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Your News Girl's rugby begins to flourish in East Staffordshire

Burton RFC held its first ever Girls Under 15s Touch Rugby tournament recently, with Paget High School, Deferrers High School, Abbot Beyne High School and John Taylor High School all taking part.

In total over 50 girls participated and the event marked the launch of the new Under 15s BRFC girls squad at the club.

Following four months of school curriculum delivery by the Rugby Football Union and Burton RFC Community Club Coaches, the success of the schools programme has seen Sunday morning training sessions thriving with girls playing rugby.

With such a strong start to the programme the focus will now continue in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire schools and BRFC are now looking to increase the age groups catered for to include Under 13s and U18s.

This is a huge step forward for girls rugby in the Staffordshire area, said Claire Antcliffe, the Womens Rugby Development Manager for the Rugby Football Union for Women. Previously the only club in the area that had a strong youth section was Lichfield, but with girls activity in Eccleshall and soon in Stafford, girls rugby is really taking hold.

Thanks to the work of RFU Community Rugby Coach, Tim Raybould, and keen volunteer Mark Tolley, female rugby is starting to flourish in Burton once again.

The Burton RFC Girls Under 15s Touch Rugby tournament was held at Peel Croft, with Deferrers High School winning the cup. England international and Lichfield player Emily Scarratt presented the awards.

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