- Smith family get women’s section up-and-running
- Promising start for Essington women
Rugby is a family affair at Wolverhampton-based Essington where three members of the same family are involved in the club’s recently-established women’s team.
First team front-row forward Nick Smith is coaching the team with his daughter Callie-Jo, a hooker, and wife Trish Martin, a prop, in the side.
Callie-Jo, who has played for Staffordshire, West Midlands and England Colleges, previously played for Lichfield where her father first took up coaching.
“It’s a big rugby family,” Smith said. “When Callie-Jo went to Lichfield they were looking for volunteers and I’m not the sort of person who will tell somebody how to do something unless I can do it myself so that’s why I got involved.
“I ended up coaching there for three years but work commitments forced me to take a step back so I concentrated on playing at Essington. When we tried to start up a girls team I got back involved with coaching again.
“A couple of adults turned up for the first session and we didn’t want to turn them away. They brought some friends along for the next session and within about three weeks we had enough players to get a side out.”
Essington women’s team played their first match recently and beat Warley 44-20. They intend to continue playing friendlies for the rest of this season but are hoping to enter a league next year to play regular competitive rugby.