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THE biggest gathering of girls rugby players ever assembled in Durham will be in action at Ferryhill Business & Enterprise College on Thursday (November 10) when over 300 will be taking part in a schools festival.

The event will include 19 Under 13 teams and 12 from the Under 15 age group, leaving the organisers with an interesting logistical challenge as they seek to create a playing structure which gives every team a similar number of matches.

This is by far the biggest womens event we have ever had in Durham and its rewarding to see that interest in the womens and girls game has grown so much, says Rugby Football union Rugby Development Officer Matt Bryan

Demand has been so great that weve had to switch to a new venue, so now all our efforts are focussed on getting the organisation right. Its all hands to the pumps, with staff from Newcastle Falcons, Darlington Mowden Park, East Durham College and the RFU team all involved.

We will be treating this as an inclusive festival, which means that all teams will play roughly the same amount of games rather than a straight knock out system. says organiser Adam Falkner, the Rugby Football Unions East Durham Community Rugby Coach.

We are lucky to have England Ladies player George Roberts attending to give the girls an idea of what they can achieve in the game, while Durham CRC Laura Coleman will be heading the team of workers.

We are hoping that Durham Referee Society will also be able to send some officials along to help mentor the young officials from East Durham College and give them some guidance.

Our main goal, other than providing a positive experience of rugby union, is to recruit these girls in to the local rugby club, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks. Ideally we would love to get a team from each age group at the Sharks and with so many youngsters involved, were hoping for a strong response from the girls.

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