Royston women scrum down for fun-filled rugby taster session

PUBLISHED: 18:05 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:19 01 February 2016

Victoria Hulstrom Allen, Vicky Green, Charlotte Clarke, Laura McGillivray, Hannah Paradis. PICTURES: Brian Herdman.

Victoria Hulstrom Allen, Vicky Green, Charlotte Clarke, Laura McGillivray, Hannah Paradis. PICTURES: Brian Herdman.

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It was more a case of breaking gender stereotypes than breaking bones as nearly 40 women from Royston scrummed down for a fun rugby taster session.

The Royston Ladies Rugby Team had a cracking day. The Royston Ladies Rugby Team had a cracking day.

The women’s team was the brainchild of Hannah Paradis, Laura McGillivray and Charlotte Clarke who decided, that as well as being ‘rugby mums’, they wanted a piece of the action themselves.

Charlotte said: “Call it a mid-life crisis but watching the older children throwing themselves into the tackle pads just looked like brilliant fun.

Showing how to tackle.Showing how to tackle.

“Chatting with a few other ‘rugby mums’ it was clear I wasn’t the only one that felt like this and we decided we’d have a go at setting up our own women’s team.”

The Pitch Up and Play event was a tremendous success, and the newbies were put through their paces with a special tailored session.

The Royston Ladies proved they had team spirit.The Royston Ladies proved they had team spirit.

The team is now looking to get sponsorship and is hoping to recruit even more players, with a view to competing in their first friendly match by the end of the season.

They train on Sundays between 12.15pm and 1.15pm on the Heath, followed by a well deserved post-training drink at the Heath bar. Royston Rugby Club treasurer Vicky Green said: “There’s a position for everyone in rugby. Everybody works together.”


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