Schools' Cup

  • Schools, Colleges & Youth Development

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  • RFU All Schools Programme Gains CBRE As Partner

    The Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) bid to increase the number of children playing rugby in secondary schools has received a welcome boost after CBRE was announced as principal partner of the All Schools programme. The commercial property and real estate services advisor has also signed up as an official supporter to England Rugby, with the four-year deal seeing CBRE investing significantly in All Schools, one of the seven areas identified by the RFU to deliver the greatest participation legacy f...

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  • Dodson Promises Schools Investment In Scotland

    Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson has committed to the ongoing investment into school rugby in Scotland, in an interview with the BBC. The Scotland national side has come under fire in recent months following a poor Six Nations campaign but Dodson has defended Scottish rugby, citing the doubling of commercial income and the reduction of debts during his tenure as chief executive as a sign of progress being made. And he had pledged to continue investing into both independent and state sc...

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  • NatWest Sponsors Schools Cup

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU) have announced that NatWest will be the new sponsor of the Schools Cup. The bank replaces the Daily Mail and RBS and will become the sole title sponsor for the competition for the 2013-14 season and chief commercial officer Sophie Goldschmidt says the RFU is “delighted” with the new deal. NatWest already supports the governing body’s community programme RugbyForce and the firm’s senior sponsorship manager...

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  • Canterbury Schools Ratings

    Until now it has been impossible for schools to gauge just how good they are on a regular basis. But Canterbury have introduced a rankings system which lets rugby-playing schools know exactly where they stand in the pecking order. Historically, schools have not played in structured leagues, instead relying on long-established fixture lists against mostly local rivals. The Daily Mail national knockout Cup has, for many years, been the only yardstick which schools can measure themselves against. B...

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  • CBRE Extends All Schools Sponsorship

    The RFU has extended the deal for commercial property and real estate services advisor CBRE to be the title partner of its All Schools programme until December 2019. CBRE is an official partner of England Rugby and will sponsor the initiative to increase the number of state secondary schools playing rugby across the country for another four years. The target of embedding rugby and its core values into 400 state secondary state schools that hadn’t previously played was achieved in September 201...

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  • WRU Make Urdd National Sevens Partner

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has made Urdd Gobaith Cymru its National Schools Sevens arm in order to further enhance the profile and delivery of sevens rugby in Wales. The WRU will provide support for the Urdd’s Regional and National tournaments via its participation officers. The Union will also provide extra training for school teachers in the delivery of Sevens rugby. Urdd Sports director Gary Lewis said: “It’s fantastic to have the Welsh Rugby Union as a key partner in this way because...

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  • Ramnesty International

    Over 4,000 used balls - including rugby balls, cricket balls, footballs, basketballs, handballs, hockey balls, netballs, rounders balls, softballs and volleyballs - have been handed in to Ram International by schools throughout the UK under their Ramnesty scheme. Over 100 schools upgraded their old balls with half-price Ram match balls and, as a result, several thousand African children will benefit from having the older ones to play with. The used balls were collected from Ram’s warehouse for...

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  • Ospreys Expand Community Kit Initiative

    The Ospreys Kit Initiative (OKI), a scheme which has saved schools and clubs across West Wales more than £100,000 on rugby kit, has been expanded to offer discounts on a number of different sports kits including hockey, basketball, netball and cricket.The OKI is operated by the region on a not-for-profit basis in conjunction with kit supplier Kooga and primary commercial partners RWE npower renewables.Andrew Hore, chief operations officer at the Ospreys, says: "We are delighted to be able to an...

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  • Roscrea College Threatens IRFU With Court Over Eligibility

    The Irish Times reports that Cistercian College Roscrea are threatening High Court action against the IRFU and the Leinster Branch schools committee over the eligibility of nine teenage rugby players. One of the students, having played representative age grade rugby while attending another school, was enrolled in Roscrea last September to repeat his Leaving Certificate. The Leinster schools committee’s “20 month rule” was introduced to stymie leading rugby schools recruiting talent from ot...

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