Rugby success

12th December 2016

 Phenomenal interest in rugby is seeing more than 30 girls attending weekly training in Scunthorpe.

It comes after Years 8 to 10 have been taking part in the sport this half term during their PE lessons.

 Mrs Emma Taylor said: “The interest has been amazing, with more than 30 girls travelling to Heslam Park, the home of Scunthorpe Rugby Club, on a Thursday night.

 “We have entered four teams in the Under 13s and Under 15s North Lincolnshire touch rugby tournament and three teams very recently in the transitional tournament.”

 Alex Usher and Hollie Mumby, from the Vale Academy sixth form, have been helping Mrs Taylor.

 “The tournaments are developmental with the first competition being touch rugby so all abilities could play, with the aim to get as many girls involved as possible,” Mrs Taylor said.

 “The most recent tournament was transitional where the girls started to tackle and use uncontested scrums. 

 “After Christmas there will be a full contact tournament in order for all girls to experience rugby in a safe and enjoyable environment. The U15s team has also taken part in a friendly match against Winterton.”

 Mrs Taylor said all the girls had developed their rugby knowledge and skills with every game.

 “The female coaches from Scunthorpe rugby club also gave up their time and each team was allocated a coach in order to help develop their understanding.   

 “Also Scunthorpe Rugby club have provided training for the girls on a Sunday with many of the Vale girls attending and some even being selected to play for the club.”

Megan Kelly (12) said: “I absolutely love doing rugby in lessons and have particularly enjoyed playing full contact against girls my age.

 Thirteen-year-old Jodie Moody has also “really enjoyed” the rugby competitions.

 “I have now started training with Scunthorpe Ladies,” she said.

 Victoria Moody (14) was also loving the experience.

 “I played some rugby last year when I was in Year 8 and I have continued to attend training.  I think the opportunity that we have been given is fantastic,” she said.

 Mrs Taylor added: “The interest in rugby has been phenomenal.  It is amazing to see how much progress they have made with many of them now playing on a regular basis at Scunthorpe.”