The Rugby Football League has launched an exciting new project to encourage more girls within the primary school age to take up the sport.
RugBees is open to girls aged 7-11 and will be delivered on a weekly basis by club foundations to help them develop their confidence in areas such as catching, passing and kicking – whilst having plenty of fun too. It’s the first Rugby League programme to be developed specifically for primary school aged girls and the RFL has chosen the popular RLWC2021 mascot RugBee to bring the project to life.
Each session will be an hour long, beginning with an introduction to the game’s technical skills and finishing with a non-contact form of the game such as Tag or Touch. Parents and guardians will be encouraged to cheer children on throughout.
The ground-breaking project was unveiled at Headingley on Tuesday 28th March by St Helens and England star Jodie Cunningham, who is also the RFL’s National Women’s and Girl’s Development Manager.
England Women’s World Cup campaign and the HeRLegacy series has helped attract hundreds of players to Rugby League taster sessions and the introduction of RugBees means there is now a girl’s only offer for 7-11-year-olds for the very first time.
Our RugBees classes will begin starting from Wednesday 21st June, with it being free to attend the first session. All sessions afterwards will cost £2.50 for anyone wanting to take part in RugBees. The event will run from 6pm to 7pm and be hosted by St Helens Women’s Head Coach, Matty Smith. We will also have special guests from the St Helens Women’s team who will show up to each session. The player attending will be announced on our social media channels prior to Wednesday’s RugBees session!
You can see a teaser of what you can expect from our RugBees sessions by viewing the video below:
🐝 𝗜𝘁𝘀 𝗥𝘂𝗴𝗕𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆! 🐝
— Saints Community Development Foundation (@CommunitySaints) July 5, 2023
The girls have also had the chance to play at the Totally Wicked Stadium during half-time of the men’s game against Hull KR on Friday 18th of August.
🐝 𝗥𝗨𝗚𝗕𝗘𝗘𝗦 🐝
There is still time for young girls to come down to @porticovinearlfc on a Wednesday and get involved!
— Saints Community Development Foundation (@CommunitySaints) September 4, 2023
On Sunday 10th September, the girls had the chance to lead out our women’s side at the Totally Wicked Stadium, ahead of their game against Warrington Wolves!
— Saints Community Development Foundation (@CommunitySaints) September 11, 2023
You can read and view photos from all of our RugBees events, by following the links:
RugBees Week Nineteen – Abandoned due to bad weather conditions