Girls' & women's rugby has been side-lined and neglected in the last few months. The postponement of the Women's Six Nations and subsequent trolling, both taking their toll on promoting equality in sport.
At MRC, we are a family and we support each other. This has been demonstrated by three of our Girls' team players taking on the challenge to help encourage girl's rugby at the youngest stage.
Following a request from Andy, one of our U6/7 coaches back in September 2020, 3 of the girls from the U15 & U18 teams have been joining the youngest members of our club for their training sessions. The younger age groups play in mixed teams with 5 girls in this age bracket Andy wanted to show the group that rugby is a game for girls too.
Most schools don't offer much in the way of rugby for girls, so the club is an opportunity for for girls and women to become, or continue to be, part of the game that, unfortunately, most people don't get to see.
Ella, Emma & Larney attended 8 training sessions before #Lockdown2.0 put a hold on grassroots rugby. They were there to support the team as a whole, not just to offer encouragement to the younger girls. Once they had finished helping, they then went straight in to their own training sessions! (that is commitment)
The sessions, lead by Andy, Dan and the team, were bolstered by the girls who threw themselves into the games, drills and tactical sessions. the girls also brought some new ideas to try as well as enthusiasm and support to some of the Club's youngest players.
Rugby is a VERY inclusive game encompassing players of all shapes and sizes. The rugby family at MRC ensures that gender is not a barrier to being able to play. We're really fortunate in the U6/7 squad to have several girls play for us and a female coach too! We want to make sure that rugby is open to everyone and demonstrating the importance of having strong female role models at the club is really important. Our youngest players will grow with the club, knowing that this is a truly inclusive sport for all and be inspired by all their peers - regardless of gender.
We are proud of what Ella, Emma & Larney are doing and hope they continue to drive the future of Girls' & Women's rugby as they themselves progress through the ranks at MRC.
If you or your daughter want to give rugby a try then please get in touch with our age group coaches (for under 18s) or senior women's contacts (over 18s). Alternatively, you can contact us via Facebook or Twitter. Our specific Girls' section has players who attend 15 secondary schools across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, proof that we are helping build friendships outside of everyday school life.
We would love to have you join our club. Whether you have played rugby before or not, you will ALWAYS be welcome at MRC. #JoinUs