The YRA conferences started at Kingston Park with Newcastle Falcons, before moving to the Majedski Stadium, the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and Sandy Park, Exeter. YRAs travelled from far and wide to attend the workshops, learn about the RFU’s Strategic Priorities, the work of Constituent Bodies and important influencing skills to equip them to work with their club committees

YRAs were put through their paces practising real-life scenarios they may encounter in clubs and universities in order to influence decision makers. They worked through: player and volunteer recruitment, increasing confidence and awareness of their work, and promoting the YRA programme in new environments.

One YRA commented: “I feel a lot more confident in my work as a YRA now and I will take ideas I gained from this conference back to my club.”

The days were supported by Rugby Development Officers, Community Rugby Coaches and Constituent Body volunteers, providing YRAs with a wealth of experience and knowledge to help expand their understanding of the rugby landscape.

Jenny Box, Volunteer Engagement Manager, explained: “It’s so valuable to have volunteers of all ages and levels of experience in a room together. Not only are we providing YRAs with information on how their valuable volunteering fits into the bigger picture, we’re also helping our CBs to get to know the future leaders of the game.

“We’ve had lots of great feedback from across the conferences, so we’re keen to look for more ways to link our YRA network with our CBs and continue this sharing of knowledge and expertise.”

If you would like more information on the YRA programme and how to get young people involved in volunteering at your club or CB please email YRA2015@rfu.com or click here for more information.