The Australian Rugby Union identified the delivery of quality rugby facilities for the rugby community as an important strategic focus in the “Australian Rugby Union’s Strategic Directions for Community Rugby 2009-2011” including the development of a National Community Rugby Facilities Strategy.
The Australian rugby community consists of 209,571 registered players from over 760 community rugby clubs and over 500 regular rugby playing schools (ARU Annual Participation Census 2010). The need for the ARU to better support State/Territory Unions, community rugby clubs, and regular rugby playing schools to meet the facility needs of the rugby community in the future is of paramount importance.
During 2009/2010, the ARU has undertaken the following stages in delivering on this strategic imperative, including:
A National Facilities Audit of community rugby clubs was conducted in 2010. Of a total of 219 surveys submitted, 206 completed surveys were used for data analysis and identification of Key Audit Findings. This represents a sample of over one-quarter (27%) of community rugby clubs nationally. (Note: The facilities audit conducted in 2010 did not include school rugby facilities, however the Australian Rugby Union recognises the need to include school facilities in future audits.)
The aim of the National Community Rugby Facilities Strategy was to:
The National Community Rugby Facilities Strategy - Final Report (pdf - 2.6kb) addresses the following considerations, including:
The National Community Rugby Facilities Strategy outlines 10 Key Recommendations, including short, medium and long term strategies.
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Administration Education Manager
Australian Rugby Union - Community Rugby
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