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Women’s Rugby World Cup: 2010 and beyond

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 in London provides the perfect opportunity to showcase Women’s Rugby on a global stage but the Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) is also using the event to grow the game in England for the long term.

Women’s Rugby is a rapidly growing sport in England, but there is a huge potential to fulfil, and that is why national programmes are being run throughout England to achieve sustainable growth by getting more players and more volunteers into Rugby.

To help achieve this growth, 12 Women’s Rugby World Cup Legacy Project Officers have been appointed nationwide and are tasked with delivering 30 projects across the country from now until the end of the WRWC. Not only will they help to promote the Women’s Rugby World Cup, but their goal is to engage 200 new participants in each of the 12 regions, then to encourgae 10 percent of these participants to move into local rugby clubs, and at the same time to significantly increase the number of volunteers in the game.

Fantastic Opportunity

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Projects include the HBSC Tournaments, Yazoo Tag to Twickenham, National 7s for further education and higher education students, the Richmond Schools Legacy and the Youth Discovery Adventure Projects which is targeted at girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in London and Manchester. Following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup, the RFUW’s team of Rugby Development Managers, Club and Coach Officers, and the RFU’s development team, will continue to build on the good work and interest that the tournament will have generated.

Claire Antcliffe, Women’s Rugby Development Manager for the RFUW, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity having such a prestigious international event in our own country and one that we are trying to use to help the long term sustainability of our game."

“These projects aim to raise the profile of the game to ensure that we have large crowds at the events, but also to raise the profile of rugby in general and thereby increasing playing numbers. Our goal is also to capitalise on the performances of the England team and continue to increase the interest in watching and playing our game."


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