Prince Harry is Patron of England Rugby’s All Schools
400 by the RWC target reached
Prince Harry has congratulated England Rugby’s All Schools programme on achieving its target of 400 schools playing rugby by the Rugby World Cup.
With Prince Harry as Patron, All Schools – set up in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation – has ensured that hundreds more state secondary schools and thousands more pupils are now enjoying rugby in England. The 400 already inbvolved at the start of this new schools year will continue to expand, with the aim of extending the number to 750- by the time of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
In the video Prince Harry commented:
“It’s no secret that I love top flight rugby, but I’m also a passionate supporter of how powerful the grassroots game is in helping to improve people’s lives: The values it teaches, the enjoyment it brings and the unity it creates.”
“We now have reached the crucial milestone of 400 secondary state schools becoming rugby playing schools thanks to the programme. We are well on our way to helping one million students benefit from the game and its development opportunities.”
Inspiring Players of the Future
Linked to more than 140 community rugby clubs, over 60% of All Schools are running a mixed or girls’ programme, with 35% of all the players female. More than 130,000 students took part last season and many have joined a local rugby club and are playing regularly with them. More than 600 teachers were also trained as coaches and match officials.
Sheffield Hallam Research has shown that 65% of young people taking part in All Schools are more confident as a result. Confidence has also built with more than 2,000 students trained as ICAP Young Leaders.
RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said: “2015 is an important and exciting year for rugby. We have a commitment to develop the game in England with All Schools a key element in us achieving that. It is great to see so many more people playing and engaging in rugby thanks to All Schools. We are determined to keep the momentum up as we expand the programme further over the next four years.”
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