The Yorkshire Carnegie Community team has teamed up with Premiership Rugby and the RFU to launch a new rugby delivery provision across the region.

The inclusive rugby programme will explore various formats of the game and will see expert coaches deliver fun, accessible and interactive games and activities to groups who traditionally may have been underrepresented in the sport.

Working with local clubs, schools and community hubs throughout the programme, the community coaches will provide clear and accessible transition routes into local clubs at the heart of participants’ communities.

The first stage of the programme will see the community team work in in Pontefract and at West Leeds RUFC, offering coaching sessions for girls to give them an introduction to playing rugby and creating a pathway to getting them involved with their local rugby team.

Lisa McCann, Yorkshire Carnegie Community Manager, said: “We are excited to start this programme and are delighted to be linking up with Premiership Rugby and the RFU. Through this programme we will be working in areas that may not traditionally be linked with Rugby Union and offering them opportunities to try out the sport.

“The first delivery phase ties in with our aim to open up the door for more females to start playing rugby.  We want to encourage women and girls to consider rugby as an option for fitness and social interaction.

“The long term aim is to provide a pathway to local clubs and we will be working closely with Pontefract RUFC, who already have a thriving girls section, to ensure that the players have somewhere to continue playing following their coaching sessions.  West Leeds do not currently have a women’s section, but we hope these sessions will attract new players who could go on to form their first female team.”

The coaching programme will be delivered at sites including Carleton Community High, New College Pontefract, The King’s School and at West Leeds RUFC.  Attendees will receive a weekly coaching sessions which will begin with an introduction to the game and skills and building up to tag rugby games and culminating in a rugby festival in the final week.

Yorkshire Carnegie star, Seb Stegmann will be supporting the initiative as an ambassador and said he is proud to support the development of rugby in the county.

“I am delighted to be a part of the new programme, it’s incredibly important to ensure everybody has access to our great game and this programme will certainly go some way to achieve that.

“The Women’s and Girl’s game is growing week by week. The England Women’s team have achieved incredible success and will be inspiring more young women to pick up a rugby ball,” said Stegmann.

“Yorkshire has a history of producing talented rugby players who have gone on to play the game at the highest level and I hope this programme will help continue this by helping growth and development of the game in Yorkshire.”

The Try Rugby Sessions start on the week beginning 3rd April and will run at the following venues.

Carleton Community High School
Mondays 6-7pm

Kings School, Pontefract
Thursdays 6-7pm

New College, Pontefract
Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm

West Leeds
Tuesdays 6pm-7pm

For more information email lisa.mccann@yorkshirecarnegie.com