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RFU go beyond rugby at Twickenham

12 July 2012

  • RFU to lead exploration of rugby’s role as force for positive change
  • Ian Ritchie, Mark McCafferty and Lawrence Dallaglio on speaking list
Action from the finals day of the Yazoo Tag 2 Twickenham Final at Rugby School

Photo: RFU Archive

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will lead an exploration of rugby's role as a force for positive change at Beyond Rugby, a ground breaking event at Twickenham Stadium on July 24.

Ian Ritchie, the Chief Executive of the RFU, will be joined by Premiership Rugby CEO Mark McCafferty and England's Rugby World Cup Winner Lawrence Dallaglio on a distinguished speaker list at the event. Ritchie and his fellow speakers will join global experts, NGOs and leaders of on-the-ground projects to debate and drive forward the role rugby can play in local communities and in transforming lives.

Ritchie, who joined the RFU in February 2012, said: "I am proud to be part of a governing body that puts community engagement and social responsibility at the heart of its work. The RFU has a rich history of engagement with our communities and we are members of a sport that has played a key role in transforming so many lives.

“New RFU developments such as our All Schools Plan, which will engage more secondary schools to play rugby, can have a huge impact. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences and thoughts at Beyond Rugby.”

Rugby projects have a rich history of success in the field – from the Project Alcatraz programme which was one of Beyond Sport's earliest Award winners to the HITZ programme backed by both the RFU and Premiership Rugby and named in this year's Beyond Sport Awards Shortlist – and Beyond Rugby aims to encourage a sharing of ideas and best practice with a key focus on producing tangible outcomes.