Harlequins is committed to developing women’s rugby from grass roots to international level. In October 2016, the Harlequins Foundation launched Switch – a multi-tiered programme aimed at encouraging girls to get involved in the sport by:
- Increasing accessibility and participation – providing opportunities for girls to take part in rugby within their curriculum PE lessons, after school clubs and festivals.
- Inspiring and Exceling – using our coaches to nurture and develop girls progression within the game.
- Developing and Sustaining – educating staff, supporting schools, and providing an onward pathway.
In our first term (October to December 2016) the Harlequins Foundation reached 600 girls through classes, camps and afterschool clubs, 33 of whom have transferred to club level. The project is now engaging with seven schools in Twickenham and Richmond and is successfully creating a sustainable platform for girls rugby.
With continued support, we are hoping to reach 1,000 girls each year moving forward.
For more information on how you or your school can get involved, you can contact Brian Holland by clicking here or you can contact Paul Wilson by clicking here.