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Summer 2021

Summer 2021

Clubs are now invited to register to host the Canterbury Give It A Try programme for Summer 2021. Please read through the information below and then download our GIAT Guide and Application form.

Canterbury Give It A Try 2021

Not only did we attract many new players but also, we have been able to attract new Coaches and support staff from Covid Officers, team Co Ordinator’s, who have volunteered and become involved in the development of the girl’s rugby in our club.

What is Canterbury Give It A Try (GIAT)?

GIAT is an 8-week programme (end of July, Aug and Sept) run in selected clubs where girls aged 8-14 years can attend in order to learn how to play rugby in a fun environment. The programme consists of a coach education element, fun rugby sessions, teaching the girls the basics of rugby. The clubs are responsible for the running of the programme in their area but with Provincial Branch and IRFU assistance.

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 in late July/Aug/Sept) 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. Despite only being able to run a shortened version of the programme in 2020, a number of clubs had a very high conversion rate of GIAT participants becoming members of the clubs and adding greatly to the teams.
  • 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.

Portarlington RFC

Cormac Smith GIAT co-ordinator Portarlington RFC, “The GIAT Programme has proven very successful in Portarlington RFC this year. The national drive for awareness of rugby for girls has helped our local initiatives to encourage a greater number of Girls to #Give it a Try.

Not only did we attract many new players but also, we have been able to attract new Coaches and support staff from Covid Officers, team Co Ordinator’s, who have volunteered and become involved in the development of the girl’s rugby in our club.

I would highly recommend getting involved with the programme if your club is looking to develop Girl’s rugby. Get in early and utilise all the experience of the GIAT teams to support your local initiatives”

Application Form

Canterbury Give It A Try Club Information Guide

Canterbury Give It A Try Application Form