- A feasibility study, funded by inaugural Principal Partner Royal London, into the possibility of holding a Lions women’s tour has been completed with positive initial findings
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The British & Irish Lions is pleased to announce that a feasibility study into the possibility of holding a Lions women’s tour has been completed with positive initial findings.
The study investigated key aspects of creating a Lions women’s tour with a consultation process exploring rugby, brand, commercial, financial, spectator, logistical and scheduling considerations.
The feasibility study was funded by Royal London, the inaugural ‘Principal Partner’ of the Lions women’s programme and was undertaken by sports marketing agency Two Circles.
The British & Irish Lions and its constituent unions are now working through a number of considerations including the potential structure and timing of a tour.
Based on the outcome of these discussions and critical considerations being successfully addressed, a final decision can be made on whether the proposed tour can proceed.
“It is extremely positive that a British & Irish Lions women’s tour is possible in the future,” said Ben Calveley, Chief Executive Officer of the British & Irish Lions.
“While there is much to be considered, we are committed to taking the findings of this feasibility study and working closely with our unions as well as other stakeholders in the coming months.”
“I would like to thank World Rugby, our four unions from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for their ongoing support. There has been a strong level of collaboration since the beginning of this process, and we are all united behind exploring this project fully.”
“I would also like to thank our Principal Partner, Royal London, for their continued support and Two Circles, for conducting the feasibility study.”
Ieuan Evans, British & Irish Lion, Chairman of the Lions Board, member of the WRU Board and Chair of the Lions Women’s Steering Group, added: “We are really encouraged by the initial findings of this feasibility study. We know there is significant support for the concept of creating a Lions women’s team and this is an important step along the way to exploring how that can be made a reality – great progress has been made to this point and a lot of work remains to be done.”
“Through our partnership with The British & Irish Lions, our aim is to make a positive impact on women’s rugby and continue the growth and success story,” said Susie Logan, Group Chief Marketing Officer at Royal London.
“The findings of the feasibility study are an extremely important initial step towards creating a really compelling Lions women’s tour and as Principal Partner of the Lions women’s programme, we are really excited to develop this concept further.”