England Colleges RFU
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The opportunity for the game and its stakeholders to drive growth and make a significant impact in the colleges sector is as large as it has ever been. The investment and focus on the sector by all sporting bodies and governmental agencies is a measure of the importance attached to it.
More than 800,000 16-18 year olds currently receive their education in colleges, which is twice as many than at secondary schools. The number of rugby players and potential new players in the college sector will continue to grow as more and more people enter colleges for their education.
With Rugby World Cup 2015 on the horizon, rugby union will grasp this opportunity; the development and growth of college rugby and its role in the game as a whole is now a major identified focus area.
The four-year Strategy for England Colleges Rugby Football Union (PDF 5MB) (ECRFU) will be aligned to the six key drivers that strengthen our member clubs and grow the game in the communities around them:
- Recruitment of new players: broadening the reach of rugby union
- Retention of current players: holding on to more players
- Recruitment and retention of coaches, referees and leaders: growing capacity within colleges
- Local community integration: placing college rugby within local rugby networks
- Effective management and governance: modern, proactive and integrated
- Effective and efficient facilities: maximising facility development, use and access
The plan for college rugby will have a single game-wide approach. ECRFU will work in hand with the Rugby Football Union and our partners in British College Sport, the Association of Colleges and Sport England.
For more information on what ECRFU plan to deliver during the 2013-14 season, please download The ECRFU XV (PDF 1MB). This outlines 15 timed actions to be delivered during the season through the ECRFU networks and Regional Representatives.
During the 2012-13 season, the ECRFU expanded their network of representatives across England to gain a greater insight into college rugby in England and to help support plans to grow and develop rugby in the sector. The ECRFU Regional Representatives will play a key role in implementing the strategy for college rugby and in strengthening relationships between the sector, rugby clubs and the rest of the game.
ECRFU Regional Representatives should represent the views of each regional college network and help share best practice in order to increase participation and build capacity. They will be involved with developing competitions, establishing effective communication networks amongst stakeholders and building relationships with local rugby clubs and organisations.
If you have information to share with ECRFU or would like to become more involved with rugby development in your regional college network, please contact your closest ECRFU Regional Representative (PDF 200kB).