- #DiscoverYourGold aims to identify talented athletes
- Two current players have been talent spotted before
- Find out more here
England Rugby Womens Sevens programme has joined together with UK Sport for the #DiscoverYourGold Campaign.
For the first time England Rugby women’s sevens programme joins UK Sports #DiscoverYourGold. It is the biggest multi-sport talent identification campaign in British history, aimed to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions.
Targeting 15-24-year-olds, #DiscoverYourGold is a partnership between UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and a range of National Governing Bodies, including England Rugby, that provides gifted youngsters the chance to be fast-tracked into the exciting world of high performance sport.
Simon Amor, RFU Head of England Sevens Programmes “Since the Rio 2016 Olympics the standard of the women’s World Series has gone to a completely different level. The game is faster, more physical and requires outstanding levels of fitness with the demands on the players significantly greater than it was in Rio.
"The opportunity to be involved in the Discover your Gold campaign is extremely exciting for the England sevens programme.
“Teams around the world have shown how effective talent transfer can be for women’s sevens.We are excited to open the door for more outstanding athletes.”
Two current England Women Sevens internationals in Heather Fisher and Deborah Fleming have both been talent spotted to now represent their country at the highest level.
They are currently with the squad out in Brisbane as they continue preparations for the Commonwealth Games and Sevens World Cup later this year. "I now play a sport I absolutely love."
“I’d done sport all my life, athletics and netball, and in 2012 I’d decided to stop doing athletics and I was going to give up high level sport," said Fleming.
“My coach at the time advised I fill out an application for power to podium where they see what sport you have an aptitude towards and rugby sevens was one of them. I went to the testing day, I got picked up, gave it a go and absolutely loved it.
"If it wasn’t for completing power to podium I wouldn’t be an England rugby seven player, there’s no chance.
“It completely changed the entire direction of my life at that point, I didn’t recognise it then but as it’s progressed over the years it’s been obvious. I now play a sport I absolutely love."
Fisher, meanwhile, had a career as a England XVs player but made her way back into the sport through an unsual route.
"In 2006 I came out of rugby and from there I got asked to have a go at bobsleigh so I went across to some testing dates and to cut a long story short I ended up at GB bobsleigh for three years.
“Going from rugby, to bobsleigh and to sevens particularly really helped my speed and my power so it’s been a good link.
UK Sport Director of Performance Chelsea Warr, who pioneered the talent identification process back in 2005, said of this year’s campaign: “#DiscoverYourGold is all about ensuring young people with sporting talent get the opportunity to reach their full potential no matter what their background.
“We are looking for athletes with raw endurance, speed or power who might not currently be in the best sport for them. With access to the right training and support, we aim to help them fulfil their potential and maybe one day to become future Olympic and Paralympic medallists.”
Previous campaigns have already produced remarkable results with Sochi 2014 skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold, Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover, taekwondo Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad and Paralympic athletics champion Joanna Butterfield all discovered through previous talent ID campaigns.
If you think you have what it takes to be a future rugby sevens champion visit uksport.gov.uk/talent for further details and to sign up.