- Sportivate award for Staffordshire initiative
- Bartram delighted with award
The Burton Girls Rugby scheme has been honoured as the best in the West Midlands after inspiring more than 50 youngsters to get involved in sport.
The scheme was nominated after getting dozens of girls to give rugby union a try as part of Sport England’s Sportivate Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative. Sportivate gives 14 to 25 year-olds who were not actively involved in a sport the chance to find a sport they enjoy.
The legacy award was handed over to Burton Girls Rugby by England women’s rugby star Emily Scarratt who is one of a team of Sporting Champions who have been visiting Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.
Tom Bartram, RFU Rugby Development Officer for Staffordshire, said: “The RFU is delighted to have been involved in an award-winning project in Olympic year. Rugby prides itself on being a sport for all and women's rugby is an expanding part of the game.
"The Burton Sportivate project has been successful in encouraging more than 50 youngsters who were not previously active in sport to take up rugby and, as a result, they have been enthused by the enjoyment, camaraderie and discipline of playing rugby.”
Claire Greenwood from Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent, the County Sports Partnership added: “The results across the county for Year 1 have been outstanding and the award for Burton Girls Rugby Project is the icing on the cake, and it is a credit to all those involved in organising and coaching the activities that so many young women have got involved and stayed involved. It’s fantastic news.”
Sport England has revealed that 10,122 young people in the West Midlands have benefitted from Sportivate projects – almost 7,000 of them in the past three months alone - as Olympic excitement takes hold in the region. In Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent alone 1,735 youngsters have completed a six-week Sportivate course.
Sport England’s Executive Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “It’s fantastic that so many teenagers and young adults are getting into sport through Sportivate.
“Whether it’s BMX biking, canoeing or netball, I’ve been really struck by the enthusiasm of the young people on Sportivate sessions and impressed that so many of them are continuing to play once the course is over.”
“Through Burton Girls Rugby, Staffordshire teenagers have discovered how much fun rugby is and many of them are now playing regularly as part of a squad.”
Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. It is part of the Places People Play official Olympic legacy programme and will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people over four years.