Kings Cross Steelers RFC are proud to announce that its chair, Matt Webb, has been successful in his application for one of these prestigious roles. He now joins the RFU council serving a term through to July 2023.
The RFU council is made up of representatives from the games grassroots, partner organisations and bodies. It plays an essential role in developing the game, making key decisions on how rugby is played and overseeing the board in their duties running our sport.
Matt’s appointment comes as part of the ongoing work to diversify the sports management, add voices to the game from different communities and ensure the game represents the members who play it across the country. Matt also currently sits on the RFU Diversity & Inclusion delivery group, Diversity & Inclusion Training Group and on Essex RFU’s management committee as the D&I lead.
Of his appointment Matt Webb said:
“I am incredibly proud to have been selected for this role, there was a lot of competition and many excellent candidates who I hope will continue their work in our great game.
The role for me is to champion the voices I have heard in rugby and those who feel rugby it may not be for them, especially from within the LGBTQ+ community. This will help influence the vital work done by the council, as we do what’s best for the game's future. I have long felt that rugby has been extremely tolerant of the diversity that naturally exists in our clubs, it is now time to celebrate these differences and speak more authentically.
A great amount of work and passion has gone into ensuring rugby is inclusive to all, I am excited to continue that and amplify the voices with different lived experiences.
I am grateful to our amazing volunteers at the Kings Cross Steelers RFC for all the work they have put into making the club what it is now, this has allowed me the time to work in the wider game. We should all be proud of this appointment.”
Club President of the Kings Cross Steelers Tim Sullivan said of Matt’s new role:
“The Kings Cross Steelers RFC are delighted to acknowledge the appointment of Club Chair Matt Webb to the Board of RFU. This appointment is a testament to Matt’s commitment to the issues of diversity in all its forms and will add a strong voice at the RFU to support their drive towards full inclusion. There is much to do, and the rugby community will benefit from these collective voices.”
More information on the council can be found below