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Sefton becomes hotbed of girls' rugby activity

15 July 2013

  • Merseyside girls warm to rugby challenge
  • Sefton contingent growing apace
Sefton girls

Photo: RFU Archive

The Borough of Sefton on Merseyside is currently proving to be a very fertile patch for women’s rugby with the Southport, Crosby and Waterloo RU clubs all currently fielding teams and a new contingent of youngsters joining the conveyor belt at Blundellsands.

An eight-week ‘Give Rugby A Go’ programme run by RFU Community Rugby Coach Martin Powell has proved to be hugely successful in recruiting players to form an Under 15 girls team at Waterloo for the 2013/14 season, with evening sessions at Litherland Sports Park being supported by Helen Duggan, Ale Lewis and Steph Veal from the club.

The programme has attracted 16 girls, including 10 who attended more than 70% of the sessions, a high percentage given the vagaries of a typical British summer.

At the training the girls have learnt the basic skills and laws of rugby, including passing, tackling, rucking, continuity and kicking, with the focus being on fun and enjoyment. The girls come from several local schools, who have also been part of the RFU’s Girls Contact & Tag Rugby Programme which has enabled the RFU to gauge interest for a potential team.

“Over the course of this season we have seen eight secondary schools and nearly 100 girls taking part in a range of rugby union tag and contact projects organised by the RFU,” said CRC Powell.

“The interest has been far greater than I imagined and now the challenge is to maintain that enthusiasm by selecting a good time to continue the development when we resume in late August after a summer break.

“The girls will become the new ‘Waterloo Girls Section’ and continue to grow as a club team with a coaching team, a team manager and guest session already identified. There are also plans to begin a similar programme at Southport RFC which, if successful, will provide two girls teams along with the three ladies teams in the borough of Sefton showing that rugby is certainly a popular sporting choice.”

For more information regarding the ‘Girls Give Rugby A Go Programme’, please contact Martin Powell at or phone 0789 4489418 or visit the Merseyside RFU website