The Rugby Football Union and its initiatives have been shortlisted for four awards at the Women’s Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger Awards, for which the shortlists were announced today.
Less than a week after England Women landed their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2012, the RFU has been nominated for National Governing Body of the Year.
The Red Roses campaign, the identity under which England Women play, launched in October 2016, is shortlisted for Media Initiative of the Year.
The Meet Your Inner Warrior campaign, which aims to encourage more women and girls to take up contact rugby, is listed for Imagery of the Year, sponsored by Canon.
RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said: “The RFU has demonstrated its commitment to the women’s game and to be nominated for four #BeAGameChanger Awards is a great recognition of that.
“We are immensely proud of the Red Roses’ achievement in Dublin last weekend. We look forward to seeing the squad continue to grow ahead of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in August.
“Everything we do from the elite end down is to help inspire more people to get involved whether playing or supporting the women’s game.”
RFU Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications Joanna Manning-Cooper is nominated for Pinsent Mason’s Ambassador of Women’s Sport.
The Women’s Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger awards, supported by Microsoft, showcase the women’s sport and inspire others to take action.
Following a public nomination process, each award is shortlisted by our Board of Trustees. The finalists in each category are then chosen by our Expert Panel. Public voting decides the winners. Winners will be announced at the #BAGC2017 awards in London on Thursday 11 May 2017.
ENGLAND RUGBY MEDIA ACCESS – FRIDAY 24 MARCH
Media are invited to attend a post Women’s Six Nations media briefing at Twickenham Stadium with head coach Simon Middleton and captain Sarah Hunter.
Media event details:
Date: Friday 24 March 2017
Location: President’s Suite, West Stand, Twickenham Stadium
Format (in conjunction with Ian Ritchie’s media session):
– Selected broadcast interviews
– Written media briefing with Simon Middleton and Sarah Hunter
Please confirm attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 pm Thursday 23 March
Parking is available in the West Car Park and entrance into the stadium is via the Rose & Poppy Gates.
The room will be open from 9 am – 4 pm, breakfast will be provided.