December 20th, 2007
Girls' rugby in Hertfordshire has received a welcome early Christmas present; a grant of �4,074 for the county's teams and development programmes.
The news comes on the back of a hugely successful first half of the season, with the Under 15s team winning two tournaments and scoring over 200 points whilst only conceding a single try. The Under 18s have also enjoyed success, finishing as runners-up at both the Essex and Middlesex festivals, and the new Under 12 programme saw the county hosting the country's first ever inter-county tournament for the age group.
The grant will be used to provide playing kit and training resources for the teams, and will also allow the county to promote the game more widely.
The award comes from the Local Network Fund, an initiative resulting from the government's Every Child Matters Strategy which aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people. The fund, administered locally by the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, enables local voluntary and community groups to develop projects and activities for young people with limited opportunities or access to services.
John Birch from Hertfordshire girls rugby said: "Girls' rugby fits firmly within this as at present. Despite over thirty clubs offering teenage boys the opportunity to play rugby, only four clubs in the county play regular girls' fixtures. Rugby is a unique game, offering opportunities for players of a wide range of sizes and athletic backgrounds to work together as a team. It builds self-confidence and self-esteem which those involved in running girls' rugby in the county want to make available to as many players as possible. The Local Network grant is a big step forward in making this happen."