- Recruitment and coaching pays dividends
- Newcomers impress on their first outing
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Waterloo RUFC proudly showed off their newest team recently when the Girls Under 15 played their first fixtures in a mini-tournament against Tyldesley and Birkenhead Park/Ellsemere Port prior to Waterloo Ladies taking on Novos.
After five months' recruitment through successful Girls' Development Days, Waterloo have a squad of 12 girls who have honed their skills from training sessions delivered by Merseyside’s RFU Coach Martin Powell, Club Member Helen Duggan and members of the Ladies team.
Those skills were put in to action with matches against Tyldesley and a combined Birkenhead Park/Ellsemere Port team, with CRC Powell commenting: “To see the girls playing a competitive fixture was so rewarding after watching them practicing so hard over the last few weeks. To see them in positions and working together on the pitch was great to watch.”
The progression achieved from all the players through both games was huge as they grew in confidence, made tackles and took the ball into contact, with some of the offloading skills exceptional for a fledgling group of players.
The squad, from Deyes High School, Range High School, Savio School and St Michael’s School, all enjoyed plenty of game time and the post-match smiles of all the players confirmed their enjoyment of the day’s activity.
With a successful women’s team well established at Waterloo, the club can now look forward with confidence knowing that the future of women’s rugby in is safe hands as the Under 15 team expands the opportunities for girls to try rugby.
Powell added: “The long-term aim is to have Under 13, 15 and 18 teams at Waterloo to complement the hugely successful Ladies team. The new Under 15 team is just a start, but what a start it was!”
For any girls in the 11-17 age group interested in playing rugby union, training take places on Thursdays from 5.30-6.30pm at Litherland Sports Park. The Ladies 18 and over train at 7pm at Litherland Sports Park and the Girls Under 11s train with the Mini/Junior mixed teams on Sundays, 10am at Waterloo RUFC.
For more information, contact Martin Powell on MartinPowell@RFU.com or 07894 489418.