The White Rose Schools Rugby Series’ main focus is to increase participation in rugby, including aiding the transition from School to grassroots rugby. Through planning, organising and administrating school rugby festivals.
White Rose Rugby are now currently in their third year of managing the series and growth is set to continue. In the 2018/19 season, they will host 248 rugby festivals across the whole of Yorkshire. Since we started we have seen a 300% increase in growth of participation in the festivals.
In the planning stage of the Rugby Series White Rose Rugby create clusters of schools for festivals. Creating these clusters make the Festivals more accessible for all of the schools. There are currently 125 Schools participating in the festivals, this number is also set to increase through to next year.
The White Rose Rugby Series hosts festivals for girls and boys. There are festivals for Year 7 to Year 11 boy’s and 1st Team boys, these festivals have high participation levels across the whole of Yorkshire. There are also festivals for Under 13, 15 and 18 girls rugby festivals.
Working with the RFU (the national governing body for rugby in England) schools and rugby clubs, White Rose Rugby hand-pick venues for the series. In 2018/19 around 80 festivals will be hosted at rugby clubs. Festivals at grassroot rugby clubs help to aid the transition between school rugby to club rugby. Rugby clubs offer Floodlights, guaranteed pitches and an opportunity for participants to view their local rugby club.
Festivals are also hosted at schools, selecting schools on their facilities and accessibility for other local schools. Schools that are RFU All Schools and schools that express a strong passion in taking part in the series are also selected to host.
At the end of each season White Rose Rugby host a Day of Rugby; A full day of rugby which all schools are invited too. The day includes games, coaching and the opportunity for schools to create communication links outside of their areas. The Day of Rugby creates opportunity for development; the environment created supports the development of rugby skills and core values. This year White Rose Rugby will be hosting three separate Days of Rugby. There will be a Year 7-10 boys, A 1st Team boy’s and a Under 13,15 and 18’s girls festival.
White Rose Rugby currently work closely with the RFU to help continue development. They allocate community rugby coaches to our festivals to help referee, coach, support and mentor teachers at the festival. They also help us to communicate with the schools and keep our contacts for the schools and clubs up to date.