Why is the Rugby Against Racism initiative important?
Here in Scotland, many steps have been taken to ensure rugby is accessible and inclusive – but we shouldn’t stop there, and we should continue to ask, “are we doing enough”?
In light of the recent spotlight on racial inequality it is clear that we can all do more to promote equality and inclusivity. Rugby is a sport open to all and this initiative serves to promote that message and help to knock down any perceived barriers between people from the BAME community and our sport.
How will we make a difference?
100% of the profits from the laces will go towards rugby equality initiatives here in Scotland. It is easy to make statements about equality we want to do more. If we want to see a more diverse range of people playing, coaching, and organising our sport we must start at the grassroots. Rugby Against Racism will use the funds raised to make a difference we will:
- Run rugby engagement and taster sessions within BAME communities. We will partner with CEMVO Scotland, Scottish Rugby, and local rugby clubs and schools to deliver sessions across Scotland.
- Provide grants and sponsor rugby minded individuals from BAME communities to complete their coaching qualifications, or referee qualifications.
Who should wear the laces?
Any rugby player, from amateur to professional, can wear the Rugby Against Racism awareness laces, to convey their support in making our sport totally inclusive. Not only that, but the money raised from selling the laces will contribute to real and sustainable change for rugby in Scotland.