After a successful pilot year, the London Rugby League Foundation, in partnership with the RFL, are recruiting 10 additional universities to deliver the new recreational offer “Tagged”, from September 2017. Tagged was launched at 12 universities in 2016, and has engage over 600 students to date, over half of whome are female players.
Tagged is a minimal contact version of Rugby League, its played in a mixed gender format and is ideal for engaging beginners in a social team sport. The offer was created by the London Rugby League Foundation with the aim of testing a new social version of rugby league in a University setting, to increase participation and reach a wider audience for the sport. Funded by Sport England in the piot year, the project will now run for a further 12 months supported by Sport England, The RFL and the London Rugby League Foundation.
The aim of the second year is to scale the offer to reach more Universities, and grow the activity in existing sites. Partner institutes are supported by a dedicated project manager, but the offer is delivered in each institute by a team of student activators, who receive comprehensive training and support from the Foundation. Each University also receives a kit and equipment pack to deliver the offer.
Project Manager James Szymik said “Its been a really successful pilot year for the new minimal contact Rugby League offer. 72% of the participants who’ve engaged in Tagged this year have never played Rugby League. Tagged is offering a new audience of young people who may not be interested in playing contact sport to experience Rugby League. We’re really looking forward to working with more institutes from September to continue to grow the offer’.
Vanessa Silva, University for the Creative Arts said “Joining the Tagged Rugby project has been a wonderful adventure this year! It’s super simple to take part and we get so much out of it. Students love the social, non-competitive side which has turned Tagged Rugby into one of our most popular sports. Definitely recommend getting on board with”.
Holly Furniss, from Reading University, said “Tagged was easy to set up and the support we had from you was great. All the help with the promotion and recruitment really made a difference. Having student ambassadors run it has been a beneficial experience for them and with the training they received meant they have needed very little guidance in making the club a success. I am really glad we have been a part of the project, it has been well received by students and will be great to see it continue to grow”.
If you’d like to hear more about Tagged or to register your interest please contact James Szymik – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07399414387.