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 was the RFL’s National Women’s and Girl’s Development Manager, before joining the Saints as Head of Women’s Pathways and Performance at the start of 2024.

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:

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.

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!

You can read and view photos from all of our RugBees events, by following the links:

RugBees Week One

RugBees Week Two

RugBees Week Three

RugBees Week Four

RugBees Week Five

RugBees Week Six

RugBees Week Seven

RugBees Week Eight

RugBees Week Nine

RugBees Week Ten

RugBees Week Eleven

RugBees Week Twelve

RugBees Week Thirteen

RugBees Week Fourteen

RugBees Week Fifteen

RugBees Week Sixteen

RugBees Week Seventeen

RugBees Week Eighteen

RugBees Week Nineteen – Cancelled due to Weather Conditions

RugBees Week Twenty – Awards Evening