Pitch Up and Play rugby for girls at Warlingham, Mar 1

Warlingham rugby club’s growing women’s section is hosting a huge “Girls Rugby Pitch Up and Play” event at Hamsey Green on Sunday March 1.

England wing Kay Wilson: began her rugby career playing at Hamsey Green

England wing Kay Wilson: began her rugby career playing at Hamsey Green

More than 140 girls are due to attend the event, which is backed by both the Rugby Union and Surrey Rugby.

Girls aged 11 to 18 are invited to attend at 1pm for an introduction to rugby and to try a training session from qualified rugby coaches. There are free refreshments and hot food available after the rugby.

In the past, up to the age of 11, girls have played mini-rugby in mixed sessions at Warlingham, with Kay Wilson, a member of England’s women’s World Cup-winning team, among those who have enjoyed playing rugby at Hamsey Green.

And with women’s Rugby 7s making its Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro next year, when Britain’s team, possibly including Wilson, will be among the favourites for gold, there’s an increasing demand to provide teams and training at all age groups for girls and women.

Warlingham girls’ head coach, Wayne Sandford, said, “We’re very proud to host this prestigious event for the RFU and Surrey, and encourage as many local girls as possible to come to Warlingham to give rugby a try. England won last year’s women’s Rugby World Cup last year. Women’s rugby is an exciting sport and it’s growing all the time”

Warlingham’s girls’ section trains on Sunday mornings from 11am at Hamsey Green.

More information can be found at www.warlinghamladiesrugby.com

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