Come on girls –give rugby a try

The Garstang Ladies rugby team.
The Garstang Ladies rugby team.
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Garstang Rugby Union Club has urged more women and youngsters to join as it celebrates a major milestone.

The rugby club is officially unveiling its new-look Hudson Park ground this Saturday, August 16, and wants people to join in the celebrations by trying the sport.

From young to old, beginner to experienced, the club is actively recruiting new members and wants people to give the sport a go.

The women’s England rugby union team are favourites to lift the World Cup trophy in front of 20,000 people in Paris on Sunday.

And Garstang club president Bob Johnson has called on any women inspired by the national team’s achievements to give the sport a go, as it is hosting an open basic skills training session for females at 1.30pm on Saturday.

Mr Johnson said: “The women’s team has been running for a year and a half, and like any sports team they are actively looking to recruit.

“They are in a league this season and will be playing eight or nine matches.

“One of the reasons people should try it is because of the success of the English team at the women’s rugby union World Cup. If you have been inspired by them come and join us.

“Rugby is played all over the world and if you are put off by tackling we also play touch rugby – which has been running throughout the summer.

“One of my friends once said that rugby is a world fraternity – no matter what language you speak you can play rugby together.

“And it is a big social environment, the social aspect of rugby is one of the great things about the sport.

“I helped set up the team in February 2013 and that day we had people who had never tried the sport before and one or two who had.

“And they have all come on leaps and bounds. So don’t worry if you have no experience we can teach you how to play.

“Rugby is great fun and it is a good way to stay fit.

“The current ladies’ captain Emma Dobson had never played rugby before joining, but she has a natural talent and she has become the captain.”

The club was granted £48,000 as part of Sport England’s protecting playing fields initiative and with the cash injection is has been able to secure its pitch.

As well as the ladies session the club is running junior practice and the new ground will officially be unveiled just before the Garstang men’s XV take on Heaton Moor at 3pm.

The club will be holding a barbecue and will have a drinks tent and Mr Johnson has urged anyone in the area to call in to the free event.

He said: “It means everything to the club. Since the clunb was formed in 1995 the committee has always strived to provide rugby to the area and we have accomplished that.

“We can now guarantee that we can be playing in the area for at least the next 1,000 years.

“Thanks to a grant from Sport England we have been able to buy the lease for the pitch.

“We have lots going on so just pop down.”

For more details email the club on: garstangrugby club@hotmail.com