Encouraged by the growing success of their Ladies team, who now sit at the top of the Women's NC North 2 West Division and now boast over 30 registered players, Southport RFC is turning its focus to the development of Girls Rugby at Waterloo Road.
Whilst the current Southport Girls U15 and U18 squads include players that have represented both Lancashire and the North in the last couple of seasons, participation has remained fairly low and fixtures irregular. However, Club volunteers have been coaching girl’s rugby at Christ the King, Meols Cop and Greenbank High Schools this season and teams from these schools together with teams from Formby High and Range will participate in the Merseyside Girls U15 and U18 Rugby Festivals in early March.
Southport RFC have announced it will be hosting a Girls Festival on May Bank Holiday Monday as part of its established Sports Tours Rugby Festival and player recruitment and development in preparation is a priority. The club intends to establish regular fixtures for the U15s, U18s and a new U13s squad next season and have attracted a number of new coaching volunteers to help achieve this aim.
Steve Hart, Director of Mini & Junior Rugby explained “Changes to England Rugby regulations mean that a number of very talented girls in our current U11 and U12 mini rugby squads will migrate to U13 Girls Rugby from next season and there is a pipeline of great players in the age groups following them. It is therefore a club priority to ensure a great rugby offering for girls of all ages and to develop players who can strengthen our Ladies squad in the fullness of time.”
If you are aged between 11 and 18 and interested in trying Girls rugby then please attend the one of the training sessions at the club on Waterloo Road, Hillside on Wednesdays at 6pm or contact one of the following
U13 girls Ray Allen on 07090 957013
U15 girls Ian Alderson on 07917 097560
U18 girls Ian Walton on 07881 942702