Wednesday, 13th March 2019 @ 13:00
Premiership Rugby announce Project Rugby partnership with title sponsors Gallagher at Harlequins Foundation Hounslow Hub, Grasshoppers RFC
On Thursday evening, over 70 young people as well as a host of Harlequins talent including men’s players Nathan Earle, Gabriel Ibitoye and Aaron Morris and Harlequins Ladies winger Ellie Miles, travelled to Grasshoppers RFC for the launch of Gallagher’s official sponsorship of Project Rugby.
Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and England Rugby designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented community groups. Having exceeded its initial target of 12,000 participants in the summer of 2018, well over 20,000 young people have now taken part in the project.
In its first season as Official Title Partner of Premiership Rugby, Gallagher has been championing the people within the game that embody the values and spirit of rugby, both on and off the pitch.
Speaking at the event, winger Earle said: “Rugby is a sport for everyone. It’s not the elitist sport that it may have been seen as in the past but is in-fact a fantastic sport that is capable of being inclusive of people from a range of different backgrounds.
I’m proud to get behind Project Rugby as it’s something that we really care about as players”.
Harlequins Head of Foundation Marc Leckie said: “In January, the Harlequins Foundation introduced Project Rugby to Hounslow, since then we have engaged well over 300 young people to the sport, transitioning a large number into playing regular club rugby.
Our coaches, most notably James Collins-Clark who had led on this initiative, seek to challenge the traditional perceptions of the sport and have been busy proving that there really is a place for everyone on the rugby field. I am very proud of the team and the impact they’ve had in such a short space of time”
Kingsley Academy PE teacher, Anita Fiddes-Kapadia said, “We’re really grateful to James and The Harlequins Foundation for introducing us to Project Rugby. I’m so proud of all of our students for going out of their comfort zone, trying something new and being part of the school’s first ever rugby team.”
“Since the new year, just over 90 young people have taken part in at least one Friday night Project Rugby HUB session with the Foundation at Grasshoppers RFC. Over the past month, over 40 of these have since joined the junior section at the club and are now officially rugby players!”
Wayne Morris, CSR and Community Director at Premiership Rugby added, “This ground-breaking initiative has been one of the success stories of English rugby with more than 20,000 participants introduced to the game so far. Now, in partnership with such a passionate community broker as Gallagher, who is committed to making a difference, we look forward to Project Rugby getting a huge boost and going from strength to strength.”
For more information about Project Rugby please visit www.projectrugby.co.uk
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