National governing body (NGB)

Rugby Football Union

NGB contact: Penny Craig (men's), Andy Paton (women's)

Male England rugby players are nominated to SportsAid by the RFU at U18, U16A or U16 level. In order to qualify players should:

  • nrolled on an AASE programme (either first or second year), or be a registered EPDG or Regional Academy Athlete
  • Have achieved international representation (England U16, U16A or U18)

Female England rugby players nominated to SportsAid by the RFU are U20 and sevens U18 Development players. The RFU prioritises non-TASS funded U20 team players as well as the most promising U18 girls.

The nomination process

SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport's national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time - enhancing the sports' talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn. You should contact your sport about whether you meet the criteria for the next round of SportsAid awards. Meeting the nomination criteria does not necessarily guarantee a SportsAid award because the charity can only distribute what it has fundraised.

More information

Contact Penny Craig (men's) or Andy Paton (women's) at the RFU.