Over 80 clubs ran the programme in 2022, offering thousands of girls aged 8-14 the chance to learn how to play rugby in a fun, safe and welcoming environment. For 2023, #GIAT will run in April/May/June.
The IRFU is formally seeking applications from rugby clubs to participate in Canterbury Give It A Try For 2023.
Canterbury Give It A Try offers fun rugby sessions and the basics of rugby for girls, while providing coach education for new and developing club volunteers and coaches.
The programme is led locally by clubs with assistance and training from the IRFU and provinces. Clubs do not incur a fee to run the programme.
Applications should be submitted before 10th February 2023 with successful clubs being advised by 20th February.
What are the aims of Canterbury GIAT?
- The creation of new teams or the strengthening of existing teams in clubs.
- To provide a fun, 8-week (one session per week for 8 weeks Apr/May/June) programme of rugby activities to attract girls aged 8 – 14 to the club.
- To support a club in increasing their number of players and integrate those new players into existing teams.
- To develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment.
- To develop coaches, i.e. to run a successful 8-week programme and to sustain the players through to the regular season.
What are the benefits of running GIAT in your club?
- Participation levels will increase. The conversion rate from the programme to club membership is high. In 2022, this averaged at 42% across the programme.
- Free training will be provided to the coaches and co-ordinator in your club to help upskill them with coaching plans for the 8 sessions and provide tips to making the GIAT successful.
- Resources will be provided to your club to market and advertise the programme.
- There is the potential for your club to become a more vibrant, active part of the local community through enhanced participation.
- The club might recruit new volunteers as new parents start bringing their child to the club for the ‘Give It A Try’ sessions and are willing to stay and get involved.