Irish Rugby’s Give It A Try programme is set to expand in 2020
 
The initiative has grown from strength to strength in recent seasons with a 65% increase in participating clubs last year. Over 2,000 girls with no previous experience in rugby have taken part in the 8-week programme in the last two years.
 
This year Give It A Try will be open to girls aged 8-10 for the first time. The programme is designed to kick start the participation of girls up the age of 14 in clubs and boost existing playing numbers by attracting new players with a fun introduction to the sport.
 
Clubs are now invited to register for the 2020 Give It A Try programme. Deadline for receipt of applications is 7 February 2020.
 
Download the Give It A Try Club Information Guide
 
Download the application form here
 
“Give It A Try is helping to make rugby clubs more sustainable across the four provinces,” Women’s Development Manager Amanda Greensmith told IrishRugby.ie.
 
“These young girls are excited to get involved in rugby. Clubs are reporting a welcome boost in membership subscriptions but we’re also seeing new teams popping up and a fresh influx of volunteers. The players are so enthusiastic about rugby that more parents are becoming active in the club for the first time,” she said.
 
Creggs are one of the clubs who successfully ran the programme in 2019. Their Head of Girls’ Rugby Dave Purcell says the resources available through the programme were of particular use.
 
“We had a week-by-week guide and it was of great benefit to the club in boosting the number of girls playing rugby. It gave them a good grasp of the basics of the game in a very fun environment. The added bonus for us as a club was that it enticed new coaches into the club which was very welcome.”
 
Below is a video case study from Corrib RFC of their participation in the 2019 programme.
 

Girls aged 10-14 from 9 clubs came together for the ‘Give It A Try’ provincial blitz in conjunction with the IRFU.
 
A brilliant morning at Corinthians RFC which again highlights the growth of girls rugby in Connacht.
 

 

Give It A Try Summer 2019 is an 8 week programme run in selected clubs where girls aged 10 – 14 can attend and learn how to play rugby in a fun environment.
 
The Give It A Try programme is an ideal way to kick start the participation of girls in your club or to boost existing playing numbers by attracting new young players to the game with a fun introduction to the sport.
 
For more information check out our Give It A Try Information Sheet
 
This year there is a substantial increase in the number of Connacht clubs hosting the programme with a massive locations taking part. These include seven clubs in Galway, three in Mayo and two in Roscommon.
 
For a full list of clubs, dates and registration details CLICK HERE.

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