Vancouver, BC – June 6, 2019: BC Rugby is excited to announce a total of $35,000 in funding support for players aspiring to representative-level rugby through the Player Subsidy program and a new Representative Player Bursary program. This new program has been made possible through a fundraising luncheon BC Rugby hosts during the week of the HSBC Canada Sevens.
Twenty-six individuals made contributions between $2,500 and $200 to a dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund, from which BC Rugby will be able to direct funds to players selected to receive the Representative Player Bursaries. Given the fundraising success, BC Rugby will be making four $2,500 bursaries available to two male and two female athletes in 2019 and again, in 2020.
“We all know the cost of representative rugby to be prohibitive to keeping top players in our sport and BC Rugby has taken various steps to address this barrier,” said Annabel Kehoe, CEO of BC Rugby. “However, more direct support is needed and the response to our fundraising ask this past March was incredible. With over $20,000 raised, this has enabled us to give players, and their families, the certainty of these bursaries being on offer for at least the next two years.”
The new Representative Player Bursary program is aimed towards BC youth players that have recently progressed onto a National Team or program, recognising the compounding costs for talented players when training and competing for both Province and Country.
The Player Subsidy program is in its third year of providing financial support to players selected to represent BC in the form of discounts applied against team fees. Over the last two years, BC Rugby has provided over $40,000 of support to ease the financial cost of playing representative rugby and will continue that support to BC’s XVs and 7s Representative Teams in action this year with $25,000 of allocated support.
Applications are now open for both the new Representative Player Bursary and the Player Subsidy program. For more details on both programs, including selection criteria and how to apply, visit bcrugby.com/playerresources.
If you’d like to support the continuation of the BC Rugby Representative Player Bursary program by donating, please visit the dedicated account held by the National Sport Trust Fund HERE. Donations receive a charitable tax receipt.