Ormskirk Ladies XV pre-season training campaign was given a massive boost this week with the news that the club has secured the services of one of their former junior players.
Highly rated forward Kayleigh Sutherland was a product of the club’s mini and junior rugby programme and has since gained Lancashire County and Divisional honours for the North of England.
A student at Edge Hill University, Kayleigh hails from a rugby family.
Father Donny, is the club’s head coach and brother Alastair has played for Fylde and Caldy. Ormskirk’s Sporting Director, Mark Bailie said: “I was her very first rugby coach and she fitted in really well from the start. The lads were all gutted when she had to start to play for the girls teams, but we have all followed her rugby career with great interest and pride”
Ormskirk Ladies are one of the most established teams in the North West and celebrate their 20th anniversary this season. Ladies first XV coach John Foster was understandably delighted with his new signing. He said: “I have had the pleasure of coaching Kayleigh when she played for Lancashire U18s and she is a very special player who will be a huge asset to the team. She is a strong athletic player who doesn’t take a backward step and we are very lucky to have her. We have recruited very well in the close season and have introduced a number of exciting new players to a very experienced squad and we are all looking forward to the new season”
Women and Girls rugby is going from strength to strength with new teams appearing all over the country. This is a trend that looks set to continue with the onset of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 and the Men’s World Cup here in England in 2015. “Rugby has always been a game for all shapes and sizes,” said Ormskirk’s Managing Director Gwen Bleasdale.
“We would encourage any ladies to come down to training at Green Lane on a Thursday at 7pm and give Women’s Rugby a try. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played before.”
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