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Jo Yapp in a post match huddle with EUWRFC

100 most inspirational women in Exeter featuring EUWRFC Jo Yapp

Former England rugby player and current Exeter University and England U20s women’s rugby head coach, Jo Yapp named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ in Exeter.

Grow Exeter is an inspirational magazine celebrating all that is great about Exeter.  It strives to help put Exeter on the global map as one of the best cities in the world to work.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.  This year out of 500 nominees, Jo was named as one of the 100 winners.  

Jo represented England at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup captaining the side in 2006.  She gained a total of 70 caps for England in her career and in 2011, was appointed as an athlete mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport where she worked directly with students to inspire them to achieve their best, no matter their ability or situation.  

Jo now shares her passion and knowledge of the game through coaching.  As a UKCC level 4 qualified coach, she is the current England U20s women’s head coach with the RFU and has acted as Talent Transfer 7s coach, England Development 7s squad coach and under 18 Talent ID group coach.  Jo is also head of women’s rugby at University of Exeter.  Since joining the university in 2010 she has led the side to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship semi-final in 2014, final in 2011 and title in 2013. 

University of Exeter Women’s Rugby club 1st team captain Clara Nielson commented “Jo's contribution to rugby here at Exeter can't be underestimated. She works tirelessly to ensure we have the best possible coaching, facilities and preparation for games. Since I have been at Exeter the club has gone from strength to strength, increasing in numbers and skill, with two teams now in BUCS, over 80 girls playing and multiple girls involved in international pathways”.

High Performance Manager (Sport) Charlotte Hale added “It’s great to have someone with Jo’s experience and ability as part of our High Performance coaching team at Exeter. To see her recognised in the 100 most influential women in Exeter is a fantastic achievement for Jo and brilliant for the University and our High Performance Programme”.

The 100 winners will feature in the special March edition of Grow Exeter which falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March.

Written by: Meg Crowson (Sports Scholar and BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences student)

Date: 8 February 2018

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