Game Changer For Girls
The club is ushering in a new era of opportunity and excellence for young female rugby enthusiasts with the launch of a revamped girls’ section. Led by a highly qualified female coaching team, this initiative promises to be a game changer for aspiring female rugby players across Kent. Heading a top notch coaching team is Alice Hayward, a well-known figure in women’s senior rugby, supported by Ella Jenkins, Freddie C.P and Jo Cole-Biroth. They are joined by Becky McCracken, who takes on the role of Team Manager. All come with impressive backgrounds in the sport and are active playing members at Canterbury. Under the title #ForGirlsByGirls, the section aims to provide inclusive access to rugby for all young girls regardless of their experience, giving them the chance to play rugby at the highest standards. Training sessions are scheduled for Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. These sessions will be complemented by matches and joint training sessions held across Kent. The girls’ team will represent East Kent as the East Kent Viragos bringing together players from Thanet, Dover, and Deal. The initiative is open to girls from the age Under 12 (Year 7 secondary school) and the section also caters for mixed mini age groups – Under 6 to Under 11 – on Sundays.
For girls who may be hesitant about joining a team immediately, the club also hosts “Pitch Up and Play” sessions which provides a no-pressure environment for newcomers to try out rugby and nurture their interest in the sport.
The official relaunch of the section is scheduled for the 1st of October. Training will commence at 9:00 AM at Merton Lane, marking the beginning of an exciting journey for young female rugby players in the region. Additionally, the season’s first “Pitch Up and Play” session will take place straight after.
If you are an aspiring rugby player and want to attend try to bring with you a pair of boots (or sturdy trainers), a water bottle and a healthy dose of enthusiasm. For inquiries or to express interest in joining, please email Girls@cantrugby.co.uk.
Team Manager Becky McCracken says:”It is a thrilling new chapter for Kent’s young female rugby enthusiasts, one that promises to make waves in the world of rugby.”
Download the Girls training poster here.