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To The Bond University Rugby Community
 


As we continue to head into uncharted waters with the COVID-19 situation changing daily, I would like to reassure you that the Bond University Rugby Club continues to be proactive in our management of these unprecedented events and the care of our Rugby Community.

As the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison said in Parliament earlier this week, 2020 will be the toughest year of our lives.  We are going to face some uncomfortable times, with many of our usual decisions taken out of our hands. 

There is still strictly no rugby training nor competition at Queensland Premier Rugby level. Bond University Rugby, along with the other Queensland Premier Clubs and the QRU are currently working on a number of competition models. Bond University Rugby understand the importance of a Rugby season in 2020, for our players and the greater community and we will continue to drive this outcome.  We will continue to work closely with the Government, Rugby AU, QRU and Bond University, taking the best advice to prioritise the Rugby Community’s well-being.  I hope to be able to share further information in the coming weeks regarding a strategy to return to train and, ultimately, a return to play date in 2020.

I am very proud of the staff at Bond University Rugby, for their care and united approach to the changing landscape. For some time now, it has become less about rugby training, and more about the people in our great Club.  We have identified some Psychological, Financial, Physical and Social, challenges to our Rugby Community, and we are working with the people of influence within our Club to identify those at risk, and provide a strategy to support them, (primarily for, but not limited to, the players, coaches, volunteers and staff).

The playing group at Bond University Rugby Club earlier this year collectively decided on a Trademark. The Trademark, quite simply, consists of key values with a set of behaviors for which we are all accountable for daily. The Trademark however, is only valuable if we live it.  As leaders of this fantastic group of people, we will model, challenge and reward these behaviors.

 

The Bond University Rugby Trademark:

TRENCHES

Relentless       Determined   

UNBREAKABLE BOND

‘US’ Team First Mentality / We Fight to Win /

We Have the Conversation / We Invest in Each Other

Bond University Rugby Club, right now, is in the TRENCHES. We have made a pact to invest in each other and have the conversation, regularly. The Club and the players are determined to support each other so when the Queensland Premier Rugby season structure is confirmed, we have a Readiness to Return. I invite you all into the Trenches with us, to seek help if required, to have the conversations and to fight to win. Together we will all have an UNBREAKABLE BOND.

What is the Club doing to address the challenges I mentioned above?

PSYCHOLOGICAL: We have broken our playing group into 7 groups in each of our Colts, Women and Senior Men’s programs with a player leader. Each of our player leaders were elected by their peers at the beginning of the year. The only criteria. ‘The person who models our Club Trademark the best’. What better time than a time of crisis to challenge our leaders. The leaders have the opportunity now to demonstrate these leadership attributes, with the support of the Club.

Just last night during an online meeting with the 22 leaders they discussed their responsibility as leaders of these groups. The discussions centered around, encouraging communication flow to the Club, responsibility for regular conversations with members of their group and driving the player engagement strategy on which we have all worked hard. Most importantly, they identified their role in having conversations and identifying players ‘at risk’ and advising our staff accordingly.

FINANCIAL: last weekend, the Rugby Club purchased a pig from ‘Bowds’ Butchery’. We spent Saturday making this into portion packs of roast, chops, spareribs, cubed pork … and of course some crackling. This is available for no charge to those in our Rugby Community that are suffering financially. Please reach out to us here at the Club, we can help. We will continue to offer this if this proves to be helpful.

PHYSICAL: We are determined to continue to support our player group by providing access to the following through our various online platforms during this challenging period:

- Individual Strength and Conditioning programs (Gym and home sessions)

- Live online Bullet-Proofing sessions (Body Weight, Yoga, Triggering and Rolling) at 6AM each weekday morning run by our Rugby Staff

- Rugby Whiteboard sessions running online weekly by our Coaching Coordinators

- Competitions across our groups to promote Club engagement


SOCIAL:  At this difficult time, I invite you to follow us through social media and you can view some of the exciting engagement pieces designed to enhance our stakeholder experience.

The Rugby Coaching Coordinators, our Rugby Administrator and I will continue to work throughout this epidemic based at the rugby clubhouse office or when necessary, from home. The Club is ready for lock down and we are confident that we have systems in place to monitor and support the people in our Club. We are determined to drive these projects, listen to our Rugby Community and provide further solutions.

If you would like further information on what is happening at the Bond University Rugby Club, if you need help, or if you can help those in our Rugby Community, we are very grateful and encourage you to reach out to us.

I will continue to keep you updated and I truly believe that the Bond University Rugby Club with its relentless support from our rugby community, will emerge from this experience with a readiness to return, as a united group, with an even stronger UNBREAKABLE BOND.


Yours sincerely,

Luca Liussi
Director of Rugby
Bond University Rugby