Canterbury has announced the launch of Future Fund – a grant set up to financially support female grass roots rugby players and help increase participation levels across the UK.
Following research by Women In Sport which shows that more than one million girls in the UK lose interest in sport as a teenager and experienced more mental health worries than boys caused by the pandemic, Canterbury is making £10,000 available to encourage new players to the sport and support those already involved.
Players, coaches, supporters and grass roots clubs are all encouraged to submit applications to the fund by 30th June, demonstrating how they are taking clear action to support and grow the women’s game. As well as financial support, the grant will support successful applicants with kit and equipment to help players to take their first steps into the world of rugby.
The Future Fund is the latest initiative from Canterbury to support and grow the women’s game following the release of its mini-film documentary series, Changing The Game. The films focus on how six inspirational women in rugby have broken down barriers – including disability, sexism and racism – to play the game they love.
Jack Richardson, Vice President of Canterbury, said: “After hearing some of the inspirational stories from our Changing The Game series, we want to help and support the next generation of female players coming through the ranks. We hope the Future Fund will encourage anybody who was inspired by the films or this year’s Women’s Six Nations to pick up a rugby ball and give the game a go.”
Applications for the Future Fund should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30th. Successful applicants will be announced in July.