WHAT IS IT?
PLAY RUGBY is a great way to get secondary school girls involved with rugby in a safe and controlled environment. The Community Rugby Officers (CROs) will engage local schools and Rugby clubs in the PLAY RUGBY programme in order to increase female participation in schools and local rugby clubs. This programme will create a pathway to enable schools and clubs to work together in increasing female participation in rugby.
WHAT TYPE OF RUGBY ARE WE PLAYING?
Leprechaun Rugby is a fast and exciting soft contact game of touch rugby, encouraging the positive development of running, balance and handling skills. It is a very flexible sport that can be played by any number of players and the size of the pitch can be increased or decreased accordingly. As Leprechaun Rugby is a soft contact game it can be played on a variety of surfaces; asphalt/tarmac or in sports halls.
WHY SHOULD OUR CLUB GET INVOLVED?
Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Your club will benefit from being able to provide rugby to the whole community. This programme will also enable your club to create positive links to secondary schools in your area and develop girl’s age grade rugby in your club.
WHY SHOULD OUR SCHOOL GET INVOLVED?
This programme will provide another opportunity for the girls in your school to become more active. Being involved with rugby will not only develop your pupils’ fitness, but will also help to develop communication skills, leadership skills, the ability to focus and many more life skills.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAMME WORK?
The local CROs will spend a total of 8 weeks on this programme in your area. The first 3 coaching sessions will take place within class time, the next 3 coaching sessions will take place on school grounds after hours and the final 2 coaching sessions will take place in your local rugby club, where the player will be introduced to their new rugby team, club and coach.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR CLUB?
Currently there are grants for clubs that have women’s teams which are available through the IRFU Support Scheme. As part of the drive in developing female participation in rugby additional grants will be available to the club for developing girl’s age grade rugby from 2010-11 Season forward. Following the 8 week programme the CRO will also provide the club with the PLAY RUGBY pack. The pack contains balls, cones, bibs & game cards.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR SCHOOL?
Your Provincial Branch will supply your school with a Community Rugby Officer to coach the girls for 6 weeks. The CRO will have all of the resources required to run the coaching sessions. Should your school wish to continue coaching rugby they may request a PLAY RUGBY pack (limited availability) which contains balls, cones, bibs & game cards. Additional coaching resources are available HERE
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF OUR CLUB?
Prior to the commencement of the programme you will be required to provide an appropriately qualified coach, suitable changing facilities and access to pitches for training. Your club should be committed to developing sustainable structures in which women’s rugby can grow and flourish as an integral part of your club. Your club must have signed up to the IRFU Child Welfare Policy and have a Child Welfare Officer in place.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF OUR SCHOOL?
Prior to the commencement of the programme you will be required to provide a suitable area for the coaching sessions both in school class time and after hours for all 6 sessions. A teacher must be present for all of the 3 class time coaching sessions.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Schools and clubs can work together to continue their partnership in developing girls rugby in the community. A PLAY RUGBY Resource pack will be left with the club to continue the development of the girl's team within their club. Teachers will be able to access the coaching resources HERE