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Rugby - 22. November 2007.

RFUW gets Sportsmatched

Women’s rugby in England has been given another boost with Sportsmatch awarding the Rugby Football Union for Women £7125 to invest in grass roots rugby.

Sportsmatch, a government funded initiative which makes awards to organisations running projects aimed at increasing participation in sports at community level, have matched sponsorship from Canterbury for a second year running.

The funding will be used to continue providing safe tuition across the country in core rugby skills, especially ensuring sound grounding in contact and scrummaging skills at key transitional stages. This will help ensure the growth of numbers in girls clubs and allow players and clubs the opportunity to play 15 aside rugby. The monies will also be used to develop more female coaches and volunteers.

Amanda Bennett, a Rugby Development Manager for the RFUW, said: “This is great news. Sportsmatch funding helps us to continue to safely develop the rugby skills of girls of all ages up and down the country and give them greater opportunity to maintain their participation.

“The RFUW Regional Development Managers are now working with clubs and counties to set-up development days for players of varying ages and skills to come along and get expert coaching, with the knock-on aim being that more players will join more rugby clubs.”

Sportsmatch is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England and have approximately £3 million per year to award. Since its founding in 1992 we have awarded over £38 million and funded more than 5,200 projects across the country.

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