It’s with great sadness and disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the Rhinos Challenge at Butlin’s Skegness on 15-18 May 2020. There aren’t many things in life that are more important than Rugby League, but the health and well-being of you all certainly is, by a long shot. The situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now such that, for the first time in 8 years, it simply isn’t possible for an event of the scale of the Rhinos Challenge to go ahead at this current time.
However, all is not lost! The good news is that we also have Butlin’s Skegness booked on the weekend of 4-7 September 2020 to stage the Rhinos Challenge. Teams who would like to switch their registration from the May festival to the September festival, now have the option to do so.
£30,000 ESF EVENTS FAMILY FUND:
We understand that there may be families within your group who will be facing difficult times in the coming weeks and months. With this in mind, ESF Events are setting aside a funding package of £30,000 for the September festival. The fund will enable us to support 150 families with a £200 accommodation voucher. We want to make sure this money gets to the families who need it most, so Group Leaders will be asked in good faith, to submit applications to ESF Events. To be fair to all teams, we recommend a maximum of two vouchers per team. We hope this fund will enable as many families and teams as possible to join us on tour at the September festival. We know how much the children are looking forward to the Rhinos Challenge experience, so we want to do everything we can to support our loyal customers at this time.
GROUP LEADERS – WHAT TO DO NEXT:
1) SWITCH YOUR REGISTRATION TO THE 4-7 SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL:
If you would like to switch your team’s registration to the 4-7 September festival, please email ESF Events at firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 April to confirm. ESF Events will then email instructions to the Group Leader, which will enable your families to switch their accommodation booking to 4-7 September.
It will be possible to make alterations to your booking. If, for example, a family booked for the May festival cannot attend the September festival, they will receive a full refund. It will also be possible to add new families, who could not attend in May but can attend in September.
The accommodation prices will remain the same as the May festival, for teams switching from May to September.
ESF Events will email Group Leaders an application form for the ‘£30,000 Family Fund’ in due course.
2) CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION AND RECEIVE A REFUND:
If your team decide they do not wish to switch to the 4-7 September festival, please email ESF Events at email@example.com to confirm the team wish to cancel their registration. Your families will not need to take any further action, Butlin’s will automatically issue a full refund within 28 days of receiving this email, for accommodation payments made.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to contact Butlin’s directly.
If Group Leaders need any further information, or would like to arrange a call back to discuss any of the information above in further detail, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our sincere best wishes to each and every one of you, your extended families and friends. Stay safe, keep well, and we look forward to catching up with you all again soon at the Rhinos Challenge.