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When Stafford RFC were keen to offer a great rugby experience to teenage girls in the area, they put in a call to the local RFU team and the club were helped to send a coach into local schools to give pupils a taste of rugby both in PE lessons and after school. They then organised two schools festivals and a Sunday festival launch event at the club last month (July). When more than 60 new players arrived to enjoy coaching from ten club coaches, it was clear that there
was certainly a demand for girls rugby and all had fun acquiring skills, and making new friends, with hot dogs to round off the event. The club now has a sizeable group of enthusiastic girls and are aiming to create girls teams at U11, U13 and U15 all feeding into a senior women’s side. Says RFU Community Rugby Coach, Nick Jackson: “With teamwork, a plan, and a tremendous welcome for newcomers, Stafford have achieved a great result in just over a month
and everyone is looking forward to watching their girls teams develop in the coming season.” Club junior vice chair Peter Cooke adds: “We are really keen to promote girls rugby and when 60+ girls turned up at the club, all new to the game, it was very encouraging. We have some really good girls playing in our younger mixed teams and we really want to give them somewhere to play when they reach Year 7. We don’t want to lose them.”