On International Women’s Day, London Irish Women – in collaboration with Lovell and our charity partner, Building Heroes – have set in motion the ‘Ride for Rugby’ championing both Women in Sport and Women in Construction.

Building a career in the sporting or construction environment remains challenging for a woman. On Sunday 17th July, ‘Ride for Rugby”, hosted by London Irish Women, our sponsor Lovell and supporting charity partner Building Heroes, will take to the Surrey Hills to inject much-needed momentum and investment into creating equal opportunity and access for Women in Sport and in Construction.

This charity ride will help to reduce barriers and advance the roadmap for women to access sporting and construction opportunities. London Irish Women are honoured and excited to work with our sponsor Lovell.

Mary Fyfe, CEO, said “Lovell are an excellent partner for this event, they complement and add real gravitas to our purpose to promote women in all aspects of sporting and professional life, including underrepresented environments such as construction.”

John Leary, Lovell Major Projects Director, takes great pride in Lovell’s ongoing commitment to community legacy. He added: “As a diverse and inclusive employer, we are delighted that within the UK construction industry we employ approximately twice the national average of female colleagues – we are proud to be the sponsor for this ‘Ride for Rugby’, helping to support and promote greater opportunities for Women across Sport, Construction and Leadership environments.”

The charity partner for the ‘Ride for Rugby’ is Building Heroes and Trustee, Mike Betteridge “is delighted to be named the charity partner for the ‘Ride for Rugby’ event. There is misconception around gender opportunities in construction and we are delighted to raise the profile of equality. We support London Irish Women in their work within the sporting industry and look forward to working with them to promote Women in Construction.”

Fyfe added: “We are incredibly excited about what the future holds for London Irish Women. We look forward to the impact we can have on increasing access and opportunity for all women and girls through a sustainable community and elite rugby development pathway. The desire and commitment to establish an elite women’s team and a new community of opportunity builds on the growth of the women’s set-up over recent years and is very much a natural progression for us. We have a passion, purpose, and vision to take London Irish Women’s rugby to the next level, and in doing so, build a network of continuing opportunity for women, during and after rugby. I’m very excited to be a part of the journey and building the next generation of heroes.”

For information and how to register and get involved with ‘Ride for Rugby’, click HERE.

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