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RFU steps up school engagement scheme
ESPN Staff
July 17, 2013

The Rugby Football Union is set to step up its efforts to ensure the 2015 World Cup leaves a lasting legacy by introducing the game to 100 new schools this season.

The All Schools initiative, a programme to get more secondary state school children playing rugby, was launched last season with the aim of taking the sport to 400 state secondary schools by 2015 and to 750 by 2019.

This latest stage will see the number of schools to have engaged with the scheme grow to over 200 with over 40,000 students - both boys and girls - having already benefitted from 10,400 hours of coaching.

Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director of the RFU said: "We launched All Schools to take rugby to people and places that might not otherwise have experienced the game. We believe rugby has the power to make school life happier and healthier, reducing anti-social behaviour, enhancing learning and increasing self-esteem for students. We are committed to creating a positive legacy for students through rugby and its core values."

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