Prince Harry praises All Schools on reaching 400

  • Prince Harry congratulates All Schools on its success
  • Programme reaches its goal of 400 new schools playing rugby

Prince Harry has congratulated the All Schools programme, supported by principal partner CBRE, on reaching its target of 400 new secondary schools playing rugby before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The programme was set up by the Rugby Football Foundation with Prince Harry acting as Patron to engage state secondary schools across the country with the sport ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Prince Harry said: "We have now reached the crucial milestone of 400 secondary state schools becoming rugby playing schools thanks to the programme. We are well on our way to helping one million students benefit from the game and its development opportunities.

“It’s no secret that I love top flight rugby, but I’m also a passionate supporter of how powerful the grassroots game is in helping to improve people’s lives: The values it teaches, the enjoyment it brings and the unity it creates.”

More than 60% of All Schools in the country are running mixed training sessions and 35% of all new players in schools are girls.

More than 130,000 students have started playing rugby in secondary schools thanks to the programme and more than 600 teachers are now trained coaches and match officials. 

RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said: “It is great to see so many more people playing and engaging in rugby thanks to All Schools. We are determined to keep the momentum up as we expand the programme further over the next four years.” 

Research has shown that 65 per cent of young pupils who take up the sport grow in confidence, and as a result more than 2,000 students have been trained as ICAP Young Leaders.

The progamme is aiming to continue its success by introducing over 750 secondary schools to the sport by the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and more than 160 community clubs are already building this momentum in England.

Principal Partner CBRE have been helping the RFU to deliver rugby at All Schools by encouraging their employees to help coach and referee games for pupils across the country.

Ciaran Bird, CBRE UK Managing Director said: “To achieve this milestone is fantastic and we look forward to continuing our involvement with All Schools as we help England Rugby work towards its next target of an additional 350 schools in the programme.”