Ashford Rugby club first signed up with RuckinRugby back in 2007 and they remain one of just 2 clubs we work with in the UK, something we hope to put right next season! The club have done extremely well since then in all departments, but this is a story they posted recently that I really wanted to share here so more people can see it.
If your RuckinRugby club has a story they’d like to share then just ping it to us and we’ll do the necessary, there is nothing we love more than shouting about how well our clubs are doing – that’s what it’s all about.
Busy Liz brings more girls to the game
Girls’ rugby is growing in Kent, home to England Internationals Catherine Spencer and Rachel Burford. It’s 18 months since Ashford RFC’s target was a modest one, to find six girls to add to their existing nine and field an U15 team. A year later 60 girls had joined the club, allowing Ashford to start the 2013/14 Season with two U13 teams, a larger squad of U15 girls and a newly formed U18 team.
Ashford RFC volunteer Liz Ashby has been the driving force behind the expansion: “My own girls joined and I was asked to be Coach and Manager. To spread the word and recruit new girls. I coached in local schools and held all-girls TAG festivals. th efocus was on learning the sport, having fun and building confidence. to have recruited 60 girls by the end of the season was more than we could have ever imagined.”
U18s scrum half Alex Thorpe said: “The club doesn’t just focus on learning the sport, but also on learning respect and enjoyment with friends.”
Prop Tasnim Oladejo added: “Ashford is a club which provides you with confidence you never thought you could have, a fun place to make and share memories with your own rugby family”.
Ashford U13s have developed a strong team spirit and grown in confidence, whilst the U15s talent has shone. On the back of impressive team performances, seven girls have been chosen for the Kent squad and three invited to attend South East trials. The newly formed U18s team has also had three girls selected for the County Squad and one for South East trials.
Catherine Spencer, RFU Women’s Rugby Development Officer said: “Liz Ashby deserves huge credit for the committment she has shown as a volunteerto develop the girls’ section at Ashford RFC and it has been a pleasure to work aloongside her as we try to grow the girls’ game in the South East. The future at Ashford looks very promising with so much new blood coming in to the teams”.
We are now trying to push our clubs more and more to let us have their ‘news’ stories so we can share them with our other clubs, and of course the greater rugby loving public, so if you have a story or if you’re interested in getting a website for your club – please contact us now.