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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.

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FWD fund is open to applications now until 31st August, available to all areas of women's rugby to apply for support.

To apply, just complete the information requested in the form linked below:

Our selection panel including Ellie Kildunne, Zainab Alema and Sam Warburton, will review all the entries after closing and select the players, clubs and communities who will receiving the fund.

The selected recipients of funding from the FWD fund will be contacted via email shortly after the applications close. Full Terms and Conditions available here.

We look forward to seeing the applications and together help knock down barriers to grow women's grassroots rugby to the next level.

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