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This is our £10,000 community fund dedicated to helping grow women's grassroots rugby. Following on from the initial launch in 2022, the fund is open to continue help knock down barriers that are restricting women from enjoying the game of rugby in 2023.


Recent research from Women in Sport showed that more than one million girls gave up on sport as a teenager and, as a result of the pandemic, had more mental health worries than boys.

Canterbury wants to reverse this stat and help more girls and women find their home in rugby. We know it's a great sport, full of camaraderie, where you can find yourself as a person. We also know from our own work that taking part in physical activity can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing, as well as social skills and teamwork.

So to help increase participation levels and remove the financial barrier, we kicked off 2022 by creating a £10,000 fund - available to players, coaches, supporters or grassroots clubs playing rugby.

The money from the fund could be used to support kit, equipment or funding as part of the game, whatever code of rugby you play: rugby union, rugby league, tag or wheelchair rugby.

This is our commitment to help grow female participation in rugby.


FWD fund applications for 2023 are now closed.

Our 2023 selection panel including Ellie Kildunne, Zainab Alema and Sam Warburton have reviewed all the entries and selected the players, clubs and communities who will be receiving the fund.

The selected recipients of funding from the FWD fund have been contacted via email. Full Terms and Conditions available here.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to apply for 2023 FWD fund, we look forward to working with the chosen applicants and continue to help grow women’s grassroots rugby together.

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