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University Rugby Update |September 2022

Regular updates on events, offers, and opportunities from England Rugby University Partnerships team and the Students’ RFU (SRFU).

This update’s headlines:

Funding opportunities – Action required if of interest

- SRFU LEARN & PLAY grants

- Women & Girls funding

Action required

-SRFU Affiliations Deadline

Action required if of interest

- SRFU Communications Lead recruitment

General Updates

-Inner warrior

-The Touch Union

-Game On

Follow our social channels

To stay up to date on guidance, webinars and good practice examples, make sure you follow the joint social channels of the SRFU and RFU University Partnerships Team. Help us engage more university clubs, student and supporters by liking and sharing our content and tagging us in content that is shared.

Funding opportunities


The LEARN grant is closing on 27th September, apply now for funding to attend RFU courses for coaches & officials with 2/3rd of the course cost reimbursed.

For more details and apply HERE:

The PLAY grant is open now until 9th October, it’s designed to support University clubs grow participation and retain players in the game through recreational/intra-mural rugby activity and community club-links.

Click for more details and to apply HERE:

All SRFU affiliated University Rugby clubs can apply.

Women & Girls Funding

Got an idea or project to recruit and/or retain female players in the game? If so you can apply for additional funding – email to request an application form.


Reminder that affiliation of the Students RFU is a requirement for student club teams participating in BUCS, NAMS and LUSL competitions – the deadline is 23rd September see the SRFU membership pages for more information.

Get Involved

SRFU Communications Lead opportunity

Want to expand your marcomms experience by working with one of sports most recognised brands? The SRFU are currently recruiting for a volunteer Communications Lead, for the recruitment pack and application details click here Application deadline is Sunday 6th November 2022.

Inner Warrior

Are you a female seeking to take up a new challenge or a rugby club trying to engage more female players? Allianz Inner Warrior is England primary campaign used to recruit female players into clubs.

Watch this space for all the information coming for the 22/23 season. To find a session near you click here:

The Touch Union

The Touch Union is a non-contact, local level playing format that links closely to the main skills of rugby union. Relaxed, adaptable and social, its main purpose is getting everyone involved and making the players feel good.

To find a session or host at your club check follow the link below for all the information:

Game On

Not got a full 15? -Every Game Matters!

Game On is a flexibility in rules, not a change in the game we all

love. Game on works for teams which, for whatever reason, cannot put out a full 15. Game On

helps ensure the game gets played. Guaranteeing that teams and players can get the playing time they crave.

To find out more on how you can apply Game On within your club click the link below:

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