Following on from the successful Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Programme, the Gallagher High Performance Academy forms part of the strategic plan to accelerate the global development of women in rugby and increase the competitiveness of Rugby World Cup 2025.
Established by World Rugby and Gallagher - an Official Partner of Women’s Rugby, WXV and RWC 2025 - the Academy offers a fully immersive development and leadership programme, with the stated mission of increasing the prominence of female coaches at elite levels of the sport; to have a lasting impact on the women’s game.
This will include a focus on talent identification, professional support and championing the next generation of international level coaches as World Rugby looks to raise standards on and off the field, underpinning a more competitive game on the road to Rugby World Cup 2025 and beyond.
Participants in the Gallagher High Performance Academy are being fully embedded with their respective nations, before and during WXV 2023. They are being given meaningful professional development opportunities, as well as gaining valuable experience of working in a high-performance sporting environment
Off the field, participants have taken part in a series of online workshops, hosted by World Rugby, tailored to cover a variety of topics, ranging from game planning, tactics and skill development, to relationships, communication and creating the right culture. They are also receiving mentor support. Online workshops have been supported by Gallagher, sharing relevant, best practice learnings that are transferable from the world of global business.
See the 2023 participants in the Gallagher High Performance Academy here.