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Liskeard Leopards Women’s Rugby Club named Cornish Club of the Year

30 November 2010

  • Leopards scoop top award at Cornwall Sports Awards
  • Cornish club rewarded for getting more girls into rugby

Liskeard Leopards Women’s Rugby Club has been been named Club of the Year at the 2010 Cornwall Sports Awards.

The awards, which celebrate many of the county’s unsung sporting heroes, was held at The Esplanade Hotel in Newquay, and welcomed over 200 attendees from across Cornwall; including special guests marathon runner Dave Buzza and Cornish Pirates backs coack Harvey Biljon.

Liskeard Leopards Women’s Rugby Club was named Club of the Year via a public vote having only been established established 18 months ago to provide opportunities for girls living in east, mid and parts of north Cornwall to participate in rugby.

Putting rugby firmly on the school curriculum

One of the major driving forces for the Leopards was to be right at the heart of local communities by making the rugby club mobile. This allowed training and matches to be played at various locations in Cornwall, including Liskeard and Bodmin Community Schools.

Liskeard have also spent time creating strong links with the local Community Colleges and, over the last two seasons, the Leopards have delivered a series of contact rugby sessions within the school curriculum to girls from years seven through to 11, putting rugby firmly on the school curriculum.

Andy Demaine of Liskeard Leopards said: “Winning Cornwall’s Club of the year feels like a great reward for the hard work put in over the last year.

"We hope that we can continue to touch an increasing number of girls in the coming years with a passion for rugby. Some may get to the top, but everyone will gain in fitness and self-esteem, and make great friends.”