In 1996, the United States Rugby Foundation designed a program to encourage coaches to complete coaching and referee clinics sponsored by USA Rugby. The US Rugby Foundation has awarded over 300 grants total, and will continue this initiative to provide more grants in the coming years.
The US Rugby Foundation also provides support to coaches and referees who wish to enhance their skills at rugby academies abroad, or through international academies, courses and exchanges.
If you are a coach, referee, or are thinking about becoming one, and have completed a USA Rugby sanctioned Coach’s or Referee’s clinic, keep your eye out for the opening of the Coaches & Referees grant application to be considered.
The Foundation worked closely with a Donor to fund the Crusaders International Academy for 8 coaches to improve the level of coaching in the Pacific Northwest Region. From youth, women, club and collegiate levels to show unity and cohesion throughout the area.
The US Rugby Foundation offered 11 grants to eligible applicants to take part in the Crusaders International Academy at a special discounted rate. The price, originally $1,100 per coach, 50% was covered by the foundation and 50% paid by the grant recipient coach. The foundation identified coaches throughout the 10 USRF geographic regions to have representation throughout the country.
“This course is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the most innovative and successful rugby programs in the world. I’m eager to bring all my learnings to the rugby community here in the Pacific Northwest.”
– Lauren Barber | Rugby WA
“The Crusaders’ success is a product of their belief in themselves and the Crusader Culture, Me/We. I found it interesting to see the professionals making the same skill breakdowns that my college level players make, just not as often. The Coach’s strategy is to ask ‘how do we get better?’ Never right or wrong, good or bad!”
– Paul Horne | Western Washington University