October 31st, 2008
Lucky girls at Liskeard Community School had two whole days of being introduced to contact rugby this week.
Kevin Moggridge, one of the RFUW's Club and Coach Officer, joined forces with Andy Demaine, Chairman of Liskeard & Looe RFC Mini Junior Section and Head coach of the Liskeard & Looe Leopards Teams, Chris Hocking, Liskeard & Looe RFC Senior Head Coach and U16s Team coach, as well as numerous members of the PE staff from the school. They delivered five sessions of contact rugby on both days to girls from years 7-11.
Kevin spent Monday evening with the girls and ladies and helped train the Cornwall U18s Rugby squad at Liskeard & Looe on their Trevecca pitch underneath the newly installed training lights funded by a grant from the RFU.
"It was amazing to see the change in the girls' faces over half an hour," said' Kevin. "Girls who said that they didn't want to get their knees muddy at the outset, were getting into the thick of it within minutes and played a game of full contact rugby by the end of the session."
This venture, binding school, club, Cornwall rugby and the National coaching development team, is the first of its kind in Cornwall where girls' rugby is going from strength to strength.
"This is obviously the way to go," said Mike Bratt, the RFU's Cornwall Regional Rugby Development Officer. "I hope that many of the girls here will want to join a club to develop their rugby skills."
And the result of all this activity? The Leopards can now put out a brand new Under 15s team and ten new girls joined the faithful four Leopards.
The Liskeard & Looe Leopards are now in their fourth season and new girls are always welcome. Training is at 6.30 pm every Friday at Trevecca and matches are at 2 pm on Sundays. For more information please contact Ann or Andy Demaine on 01503 230292.