A Dorset rugby club chairman has highlighted the challenges that local rugby faces and the need for change to the sport at grassroots level in the county.
Jane Hart, chairman of Oakmeadians RFC, has spoken of the declination of player numbers and match time at lower level clubs in the county as it fails to appeal to the modern-day player, due to detrimental changes over the years.
Traditionally men would play rugby on the weekend while their wives would look after the kids back at home, however more recently men have had an increased domestic role in the family household and therefore less time to play for clubs on the weekends.
Higher levels of the sport have remained successful while membership of lower level leagues and social rugby is in reduction because of decreased commitment.
With the 2019 World Cup rapidly approaching, this could be disastrous for rugby in the county and so changes must be implemented rapidly to attract new players.
Jane Hart, the Chairman of Dorset rugby team Oakmeadians RFC spoke out and said; “It has become clear that lower level leagues and social rugby is not working for the modern-day players”.
“Things have changed over the years, people have to go to work on Saturdays and have family commitments”.
“There just isn’t as many people willing to play rugby as there was before”.
“However local discussions have commenced to address these issues and we are hopeful that with the input of all our local clubs we can effect a positive change to local league rugby”
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