RFU puts £10m into boost­ing women’s game

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Mick Cleary

The Rugby Foot­ball Union has an­nounced a £10mil­lion Ac­tion Plan for the women and girls’ game de­signed to at­tract a fur­ther 100,000 play­ers over the next four years.

The union in­tends to set up 350 more ac­tive women’s teams by 2021, with fig­ures show­ing more than 10,000 women and girls have been ex­posed to con­tact rugby since 2014. There are 512 women and girls’ teams in Eng­land and 27,500 play­ers. The aim is to in­tro­duce the sport to 100,000, with a view to hav­ing a long-term up­take of about 25 per cent of them.

“We have called it an Ac­tion Plan rather than a strat­egy as we want to make it hap­pen,” said Steve Grainger, the RFU rugby de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer. “There has been an in­ter­nal change of per­cep­tion [to­wards the women’s game]. We must never stop on this work.”

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