Bath Rugby Foundation is delivering the Project Rugby programme which is designed to introduce the sport of rugby to participants who may have previously felt excluded from the sport.

Project Rugby is a joint initiative between Premiership Rugby and England Rugby and aims to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups:

  • Black Asian & Minority Ethnic People
  • People from Lower Socio-Economic backgrounds (top 30% IMD)
  • Disabled People

During the 2018/19 season Bath Rugby Foundation worked with 38 schools across B&NES and the surrounding area and created hubs in Bath, Midsomer Norton, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury. After youngsters are introduced to rugby in schools the hubs run for a further 12 to 14 weeks, providing a progression pathway for players to continue enjoying the sport, with an introduction to local clubs.  For some players the season ended with a match at the home of English Rugby - see the video below.

Last year, the first for Project Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation set up the Walcot Warriors, the South West’s first Mixed Ability rugby team. Learn more about the Walcot Warriors here.

Across the country the programme will engage thousands of participants per year (aged 14+ and 16+ for disabled people) and will be delivered by community staff from Premiership Rugby’s 14 shareholder clubs at over 200 locations across England, providing accessible opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that can be easily accessed by target audiences.


Email Dan to find out more about Project Rugby