YHS Rugby has established a national program that will provide funding to new clubs looking to get started. This program seeks to fuel the growth of rugby at the youth and high school levels and cultivate the next generation of rugby players leading into the 2031 and 2033 World Cups and beyond.
YHS President David Pool commented “the Ignite club fund is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the sport and our belief in the power of the youth game to drive the overall growth of the sport in the United States. As our SYROs and youth rugby community continue to drive forward, we recognize the need to provide opportunities for passionate individuals to establish clubs that will become the bedrock of rugby’s future.”
YHS’ Executive Director Giovanni Vaglietti said, “The Ignite Growth Fund is broadly based on our very successful New High School teams program, supported by the US Rugby Foundation. There will be a strong emphasis on sustainability and building out of the entire rugby ecosystem within the framework of approval. We will look to create a tiered funding structure that provides incentives to those who add Boys and Girls teams to the club. In addition, working to build out the coaching and referee pool with us will provide some further funding incentives.”