As an increasing number of main ladies spearhead via the sports activities business, Rugby Africa has positioned itself to proceed boosting ladies’s involvement within the sport, together with management, by asserting on Worldwide Girls’s Day, Africa’s first two recipients of the 2021 Girls’s Govt Management Scholarships.

This superb alternative qualifies two ladies from Africa to hitch the remaining ten ladies from all over the world, who will every obtain a £10,000 scholarship for management growth help for formal or casual training, conferences, boards, mentoring, and greatest apply research excursions. Every scholarship shall be tailor-made to satisfy the skilled growth wants of the profitable candidates.

The scholarships are open to ladies who:

  • Are presently concerned in Rugby at a governance stage (Union/Area Board Member) or,

  • Are presently concerned in Rugby at a senior management stage (reporting to CEO at third-tier and above)



With their eyes on the prize and having carved a popularity inside native rugby of their respective international locations, recipients Peris Mukoko of Kenya and Abigail Mnikwa of Zimbabwe are proudly flying their flags excessive with regards to main ladies in sports activities.

Keen about selling younger ladies in rugby, Mukoko comes with all of the trimmings of main this initiative. Presently a board member of the Kenya Rugby Union, a licensed World Rugby licensed Educator (First Feminine in Kenya and Third in Africa), a Rugby Africa Unstoppable Marketing campaign Ambassador (2020), an energetic Stage 2 Rugby Referee (since 2008), and just lately co-opted into Rugby Africa’s Referee Committee as Interim Referee Affiliation consultant, Mukoko is able to take her information and management expertise to the following stage.

‘I’m thrilled to be accepted on this prestigious scholarship. This scholarship will definitely help me in constructing my expertise as a mentor, in addition to my venture administration expertise. Operating the proposed programme, for younger ladies, shall be difficult for me however it’s going to allow me to develop as an administrator within the sport of rugby and as an individual. I hope to achieve a better understanding of grassroots rugby in Kenya whereas touring because the proposed program is focused to run outdoors of Nairobi,’ mentioned Mukoko.

Simply as proficient and skilled, Mnikwa has labored throughout the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) for the previous 14 years as each a physiotherapist and sports activities administrator. Serving on the Zimbabwe Rugby Union board, Mnikwa can be Zimbabwe ladies’s rugby chairperson, chairs the ZRU Covid-19 aid committee and is a World Rugby medical coach.

As of latest, Mnikwa was appointed to the Rugby Africa ladies rugby advisory sub-committee for management, coaching, and conferences.

‘It’s an honour to be accepted and recognised by Rugby Africa. I’m actually humbled by this acknowledgment. With my key deal with persevering with to lift the bar for girls in rugby and amplifying the rugby medical fraternity, I’m decided to make use of this scholarship to sharpen my expertise and understanding so I can transfer the dial inside my objective areas,’ mentioned Mnikwa.


Wishing each the ladies properly, Girls’s Rugby Advisory Committee Chairwoman Paula Lanco mentioned she was happy that African ladies had been taking over the problem to change into leaders, each on and off the sphere.

‘Rugby is a Sport, Not a Gender’. As such my imaginative and prescient is to see the Africa ladies in rugby compete on the world stage. The Rugby Africa 2021 Girls’s Govt Management Scholarships is one sterling instrument for our ladies to step ahead and surge ahead in rugby. Peris and Abigail have began on a journey that can solely catapult them into the fraternity.’

Congratulating the ladies on their acceptance, Rugby Africa 2019 Girls’s Govt Management Scholarship recipient and Girls’s Rugby Advisory Committee Management and Coaching Sub-Committee Chairwoman, Regina Lunyolo mentioned the advantages of the scholarship would surpass the 2 ladies’s expectations.

‘The scholarship programme is a implausible means of empowering the present and subsequent era of world feminine leaders in rugby. Girls sharing the area with male counterparts won’t be a differentiator, however moderately as an excelling skilled who shares the identical passions for the sport.’

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Girls’s Rugby Afrique Supervisor, Maha Zaoui shared comparable sentiments, noting that the scholarships had been certainly a booster.

‘A former recipient myself of the Rugby Africa 2018 Girls’s Govt Management Scholarship, I’ve grown in areas that I’d by no means have imagined. It set the course for my success up to now and talent to change ladies’s rugby. Because of this scholarship, I bought into the MEMOS programme, which is an Govt Masters of Sport Organisations (Administration), run by the Worldwide Olympic Committee. Peris and Abigail are on a very good trajectory.’

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