As the Six Nations tournament reaches its climax, the Youth Charter is calling for action: what are the obstacles preventing real community engagement in rugby and what can be done to resolve them?

Whilst many UK rugby clubs are proactively engaging with young people and their communities, long-term results are not emerging as expected.

The facts are well-established: sport is essential in young people’s lives to promote physical and emotional well-being, to give confidence and life-skills, and to bring communities together. Government reports consistently underline the importance of widening opportunities for participation, including PAT10 (1999), A Sporting Future for All (2001), Gameplan More >