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Your News Universities set for Midlands festivals

UNIVERSITIES from across the West Midlands will compete in touch rugby festivals at Five Ways OE and Longton on Wednesday October 19 as part of a new Womens Development Programme run by the Rugby Football Union and British Universities and Colleges Sport.

The initiative is aimed at recruiting more women rugby players at university level and is an eight-week programme which ends in the touch rugby a non-contact version of the sport festival followed by three more weeks of contact rugby and a contact festival.

Each university has had a skills coach to come a deliver rugby sessions to them at their universities most of which have been FU Community Rugby Coaches, said Sarah Hunter, RFU Rugby Union Student Liaison Officer for the Midlands West region.

Next Wednesday is our first festival following the initial weeks of skills sessions where the universities will come together to compete against each other.

Universities competing at Five Ways ground at Hopwood on the southern outskirts of Birmingham are: Worcester, Coventry, Warwick, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston.

Keele, Harper Adams and Staffordshire University Stoke Campus will compete in the festival at Longton.

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