John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle has expressed delight as Carlisle RFC has been chosen as one of the key areas for delivery of the Women’s World Cup Impact Programme.
There are now only two years to go until women’s rugby takes centre stage. RWC 2025 will be hosted in towns and cities across England thanks to investment from the UK Government and in partnership between the RFU, UK Sport and World Rugby. The tournament will take the game around the country with matches being held in Brighton, Bristol, Exeter, London, Northampton, Sunderland, York and Manchester. It will be the most accessible women’s rugby tournament and will help to inspire women and men, girls and boys to take part in rugby.
In addition, the tournament will bring wider socio-economic benefits. Alongside hosting, the Rugby Football Union in partnership with the UK Government and Sport England will be delivering the ambitious Impact Programme. In the lead up to the tournament this programme will create more opportunities than ever before, at every level of the game, for females to participate. Investment will go into engaging diverse communities across the country in the women’s and girl’s game as well as recruiting and training more female coaches and referees. There is also a substantial investment in club facilities to make sure they are able to welcome an ever-growing number of women and girls into the game.
Commenting John said, “I am delighted to hear of the inclusion of Carlisle RFC in the innovation Programme. As a big fan of rugby union I am looking forward to following the Women’s World Cup immensely. Inclusion in this programme will play a vital role in helping inspire even more women and girls to give rugby a try, and I am quite sure this will lead to positive outcomes for Carlisle RFC.”