The Rugby Football Union for Women is delighted to announce that Sport England have awarded the union £1.4 million over three years to be spent nationally to support club coach development.
Ten Club and Coach Officers will be appointed and deployed across the country by September to focus on coaching players of all standards and mentoring coaches within clubs, counties and the regional setup. These appointments will be a first for the RFUW with the union previously being unable to support this type of work because of a lack of resources.
The RFUW have also been awarded £100,000 over three years from Sport England’s Capacity and Building Fund. These monies will be used to appoint a Resources and Training Officer who will support the Women’s Rugby Development Managers to improve training and education opportunities for staff and volunteers in the women’s game. They will be making sure that volunteers from the women’s game are taking advantage of the training opportunities available.
Rosie Williams, Managing Director of the RFUW, said: “The RFUW is excited about what this new investment from Sport England will bring to the union and the game. Not only will it mean new staff and an exciting new structure, but for the first time ever we will be able to support our member clubs to ensure the development of better trained and supported coaches.
“The knock on affect of this will be that there will be more quality coaches available to our players locally and more often. We believe this will lead to greater participation in clubs and a better quality experience for all.”
Derek Mapp, Chairman of Sport England, said: “Clubs and coaches are at the heart of community sport. This investment will play a vital role in helping us achieve our aim of getting two million people participating more in sport by 2012. This is a major boost for community sport and will make the job of people on the ground who make sport happen much easier”.
Williams added: “The new Resources and Training Officer will work closely with the RFU to ensure that resources being produced for game reflect the needs of women’s clubs, players and coaches. They will also open the channels for our dedicated volunteers’ workforce to access further training and education through initiatives already in place. This is really great news as we will bring a whole new workforce to the game of rugby.”