Lights on at Rugby Park

RUGBY Park is set receive a valuable upgrade to its fields and facilities following a commitment of $250,000 from the State Government.

The lights on both fields will be brought to semi-professional standards and the infrastructure, which has traditionally catered for a male-dominated playing population, will be upgraded to adequately provide for the growing number of women playing the sport.

Tasmanian Rugby Union president Michael Ryan said the grant would assist greatly in developing local women’s sevens and junior rugby competitions, as well as open Rugby Park up as a facility for broader community sports use.

“This is perhaps the biggest thing to happen for Tasmanian rugby in our history and will help us modernise the game by developing new forms of the sport to increase participation across all age groups,” he said.

The funding could not have come at a better time, particularly on the back of news that the University of Tasmania is one of eight to successfully bid for a licence to participate in the new National Universities Women’s Sevens’ competition.

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said the funding would not only provide elite sports women with opportunities to compete in a national competition, but also potentially to represent Australia on the international stage, including the Olympics.

“It will also provide a pathway into a professional sporting career,” she said.

“The funding is just one way the State Government is committed to building Tasmania’s future by improving sport and recreation facilities, which helps us to achieve our goal of making Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia.”

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with former “Wallaby” and coach Luke Burgess and players.

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