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Working with the RFU to grow rugby in schools

Young girl playing rugby

The Youth Sport Trust are working in partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to listen to the ideas and needs of young people with the aim of engaging more young people in rugby. Through working together with schools and their students on this Workforce Pilot, the RFU are creating a range of formats of rugby that are designed to be exciting and vibrant to all.

The Youth Sport Trust are taking the lead in recruiting workforce leads – local school sports professionals who know their communities – to collaborate with schools and rugby clubs in the area, to make them aware of the benefits of rugby as a sport and to ensure the offer is inspiring, meaningful and accessible to all their pupils.

Following a successful pilot of the programme back in 2023, there are now 10 areas of the country involved in the project, spanning the length of England from the Tees Valley all the way to Devon. Throughout 2024 the Youth Sport Trust will be working with nearly 200 schools and training over 250 teachers, with a total of 3740 young people taking part. What’s more, the project will engage more than 350 young people in rugby changemaker leadership roles.