RFU puts £10m into boosting women’s game
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.”