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New girls' development programme for Bristol

17 June 2013

  • New scheme aims to attract more girls to the sport
  • Programme gives players the chance to "develop skills in an outstanding environment"
Bristol Ladies development programme poster

Photo: RFU Archive

Bristol Ladies Rugby Team is hoping to attract more female players to the sport with its rugby development programme. Starting in September, the programme is designed for 16- to 19-year-old girls who wish to combine their academic studies with their rugby development. The scheme will be based at SGS College at the state-of-the-art WISE Campus facilities.

SGS College has a proven record of academic excellence with a wide range of courses available that will fit around the rugby development programme, including A Levels and a variety of vocational courses.

Head Coach of Bristol Ladies RFC Susie Appleby said: “This is a fantastic initiative for young girls in this area. They have an opportunity to develop their rugby skills in an outstanding environment. The scheme will be delivered by Bristol Ladies coaching staff as we look to develop local talent with the potential to progress into our senior programme. We look forward to building an excellent partnership with SGS College.”

Programme leader and Bristol Ladies coach Matt Belbin added: “We are very aware of the fantastic work that is going on in many of the combination clubs in the Bristol area to develop women’s rugby. We would like to work with these clubs to provide aspiring ladies rugby players an opportunity to achieve their potential.”

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact and register your interest in attending the Bristol Rugby Ladies Open event on Wednesday June 19 (17.30-19.30). This event will take place at SGS College, WISE Campus, New Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8LP.