World Rugby is delighted to announce that international development agency ChildFund has been appointed its first ever charity partner for the women’s edition of a Rugby World Cup.
This follows a hugely successful partnership for RWC2019, where more than £2m was pledged by rugby fans around the globe.
This record-breaking legacy has given more than 31,000 children from disadvantaged communities in Asia the opportunity to play, learn and grow through ChildFund’s rugby for good programmes, while also providing emergency assistance to Japanese communities impacted by Typhoon Hagibis.
ChildFund, through its rugby for development unit, ChildFund Rugby, is currently working with Oceania Rugby to provide vulnerable women and girls with the opportunities to learn new life skills to overcome challenges and become active leaders in their communities.
Funds raised through RWC2021 will be used to support ChildFund Rugby initiatives which:
- give children and young people the opportunity to benefit from their participation in ChildFund Rugby’s integrated rugby and life skills learning, equipping them to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change, and take active leadership roles within their communities;
- increase the participation of girls and young women and create safe playing environments, to drive and support a new generation of Unstoppable rugby union players in the Oceania region; and
- support the creation of strong, productive, and collaborative rugby women’s networks around the globe, building effective pathways for female involvement at all levels of the game.
Visit the ChildFund Rugby website www.childfundrugby.org for more details.
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Who is ChildFund?
The ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 12 child-focused development organisations that helps nearly 23 million children and their families in 70 countries. ChildFund work to end violence and exploitation against children and to overcome poverty and the underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work in partnership with children and their communities to create lasting change, and the participation of children themselves is a key component of our approach.
In addition to programs which strengthen education, healthcare, and child protection for young people, ChildFund also seeks to support learning for children and youth through its sport for development initiatives, including rugby for good programme Pass It Back, in collaboration with Asia Rugby and World Rugby, which was a key component of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Impact Beyond legacy programme in Asia.
What is ChildFund Rugby?
Using integrated rugby and life skills learning, young people from vulnerable communities are equipped to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change, and take active leadership roles within their communities.
All ChildFund Rugby programs contribute to achieving gender equality, reducing inequality, and ending violence against children, reflecting targets within the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Participants also develop critical social and emotional skills which help them to achieve personal goals, build empathy, manage emotions, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
ChildFund is recognised as a Pioneer Organisation within the International Safeguards for Children in Sport, which ensure that children are physically and emotionally safe across sport.
Why is World Rugby partnering with ChildFund for Rugby World Cup 2021?
Linked to its strategic vision of a global sport for all, true to its values, World Rugby recognises the important role rugby has in fostering societal development and has a proud history of leveraging the global reach of its showcase tournament, Rugby World Cup, to engage fans and support programmes which use rugby as a tool for development and positive social change.
World Rugby and ChildFund are committed to ensuring that Rugby World Cup 2021 leaves a lasting legacy in New Zealand, Oceania and beyond – to promote and develop the game of rugby in the region, and to provide vulnerable girls and women with opportunities to learn skills to overcome challenges and be active leaders in their communities.
How can I support?
When purchasing tickets for Rugby World Cup 2021 matches, rugby fans will also have the opportunity to make an opt-in donation to support ChildFund Rugby initiatives in New Zealand and Oceania.
How will donated funds be used?
Funds donated in the lead-up to and during Rugby World Cup 2021 will enable ChildFund Rugby to expand its rugby for development programmes for children and young people in Oceania, while also supporting female leadership initiatives and the creation of strong rugby women’s networks around the globe.
Where can I find out more?
Visit the ChildFund Rugby website for more information about this successful, innovative programme, or follow ChildFund Rugby on social media on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.