Scottish Rugby announce work with local authorities for #BeTheBestYou

This International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March) Scottish Rugby is announcing its work with 11 local authorities across Scotland to deliver curricular and extra-curricular rugby to girls aged 12-17.

Phase 2 of the #BeTheBestYou campaign was launched in October 2017 and aims to give girls interested in continuing their rugby a clear pathway to train and play on a regular basis while at secondary school.

Local authorities will run school taster sessions throughout March before players are given the opportunity to take part in touch rugby events at their local clubs or in the wider community.

Scottish Rugby will support schools and clubs involved by providing advice and marketing packs to encourage pupils to engage with the campaign.

Argyll & Bute are one of the 11 local authorities set to benefit from this latest stage of the campaign.

Allan Wright, Rugby Development Officer for Argyll & Bute, said: “The #BeTheBestYou campaign will help clubs in Argyll & Bute continue to promote the growth of girls’ rugby.

“I am really hopeful that our high schools will benefit from this programme and engage with a large number of new players.”

Since its launch in April 2017, #BeTheBestYou has seen women and girls from across Scotland get involved in rugby, either for the first time or returning after a break, as local clubs welcome newcomers with taster training sessions.

Over 500 women have been through the gates of their local clubs or to sessions at their universities thanks to the campaign.

Gemma Fay, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Women and Girls Rugby, said: “This next stage of #BeTheBestYou will give girls between mini and senior rugby more chances to continue playing or pick up a ball for the first time.

Rugby is not only excellent exercise but offers a unique and welcoming team environment which can benefit anyone regardless of their sporting background.

“We hope that #BeTheBestYou continues to see more women and girls enjoying our sport and embracing what rugby has to offer.”

Scottish Rugby is working with Young Scot and sportscotland’s Active Schools programme, as part of #BeTheBestYou, to increase the opportunities to train and play for girls across Scotland.

Young Scot cardholders attending #BeTheBestYou sessions will be able to earn points as part of their #ActiveRewards scheme: https://rewards.youngscot.org/activities/2178-take-part-scottish-rugby-bethebestyou-active

Local Authorities working with Scottish Rugby for Phase 2 of #BeTheBestYou

Aberdeen City

Aberdeenshire

Argyll & Bute

Borders

East Renfrewshire

East Dunbartonshire

East Lothian

Edinburgh

Falkirk

Inverclyde

North Ayrshire