Boris Johnson invests in Rugby World Cup legacy

  • Mayor London invests in rugby legacy
  • All Schools programme will benefit

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has invested £100,000 into the grassroots of rugby to generate more participation in the sport following the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The money provided to the RFU will go towards the All Schools programme, local clubs to increase their capacity, and a further 14 local rugby clubs will be given grants to allow Londoners to try rugby for free.

Boris Johnson said: “I have absolutely no doubt that Rugby World Cup 2015 will be the best rugby tournament ever, with London playing centre stage in an epic gladiatorial battle witnessed by billions of people around the world.

“We want this stellar sporting event to inspire more people to get active and I am delighted to be joining forces with the RFU so that thousands of Londoners can learn how to scrum, ruck and maul.”

The Mayor announced his latest funding during a training session at Haverstock School in Camden, who are in their fourth year of the All Schools programme, alongside England legend Jason Leonard where the children and parents were given the opportunity to see the Webb Ellis Cup.

The funding for the RFU comes as part of the Mayor’s FreeSport programme designed to create more free sport for Londoners and this support aims to encourage more women, disabled people and ethnic minorities to play the sport.

RFU President Jason Leonard said: “2015 is a fantastic year for rugby. This investment from the mayor will have a significant impact on All Schools and help us take rugby to even more schools across the capital.”

All Schools, supported by princiapl partner CBRE, was created to increase the number of secondary schools across the country playing rugby and the campaign has already reached its target of introducing 400 schools before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

Ciaran Bird, CBRE UK Managing Director, said: “Last season saw 130,000 young people new to rugby to enjoy the sport thanks to All Schools, a milestone of which I’m incredibly proud. However, the ambition is to grow participation even further, introducing rugby and its core values to one million children by 2019.

"The support expressed for the All Schools programme today by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the wider City of London team is a fantastic endorsement and will help us bring rugby to more children, and sooner.”