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Premiership Rugby supports International Women’s Day

Premiership Rugby is proud to support International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, and cultural achievement of women – not to mention the push towards parity in our sport.

Women’s rugby remains one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK, in part thanks to the efforts of Premiership Rugby’s ‘Rugby4All’ and ‘HITZ’ programmes.
Rugby4All has given more than 7,200 girls the opportunity to play rugby in primary and secondary schools, while this year the HITZ Awards saw not one, but four female winners for the very first time.
Internationally, Premiership Rugby’s Try Rugby programme is running a girls’ festival for female students and family members in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Bath Rugby are getting in on the action today encouraging more girls into the game by hosting a primary school rugby festival with over 1,300 girls in attendance. While Harlequins are preparing to host England’s vital Women’s Six Nations clash with Wales this weekend at The Stoop.
Gloucester Rugby hosted Gloucester-Hartpury v Loughborough Ladies at Kingsholm at the weekend, where Gloucester-Hartpury triumphed 17-14 after their men’s counterparts saw off Wasps.
International Women's Day means different things to different people; for some it's a celebration, for others it's a call to action to accelerate gender parity.
And Premiership Rugby’s Head of Programmes, former Harlequins’ player Mel Antao, is hopeful of raising the growing profile of women’s rugby even further in the coming months.
“Our Rugby4All programme is one of the only initiatives out there that specifically targets women’s and girls’ participation in rugby, not just in schools but in outreach areas, that culminates in camps and feeding into the local clubs,” said Antao.
“The HITZ programme has also seen an increase in female participants, and this year was the first time we’ve seen female winners at the HITZ Awards – all of whom had incredibly inspiring stories to tell.
“International Women’s Day is an important day to celebrate for Premiership Rugby and we’re hoping to further grow the links between our clubs and the women’s and girls’ clubs in their area.”
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