Sunday, 04 October 2015

Rugby Club praised for getting women involved

A RUGBY league club which has boosted women’s participation in the sport has been nominated for a Love Barrow Award.

NOMINATED: Barrow Ladies Rugby League Club has been nominated for Group of the year in the Love Barrow awards JOE RILEY REF: 50026248B001

The progress made by Barrow Female Rugby League Club in the one year it has been established has been described as “incredible”, with females aged 10 to 65 having got involved.

The club has been nominated for the Community Group/Project Award in the 2012 Love Barrow Awards.

Barrow FRLC has got over 200 people involved in touch rugby and achieved Clubmark status – the national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections – inside seven months.

It organised the inaugural Paul Larkin memorial touch rugby competition in July and held a 24 hours of touch rugby event.

Players competed in the Brett McDermott testimonial competition as the only female team and finished above a men’s team.

The women have played against Askam and Ulverston men’s teams in semi-contact matches and are set to organise a six-to-10-week block of “Ruggercise” circuit training sessions after Christmas.

They aim to set up an after-school club in two schools to coach aspiring future players.

Al Goodings, the community Rugby League coach for Barrow and South Lakes, who initiated what started as a six-week block of training to get women into sport, nominated the club, and said: “The results they’ve achieved in a small period of time are incredible.

“Just getting 200 people to play is massive.

“Anything like this – where they are willing to play boys’ teams, men’s teams, women’s teams – there is nothing around like it. Normally, clubs take a while to become established, but people already know who they are.

“They see their logo and people are like ‘Ah, we played them’. And it’s only been 12 months.”

Club secretary Kirby Linton, 23, has qualified as a Level Two RL coach. Several women have qualified as touch rugby referees and two have qualified as Barrow and District RL referees.

Secretary Aimee Braithwaite said: “A few of us used to play contact rugby and never really got a lot of girls interested, but now there seems to be more interest because of the non-contact element and they’re not as daunted.”


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