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Rugby a winner with women

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Ladies Rugby with England RFU coach
Left Josh Barlow England RFU Community Rugby Coach for the Isle of Wight with Oli Boulter behind and Nathan Tombleson on the right

Wootton Rec Ladies Rugby with England RFU coach Left Josh Barlow England RFU Community Rugby Coach for the Isle of Wight with Oli Boulter behind and Nathan Tombleson on the right

Matt White

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Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00

AN INITIATIVE to encourage more women and girls to play rugby is set to continue throughout the summer.
As previously reported by the CP, the IW and Vectis rugby clubs, in partnership with England Rugby, joined forces to offer coaching sessions for female players.
The Island’s community rugby coach, Josh Barlow, will lead the Thursday night sessions at Wootton Recreation Ground for the immediate future, and it’s hoped more women and girls will get involved.
Vectis chairwoman Sarah Kearney said: “We’ve had around 30 girls and women at each session, which has been brilliant.
“Now the evenings are getting lighter and warmer, and people hear how enjoyable the sessions are, I really hope the numbers will increase even more.”
Abby Lines, of Newport, has been among those who have enjoyed playing.
She said: “I was really excited about this opportunity.
“The coaches are brilliant and it’s great to meet lots of like-minded people who want to learn a new sport and have fun while doing it.
“I can’t recommend it enough, it’s a great team sport to get into, brilliant for fitness and we have a lovely bunch of people coming every week, so come along and join us.”
A number of events have been planned for the summer, including touch rugby sessions, and experienced players or those who have never played have been encouraged to attend.
Barlow added: “I’m really excited by this opportunity.
“I love fun, engaging sessions, where everyone is involved and enjoying themselves as they develop new skills.
“It really doesn’t matter if people have never played rugby before, or haven’t played for a while because there is something for everyone.”
For more information, see IW Womens Rugby on Facebook.

 


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