UCLA Women’s Rugby is a Division I Club Sport that strives to bring together rugby players of all experience levels from all across the globe. Led by our 2022 UCLA Club Sports Coach of the year Joanne Absher, we have helped create a space for UCLA students to learn more about the sport, develop their skills, and compete at a Division I level. We believe that there’s a place for everyone on our team, and we are looking forward to our upcoming season to focus on our team goals: improving player versatility, minimizing injuries, and bringing our players closer together on and off of the pitch.
To reach our goals, we’ll need lots of experience. We’ve already played against other teams in our Fall preseason, but we want to continue improving to face them once again. This year, we will travel as far as Utah and Arizona to compete against teams from all across the West Coast, competing for a spot at the national tournament.
While our team is not recognized by NCAA or funded by the university, we hope to someday be. Women’s Rugby is currently one of a few Emerging Sports seeking NCAA status. When Women’s Rugby is promoted to NCAA championship status, we hope to be one of the 40 teams that are included. To do this, we need to sustain and grow our program. We’ve come a long way since our club was founded, but we want to keep moving forward.
We’ve been so lucky to have considerable growth of our team this year. But, with growth comes the need for more resources. Our club dues simply aren’t enough to support our many needs like referee fees, uniforms, travel expenses, lodging, coaching salaries, safety equipment, and other necessary expenses that help us improve, stay safe, and gain the experience to be successful.
That’s where you come in. With your support, we’ll be able to obtain the necessary resources to achieve our goals. A donation of $5 would pay for one mouthguard for a player, and a donation of $250 would keep a roof over players’ heads at an away tournament! Every donation helps our team (and all donations are tax deductible). Please support UCLA Women's Rugby with a donation! Thank you!
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