The Young Rugby Ambassadors (YRA) programme gives you the opportunity to make a difference in your local club and get more people enjoying rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015).
Who can be a YRA?
Anyone aged between 16 and 20 years old who is a member of a rugby club, or a college or university. You just need to have the enthusiasm to volunteer and encourage more people to enjoy, watch and play rugby! You will need to have a mentor, who will help you to make things happen with your club and be your link into the management committee.
As a YRA you can be part of a number of projects, all linked to the lead up to and legacy of RWC 2015:
- Bring back at least two 16-24 year olds from your community who used to play rugby or would like to start. This could be through social events, rugby tournaments/festivals and in any format of the game
- Work with your local community on cultural engagement with RWC 2015 to get local people talking about rugby though art, photography, local history, film, music, etc.
- Communicate the latest news on RWC 2015 using resources and information provided by England Rugby 2015 and the RFU. This could be through arranging and delivering a series of meetings/social evenings at your club.
How do I get started as a YRA?
- First, you will need to register online
- If you are under 18 years old, please get a parent/guardian to fill in the consent form (PDF 176kB)
- You will then be invited to attend a YRA workshop in your area. This will be run by your local Rugby Development Officer (RDO) and will give you more information on the YRA programme and the Ambassador role and how to get started with projects
- After the workshop it’s up to you to get going with projects in your community and club, with ongoing support from your mentor and RDO. Don’t forget to let us know what great stuff you’ve been up to so we can tell everyone about it and promote your club! Email us at YRA2015@rfu.com
Why become a YRA?
There are lots of benefits to volunteering and with the YRA programme you’ll have some great experiences:
- Develop exciting projects linked to RWC 2015 for your club and local community
- Showcase your talents to your club and Constituent Body (CB)
- Meet new people, work as part of a team and develop skills
- Increase your self-confidence
- Gain valuable experience about rugby development and promotion
- Improve your CV with your volunteering efforts
- Give something back to the game and encourage other young people to become involved in rugby
If you’re keen on getting involved in the YRA programme or want to know more, have a chat with your club about getting involved then contact us and we’ll get you started or answer any questions you might have: YRA2015@rfu.com
Downloads and resources
- Mentor information
- Young Rugby Ambassadors presentation template (PPT 1.67MB)
- YRA role description (PDF 228kB)
- Mentor role description (PDF 260kB)
- Ideas for YRA projects (PDF 664kB)
- Young Rugby Ambassadors posters (PDF 384kB)
- Case studies
- YRA Newsletter issue 1 (PDF 936kB)
- YRA Newsletter issue 2 (PDF 452kB)
- YRA Newsletter issue 3 (PDF 460kB)
- YRA Newsletter issue 5 (PDF 372kB)
- YRA Newsletter issue 6 (PDF 328kB)