Women powering growth of rugby on the Sunshine Coast


21 December 2016

Women powering growth of rugby on the Sunshine Coast

A newly elected Board of Sunshine Coast Rugby Union has identified girl’s and women’s rugby to lead increased participation in the sport across all age groups in 2017.

“In 2016 we had an additional 240 players in our junior ranks with the total number of boys and girls reaching a record total of 1,759 players,” said Ian Brown, Chairman of the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union.

“It was a similar story in our senior club teams with an extra 150 men and women signing up to play rugby in 2016 bring our total participation to 515 players.

The real engine for growth in the sport is the tremendous increase in the number of girls and women now wanting to play rugby.

The success of the Australian Women’s Rugby 7’s team at this year’s Rio Olympic Games saw the launch of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Women’s Rugby 7’s with close to 100 players participating and following this we had local Sunshine Coast girl Emma Sykes win selection in the Australian Women’s Rugby 7’s team.

Women’s rugby on the Sunshine Coast has real momentum with most players playing for fun and enjoyment with their friends, whilst there also is the real opportunity for some players to become Olympians which is very exciting,” said Mr Brown.

Building on this momentum in 2017 the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union has developed a full year calendar to attract more women to rugby.

“Our newly elected Board member Jo Kerr is doing an outstanding job planning for a Women’s 12-a-side competition to be played after the men’s games on Saturday’s. A Girl’s Rugby 7’s competition will look to attract Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 teams. In addition, a Women’s Rugby 7’s competition will be scheduled in late 2017 and there will be representative opportunities available to both girls and women to pursue,” said Mr Brown.

The new Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Board are committed to leading the game forward to attract more support and players to the sport.

“We would welcome people and businesses across the Sunshine Coast who have a real interest in rugby and community sport to look at getting in touch with us to see what possible role they could play.

We really want to attract people and businesses to support the game and ethos of rugby across the Sunshine Coast,” said Mr Brown.

Players and supporters wanting more information on Sunshine Coast Rugby Union are welcome to contact Ian Brown on ianbrown@optusnet.com,au

For further Information contact:

Ian Brown

Chairman, Sunshine Coast Rugby Union

Email. ianbrown@optusnet.com.au

Mobile. 0412 077 406

Champions of the 2016 Women’s 7’s – Noosa


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