Blog by Women’s Rugby: BUCS University in Focus - Female Participation as part of This Girl Can week.
2016/2017 has seen a phenomenal increase in membership for Women’s Rugby – up almost 70% on last year. They’ve started their season off with a 10-24 victory against the University of St Mark & St John Womens 1st which sees them sit joint 2nd in the league table.. It doesn't matter if you have never picked up a rugby ball, many of the members who can now play, had never tried rugby before university. UWE Women’s Rugby welcome players of all abilities and will never turn anyone down who wants to join. Rugby is a great way to get involved more in university, make a whole range of new friends and perfect for that extra bit of fitness. Over the past year the team have put on some exciting events including rugby development days which they combine with other universities in order to have the opportunity to train with different coaches and improve their skills.
Captain Lucy Herring had this say:
“We are bigger than we have ever been in the history of women's rugby at UWE, with 55 paid members and more girls saying they are interested now! Training is fun now we have such a big mix of people, we get to do more varied things! With such a big group of girls we will be looking to finally get a seconds team and I think we should start looking for more coaching support, it would be fantastic if they could be female! I have some England ladies looking to come along to some training sessions for a treat for the girls, after Autumn Internationals have finished perhaps so the girls can see how far women can go in this amazing sport!!”
The girls train:
Monday: 18;00 - 20:00 at Aretians RFC. Meet on Frenchay Campus at CFS (Centre for Sport) at 17.15.
Wednesday: 13.30-15.30 at our rugby ground (Unless fixture occurs). Meet on Frenchay Campus at 2+ Carpark at 13:00.