Monday, June 17, 2024

Rugby Africa Launch Women’s Leadership and Management Training Program


Rugby Africa (, the continental governing body of Rugby across Africa, introduces the Women’s Leadership and Management Training Program. The program will feature a dynamic curriculum consisting of presentations, workshops, expert testimonials and real-world case studies.

In alignment with World Rugby, the online training program is designed to equip women volunteers and employees of rugby unions with essential managerial skills. Participants, who have been identified as potential future leaders in the sport, will engage in rigorous training sessions conducted over a period of 10 months, with two days of training every three weeks.

In collaboration, the Executive Masters in Sports Organizations Management Association (MEMOS) and the International University of Health, Exercise and Sport (LUNEX) (, are providing their expertise and support to ensure the success of the program. Through the online platform provided by LUNEX, participants will have access to invaluable resources and guidance as they enhance their leadership and management capabilities.

The initiative highlights Rugby Africa’s commitment to developing rugby across the African continent while empowering women in the sport. By providing opportunities for female participants to engage in management training and leadership development, Rugby Africa is actively working towards fostering inclusivity and gender equality within the realm of rugby across Africa.

Upon the completion of the Women’s Leadership and Management Training Program, participants will devise a women’s rugby development project tailored to their environment, encompassing all elements necessary for its success. In December 2024, three of the top projects will be selected.

Hebert Mensah, President of Rugby Africa: « Rugby Africa and World Rugby stand united in our vision to empower and uplift the women who will drive the force behind rugby’s growth and development in Africa. We’ve crafted a program that champions inclusivity, ambition and leadership among women. This signifies our ongoing commitment to forging a future where every woman thrives in sports, assumes leadership roles with confidence and where their invaluable contributions are acknowledged and celebrated ».

Coralie Van Den Berg, Regional Partnerships Manager for Africa at World Rugby: « Accelerating the growth of women’s rugby stands as a top priority for World Rugby. Our commitment to this cause is evident on the global stage, as seen through the success of the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the launch of WXV, a global women’s competition. Nonetheless, World Rugby acknowledges the need for more off-field efforts to promote women in leadership roles and drive growth for girls and women in the sport. Rugby Africa’s Sports Leadership and Management Training Program, in partnership with LUNEX, is a pioneering initiative we proudly support. This program will empower talented women to contribute to the game’s sustainable development in Africa ».

Maha Zaoui, Rugby Africa Women’s Rugby Manager: « As Program Director and Rugby Africa Women’s Rugby Manager, I strongly believe this program not only empowers women to excel in leadership roles within sports but also serves as a catalyst for the growth and advancement of rugby in Africa. By equipping women with the necessary skills and opportunities, we are sculpting a legacy of excellence, ensuring that sport in Africa truly is inclusive for generations to come ».

Paula Lanco, Rugby Africa Executive Member and Chairperson of the Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee (WRAC): « Empowering women in leadership roles not only strengthens teams but also serves as a source of inspiration for girls and women aspiring to join the rugby world. By fostering a culture of inclusivity and mentorship, we are guaranteeing that young girls across Africa know they have a place within the rugby community, with full access to the necessary tools and guidance ».

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Rugby Africa.

Media contact:
Nicole Vervelde
Communications Advisor to the President of Rugby Africa

About Rugby Africa:
Rugby Africa ( is the governing body of rugby in Africa and one of the regional associations under World Rugby. It unites all African countries that play rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby. Rugby Africa organizes various competitions, including the qualifying tournaments for the Rugby World Cup and the Africa Sevens, a qualifying competition for the Olympic Games. With 39 member unions, Rugby Africa is dedicated to promoting and developing rugby across the continent. World Rugby highlighted Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia as three of the six emerging nations experiencing strong growth in rugby.

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