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Each year Rugby Indiana offers a limited number of Grants for School Physical Education Program. These programs are customized for each PE program needs in conjunction with the US Department of Education and Indiana Education Standards.

This rugby program can help you meet the requirements for Physical Literacy, Social/Emotional Development, and Developing Lifelong Physical Activity. Our programs qualify for ESSA Title IV Funding, and can also help your schools with Title IX.

 Students are taught the game of rugby (flag or touch), which is the 2nd most popular team sport in the world. Reintroduced to the Olympics in 2016, and with both US National Teams of Men and Women qualified for 2020, the US Olympic Committee is excited to see more schools offering this game to their students.

The curriculum does not just focus on skills and drills. No one enjoys just drills and skills.  Everyone wants to play the game.  Our system develops them through a combination of small-sided games, drills, and playing the game of rugby. 

In the 2018-2019, 13 grants were awarded, and more than 10,000 students were exposed to the game of rugby. Schools & districts included: Angola, Avon, Bishop Chatard, International School of Indiana, Mishawaka, Noblesville, Penn, Pike, and Warsaw.

Program - Valued at $2,500

Rugby Indiana provides the awarded PE program with:

  • Rugby Balls
  • US Department of Education Approved Curriculum
  • Customized Curriculum for your program that aligns with Indiana Standards
  • Skills/Drills Cards/Info
  • Small Sided Games Cards/Info
  • A World Rugby Level 2 Certified Coach to teach proper player skills development for their age/grade groups
  • A World Rugby Level 2 Certified Referee to teach the PE instructor how to manage/referee the game of flag/touch rugby.
  • Continued program support – Rugby Indiana will provide the staff with continued support by answering their questions, helping with curriculum development, helping start a new team, etc.


School requirements for the grant:
This program is open to all programs that offer PE from grades K-12.

Students in Classes should be participating at least 2 times during the week for a minimum total class time of 90 minutes.

Ideally, the classes should be between 3 times – 5 times per week, with at least 30 minutes of class time to be active in rugby.

It takes approximately 1-2 classes of 30 minutes each to learn the basics of ball handling and the laws of the game. The rest of the time is spent playing rugby and adding more elements of the game as they play.

Our goal is to introduce them to the game and have fun. 

The teacher(s) need to be there for much of the time during the grant delivery. We are investing in the instructor’s education, so they understand proper age/grade skill development for their students, and how to manage/referee the game. It will be very hands on for the instructors. The program will be taught for a minimum of 2 school years after the grant program has been delivered. If you have questions, please contact Wayne Eells by clicking here.


Grant Applications for the 2023-2024 School Year Is Now Open

Before You Apply:

Make sure you have secured permission for Rugby Indiana instructors to be in your building for the week.

You have selected 3 different preferred weeks for the dates you would the Rugby PE program to be at your school.

You know if your school requires a background check for the Rugby Indiana staff, and you have the information (including the form if needed) on how to obtain the check.

Your PE Class schedule meets the requirements, and you have a copy of your schedule to upload.

If awarded the grant, your program will teach rugby for a minimum of two school years after the Rugby Indiana PE Grant has been delivered.


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