Project Rugby is a grassroots project run by the RFU and Premiership Rugby to increase participation and opportunities for communities.
Over the years, Leicester Tigers has built a reputation within under-represented communities delivering rugby programmes for all and the support of Project Rugby means the club can now create many more.
Since the launch of Project Rugby in October, Tigers has visited secondary schools, after-school clubs, disability and day care groups as well as local councils to introduce the initiative. Working across a 12-week period, Tigers met nearly 400 individuals and are aiming to reach over 1,000 by the end of this season.
David McDonald, education and engagement manager at the Tigers, is responsible for supporting Project Rugby programmes at the club and said: “So far we’ve had an incredible response across the groups we’ve visited running inclusive rugby sessions for all abilities.
“In the first half of this season, we’ve worked with secondary afterschool clubs and with disability groups initially, and will be branching out to primary schools, black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) and low-socio economic groups in 2018.
“It’s rewarding to be able to bring opportunities to discover and play rugby to people that may not have otherwise been able to. Making rugby inclusive means accommodating different abilities and Project Rugby has helped to open the door to deliver even more of our programmes.”
Project Rugby aims to reach more than 12,000 participants by next summer by providing accessible opportunities to play rugby in 200 community locations across England, transitioning new players and volunteers into local grassroots rugby clubs.
For more information or to find out about a Project Rugby session near you, visit www.projectrugby.co.uk