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2021 Season – Return to Play

Hi Everyone! As Pirates continues to navigate Covid-19 and a 2021 season, we have filed our Return to Play program with Rugby Alberta. At this time, we are planning to run whatever type, length, and age divisions of rugby offered to us by Rugby Canada, Rugby Alberta, and under AHS allowances. At this time, under Phase 1, all sports activities are still on hold. We will continue to update everyone as Return to Play progresses. Make sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds for club updates, upcoming fundraisers and fun content. Pirates misses our community and club and we can’t wait to get back in action. Thanks.

2020-2021 Board and Executive Announcement, 2020 AGM
The 2020-2021 Board is as follows, please welcome everyone into their positions!
President – Amelia Maureen
Treasurer – Alexa Fleming
Secretary – Michelle Maycock
VP Senior Men’s Rugby – Steven Monteith
VP Senior Women’s Rugby – Karlee Walters
VP Facility – Jenn Bird
VP Social – Adam Fransoo
MAL’s – Rhys Jones and Jasmine Murphy

Positions of Vice President, VP Juniors, VP Development and a MAL position remain vacant, however any interested party can apply for these positions at any upcoming board meeting or by contacting an Executive member. The first meeting of the new board will be Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm at the land, socially distanced and please wear a mask. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please see the 2020 AGM Minutes for review.

AGM – October 4, 2020, 2 pm
Pirates AGM will be held online Sunday, October 4th, 2020 @ 2 PM. Please click the following link to join:
In order to vote or run for positions you must be a member, so please purchase your social membership if you haven’t already done so. Memberships can be purchased for $35 by e-transfer to
All positions are up for re-election this year with the exception of treasurer. We will need lots of help next year coming out of a pandemic so please consider running for a position.
2020 Pirates and Social Memberships
After the announcement of the Rugby Canada, ARU and ERU return to play requirements, Pirates has decided to not run an 2020 season. Very few clubs within our cohort have had their return to play plans approved. Activities allowed under the return to play plans have to be less than 60 minutes, non-contact and with a small cohort of all registered players who have completed a questionnaire beforehand. No social activities are allowed at all. There are strict requirements for quarantine, testing and tracking which require significant input and volunteer time. After polling active members, we do not believe there is the desire among the membership to submit a return to play plan for 2020. We support this decision by our players to respect and maintain their safety during this time.
Although the Pirates will not be returning to play this season, you can still show your Pirate pride and support the club by purchasing a social membership! A social membership allows voting at the AGM and drink specials (which will be carried forward into the 2021 season). Most importantly, purchasing a social membership supports the clubs and helps offset some of the losses incurred during this difficult time. In addition to not having player memberships this season, many members are unable to volunteer their time to assist in keeping the club running. Please consider purchasing a membership show your support this season.
To get a social membership for the 2020 season, please e-transfer $35 to Please include your full name in subject/message line, if not clear from your email address.
Thank You Pirates, see you in 2021 (or sooner for socials!)
Upcoming Special General Meeting – July 19, 2020
Please be advised that the Pirates will be having an online Special General Meeting on Sunday July 19, 2020 at 2pm about the proposal by the Ellerslie Rugby Park Board of Directors regarding future planning and consideration of the sale of ERP. This meeting is for the membership of Pirates Rugby to gather, discuss proposal details and vote on proposal. The position of the membership will be represented by the Pirates President or designated proxy at the ERP General Meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
Meeting Details:
Sunday, July 19, 2020 2pm MDT
Meeting Platform: Google Meet
Accessing: To join the video meeting, click this link:
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 587-798-9890 and enter this PIN: 382 001 917#
To view more phone numbers, click this link:
Membership status: Due to the current status of the 2020 season, a member who is considered eligible to vote at the Special General Meeting includes those holding an active 2020 membership and anyone who held a paid membership in the 2019 season. If you are unsure if you were a Pirates member in the 2019 season, please email to inquire. If you did not hold a membership in 2019 and would like to gain membership for this meeting, you may purchase a 2020 social membership. To purchase a social membership, please e-transfer $35 to prior to the July 19 meeting (please include your full name in subject/message line, if not clear from your email address).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Special General Meeting, please email them to Kate Childs at


2020 Season Refunds

As we await further updates from Rugby Canada regarding a possible return to play plan, Rugby Alberta has released a memo related to refunds for this season. If you have registered as a player for this season and wish to request a refund, please do so through your SportLomo account and by June 15. 2020. Detailed instructions and further information on this refund process can be found in the link below.


New Partnership with SkiptheDepot!

Pirates is proud to be partnering with SkiptheDepot! We know you all have been hydrating during quarantine and the empties have been piling up. SkiptheDepot will pick up your empties and either you get your deposit back or it can be directly donated to the club. Click the picture below to download the app and schedule your pickup today!

High School 7s Cancellation

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic response, the annual Pirates High School 7’s tournament has been cancelled. If you have previously submitted a deposit for your team, please contact Angela ( to have the cheque returned by April 30, 2020. All cheques that have not been requested to be returned by this time will be destroyed. Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all back at the 2021 event.

2020 Pirates Update – April 18

We continue to follow the directive of Rugby Canada with the indefinite suspension of all sanctioned rugby activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, in-person training sessions, matches and tours. This difficult decision was informed by the orders of our national and provincial health authorities and reflects a commitment to the health and safety to all members of the rugby community. Further communication regarding if a season will occur and in what capacity, will be delivered no later than June 30, 2020.

As all clubs grapple with navigating this unprecedented situation, we will continue to engage our membership and remain a strong Pirates community. Although the absence or a reduced season would have a substantial impact on the financial wellbeing of the club, we will continue to operate in a fiscally responsible manner. We project running a larger deficit in our budget this year than in previous years. While we have funds to sustain the operations of the clubhouse, we are actively planning how to mediate the additional loses and member assistance will be vital. Ways in which members will be able to continue to remain engaged with the club and contribute include: participation in fundraising efforts, purchase of social memberships, and contributing your time, services, or skills in any capacity. We will continue to provide updates on these opportunities and welcome feedback with further ideas from members.

Thank you to everyone for your continued understanding and support of the Pirates. Please feel free to contact myself or any other member of the executive if you have any questions or concerns.

Kate Childs

President, Edmonton Rugby Football Club (The Pirates)

Rugby Canada Webinar – Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Rugby Canada is pleased to announce we are offering a free webinar to the general public with our National Senior Men’s Team head coach, Kingsley Jones, titled “What I Learned from the Rugby World Cup – Trends of International Rugby.” As the Canadian community looks to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, please join us this Thursday, March 26 at 1pm EST / 10am PST for an opportunity to connect with Kingsley Jones as he shares his insight from the 2019 Rugby World Cup and takes some questions. Please find all of the relevant information below:

‘What I learned from the World Cup – Trends of International Rugby’

Kingsley Jones (Rugby Canada Head Coach – Men’s XV)

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

10:00am (PST) 1:00pm (EST)


Anyone with problems registering, please contact Nathan Abdelnour (

Stay tuned for further announcements in the coming days and weeks with some additional content presentations. On behalf of everyone at Rugby Canada, we hope you are all doing well, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.