Increased investment is complete game changer, says Saracens' new Director of Women's Sport
Laura Eddie, Director of Women's Sport at Saracens, has said that the increased investment in the women's game at the London club is a "complete game changer".
Speaking after her appointment this week, Eddie said: "It's building on the success we already had, the support we've always had from Saracens and it's going to take it on an extra notch.
"If you invest in infrastructure you're investing long term. We're looking at a model that's sustainable and while the women's team has had great success in the 30 years of its existence, we're looking forward to the decades ahead."
Of her new role, Eddie said: "It will give a dedicated resource to drive performance on the pitch. Being able to work more closely with the partnerships team, how we can look to enhance the match day experience and essentially grow the game and attract new audiences to watch some world-class rugby at Allianz Park."
Earlier this week it was reported that with the increased investment the champions of Premier 15's will be paying their players for the first time, in common with the women's side at Worcester.
Eddie, who is also a club director for Saracens Women, said: "The game has moved on in the last five to 10 years. We have gone from people having to pay to play to now where we are in a really fortunate position and we can help our players out a bit.
"Every single player will have access to the high-quality coaching, to outstanding medical treatment and all other on and off field support. Our full squad of 60 players will receive benefits that will ultimately make them better rugby players."
Saracens are due to pay their players between £200 and £250 per appearance in the upcoming Tyrells Premier 15 season.