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RugBees - Rugby league sessions for Primary School-aged Girls aged 7 to 11-years-old!


RugBees will return in 2024 after a successful first year. Delivered in partnership with the RFL, RugBees is open to Girls aged 7-11 and is delivered on a weekly basis by Club Foundations across the country.


Sessions aim to help girls develop their confidence in areas such as catching, passing and kicking – whilst having plenty of fun and being able to enjoy sport for all that it offers.


This is the first Rugby League Programme to be developed specifically for Primary School-aged Girls. and the RFL has chosen the popular 2021 Rugby League World Cup mascot RugBee to bring the project to life.


The RugBees Programme aims to tackle stereotypes and redefine what rugby league means to girls by offering a fun introduction to the sport through developing skills and confidence in an environment designed to help young girls thrive.

Girls and boys can play community rugby league within the same team up until Under-11s (final year of Primary School). This is something we still support and encourage for girls wishing to do so.


After such age, girls and boys must play separately. We see this new venture as a way of promoting the sport to a wider audience and help encourage more girls into the sport.


The new offer comes as a result of the scientific studies and research conducted through pilot schemes to suggest the additional opportunity would make a positive impact. We see this step forward as a way of working together with the community game, to increase participation and raise playing standards.


Each session lasts for one hour, 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!


The opportunity allows girls to train at the same facilities as the 2023 Betfred Super League Grand Finalists, York Valkyrie.


The female game is growing in participation at all levels, with York having seen a boom in registered players playing the community game.


The additional playing opportunities in York now open to girls is now wider than ever through the York RLFC RISE Programme and the York Valkyrie Under-19s.


As of Monday 22nd April, our weekly sessions take place every Monday and start at the later time of 7 pm - 8 pm at York St John Sports Park on Haxby Road (YO31 8TA) and are priced at £3 per session. 


To register, please CLICK HERE.


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

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