As part of Premiership Rugby’s upcoming London Irish v Saracens game at the Red Bull Arena on March 12th, the British Council in partnership with Premiership Rugby, have announced they will be bringing their award winning international community outreach and youth development program Try Rugby to the US. Try Rugby was co-created and launched internationally by the British Council and Premiership Rugby in 2011 and is already having a huge impact in supporting the growth of the game around the world.
Try Rugby USA is a capacity building program for coaches, clubs and players designed to bring together, develop the skills of and inspire the US rugby community to build sustainable pathways to introduce the sports and its values to youth.
Academy, development and community coaches from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Clubs will visit the United States for 16 days during February and March.
Hosted by British Council USA, Friends of the British Council USA, and USA Rugby geographical unions and state based rugby organizations, the coaches will be joined on the road by coaches from US based Tiger Rugby and together they will deliver a range of coach education sessions, coaching clinics for schools, universities, clubs, youth programs as well as linking with existing rugby based social projects like Play Rugby USA.
Activities will take place in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Washington DC and Texas.
Premiership Rugby’s Community and CSR Director Wayne Morris said “The game between London Irish and Saracens is a significant day in the history of Premiership Rugby and one that has taken a number of years and a lot of hard work to bring to fruition. There are ambitious plans to grow the game in the States and we are delighted to support these through our Try Rugby initiative which not only supports the development of the game but also demonstrates the social impact that can be delivered through rugby, we look forward to announcing more details of the activities and locations in the weeks leading up to the game”
Coach education sessions, open to all rugby coaches, have been confirmed for New Jersey on February 20th and Houston on March 13th.
About British Council
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s organization for cultural relations and international educational opportunities. With a staff of 8,000 operating in more than 100 countries we have over 80 years of experience creating opportunity for connection between the UK and people around the world.
Over 600 million people each year engage with each other through British Council programs, building trust and mutuality, while developing skills in entrepreneurship and community development, education, civic participation, the arts, English and sport. British Council engages at the highest levels with civil and community leaders, influencers, educators, scientists, coaches, artists, business leaders, and the media. Equally importantly, the organization works extensively in and with marginalized and vulnerable populations such as women, at-risk youth, early learners, the rural poor, those in post-conflict zones, and youth either in secondary or higher education or just starting out their careers.
The British Council’s unique expertise is building strong alliances between diverse stakeholders to achieve a common goal. We understand the complicated and varied motivations, constraints and strengths of our partners and we develop customized and appropriate solutions to fit the operating environment. We draw on our decades of institutional learning combined with our operational experience and extensive networks to innovate, create and scale our work.
The British Council has been operating in the United States for over 40 years, where we have been delivering programs in education, arts and community development, including sports.
About Premiership Rugby
Founded in 1987, Premiership Rugby is a professional league for men’s rugby based in the UK. The league currently has 12 participating rugby clubs including Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, London Irish, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Wasps and Worcester Warriors. The season is September through May followed by playoffs and a championship.
Premiership Rugby has a deep commitment to community outreach and development. Premiership’s community programs engaged over 310,000 people in the UK and internationally in 2015. Each season Premiership Rugby and its clubs, working together with our players, coaches and private, public and third sector partners, invest over £3.3million in a variety o community programs. Each Premiership Rugby club is required to have a community engagement program involving local schools, colleges and clubs led by appropriately qualified and experienced employees in order to be a part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby League.. They have won numerous awards for several of their innovative and impactful programs conceived to address different aspects of community development through rugby.
Coach Continuing Education Credits: 5 continuing education credits can be claimed for this clinic with USA Rugby
For any questions about the coach education sessions please contact James Walker at Tiger Rugby.
For any questions about Try Rugby USA, please contact Erin Sullivan at Friends of the British Council USA.