Premiership Rugby launched the American Scholarship initiative earlier today at Parliament.
Premiership Rugby has today welcomed the first of their American Scholarship winners to the UK, with 30 Americans attending the initiatives official launch at Parliament earlier today.
The American Series Scholarships, in partnership with the Friends of the British Council USA, AEG Rugby, USA Rugby and NBC Sports, supports the growth of rugby union in the United States by providing the opportunity for young American players and their coaches to learn from England’s professional rugby coaches.
For a one week period in England, they will have the chance to see what it takes to become a successful player or coach in the professional game. The participants were chosen during Newcastle Falcons and Saracens away trip to Philadelphia earlier this season.
Mark Pawsey MP hosted the launch at the House of Commons . Pawsey’s constituency office is Rugby, where the sport we have come to love was first founded over 150 years ago.
Pawsey, who remains an avid player of the game, said: “As the UK Member of Parliament for Rugby, the birthplace of the game, I am delighted to welcome those involved in the Rugby series scholarship which will help grow the great game in the USA and further cement the ties between our two countries. I wish the players and coaches the very best for their time in the UK.”
Wayne Morris, Director of CSR and Community, Premiership Rugby said: “Thanks to the Scholarships, these winners will get a week-long ‘insiders view’ on how professional rugby union clubs work in England and how the players and coaches train. They’ll also get the chance to see our clubs working in their communities. I hope that this helps them go home with new ideas and energy to help us to build the game in the USA.”
Premiership Rugby has commercial partnerships with the Friends of the British Council, USA Rugby, the American Rugby Union, broadcaster NBC and US entertainment giant AEG to deliver and develop the American Series.