Working in close partnership with the RFU yesterday saw the first of five pitch up and play girls rugby festivals planned for venues across Kent in the 2017/18 season, hosted by Aylesford Bulls RFC and involving teams from across Kent, a total of 129 girls ranging in age from under 11 through to under 18 made the most of a dry autumnal afternoon to participate in some structured games with break-out training and skills based sessions.
The girls were taken out of their clubs teams and transformed into mixed club and mixed ability groups which allowed everyone to participate fully and gave those girls new to rugby the opportunity to play alongside more experienced and established players, this, in turn, encouraging everyone to make new friends and in some cases re-establish old acquaintances. Whilst the number of girls participating at both the U15 and U18 age groups were very good the number of U13 girls taking part was very encouraging with a special mention for the U11’s who normally play their club rugby alongside boys of the same age, they all thoroughly enjoyed playing girls only rugby and I think it’s fair to say that they are very much looking forward to taking that next step into the U13’s and leaving the boys behind!
The next girls pitch up and play festival is planned for Sunday 22nd October at Dartfordians RFC and I would encourage you to try and get some of your girls along to this event, not only to ensure they are making the most of every possible playing opportunity but to encourage them to make new friends and have fun playing girls rugby.
On behalf of Kent Women & Girls Rugby I would like to thank Aylesford Bulls RFC for their hospitality, to both Gareth Jackson, RFU Rugby Development Officer (RDO) – Rural Kent and Mark Finnis, RFU Community Rugby Coach (CRC) for their excellent support and to the coaches who freely give up their precious free time to supporting girls rugby in Kent.