Newbridge RFC girls in action. Picture: Gerard Miller
Girls with an interest in trying the game of rugby are being invited to take part in a successful Give It A Try summer programme, now in its second year at Newbridge Rugby Club.
Last year, some 48 girls registered and played rugby for eight weeks, taking part in several Leinster blitzes and finishing up at the All-Ireland festival in August.
This year the programme will be run in both Kilcullen and at the club’s home pitch at Rosetown, near Athgarvan, as Newbridge RFC has strong links with both areas.
Girls are invited to take part in the programme at the Scoil Bhride Primary School Pitch, on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7.15pm, starting on Monday, May 13.
It will also be held at Newbridge Rugby Club on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.45pm, starting on May 8. Girls can attend one or other night — or both if they wish to get a really good grasp of the game. However, girls who also are unable to attend the full eight weeks due to holidays or other commitments are welcome to take part as much asthey can. Give It A Try costs just €10 per participant and this can be paid on the first evening at registration.
“The programme is designed to introduce the game of rugby to girls age 10 to 14 in a safe and fun way,” said Sarah Murphy, one of the organisers. “Rugby is an all inclusive sport and can be picked up very quickly regardless of sporting background or ability.It is a great team sport and a great way to make new friends.”
“Our hope is that girls who complete the 8 week programme will finish up full of confidence, with a new set of skills and that they will consider rugby as a sport for them. They will be invited to join some open practice sessions in the club in August and maybe then they might consider joining one of our teams,” added Paul Treacey, who heads up the girls rugby section at Newbridge RFC.
Newbridge Rugby Club, currently fields U10 and U12 girls mini rugby teams and an U14 girls youth team. In September the club will start a new girls U16 team. If interested, contact Paul Treacey 086 2624073 /Sarah Murphy 086 3379772 or just turn up at the Rugby Club on May 8 at 6.30pm or at Scoil Bhride on May 13 at 6pm.