Rugby Football Union partners with University

Nottingham Trent University is one of just 15 institutions in the country to be selected for a unique partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to grow the sport in higher education.

Nottingham Trent University is one of just 15 institutions in the country to be selected for a unique partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to grow the sport in higher education.

As part of a three-year scheme, women's and men's rugby will be made more accessible and opportunities to start a career in the game will be opened up.

Emphasis will be placed on promoting both competitive and recreational elements of the sport, whilst elite and emerging players will be given greater opportunities to progress their sporting careers.

RFU representatives hope the partnership will boost the rates of players continuing in the sport after graduation, and also want to see a growth in the popularity of rugby sevens.

James Hayter, Director of Sport at Nottingham Trent University said: "It's a great honour for us to be selected for such a flagship scheme by the RFU and we're very keen to grow the sport here at the University.

"This partnership will allow us to get close support from the RFU to increase participation and make rugby more accessible to a wider group of students."

The RFU is the governing body for rugby union in England, which manages matches and promotion of the England national team as well as some 2.5 million players across the UK.

As part of its pledge to support rugby in the higher education sector, the union has invested £220,000 into the game.

Mark Saltmarsh, Head of Education and Development at the RFU said: "The 15 selected partner institutions are leading examples of universities; their commitment to this concept has been excellent and we can't wait to get started with them.

"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."

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Rugby Football Union partners with University

Published on 21 October 2016
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