Victorian Rugby Union
The Victorian Rugby Union are committed to changing the game for girls and women by running and promoting a raft of programs including:
- Girls Rugby Sevens Gala Days
- VIVA Sevens non-contact in secondary schools
- Athlete Development Program (aimed at transitioning athletes previously involved in other sports at an elite level)
- Youth Girls Sevens Competition (new in 2016)
- Emerging Players Program
They have state teams (Sevens and 15-a-side rugby format) dedicated to girls and women of all ages which aim to build a pathway into rugby from beginner to the elite level.
They also run a Women’s 15-a-side competition which runs in-season and involves six clubs over 15 rounds, including a finals series.
The Rugby Sevens Athlete Development Program (ADP) for youth and senior girls is a 10-week program that focuses on building core Rugby skills, strength, conditioning, speed and technique all in the lead up to State selection trials. It has also led to a change for the better, with increased involvement in all levels of Rugby for women.
ADP is a branch of the previous year’s Emerging Players Program (EPP) and now aims to include and develop female athletes from other sports. Their previous athletic skills provide the perfect platform for becoming a future elite Rugby Sevens player. The wrap up of this program leads into the State Youth Girls and Womens Sevens programs.
Female Development Officer
Samantha.homewood [at] melbournerebels.com.au
Elite Sevens Manager
Anare.koliavu [at] melbournerebels.com.au