BC Rugby is delighted to announce two new exciting funding applications available to Member Clubs, aimed at encouraging more girls to play Rugby in a positive and enjoyable environment.
In the year of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, we will support Member Clubs to attract and retain more girls under the age of 14 to play Rugby. While we have seen growth in age-grade and adult female players, this age range is traditionally dominated by male players and retention levels of female participants is low. With this funding, we aim to help Member Clubs readdress this balance in the hope of enabling more girls-only programming to be offered going forward.
GIRLS CAN RUGBY
Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, BC Rugby will support its Member Clubs to host a Girls Can Rugby Day on Sunday, March 6, 2022, aimed at inspiring more females aged 14 and under to play Rugby at their local clubs.
Thanks to funding received from Sport BC and the BC Government, Clubs can apply for $1,000 funding made up of $750 cash and a $250 promotional pack to help offset the costs of hosting a Girls Can Rugby Day. Successful Clubs can use the money towards field hire costs, equipment, coach education, purchasing team kits, and discounts or promotions covering membership. Promotional packs will include giveaways and branded apparel for volunteers.
“Sport BC believes in the transformative power of sport, and we are excited to support our members providing opportunities in sport for kids across the province. We are pleased BC Rugby is encouraging young girls to try the sport and see if rugby is the right sport fit for them. I would like to extend a special thank you to the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport for providing Sport BC with the funds to invest in these important events and programming. “ Sport BC President & CEO, Rob Newman
All Member Clubs are encouraged to host a Girls Can Rugby Day.
YOUTH COACH FUNDING
Additionally, thanks to funding made available by Rugby Canada and World Rugby, Member Clubs can also apply for Youth Coach Funding that will provide opportunities for coach training and ongoing youth programming support to ensure a safe, enjoyable and fun environment for young players in BC.
The Youth Coach Funding will help support Clubs development of new and returning coaches and volunteer helpers of U14 and Mini Rugby programming, to ensure confidence in delivering structured, safe, and fun programs for all participants.
Coaches will be trained and supported by BC Rugby Coach Educators to receive an NCCP Level 1 Coaching Certification, as well as continual guidance and support in how to deliver best in class programming to young female participants. This includes Online NCCP Level 1 Coach training, and both in-person and online coach and volunteer mentorship.
BC Rugby will cover all costs related to receiving the NCCP Level 1 Coaching Course, travel for Coach Educators to visit your Club and the development of your coaches.
“We are excited to be able to provide support to local rugby clubs and club leaders who are delivering Rookie Rugby programming. We look forward to the impact this project will have in the development of youth club rugby in BC.” Rugby Canada Rugby Development Officer Ryan Jones
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for either funding initiative, Clubs must complete the online application form here no later than midnight on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Clubs can learn more about each funding initiative on the BC Rugby website here, including FAQs and the full Terms & Conditions.
BC Rugby will evaluate all applications after the closing date.
If you have any questions or require further information about this funding or your application, please contact BC Rugby’s Director of Community Rugby, Sam Crawford, at firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Rugby gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport.