RFU launches its Young Rugby Ambassadors Programme

Drybrook RFC is one of the first group of Young Rugby Ambassadors chosen by the RFU as part of its commitment to develop young volunteers throughout the game.

Aged between sixteen and twenty, and drawn from rugby clubs across England, the Young Rugby Ambassadors will be part of a programme that aims to excite and engage young people in the build-up to and legacy from Rugby World Cup 2015

Chanise Beard, Will Greenway, Joe Lewis and Maizie Morgan were chosen to be Young Rugby Ambassador because they are all committed to and passionate about rugby. They were keen to take up this oppotunity and promote rugby to young people

Chanise, Will, Joe and Maizie have all been playing rugby for many years, all of them have been playing since the age of 5 and are passionate about rugby, and are great ambassadors for rugby and Drybrook RFC.

Chanise, Will, Joe and Maizie and other Young Rugby Ambassadors from across the region attended a conference at Kingsholm on

October 31 to launch this RFU initiative.  Gloucester is one of ten host cities chosen to stage matches during Rugby World Cup 2015.

At the conference they took part in workshops to discuss ideas for community projects to inspire people about rugby, explored different leadership and ambassadorial styles and shared information about RWC 2015.

Club Chairman Paul Mason said;
This is a fantastic opportunity for these young ambassadors to take part in such an event. They will have the opportunity to discuss, plan and action initiatives that encourage young people to take up the sport.

young-ambassadorsThey will work to get the community engaged with rugby and Drybrook RFC, and use the Rugby World Cup 2015 to inspire people about rugby and get involved.

Drybrooks Luke Fisher (Jersey) and Mandy Meredith will act as mentors to the four young ambassadors and give support and guidance as and if required.

In the build-up to the tournament, Chanise, Will, Joe and Maizie and the other Young Rugby Ambassadors will be working in their clubs to pass on the latest news on RWC 2015, get their local communities talking about rugby and will also help to bring back players in the 16-24 age group.

RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger emphasised the benefits of the programme: “We are committed to support the development of young volunteers in our clubs at all levels. This programme will showcase the talents and potential of young people to club administrators, committees and local communities, to engage more young volunteers in the management of rugby clubs.

“These young people represent the best of their generation and they will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the development of the game.”

The next group of Young Rugby Ambassadors will be recruited by May next year, along with adult mentors who will work with them in their clubs.