|Rugby Union is the fastest growing major sport in
the country, attracting more people than ever to enjoy a vibrant game as
professional and amateur players, volunteers and supporters.
expansion of rugby brings new challenges to the game and a need to sustain the
standards that are its strengths.
Two years ago the RFU put together a
task group to run an extensive consultation exercise. The Core Values project
is the first time a sport has set out to define its value system in formal
terms. The evidence assessed included written and oral testimonies, focus
groups and an online survey.
They identified Teamwork,
Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship as
the Core Values that underpin rugby union and recommended that their place at
the heart of the game be vigorously promoted.
"These five values are
what brought us into the sport and what keep us part of it, they are what rugby
union has to offer and go way beyond the pitch and the clubhouse," said RFU
President John Owen.
Now the RFU is working to promote the Core Values
through the 'This is Rugby' campaign to everyone involved in rugby from the
England team to the grassroots game.
The 'This is Rugby' Core Values:
|Teamwork is essential to our
We play selflessly: working
for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field.
speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or
We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand
that each player has a part to play.
We welcome all new team members
and include all because working as a team enriches our lives.
||Respect forms the basis of our
We hold in high esteem our
sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others by the way we
We respect our match officials and accept their
We respect opposition players and supporters.
our coaches and those who run our clubs, and treat clubhouses with
||Enjoyment is the reason we
play and support rugby union.
encourage players to enjoy training and playing.
We use our sport to
adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills.
We safeguard our young
players and help them have fun.
We enjoy being part of a team and part
of the rugby family because it enhances confidence and self esteem.
|Discipline Strong discipline
underpins our sport.
We ensure that
our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and
We obey the 'laws of the game' which ensure an inclusive and
exciting global game.
We support our disciplinary system, which protects
our sport and upholds its values.
We observe the sport's laws and
regulations and report serious breaches.
||Sportsmanship is the
foundation rugby union is built upon.
We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with team-mates and
We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are
generous in victory and dignified in defeat.
We play to win but not at
all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement.
We ensure that
the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby
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