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RFU - 25m pledged to clubs in RWC legacy

November 8, 2012

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced its participation legacy plans with exactly three years to go until the Rugby World Cup final 2015.

Chief Executive Ian Ritchie, alongside Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger, and Englands most capped player, Jason Leonard, outlined seven areas of focus for the RFU in the lead up to 2015 and beyond.

From building capacity by improving facilities and increasing the quantity and quality of coaches, to getting more school children playing rugby or inspiring participation by encouraging players to return to the game, the plans are well underway. The focus areas are as follows:

  • Facilities - Committed an additional investment of 10m to create 25m worth of improvements in club equipment and facilities benefiting over 500 clubs nationwide from kit and equipment to club houses, changing rooms and floodlights to all weather pitches.
  • People - New investment of over 1m to deliver more than 6,500 newly qualified referees and coaches. Staging master classes for over 5,000 existing coaches and referees along with a focus on young people bringing in 5,000 additional club volunteers.
  • Schools - Launched the All Schools programme to ensure more schools are offering rugby and give over 1m young people opportunities to play. The initiative aims to introduce the game into 400 non-rugby playing secondary schools by 2015 and up to 750 by 2019, by delivering a package of resources within the school.
  • Returning players - Working with colleges, universities and employers to inspire thousands of 16-24 year old players back into clubs across England.
  • Touch rugby - Ambition to encourage 15,000 new players to take up Rugby by broadening the reach and appeal of the Game through more access to Touch. Over 200 club and 100 university based O2 Touch Centres will be set up by 2015, offering a range of pitch up and play activity, organised Leagues and events.
  • Other nations - Building links between the RFUs Constituent Bodies and over 15 of Europe's key developing rugby nations to share knowledge on how best to grow and develop the game.
  • Cultural engagement - Developing a series of cultural programmes using art and photography to bring alive what Rugby means to local communities, encouraging people across the country to talk about Rugby.

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