With the Rugby World Cup now underway, local clubs up and down the country are hoping the exposure a home-soil tournament brings will be converted into a bumper crop of new players returning to the game at a grassroots level.
To help accelerate this back-to-the-clubhouse influx, West Norfolk RUFC has been selected as one of 50 English rugby clubs to take part in England Rugby’s new Return to Rugby campaign. This is all part of the RFU’s legacy commitment to increase participation levels during and after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Tailor-made training sessions have been developed by English Rugby with support from Sport England to help clubs deliver purpose-designed opportunities that meet the needs of returning players.
West will be getting fully involved and are running a series of Return to Rugby sessions at Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm.
The Return to Rugby training sessions are all designed to be social occasions with the emphasis on enjoyment, inclusivity and aimed at all fitness and skill levels. Going at a pace that suits each individual participant, it is hoped these taster sessions will provide the right encouragement for many to go onto play rugby on a regular basis after the 2015 World Cup.
Chairman Steve Smith said: “We were excited to be part of the Return to Rugby programme. West Norfolk RUFC are looking forward to welcoming players back into the game in a friendly and relaxed environment, no matter what their experience levels are.
“If this campaign or the Rugby World Cup has ignited a passion to return to the sport these training sessions are perfect and we would love to see lots of local people get involved and give it a try.”
The Return to Rugby training sessions are being supporting by a national marketing campaign, fronted by ex-England captain Lewis Moody. A video featuring Moody encouraging potential former players to get involved is available. This video can be personalised, so you can challenge your own friends and family to return to the game.
Moody, who is the face of the initiative, said: “I was absolutely delighted when England Rugby asked me to get behind the Return to Rugby programme. I am involved in coaching at my local club, so I understand first-hand the challenges faced in recruiting new players.
“This programme alongside the enjoyment and excitement that a home World Cup brings will help clubs get as many people as possible into this unique game.”
To take part in WNRUFC’s Return to Rugby training sessions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit West Norfolk RUFC any Thursday at 7pm. For further information about the campaign, please visit: www.returntorugby.com