“We are delighted to announce a partnership with 15 universities and a pledge to invest £220,000 into the game in the higher education sector.”
Those university partners (listed) will plan and deliver a rugby participation programme which incorporates the student rugby club and provide activity for players in all formats of men’s and women’s rugby. Since 2015, the RFU has worked in a close partnership with the Students RFU (SRFU) and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) to develop and deliver university partnerships, inviting universities across the country to apply for a partnership.
The RFU carried out 1 to 1 interviews with universities in order to select the final 15 to be o ered the three year deal. Mark Saltmarsh, Head of Education and Development at the RFU said:
“The 15 selected partner institutions will be leading examples of universities who will provide a high level of commitment and a quality standard of rugby that will help enhance the experience for players of all abilities. Their commitment to this concept has been excellent and we can’t wait to get started with them.”
University Partners: University of Leeds, Middlesex University, University of Essex, Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Bishop Burton College, Leeds Beckett University, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, University of Exeter, University of Bath, Hartpury College, University of Bristol
“Our aim is that the new partnerships provide fantastic playing opportunities for students of all levels and abilities and further grow the game in the sector and the numbers of players continuing to play in rugby clubs when they leave.”
– Mark Saltmarsh