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RFUW encourage Women and Girls to JUST TRY rugby

22 June 2012

  • RFUW team up with Women’s Sportnet to get more women and girls into the game
  • JUST TRY’ events being run up and down the South West

Women and girls up and down the South West are being given the chance to try rugby for the first time with a series of informal and welcoming taster sessions.

The Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) has teamed up with Women’s SportNet who have launched a ‘JUST TRY’ campaign to get more women and girls in the UK active in this Olympic year.

After the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) revealed research that identified huge numbers of women keen to participate in ‘informal sport’ but also the barriers preventing their participation, National Governing Bodies, sports clubs and gyms up and down the country have been running thousands of events for women to try sport over the summer. And the ‘JUST TRY’ sport campaign is bringing them together by listing all opportunities to TRY sport on one website

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From Penryn to Oxfordshire women and girls can try out rugby and all its versions, from Touch to Tag to Sevens.

David Rose, the RFUW’s Head of Development, said: “The RFUW is delighted to support ‘JUST TRY’ to get more females involved in sport. Rugby offers a wonderful opportunity for women and girls to try a sport that involves teamwork, fitness, fun and a wonderful social environment. By offering these informal ‘pitch-up and play’ opportunities we hope that women and girls new to the game will enjoy a quality experience as well as making new friends.”

Paul Reynolds from Women’s SportsNet added:There are thousands of events for women to ‘JUST TRY’ sport over the summer.  “Our website features national SportsHeroines, video footage, featured players, as well as listing all the women’s sports events happening up and down the country as we look to make sport for women more accessible.”

JUST TRY Events (South West):

Penryn Rugby Club  - Beach Touch Rugby    

Open to all, Completely Free        

Wednesdays 6.30 - 8.30pm, Gylly Beach

Contact: Anna Penrose:

Plymstock Albion Oaks - Summer Touch Rugby       

Open to all

Wednesdays 6.30pm, Plymstock Albion Rugby Club

Contact: Mark Watson: 

Bideford Ladies Rugby - Summer Touch Rugby and Beach Fitness (Half an hour of fitness followed by Touch Rugby then beer and chips!)

Open to all

Wednesdays 7.30pm, 28th June; 11th/25th July Instow Beach, Bideford

Contact: Carol: 07912  866860     

Chipping Sodbury Ladies - Pre-season Summer Fitness

Open to all

Wednesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm, Chipping Sodbury Rubgy Club,

Contact: Tegan Sandell:

Tewkesbury Rugby Club - Women's Touch Rugby  

Open to all

Mondays 7.15pm - 8.45pm Tewksbury Rugby Club

Contact: Pete:

Chesham RFC - Touch Rugby

Tuesday at 7pm, Chesham RFC, for those 14+

Contact: Moray Hogg:

Gosford All Blacks – Touch Rugby

Monday & Wednesday evenings 7pm, Gosford All Blacks, for those 14+

Contact: Andy Baulch:;

Visit to view all JUST TRY events