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Your News More success for Old Emanuel girls as Kingston win London Youth Games

Old Emanuel Rugby Club did not rest on their laurels after being recognised for their volunteering in the RFU Presidents XV awards earlier this year, and are celebrating again after leading the Borough of Kingston team who won the girls rugby competition at the 2011 London Youth Games.

With a core of players from Old Emanuel, the club volunteered to organise a girls team representing the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames at the Games.

This is the largest youth tournament in Europe with 25 competition days across 30 sports for more than 50,000 young people aged seven to 18, and the flame at the finals weekend lit by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Other players from the borough joined in as OEs coaches Gordon May and Malcolm Biggart, assisted by director of rugby Fergus McCarthy and chairman Penny McCarthy, arranged for practice at the club based near New Malden in Surrey, every Sunday for two months.

All the girls worked hard and became firm friends in doing so and their efforts paid off at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on July 2 when they won through the tag rugby competition comprising 27 teams from London Boroughs.

Defeating Hackney, Islington, Newham, Bromley, Southwark and Merton along the way, the Kingston side got the edge over Richmond in a titanic battle in the final.

A delighted Penny McCarthy said: "I would like to thank all of the volunteer coaches who have helped train and inspire the girls as well as everyone who helped out on the day.

I am so proud of the girls and would like to thank our clubs coaches Gordon and Malcolm for their hard work.

They were congratulated on their win by Surrey Rugby and by Clare Cooper, RFU womens rugby development manager in London, who said: Kingston whistled through the tournament, and the girls, the volunteers and their supporters clearly enjoyed themselves. They were a credit to our game.

The Old Emanuel clubs energy and willingness to develop rugby is clear to see, and they set an example for others to follow.

Girls training will start again at Old Emanuel, who were runners-up in the One New Team category in the RFU Presidents XV awards supported by QBE, in September on Sunday mornings and players, or their parents, may choose contact or non-contact sessions.

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