Cambridge Rugby Club seeks to increase access to game

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 September 2017

Cambridge Rugby Club's girls' team

Cambridge Rugby Club's girls' team

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Girls’ rugby at Volac Park proves a hit

Cambridge Rugby Club's girls' teamCambridge Rugby Club's girls' team

Cambridge Rugby Club are braced for an increased interest in women’s rugby after the success of the England team at the World Cup.

The national side may have fallen just short in the final as they were beaten by New Zealand in Belfast last Saturday, but Cambridge are gearing up to provide a platform for girls inspired to take up the sport.

They re-established the girls’ section at Volac Park last November, and there have been high numbers keen to get involved.

“We have already smashed through all the stretch targets we’d set for ourselves,” said Cambridge mini and youth chairman John Creighton.

“It’s amazing to see how far the girls are prepared to travel to play rugby.

“The squad is drawn from all over the region, from Newmarket, Ely, and St Ives as well as Cambridge and everywhere in between. It has been brilliant.

“They just turn up and muck in and have bonded extraordinarily well. I have to say, as a coach, it is just a joy to work with this group of girls.

“For starters they do seem to have longer attention spans than the boys, but best of all the girls seem naturally to want to look for space and evasion, rather than look for contact.

“It is a coach’s dream in many ways, and liberating really; quite different from the boys most of whom just want to bash into each other.”

The training restarts at the beginning of September, with squads for under-13s, 15s and 18s.

And Cambridge’s next target is to establish a full women’s section at the club, developing the links with Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities.

Creighton added: “It is a really exciting time and given the talent we have seen so far, I am in no doubt that many of our players will play representative rugby and that before very long we will be celebrating Cambridge’s first womens’ rugby international.”

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