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Women’s Rugby returned to Leek

On Sunday 22nd March 2015 Leek Rugby Club officially launched its Girls Section with an open day aimed exclusively at girls.

On Sunday 22nd March Leek Girls Section Launched (Please find pictures attached)

30 Girls from U11 to under 14 attended along with the womens world cup.

Leek Under 13s have played 2 games and the plan is for then to have an under 13 and under 15 team for next season.

Any girls interested in joining the section should contact Steve Fryer sfryer@bry-kol.co.uk 07771373198

For the last six months the club has been working hard together with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on a schools development programme in Leek encouraging girls to play rugby. The Leek club has a long tradition of junior mixed rugby with many girls developing their rugby skills first through ‘tag’ games at Under 7’s level through to the full contact game from the Under 10’s age group until U12’s.

By developing a girls-only section the Leek club will both encourage and support more female players entering and enjoying the game, as well as providing the opportunity for girls to continue playing beyond U12’s level when the RFU rules prohibit girls playing any mixed rugby. Typically this is the age when most rugby clubs loose their female players if there is no girls-only set-up.

Given the popularity of girls playing junior rugby at Leek over the last 5-6 years in particular, and following on from the clubs historic final at Twickenham last year, Leek has embarked on plans for a girls section, forming its first U13’s girls development squad in October last year in readiness of the forthcoming 2015-16 season.

In the lead up to the official launch of the Leek Girls Section on 22nd March seven U13’s girls have played a few games against girls teaks from Burton, Eccles, Manchester, Northwich & Winnington Park, and have won the majority of them ! With the support of the RFU’s schools programme and St. Edward’s C of E Academy in Leek, the girls have encouraged many of their friends to try rugby for the first time and to lean the skills and train with them.

On 22nd March all of the girls participating in the schools programme have been invited to attend the launch of the Leek Girls Section when the RFU have also arranged to bring the Women’s Rugby World Cup from England’s triumphant win in Paris last year, so each girl, and anybody else that’s interested, can have their photograph taken with this fabulous trophy.

We also have an England Women’s ‘Carry them home’ rugby shirt signed by Emily Scarratt which will be raffled.

There are now a staggering 100,000 females involved in rugby across the country, and the England ladies squad are world champions !

All interested girls ages 10-15 (school years 6-10), and their parents, are invited to come to the Leek Club at Esterchem Park, Chestnut Walk, St. Edwards, Cheddleton, ST13 7BJ on Sunday 22nd March from 1:30pm - 3:30pm to meet the current girls and their coaches and officials, and for the girls to try rugby - the game of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship !

Leek Rugby Club is a welcoming and friendly club and always encourages community involvement throughout its playing and social activities. On 22nd March the club house and bar will be open throughout the day and after the girls rugby day there will free refreshments.

We really hope that as many local girls as possible do come along to try the game of rugby.

Women's rugby is the shape of things to come - and Leek is the place to try it !

For more information please contact Steve Fryer at Leek RUFC on 07771 373198 or e.mail sfryer@bry-kol.co.uk, or Simon Jones on 07718 706576 or e.mail simonjones@RFU.com