- New girls' rugby section launched at Ormskirk this month
- Next generation of players coached by Ormskirk Ladies and Edgehill Students
Photo: RFU Archive
There is little doubt that Ormskirk are one of the most ambitious and inclusive rugby clubs in the North West and further evidence of this was demonstrated this month as the newly formed Ormskirk girls' rugby section was born.
A number of the Edge Hill University Students and Ormskirk Ladies XV, headed up by Meghan “Monty” Montgomery and supported by RFU Community Rugby Coach (CRC) Chris Lowden, have been delivering rugby coaching sessions in local schools. The level of interest was so high that Meghan invited the girls to begin training as Ormskirk Girls with a view to playing matches against other local teams.
Montgomery said: “The girls are really enjoying their rugby training and are eager to start to play matches. We train each Wednesday evening at Edge Hill University at 7pm and I think we are going to have one of the biggest girls' rugby sections in the area at this rate.”
Girls who are in Year 6, 7 and 8 play as U13s, while girls in Year 9 and 10 play as U15s. There is also the possibility of starting an U18s team for girls in Years 11 and 12.
“The coaching is being done by qualified coaches, many of whom are current students at Edge Hill University and play for Ormskirk Ladies XV,” Monty added.
“We have been delighted with the response so far and we would love for more girls to come and try this brilliant sport.”
CRC Chris Lowden added: “Monty and her team have done a marvellous job and the girls are progressing well. We are looking forward to seeing the new team play their first game in the near future.”
The reason for the success is that seven students have been coaching in local schools; these students have taken the lead in the new girls’ team. The enthusiasm from the students and the interaction they have had with the girls has meant that in just three weeks the section has added nine new players.
To ensure a successful schools-club link, the student coaches are organising a club pitch-up-and-play festival to engage with more schools and new girl players. The student coaches have also been allowed to include this festival as an assessed piece of coursework counting towards their degree. This is cementing the school-club link but also the university-club link.
For more information, please contact Chris Lowden on 07894 489731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.