- Women’s rugby growing on Merseyside
- New open team extends progression
Liverpool St Helens RFC are set to build on their highly-successful introduction of women’s rugby to Moss Lane three years ago by launching an open age team to cater for the youngsters who are now moving out of the Under 18 and Under 15 teams that have done so well.
"The club now has one of the largest and most successful girls’ squads in the country, so the formation of a women’s team is a natural and very welcome progression for the club," said Gemma Webster from the St Helens Sports Development team.
Training is scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 8 at Moss Lane and newly-appointed LSH Women’s Rugby Coordinator, Peter Morrissey, has offered an open invitation for women and girls who are tempted by the prospect of playing rugby to give rugby a try.
"Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t played before as our coaching team will soon have you up to speed," he said. "Rugby provides a brilliant way to get fit and make new friends for life. Our U15s and U18s girls have gone from strength to strength and I believe the Women’s Team will also be a huge success.”
There are currently over 13,500 women playing rugby across 533 clubs in the country and participation has increased by a remarkable 87 per cent since 2004. This is a trend that looks set to increase in the run up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and the Men’s World Cup here in England in 2015.
The new LSH team will play around eight friendly fixtures this season before joining the North West League in 2013.
“The women’s team could be viewed as the final piece in the jig-saw giving us a full complement of teams from U7s right through to our Senior Men’s XV’s as well as Girls U15s and U18s,” said Club Chairman John Bithell. “The introduction of a women’s team is the culmination of a lot of hard work and everyone at the club is very excited about the new team.”
For more information about women’s rugby at Moss Lane contact LSH Women & Girls Rugby Coordinator Peter Morrissey on 07836713770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.