One of the North West’s most successful and well-established women’s rugby teams will be beginning pre-season training in July at a time when the popularity of Women’s Rugby is expected to reach record levels.
The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014, which begins on August 1, will be televised live from Paris on Sky Sports and England are predicted to be amongst the favourites to reach the finals.
The increased national exposure is certain to inspire more females to give rugby a try and Ormskirk Ladies XV coach John Foster believes that there is a place in a rugby team for everyone: “Rugby is a totally inclusive sport. Our players come in all shapes and sizes and from every type of background.
“At Ormskirk, we have teachers, office workers, accountants, students and even a doctor in our team, all united by the love of rugby.
“It’s a brilliant way to get fit and make friends for life and we want to offer an open invitation to any females aged 18 or over to come and give us a try.”
Ormskirk’s captain Keisha Hendricks was quick to dispel any preconceptions about Women’s Rugby: “Some people think I have lots of experience in rugby, but that’s not the case.
“This is only my third year of playing rugby. I fancied a change from wrestling with the pavement on long walks and jogs that I absolutely hated, so whilst I was still at university I attended a rugby training session and was hooked immediately.
“Since that day, I haven’t looked back. I had no experience but that didn’t matter at all. The girls and the coaches are great and will have you up to speed in no time!”
Although Hendricks guided her team to a League and Cup double last season, she was adamant that the main reason that rugby is so appealing is because of the team spirit: “We had an amazing season at Ormskirk last year. It was nice to win some trophies, but we just love playing together as a team and we are all very excited about beginning our pre-season training at the club in early July.”
Vice-Captain Katie Gilbert, who is also a keen hockey player, was also full of encouragement and said: “Playing for Ormskirk Rugby Club is so much fun. We have such a strong bond within the team which makes playing and training such an enjoyable experience.
“The team spirit in a rugby team is like no other, and our team’s spirit is up there with the best. I am about to start my sixth season for this team and I can’t wait for the season to start. We play and support each other without any exception.
“Our close bond projects a welcoming and caring atmosphere and love to meet new players, whether they be novices, or experienced. Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes and there is a position to suit everyone, you are never too small, or too big to play this sport.”
Pre-season training begins at 7.00pm on Thursday, July 3 at Ormskirk RUFC, Green Lane Ormskirk. Thereafter the squad train each Monday and Thursday and play their league matches on a Sunday afternoon. If you would like more details about playing women’s rugby, contact JohnFoster@RFU.com or call 07738648944.