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St George’s Day Festival attracts 300 girls to Grasshoppers

29 April 2013

  • Girls' festival has grown quickly in four years
  • Three age groups comprising 300 young players
Teddington on the attack in their first ever tournament. St George's Girls Festival 2013

Photo: Rugbymatters.net

Grasshoppers RFC in Osterley, Middlesex, was the venue for a successful fourth annual St George’s Day Girls' Festival, with 26 teams and 300 girls playing rugby.

Wasps and England player Claire Purdy was present to meet the young players, offer coaching tips and present medals.

This event started as part of the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup Legacy programme, and has developed over the years with more teams taking part and the quality of rugby improving.

It has grown quickly from 16 teams in three age groups participating in 2010, to this year’s huge event at Grasshoppers on April 21, where the teams enjoyed the spring sunshine and put on a great display of rugby.

Basingstoke coach Michelle Amos summed up the spirit, saying: “All our girls had a brilliant time, all the teams were very cooperative and friendly and the organisers worked so hard to make it a success.”

And Louise Latter, Middlesex Women & Girls Rugby Representative, said: “It was a great day, lovely sunshine and some great rugby on show.”

St George’s Day Girls' Festival 2013 results:
U13 Winners – West Kent Divas
U13 Runners-Up – Exeter Saracens
U15 Winners – Medway
U15 Runners-Up – Berkshire BaBas
U18 Winners – Esher
U18 Runners-Up – Berkshire BaBas