(LITTLE ROCK, May 27, 2021) Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s), the newly announced league that will feature North America’s top male and female players, announce it has partnered with The American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC) to develop the talent pool for female professional prospects. As the only center in the U.S. that offers full-time training for women’s rugby, the ARPTC serves as a direct training center and combine location for female athletes and is based in Little Rock, Ark.
“ARPTC is highly motivated to help Premier Rugby Sevens succeed by identifying and developing players for the new league,” said Dr. Julia McCoy, ARPTC Founder and Head Coach. “At ARPTC, we have a professional training environment that is ideal for new and prospective female professionals. We’re thrilled about PR7s as an exciting new path to the professional ranks for female athletes here in the U.S.”
“We look forward to working with the ARPTC team as we continue identifying talented North American athletes to join PR7s starting this fall,” said Mike Tolkin, PR7s General Manager. “ARPTC will play a role in our goal to grow the sport of rugby sevens in the U.S. and offer a path to the professional level for both women and men.”
Scheduled to debut in the fall of 2021, Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s) will showcase North America’s top male and female players, including world-class Olympic athletes. The league will provide equal pay, regardless of gender, and high-performance access under one league umbrella, adopting a touring format in cities across the United States and Canada.
Starting with a pilot season in the fall of 2021, PR7s will feature many U.S. players who played in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and are expected to play in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The league will feature six men’s teams and four women’s teams that play multiple games in one location. The league’s first player signings feature several stars from both the U.S. Men’s and U.S. Women’s National Sevens Teams, including Perry Baker, Danny Barrett, Abby Gustaitis, Carlin Isles, Ilona Maher, Folau Niua, Naya Tapper, and Stephen Tomasin.
About American Rugby Pro Training Center
The American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC) is an independently operated USA Rugby National Development Academy (NDA) that collaborates with USA Rugby and serves an iterative pathway between the Eagles coaching staff and the NDAs to offer the athlete the best chance of growth and success over the course his/her development. ARPTC’s goal is to progress the sport of rugby sevens by developing top performing athletes through unique player-centric seminars, camps and residency programs, ages 14 and up. The organization is focused on preparing athletes to consistently perform at a high level by providing the means, support, and advocacy necessary to advance them to the international/professional stage.
About Premier Rugby Sevens
Premier Rugby Sevens (PR7s) is a groundbreaking professional sports league in North America. Scheduled to debut in the Fall of 2021, PR7s is the first league of its kind with both women’s teams and men’s teams under one umbrella with equal pay. With a focus on accessibility and entertaining content for fans, the league will showcase the electrifying sport of rugby sevens through a single-day touring format in cities across the United States and Canada. To learn more about Premier Rugby Sevens, go to PRSevens.com and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.