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We are a friendly group who are keen to encourage girls on their rugby journey # This Girl Can

We are always looking to recruit new players from school years 9 & 10. We welcome absolute beginners as well as experienced players whether experienced in Union or League. We have a team of mixed ability with some long standing players who have developed with the Club from Year 7/U13s and girls who have never played rugby before and have proven to be naturals and thoroughly enjoy the game.

Our emphasis is on player development and enjoyment both as individual players and as a team, coaching the RFU Core Values: Teamwork - Respect - Discipline - Sportsmanship - Enjoyment.

Our Head Coach is Nick Akerman who holds an England RFU Level 2 Licence. Nick is also qualified in First Aid. Nick has been with the Club for the past few years firstly as a parent, support Coach and then as U15s Head Coach as his daughters Alice & Emily have both played for several seasons.

Assisting Nick is James Howarth who also holds an England RFU Level 2 Licence. James has been coaching the girls since the girls game was introduced to the Club. He has coached many girls some of whom have gone on to take part in the England Rugby Development Programme, represent Yorkshire and the North of England. In addition to his coaching qualification James also holds a Level 2 First Aid and is a Level 12 Referee.

The U15s Team is managed by Rachel Hiley and Kate Akerman who are also both first aiders

Training takes place every Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 7.45 and we endeavour to play other teams every Sunday (times vary).

If you’d like to come along please either just turn up or contact Rachel on 07761 840108 or Kate on 07866 684219. Or email


I have played rugby since I was six years old along with the boys until I was twelve and no longer able to play rugby with them. I then had to find a girls team to play in . My friends from school had recently joined a new girls team at Morley RUFC and last season I played there. This season the team never got going and I had no games to play . Luckily a friend of dad was coaching at Old Brods and told my dad a bit about the set up and asked if I wanted to try training with them to see what I thought. I went along to training and straight away after the first training session I knew I had made the right decision to go to Brods. The training session was great fun and very physical which I never had at my previous training.

I was a bit unsure about joining a team where I didn’t know anyone but all the girls made me feel very welcome and after the first night I was put in their chat group and treated like I’d always been there. I had only joined just before Christmas and I received a Christmas card and a little gift and the message said ‘from your rugby family’ which I thought was very nice to say I’d just joined. Since I have joined the team I have brought three of my friends and all of them have been made so welcome just like I was.

Ruby Enright

I’m Tara, I’m 15 and I have been playing at the club for the last 4 seasons. With the support of the club I was nominated for Yorkshire County Trials and I have played for the Yorkshire team for the past 2 seasons. It’s a great experience and through it I have made new friends and developed as a player. I always enjoy Brods training whilst also improving my fitness in other fun ways such as crossfit. I have also been part of the England Rugby Development Programme (ERDPP).

Tara Melling

Training times

  • Day: Wednesday, 18:30
  • Venue: Old Brodleians RUFC

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