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First female RFU council member announced

12 June 2013

  • Tracy Edmundson to become representative for Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire
  • Appointment represents a "growing contribution being made by women and girls to rugby"
Tracy Edmundson

Photo: RFU archive

TRACY Edmundson will become the first female to be elected as a Rugby Football Union Council Member when she becomes one of the two representatives for Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire next month.

She will replace Alex Murphy, who has resigned from the RFU Council after starting a new job in India. The other candidates were Alan Shaw of North Hykeham and Alan Swain of Newark. Edmundson will join the RFU Council at the RFU annual general meeting at Twickenham Stadium on July 14.

Although Deborah Griffin has represented Women’s Rugby on the RFU Council since 2010, Edmundson is the first woman to be elected to serve one of the RFU Constituent Bodies.

Paul Murphy, President of the RFU, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tracy Edmundson as the first elected RFU Council Member.

“Tracy’s election is a landmark one for the RFU but she represents the important and growing contribution being made by women and girls to rugby in clubs and Constituent Bodies in England.

“At a time when participation figures in women’s and girls rugby are at an all-time high, an increasing number of women are being elected to senior posts in clubs and our Constituent Bodies.”

Edmundson has been an active member of Derby RFC since 2002 and holds a number of key voluntary roles in the club including serving as Colts manager, minis and junior section secretary, assistant safeguarding officer and club coaching co-ordinator administrator.

She is also a member of the NLD Rugby Development Partnership Executive Committee, a member of the Midlands 16 Group committee and is team manager of the NLD under 16 team.

“It’s a great honour to be the first female to be elected to the RFU Council but I don’t believe that I have been elected by the clubs in NLD because I am a woman,” Edmundson said.

“I believe that clubs have looked at the experience that I have at club and Constituent Body level and the way that they think that I can represent them at Twickenham.

“Alex Murphy has left some very big shoes for me to fill but I believe that with Mike Waplington, the other RFU Council Member for NLD, that we can form a good team and represent the interests of rugby in the three counties.”

Edmundson worked in advertising and marketing for 12 years and currently works for a management consultancy which specialises in procurement, energy and management systems.

“The skills I have gained through work and my involvement to date in rugby show my ability to build and maintain good working relationships and try to enable others to fulfil their potential. I am looking forward to the new role,” she said.

Edmundson, 48, has two grown-up children and a grandson. She is original from Wolverhampton but has lived in Derby for the past 28 years.