Scottish Rugby and Girlguiding Scotland team up to get more girls into sport

Scottish Rugby and Girlguiding Scotland are teaming up to empower more girls to discover the fun and fitness of rugby in a ground-breaking new partnership.

The new programme called ‘Guides into Rugby’ aims to encourage Girlguiding Scotland members age 10 to 14, many of whom may never have played rugby before, to experience Scottish Rugby’s Tartan Touch, a fun, simplified non-contact version of the sport.

As the leading charity for girls and young women in the country, with 50,000 members aged 5-25, it is hoped thousands of girls will have the opportunity to discover what rugby has to offer.  

The partnership offers Girlguiding Scotland leaders hands-on training in delivering Tartan Touch, at a series of regional workshops in the spring before returning to their units to deliver the ‘Guides into Rugby’ programme.

Scotland internationalist Sarah Law and her sister, Scotland Women Performance Development Programme player, Rachel Law are ambassadors for the partnership and former Girlguiding Scotland members.

Sarah Law said: “Growing up as a member of Girlguiding Scotland was amazing fun so it’s great to see Girlguiding Scotland working with Scottish Rugby on this project. There are a lot of shared values between rugby and Girlguiding - like respect, empowerment and fun - so this will be a perfect fit.”

It is a fantastic way to introduce more girls to rugby and I know that everyone involved will have a great time getting to grips with the game.”

The partnership will conclude with a final celebration event at BT Murrayfield where members will play in a touch rugby tournament.

Denise Spence, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland, said: “We are delighted to launch this ground-breaking partnership with Scottish Rugby as we know taking part in sport can be hugely beneficial to girls’ physical and mental wellbeing. 

“As the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, we’re committed to giving girls a safe space to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills and grow in confidence so we’re excited to team up with Scottish Rugby to offer girls across the country the opportunity to have fun, be more active and discover rugby with their friends.”

As part of Scottish Rugby’s #BeTheBestYou campaign, the partnership aims to inspire girls across Scotland to embrace the positive social, health and emotional benefits of rugby.

Gemma Fay, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Women & Girls Rugby, said: “We are hugely excited to be working with the leading organisation for girls and young women in Scotland to create more opportunities for girls to get involved with rugby.

Rugby has a unique set of values and offers so much more than the obvious health benefits.

“Time and time again we see people enjoying themselves and achieving things physically and emotionally that they might not have thought possible; we know empowering girls to enjoy new experiences and gain new skills is at the heart of what Girlguiding Scotland is all about so we’re thrilled to bring Tartan Touch to Girlguiding Scotland members.”

The partnership aims to spark a passion for rugby and inspire girls to build on their experience with Tartan Touch by joining their local club.

Girlguiding Scotland is open to all girls age 5 and up, giving them a safe space to enjoy new experiences and develop their skills - from getting active with sport to enjoying outdoor adventure, campaigning on the issues they care about and taking action in their communities. 

To find out more about joining Girlguiding Scotland – on behalf of a girl or as an adult volunteer visit: https://www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved/