England Rugby launch new Women and Girls action plan
England Rugby have launched a four year action plan for how to develop the women and girls game alongside their strategic plan.
The action plan acknowledges the growth that the female game so far, and looks to build on that int h next four yeats from 2017 – 2021.
Since 2013 the number of women and girls enjoying contact rugby in England has increased by over 10,000, as a result of campaigns including Pitch up and Play and Inner Warrior.
This huge surge in popularity has seen 300 rugby clubs across England providing playing opportunities for more than 25,000 women and girls each season.
There are currently 512 women and girls teams in England and 27,500 existing players.
By 2021 England Rugby wants to grow these numbers, engaging 100,000 females in rugby and converting 25,000 of those into new player – almost doubling the current figure. In addition, the action plan sets out an ambition to:
- Have active senior women’s teams in 100 more clubs
- Increase the number of active adult women’s teams by 350
- Increase the number of girls engaged in rugby through CBRE All Schools
- Encourage more women to become team managers, volunteers, coaches and referees.
Steve Grainger, RFU rugby development director commented on the success of the game; “Over the past four years our focus has been on working with volunteers in constituent bodies and clubs to successfully grow the numbers of girls and women playing and enjoying rugby.
“We have achieved great growth and exceeded our targets, with some 27,500 female players currently registered.
“Our current achievements are only the beginning and, as evident in the women and girls action plan, we are determined to enable as many women and girls as possible to experience and enjoy taking part in rugby union.”
This action plan comes alongside the news of the return of ‘Inner Warrior’ camps in January.
The camp window will be open from January, 12 to January, 28.
Throughout the last series of Inner warrior camps, over 2500 Women and Girls took part across approximatley 170 camps, producing around 800 new players.
This January, around seven camps will take place throughout Durham County during the 2018 window.
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