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Foundation to begin RugBees Programme later this month

York RLFC Foundation are delighted to confirm that our RugBees programme - a new project aimed at primary school girls - will begin later this month.

RugBees, which was launched by the RFL earlier this year, will start in York on Monday 12th June (6pm - 7pm) at York St John University Sports Park (YO31 8TA). Sessions priced at £3 and will take place every Monday evening.

RugBees is an exciting new project to encourage more primary school-aged girls to take up the sport.

Open to girls aged seven to 11, RugBees will be delivered on a weekly basis by Club Foundations across the country to help them develop their confidence in areas such as catching, passing and kicking – whilst having plenty of fun too.

This is the first Rugby League programme to be developed specifically for primary school-aged girls and the RFL has chosen the popular RLWC2021 mascot RugBee to bring the project to life.

Each session will be an hour long, beginning with an introduction to the game’s technical skills and finishing with a non-contact form of the game such as Tag or Touch. Parents and guardians will be encouraged to cheer children on throughout.

York RLFC Foundation Delivery Manager Adam Prentis said: "We see this new venture as a way of promoting the sport and attracting more girls to play.

"It is very important to us that we not asking girls to choose between us and our local community clubs, but instead work together to increase participation and complement each other."

The ground-breaking project was unveiled by England Captain Jodie Cunningham, who is also the RFL’s National Women’s and Girl’s Development Manager.

Cunningham said: “There is so much evidence to support that playing sport in a mixed gender setting isn’t right for all young girls and can be a barrier to participation which is why we are introducing RugBees to help tackle this."

Parents are asked to register their interest for RugBees sessions HERE, with sessions able to be paid for on the night.

For more information on RugBees, please email or call 01904 670 880 and ask to speak to the Foundation Team.


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